The month of December is like no other month of the year. The whole month is filled with parties, gifts, decorations everywhere, lots and lots of goodies, and Hallmark Christmas movies. December seems to be the only month when I am not only willing, but urgently seeking out Christmas movies. Hallmark has so many of the these movies I find myself craving. Movies with not a lot of depth – there is not a lot of deep thinking going on, movies where relationships happen unbelievably quickly, people always forgive each other and there is always a happy ending. Any other time of the year such a description would not have me wishing every day I could find the time to watch such a movie. In December though I can’t get enough and I enjoy every minute of it.
While reading A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep I couldn’t help but compare it to a Hallmark Christmas movie. There was not a lot of depth, relationships happened unbelievably quickly, people forgave each other and of course there was a happy ending. Just like a Hallmark Christmas movie, I have to say I really enjoyed the experience.
Set in London in 1853, Mina Scott is an Innkeeper’s daughter who loves to read, especially Charles Dickens. She wishes that her life could be as exciting as the characters she reads about. She dreams that someday William Barlow, a customer at the inn, will fall romantically in love with her, just like a plot in one of the books she reads. William’s uncle will soon be naming his heir. William has given his uncle the impression that he is married in hopes of securing the inheritance for himself. When his uncle invites him and his wife for a visit William asks Mina to be his pretend bride. I’m pretty sure I have seen a Christmas movie with just such a plot and just as I enjoyed the movie, I enjoyed this book.
I loved the references to books written by Dickens. Mina loves reading just as much as I do and she sees her favorite authors as much as celebrities as I do. Though we don’t get to know the characters really well I found them enjoyable. A Tale of Two Hearts is the second book in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series. Though there were a few characters that are mentioned that we met in 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, and a coin that first appears in that book which reappears in A Tale of Two Hearts it can be read without reading the first book, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor.
If you can’t get to a TV to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie A Tale of Two Hearts will fill your craving for unexplainable enjoyment.
My copy of A Tale of Two Hearts was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!