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Book Review ~ 12 Days At Bleakly Manor By Michelle Griep

About the Book

When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds. That’s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, BENJAMIN LANE.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar.

Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.






3.5 Stars


A simple, soft, and handsome retelling of Charles Dicken’s Bleak House—but with multiple twists—Griep pens with much sharpness and efficiency that bespeaks her craftsmanship and appreciation for Dicken’s work. Her thorough quips and hilarious gibes are smartly tucked into all the right corners of the plot. The characters are intelligently and neatly molded, as well as intriguingly unpredictable; the setting, a refreshing selection, and the final outcome of the story, a pleasant mixture of surprises and non-surprises!

Altogether, Griep’s 12 days At Bleakly Manor is a bold take on Dicken’s Bleak House, as well as his known perchance for real life-inspired tales.


About the Author

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

Read Michelle Griep’s TBAP interview here.