Review + Giveaway: A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

"A farthing for your thoughts?"

Title: A Tale of Two Hearts
Series: Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, Book 2
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press / Barbour Books
Release Date: September 1, 2018 
Genre: Historical Romance
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Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life. She saves every penny to attend a finishing school, dreaming of the day she’ll become a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.

William is a gentleman’s son, a charming rogue but penniless. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his puritanical cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.

William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t as she comes to love the old man. And when the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.

Can two hearts survive such a deception?


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-love and self-sacrificing love."

A story of second chances and finding the beauty of the unexpected, while extending the grace of God, A Tale of Two Hearts have all the hallmarks of a Christmas story. Simply a story of two hearts turn one, it gave our characters distinctive personalities and back story, but also learning the truth of their hearts along the way. Nods to literary works, plus the greatness of sacrificial love, this is one story one will love to reread and remember.

"God’s children are never truly alone – especially in a world filled with books."

Yes indeed, and A Tale of Two Hearts is one prime example.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan.

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  1. Thank you for your review on "A Tale of Two Hearts" by Michelle Griep and for being part of the book tour.

    Love the cover and can't wait for the opportunity to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Every Michele Griep book I've read has been a joy and I love the storyline for this one. Would love to read it!

  3. Replies
    1. Christmas. Love. Intrigue. Yep. . . I think you'll like it :)

  4. Sounds like an interesting series. I haven't read the first book in the series, but I know Michelle is a good author.

    1. Thanks Patty! Hopefully you'll have both titles read by next Christmas (when book 3 comes out).

  5. Sounds like a fun, quick read for the busy Christmas season. It’s hard to find time to read much, but the relaxation and de-stressing is very much needed.

  6. I enjoyed the first book in this series so I'm wanting to read Tale of Two Hearts. Thanks for the review.

  7. Thanks for a great review and joining the Celebrate Lit tour!

  8. I loved 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and would love to read this book also. Thanks for the review.


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