12 Days at Bleakly Manor

Reviewed by: Cindy Akre, a voracious and critical reader who often takes more time from her day to read than doing other things higher on the priority list. But reading is fun!!!



Title: 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

Author: Michelle Griep

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Paperback

Length: 182 pages


Chapters 1 and 2 give you background on Benjamin Lane and Clara Chapman, an engaged couple whose wedding plans were interrupted on their wedding day by unfavorable circumstances.  Benjamin ends up in jail accused of embezzling funds from Clara’s family business. She is left destitute to care for a beloved aunt. A mysterious invitation sent to six different people, including both Benjamin and Clara without their knowledge, leads them into adventure at Bleakly Manor.  All parties have been promised something precious if they can stay at the Manor for 12 days.

A quote I am particularly fond of  is found on page 163, spoken by Clara’s aunt to Clara:

“Worrying doesn’t stop the bad from happening. It keeps you from enjoying the good.”

This book was not necessarily a favorite, but it was a good distraction from normal reading, both in its length and in its plot.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested audience:

Young adult/adult

Christian impact:

Ben, in a prayer to God, surrenders to Him and asks the Lord to “Make things right” and “Make me right,” which are both in the realm of God’s business.  Clara wrestles with the “Why, God, why?” of life in the same way many of us do at times.



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