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, Fiction

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...
  • 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
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Amy Koster
    The second book in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, A Tale of Two Hearts will put you in a complete Christmas spirit. This story has so many twists and turns. Characters you will love and some you will hate. A beautiful story of second chances and a forgiving heart.Mina Scott won me over with her love of reading! She is selfless and kind. She is fun and just wanted the best for everyone and hoping that also included her. William Barlow is a man...
  • Kristine Morgan
    `Michele Griep's A Tale of Two Hearts is every bit as delightful as her first Christmas story Twelve Days at Bleakley Manor. She fills her stories with charming characters in interesting settings. Ms. Griep's books always teach a lesson but in a way that entertains. I loved the characters Mina and William. They are from different classes but meet at Mina's family's pub. Set at Christmas time the story definitely has a Dicken's feel to it. I read ...
  • Maureen Timerman
    Once I picked this one up, I read to the end and it kept me entertained all the way.We are in Dicken’s time in England, and we begin the story in a tavern, with a young girl who is impressed with a man that doesn’t seem to notice her until?Will a man who has become a Christian be able to tell a lie to save the life of his Uncle, sounds so innocent doesn’t it, and will he drag his beautiful friend along with him. I loved the ending of this b...
  • Michelle
    A Tale of Two Hearts is an engaging, sweet, and inspirational story that grips you from page one. I loved the first book in the series, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, and I was expecting the same suspenseful style of novel. However, while this is not a mystery, the characters and the story carry your through as if it was a page-turning suspense novel.Mina and William capture your heart you as soon as you meet them. While I could see how everything was...
  • Robin
    What a super book taking place it Dickens time period. Well written and uplifting. Flows very well. The tension in the book is quite good. Highly recommend. I received a copy from the publisher through net galley. Opinions are my own.
  • Lila Diller
    1. How did you feel about the setting? London, 1853, at the time when Charles Dickens was writing. It was obviously well-researched. I even learned what a reticule was by the author's description.2. What do potential readers need to know most about the main character? Mina is a poor innkeeper's daughter who dreams of her crush, William Barlow. When William asks her to help him by pretending to be his new bride for an afternoon, she can't say no. ...
  • Perrianne
    Mina Scott is the daughter of the Innkeeper at the Golden Egg in 1853 London where patron William Barlow is a frequent visitor. Charming William is trying to overcome his wild and gambling ways after parting ways with his former fiancée. Mina would like a relationship with William, but she has no idea of his past. She dreams of escaping the dreary inn life and becoming a real lady with a particular eye on William. How is Mina going to portray th...
  • Cathy Morgan
    Mina, who works in her father's inn, has been attracted to William, one of the inn's patron's, for months now, but he has never shown any interest in her. Then one day he finds himself in need of a fake bride, just for a night, and asks her to pretend. When she agrees, the two gradually sink deeper into a mire of deception - but they also become increasingly desirous of making the lies come true. The need for a bride relates to his uncle's select...
  • Mary
    You see, my dear, real joy is not found in the best moments of life, but in trusting that God is making the best of every moment…even those as dreadful as death.” --Miss WhymsyA delightful Christmas tale that centers around two engaging young people living in Victorian London in 1853! William Barlow, a young law clerk with a bit of a wild past, crosses paths with Mina Scott, a free thinking young woman who loves to read Dickens when she’s s...
  • 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 ...
  • Anna
    A Tale of Two Hearts: Book 2 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep is a moving love-story by Barbour. Every chapter starts with a quote from a beloved book by Charles Dickens and the novel is surrounded by a Dickensian spirit.London 1853, more precisely Golden Egg: Mina Scott is the daughter of Jasper Scott, owner of the inn. Avid reader of Dickens's books, (although her dad doesn't want that she reads because according to his point ...
  • Amy
    This book is a romantic, historical novel based during Christmas time. It is the mid 1800’s in England. This tale focuses on Mina, an innkeeper’s daughter and William, a man who frequently dines at the inn. William is competing against his cousin to be his uncle’s heir and needs a wife to put him in a favorable light. Mina agrees to help him and plays the role of wife for him. Both keep digging a bigger hole with their tales that is harder ...