A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, #2) by Michelle Griep

A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, #2)

London, 1853: Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.William is a gentleman’s son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his...

Details A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, #2)

TitleA Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, #2)
Release DateSep 1st, 2018
PublisherShiloh Run Press
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Christian

Reviews A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, #2)

  • Julie Carpenter
    Isn't it just a wonderful feeling when you read a book and while reading it you feel so happy and content? Then to finish it and you're still contemplating the story and characters that have left you changed and wanting to do better/be better? I sure love that feeling and that is definitely how I felt while reading Michelle Griep's latest book. I absolutely love Charles Dickens. Confession-I've read several of his books but not all, but I have wa...
  • Marlene
    update 12/3/18: updated my rating"And in the meantime, when ere your fingers rub against the metal, think on more than just the second chance I gave you. Think on the second chance God gives us all, eh love?"A Tale of Two Hearts (2018, Barbour), second in the Once Upon A Dickens Christmas series by Michelle Griep, is a Christian historical romance set in 1853 London. The novel is a standalone story, and is only connected to 12 Days at Bleakl...
  • Rachel McMillan
    The magic of Michelle Griep is that you know she is enjoying what she is writing. That knowing wink to the reader is more alive than the paper and ink of a manuscript ( or at least the type and screen of an e-device). Here, she takes those who spend too much time in the pages of Dickens, his life, writing and work and those who just want a nice Victorian Christmas confection and throws it altogether. The premise is delicious, of course, a young i...
  • Kristina
    A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep is the second installment in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas. Mina Scott works at The Golden Egg Inn owned by her father, Jasper Scott in 1853 London. Mina is engrossed in David Copperfield when her father finds her and sends her back to work. He fails to understand her love of literature. She enters the taproom and finds her crush William Barlow along with his friend Thomas Fitzroy. William is a law clerk wit...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    'Either he believed all he'd heard and read of God, or he didn't.'I enjoyed every moment of this book. Michelle Griep continues her 'Once Upon a Dickens Christmas' series with this second book. A second chance coin features in each novel and it was used so sweetly in this one.Will is having tea with his rich Uncle Barlow, he and his loathsome cousin Percival and his equally obnoxious wife Alice. Uncle Barlow is going to let the men know which he ...
  • Karen R
    Another delightful Victorian era story by one of my favorite authors! A faster paced read with a lot of depth. Set in 1853 London around the Christmas season, this shorter novel is full of wonderful characters, Dickens quotes, and plenty of dilemmas to bring the tension level up. 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 ...
  • Bree
    This book was more than a romance it was a reminder we get second chances in God and with people. Mina wants nothing more than to be with Will in more than a fake marriage. Though she is happy to pretend for his Uncle’s sake, and Will’s. She is a sweet girl with a heart of gold, one that is willing to do anything for those that she love. Her dear friend Effie was the one to remind her of the second chance and give her the second chance coin. ...
  • Rebecca
    4.5 stars"There is no playing fast and loose with the truth, in any game, without growing the worse for it." - Charles Dickens, "Little Dorrit"And yet . . . . . the truth of the matter was, William Barlow was in a bit of a pickle and the lovely innkeeper's daughter seemed just the right person to ask for a favor; of the honorable kind, that is. (if you could call pretending to be one's wife an honorable role) Much was riding on a family inheritan...
  • Carole Jarvis
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2NCjmbmA Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep is enjoyable, intriguing, and very clever. Being transported to the 1853 Victorian world of Dickens is pure pleasure at any time, but there’s just something special about the Christmas season. Michelle Griep is gifted at conveying the essence of a setting and its culture, so much so that I felt like I was in the middle of a PBS period drama, enjoying al...
  • Jaime Jo Wright
    Michelle Griep has fast become one of my favorite, new-to-me authors. In her latest addition to her Dickens Christmas series, she weaves a warm-hearted Dickens-ish story that left me smelling Christmas spices, sensing holiday warmth, and seriously wanting to decorate my house for Christmas (before HALLOWEEN!). It’s a Can’t-miss Christmas novel that will stay with me through the holiday season.
  • Ann
    This is a wonderful Christmas story about second chances and redemption. It is such a sweet love story and it holds your attention. This book was a joy to read. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion of this book.
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    4.5 stars“… think of eternity, then live backward from that.”Y’all! I loved this story so much! And for a shorter page count, it’s full of delicious gems – multiple sentences that I’ve highlighted in my Kindle copy to remember later.Mina is an absolutely delightful heroine – a romantic bookworm with a big heart. (“Were this a novel, she’d skip to the next chapter to see how things turned out.”) Though poor by most standards ...
  • Loraine
    This is book 2 in the Once Upon a Dickens' Christmas series, but it reads well as a standalone. This book is delightfully enchanting as you stroll through Dickens' era with Mina Scott and William Barlow. A topsy turvy tale as William embroils Mina in his attempt to appear married for his Uncle Barlow as Barlow decides which of his two nephews would become his heir. Even though William had good intentions to protect his uncle from his cad cousin P...
  • Marguerite Gray
    Now I'm in the Christmas spirit. I wish #3 was out, and I'd go on a Dickens Christmas binge. What a delightful series....
  • Brittany
