12 DAYS AT BLEAKLY MANOR by Michelle Griep

12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #1)

 

  Would you take a gift from a stranger by staying at a Manor for 12 days to receive it? These people did and each day brought about a surprise. Good, bad, funny or deadly! I enjoyed the mystery, the suspense and the ending… not what I suspected! Totally enjoyed it!
I was gifted a copy from Barbour Publishing and my review is voluntary..

 

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.

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I liked the wording in this ESV version and with the nice wide margins and thick cream colored pages to journal in, I will truly enjoy using this beautiful Bible. With over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations this Bible is just so elegant. A beautiful edition for gifting!  

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The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible’s single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God’s Word.

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Secret Christmas Twins by Lee Tobin McClain

Secret Christmas Twins I had a hard time putting this book down! Twins are special to me as I am a grandmother to 6 month old twins and these babies were so special in this story.. The ideas in this book, giving more than expected, of unconditional love , doing the right thing by giving the unvarnished truth when promises clearly have to be broken to do it, made this a wonderful Christmas read.

I was gifted a copy and my review is voluntary..

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:  A Surprise Holiday Family 

Christmas came early for Erica Lindholm! Suddenly a mom to adorable twin baby boys and part owner of a snowy small-town Pennsylvania farm, Erica is living her dream. Until the boys’ estranged uncle, Jason Stephanidis, comes home to celebrate the holidays. The handsome, brooding detective turns out to be a natural with the babies…and with Erica’s wounded heart. But if Jason knew the truth about their identities, her picture-perfect life could melt away. She’s finally found the warm home, the loving family and the cozy Christmas she always wanted. Will Erica’s secret cost her everything?

Coloring Christmas Devotions

 

( from Coloring Christmas Devotions)    “He is waiting for us to see the greatest prize.. HIM!”

Such a nice book to enjoy Christmas devotions, color the lovely illustrations and reflect on God’s greatest gifts. I enjoyed the  well written inspirational devotions, the Scripture verses and the festive illustrations. Small enough to carry along with a couple gel or ink pens for making quiet times in a busy day.  The heavy paper pages are perforated if you want to remove from the book. Very nice, I would recommend these inspirational coloring books at Coloring Faith by Zondervan for anyone who enjoys coloring and faith based books.

You can purchase a copy  “HERE”

I received a complementary copy from HaperCollins Publisher through BookLook Bloggers and my review is voluntary.

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Enjoy all the best parts of the Christmas season as you spend time reflecting on God’s greatest gift for His children: the birth of Jesus. This unique coloring book also includes devotions perfect for the season. Take a few minutes out of the busyness of Christmas to spend time in devotional thought, while relaxing through stress-free coloring.

With inspirational devotions on one side and a festive Christmas scene to color on the opposite page, Coloring Christmas Devotions will be a welcome part of your holiday celebrations. Take a few quiet moments to yourself to reflect on the reason behind the festivities as you read through the Scripture verses and devotions and color the pen-and-ink illustrations.

This coloring book is unique with a trim size that is easy to fit into a purse or bag, an embellished cover, perforated pages, and a low price point.

A beautiful gift or a fun treat for yourself, Coloring Christmas Devotions will help you focus your heart on the true meaning of Christmas.

 

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho by Susanne Dietze

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight 

Is it possible to marry the wrong man? This story proves it is.. Loved how Rebecca married the wrong T. Fordham and then found that she loved the new life she was fitting into waiting for an annulment. Action, some very interesting characters and the sweet romance.. Enjoyed this from start to finish and I hope there will be another story in Ruby City.

 

About the book:

Is it possible to marry the wrong man? Rebecca Rice was looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach by becoming mail-order bride to her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham—until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore, proceeded by the title Deputy. Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father, so an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own. But when the legalities take longer than expected, Rebecca wonders if Tad Fordham wasn’t the right husband for her all along. . . .

“I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.” My review is voluntary..

Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

Looking Glass Lies by [Denman, Varina]  This author deals with some very hard topics here with compassion and honesty.. This one will give you new perspective on mental health and counseling. Hard topics, gripping story!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A poignant and relatable novel, Looking Glass Lies captures the war women wage against themselves, and the struggle to see beauty reflected in a mirror not distorted by society’s unrelenting expectations.

For most of her adult life, Cecily Ross has compared herself to other women—and come up short. After a painful divorce from her emotionally abusive husband, Cecily returns to her hometown of Canyon, Texas, looking to heal.

But coming home isn’t what she expects. In a town as small as Canyon, her pain is difficult to escape—especially with her model-perfect ex–sister-in-law working at the town’s popular coffee-shop hangout. With help from her father, a support group, and an old friend who guides her to see her own strengths, Cecily may have a shot at overcoming her insecurities and learning to love again.

The true test comes when tragedy strikes, opening Cecily’s eyes to the harmfulness of her distorted views on beauty—and giving her the perfect opportunity to find peace at last.

a fragile hope by CYNTHIA RUCHTI

       a fragile hope

One-word prayers carry as much weight as those most carefully constructed ~ Seedlings & Sentiments from the “Faith” collection. (from a fragile hope)

 

This story is one of a couple very much in love but so far apart in the skill of good communication. AND..  He writes books on marriage!  When a tragic accident on an icy night leads to questions he can only guess at..  I kept wanting to shake him and say,  “Get all the facts Josiah!”  Josiah’s emotional thoughts are powerful. This was a story of pain, sorrow, faith and yes.. joy!   Get this one, it’s one that will touch you!

Purchase your copy  HERE..  I highly recommend this one!

ABOUT THE BOOK: Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

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 Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels and novellas, speaking for women’s events and retreats, writers’ events, nonfiction books, and devotionals, drawing from 33 years writing and producing an on-air radio broadcast. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers’ Choice, Selah Awards, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, CR’s BEST Awards, Carol Award honors, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year honors and others. She has a total of 18 books on the shelves, with more contracted. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

I was gifted a copy to participate in Cynthia Ruchti’s “a fragile hope” book promotion..