- Series: Once Upon a Dickens Christmas (Book 2)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (September 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1683222598
- ISBN-13: 978-1683222590
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 99 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Tale of Two Hearts: Book 2 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas Paperback – September 1, 2018
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A Dickensian delight! Victorian London and the characters within come alive within these pages. I thoroughly enjoyed riding the characters coattails through bustling streets between the Golden Egg Inn, Purcell's Tea Room, and more as they wove a tangled web of their own design--and then desperately tried to unravel it before falling through the strands. A refreshing tale perfectly paired with a cup of Christmas tea.
--Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of A Refuge Assured
When a seemingly harmless deception escalates to alarming proportions, the characters in A Tale of Two Hearts are forced to question their values and decide if sacrificing their integrity justifies the altruistic outcome. This delightful story combines a host of interesting characters, fresh writing, and a heartwarming ending that will leave the reader smiling.
--Susan Anne Mason, award-winning author of Irish Meadows and A Most Noble Heir
In A Tale of Two Hearts, Michelle Griep tells a skillfully woven tale both elegant and heartwarming. Charles Dickens would be delighted with the way she tucked into this story's pockets truths and observations he penned long ago. Highly recommended reading, no matter the season.
--Cynthia Ruchti, author of An Endless Christmas, Restoring Christmas, and more than twenty other novels and nonfiction
Delightful Christmas fare perfect for fans of English historicals, brimful with Dickensian details and the beautiful Christian truth of second chances.
--Carolyn Miller, author of Regency Brides: Legacy of Grace and Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series
I have found another favorite author and it's Michelle Griep. With an incredible ability to spin a beautiful tale, Griep sucked me into the story from the very first paragraph. From the historical detail to the English setting to the unforgettable and enjoyable characters, I didn't want to put this book down. William and Mina will stick with me for a long time. This will be a story to read again and again. And now I'm off to find every Michelle Griep book I can get my hands on.
--Kimberley Woodhouse, bestselling author
Just when you think you're about to embark on a cheeky, fun Christmas lark, you realize what a multifaceted, complex story Griep has crafted. With characterizations Dickens would envy, and bright, fresh writing that pulls you in, A Tale of Two Hearts will have you cheering on Mina and William and appreciating the skill with which they have been wrought.
--Erica Vetsch, author of A Perfect Christmas in The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection
A heartwarming tale of second chances coming from the least expected places. I loved the many nods to Dickens and the inventive twists on a few other classics. In A Tale of Two Hearts, romance isn't only for the young, and fresh starts aren't only for the faultless. An uplifting and charming holiday story!
--Jennifer Delamere, author of The Captain's Daughter
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Here is a very heart-gripping story of redemption, love and second chances. The main couple in the books is Mina who helps her father keep an inn and Will who is a law clerk. Believe me when I say there is definitely more than this to the tale in the pages.
I loved the historical setting in London in the year 1853, along with hopes expressed by Mina and her unending love of reading books! Her father doesn’t like her reading, filling her head with the thoughts of romance and more but that doesn’t keep Mina from her books. She has an elderly lady friend who shares her books with Mina and encourages her to read and read.
At a time in history when books were a treasure and not easily procured, it makes me very grateful for the books I get the blessing to read and share with others! You’ll love how the story reveals the love of God and His constantly extending to us His forgiveness. How people used to quote books and then see if they could name the story it comes from to the delight of another voracious reader is another aspect of the story that I enjoyed.
With being able to read and either borrow or purchase books, what a gift it is to give to others! Consider giving classics and new tales such as this book to those you know or maybe a stranger, so they can escape to the world of wonder found in books!
I loved the title of this book and the play on Dickens' book title A Tale of Two Cities. I loved these two characters who are flawed, have past mistakes, struggles and yet there is hope and goodness in them. They have dreams and desires that are good and are trying to navigate life the best they can. Sometimes they don't make the best choices and problems ensue because of those choices. But, I loved watching the inner turmoil. Isn't that how we all are? We have to make choices constantly. Sometimes those choices lead us where we want to go, or where we think we should go. And sometimes those choices lead us down paths that we shouldn't go and we wish we could take back heading in that direction. Michelle Griep illustrates so beautifully this concept of choices, mistakes and redemption in this story. Second chances can mean the world of difference in a life. Are we willing to offer them so that we might receive them?
Mina is such a sweet character. I loved her hope, her character not dwelling on her past struggles as much as she could have. Her dreams are very real and she tries to reach for them as well as trying to be kind and helpful to those in need. She's not afraid to own up to her mistakes even though it is hard. Fabulous character and perfect for William Barlow who needs a little bit more patience, love and understanding than he sometimes might deserve. That said, I didn't quite know if I would like his character at the beginning. But as more was revealed, I grew to like him. I wasn't always impressed with his choices but I could see his intent and cheered him on when he finally started realizing the path that would lead him to happiness.
If you haven't read the first book in this Once upon a Dickens Christmas series, it isn't necessary for reading this second book. But it is also an enjoyable read and another fun tribute to Charles Dickens. Definitely two books that I would recommend. And it doesn't even have to be Christmas time to read them, although that would be a great time to read them.
Content: Clean. Nothing beyond kissing. Christian topics are discussed, especially redemption and second chances but was not preachy for those readers who don't necessarily like Christian fiction because of a lot of religious talk. I think most readers would enjoy this book, Christian fiction fans or not.
I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.
Loved the Dickensworthy descriptions of people such as, "He wore his wrinkles like a garment, the deep creases on his face in sore need of a good ironing." A few cameo appearances of recognizable names adds a bit of fun too. Inspirational discussions are plentiful, without being preachy, as the main characters wrestle with an ethical dilemma as well as their own faith. Lies and deception underlie motives on all sides, but grace and truth eventually win out in the end. Trusting God and being content with His plan to bring good for those who look to Him, is a hopeful theme. He is the God of second chances as emphasized in Will's life, He gives us grace to start over and extend grace to others. This was an inspirational theme that really stuck
Recommend to readers who enjoy a historical setting with a bit of romance and inspiration.
(An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)