    A Tale of Two Hearts was a delightful story. I felt thoroughly immersed in the time period. Mina and William were characters that I couldn’t help but like, as they matched wits against some truly deplorable relations of William’s.The story had a gentle flow to it, as did the romantic feelings that blossomed between Mina and William. I felt that the author captured the time and place nicely in this story, while also peppering the novella with ...
  • Lucy
    What a delightful Christmas read to get you in the spirit. This is book two in the Once Upon A Dickens Christmas series, but worked fine as a stand-alone. I loved the Dickens quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Mina is an identifiable character that you will love and root for in this story of unrequited love. William is flawed but saved by grace. A quick but entertaining read to curl up with your cup of tea, as this is a great Cup of Tea rea...
  • Pam
    In this second book in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series we meet Will and Mina along with a cast of secondary characters you love and hate. Will and Mina learn that deception is never the answer to problems, as well as how beautiful grace and second chances can be. Loved the literary allusions and quotations from Ms. Griep. Looking forward to The Old Lace Shop coming in 2019.Thanks to Net Galley for a review copy in exchange for my honest ...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    Christmas. London. Victorian era. What could be the better makings for a novel? Maybe some suspense. But Michelle Griep creates a wonderful short story that fits in with the makings of a true Dicken's novel. I enjoyed the first book in the series entitled 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on A Tale of Two Heart too. Boy, am I glad I did. The story comes to life and brings the good feelings that Christmas brings only a ...
  • Rachel
    I love Michelle Griep's writing! Her Dickens Christmas series is neat in that although the books are sequential, their ties to each other are not such that they have to be read in order (that I can tell...) Book one ties to book two with a side character. She works making hatboxes in the first book, and changes jobs at the end. In the second book she turns up as a fast friend of the main character, but is not central to the story line in either. ...
  • Lisa Johnson
    Title: A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2)Author: Michelle GriepPages: 192Year: 2018Publisher: Shiloh PressMy rating: 5 out of 5 stars.The first book in the series is titled, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and coming in the Fall of 2019 is book #3 titled, The Old Lace Shop.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 ...
  • Jodie Wolfe
    This was my first introduction to Michelle Griep's Dickens Christmas Series. I found it to be delightful as she cited quotations from Dickens at the beginning of each chapter and then mined the premise throughout.Michelle has a gift of weaving a tale to produce a fun story that the reader can't put down while also providing a tapestry of spiritual truths along the way. I highly recommend her work.This book was provided free and I was not obligate...
  • BlueJeansAndTeacups
    •°o•:*:•. Book Lover’s Dream .•:*:• o°•London, 1853 Miss Wilhelmina Scott, aka Mina, serves in her father’s inn, The Golden Egg. But, she much prefers to have her nose in a good book such as ‘David Copperfield’ or daydream of her ‘brown-haired hero’, William Barlow. Miss Whymsy is her former governess and co-conspirator in lending her books and enlisting her help with The Single Women’s Society of Social Reform. Effie ...
  • Just Commonly
    "A farthing for your thoughts?"What a delightful short read Michelle Griep's A Tale of Two Hearts is! This is the second book in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas story, but can easily be read as a standalone. I've enjoyed it from start to finish, with the desire to get to the third book too! That ending was sweet, and though not unexpected, it still put a warmth in my heart and a smile on my face."...there's great deal of difference between self...
  • Janice Sisemore
    A wonderful Christmas story. Mina and William pretend to be married to his uncle. William wants his uncle to pick him for his inheritance and not his cousin. His cousin just wants to take advantage. Loved Mina friend Miss Whymsy, she was a really enjoyable character. Mina loved books especially Charles Dickens, I always enjoy an character that is a reader. Mina father runs an Inn and helps out. I found the book very enjoyable and exciting. A lot ...
  • Nora St Laurent
    This a fun and intriguing read. Readers first meet Mina Scott at the Golden Egg Inn, Mina Scott (the innkeeper’s daughter) is taking a break to read David Copperfield. She loved reading. She could go on so many adventures and take her mind off of work and her father. He didn’t enjoy reading, couldn’t understand why she loved it so much.This is a charming, fun story set in 1853 London when Charles Dickens was doing his writing. Each chapter ...
  • English
    Its October, but I've just finished this delightful Christmas story. Actually, it could be read any time of the year, and the theme is no obstacle. There's romance, with a pretended marriage and intrigue, with a nefarious plot hatched by the leading man's relatives. The characters are wonderful and so well-drawn, including the deliciously nasty villains Alice and Percy. Alice is so venomous, grasping, sly and shrewish. You just want to slap her o...
  • Liz
    I enjoyed this second book in Griep's "Once Upon a Dickens Christmas" series even more than the first. Her characters and their struggles with conscience and circumstances beyond their control rang true, even though they come from a very different time and place. In fact, I shared a quote from Mina's dear friend, Effie, to encourage one of MY friends this week: "My mother-God rest her-always told me to think of eternity, then live backward from t...
  • Miranda Atchley
    What a delightful book! I thoroughly enjoyed A Tale of Two Hearts. It boasts a charming setting, endearing characters, and a lovely message of grace and mercy. I loved heroine Mina. She was the definition of a sweetheart and her love of literature made me want to befriend her. At times, I wasn’t altogether sure about Will, but overall I think he was a decent hero. He made mistakes, but ultimately tried to fix them and had mostly good intentions...
  • Lucinda
    What a charming story! I loved all the reference Dickensian references. William and Mina didn't appear to me right for each other at the beginning. She has a crush on him, but he comes across as not paying attention to her as much as she does to him. When William realizes that his uncle is more likely to choose him as heir if he's married, he asks Mina to pretend to be be his fiancée. She agrees and, of course, not everything goes smoothly. The ...