12 Days at Bleakly Manner by Michelle Griep

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synopsis:

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.

review:

The 2017 Christmas book ARCs are coming out, and I’m not mad about it at all!

This book is Downton Abbey + Clue + Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. I very much enjoyed the mystery and the huge manor at Christmas time in the Victorian days. An atmospheric story full of romance and intrigue.

I did feel that there are a few loose ends that I would have liked to see tied up. I have some questions that were left unanswered. (A pet peeve of mine.)

I will definitely be reading more of this series to see where it goes, there is a lot of potential here.

Note: this is technically classified as Christian Fiction. While there are some undertones, it is not a specific theme. Thought I would throw it out there whether it appeals to you or not.

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3 stars.

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