First Line Friday: The House at the End of the Moor

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Today I am excited to be featuring The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep. I loved reading this newest book! An exciting page-turning adventure you won’t soon forget! Be sure to snag a copy to enjoy!

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March 1861
Dartmoor Prison, Devon, England

Death prowled the cell block like a dark animal seeking prey–especially the weakest.

 

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The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep

Synopsis:

What Can a London Opera Star and an Escaped Dartmoor Prisoner Have in Common?

Opera star Maggie Lee escapes her opulent lifestyle when threatened by a powerful politician who aims to ruin her life. She runs off to the wilds of the moors to live in anonymity. All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man near her house. Escaped convict Oliver Ward is on the run to prove his innocence, until he gets hurt and is taken in by Maggie. He discovers some jewels in her possession—the very same jewels that got him convicted. Together they hatch a plan to return the jewels, clearing Oliver’s name and hopefully maintaining Maggie’s anonymity.

My Thoughts:

What an exciting page-turning adventure I experienced through the pages of this captivating story from Michelle Griep. Right from the very beginning, I found myself invested in the lives of the characters and eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next. The story kept the same level of gripping drama begging to the end.

Resplendent with mystery, danger, and dynamic expertly crafted characters, I found myself blissfully along for the adventure! What begins as a tender offering of concern and caring for another in need grows into affection and to deep devotion and love, which is sure to have your sighing in blissful contentment. This story is sure to please even the most finicky of readers.

(I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

About the Author:

2754194 I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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The House at the End of the Moor

First Line Friday: Once Upon A Dickens Christmas

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Today I am excited to be featuring Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep. This wonderful collection of Victorian Christmas novellas is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit! CLICK HERE to see my review!

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The Old Lace Shop
London 1855

I have long abhorred black. It is a great abyss, sucking in the colours of the rainbow and wringing the life from them. The moniker of death.

 

I couldn’t help but toss in a couple extra lines for you! The words just flow from the page like liquid quicksilver.  This is one collection of stories you won’t want to miss.

 

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Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep

Three Delightful Christmas Tales from Beloved Storyteller Michelle Griep

Synopsis:

Pour yourself a cuppa, get lost in the merriment of the season, and enjoy a Dickensian Christmas in three stories from fan-favorite Michelle Griep:

12 Days at Bleakly Manor: Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

A Tale of Two Hearts: Pleasure seeker William Barlow needs a wife immediately to gain his uncle’s inheritance, and Mina Scott is just the girl to make him look respectable—too bad she turns him down. Ought he give her a second chance?

The Old Lace Shop: Recently widowed Bella White is finally freed from the domination of the overbearing men in her life, but when she enters into a business partnership with the handsome Edmund Archer, she begins to wonder if marriage is worth a second chance.

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed each of the three stories in this charming Dickens Christmas collection. The first two stories, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and A Tale of Two Hearts each were first printed on their own. The new story in this collection is The Old Lace Shop. Since I have previously reviewed (and loved) the first two stories on their own, I will focus my attention on this review primarily with the new story, The Old Lace Shop.

Right from the very first page our heroine, Bella captured my sympathies and my heart. She chose to rise above the situation she found herself in and grab life by the reigns. Unconventional and determined, Bella is a strong heroine. I enjoyed watching her grow in this story.

Edmund Archer kept me on my toes. One moment I liked him, and the next I wanted to purse-whomp him. He was full of surprises! He isn’t the picture-perfect hero, he has his flaws. But just maybe that is what makes him so endearing, and unforgettable.

The setting of the story, while industrial, and dreary in its drab corner of England, is lit by its vivacious characters that rise above the backdrop and add color and life into their surroundings. I appreciate the fact that the author invites us into a less seldom view of a Victorian Christmas.

This collection of stories makes the perfect gift for the book-lover on your list and it is sure to become your new favorite Christmas tradition!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

About the Author:

2754194 I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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Once Upon A Dickens Christmas

 

First Line Friday: The Noble Guardian

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Today I am excited to be featuring The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep. With page-turning action and drama, you won’t want to put this story down! CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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Southhampton, England 1815

          Was it wicked to say goodbye with a smile? Wrong to feel happy about leaving one’s family behind? Surely only a sinner’s heart would harbor such uncharitable emotions…wouldn’t it?

 

Reader friends I’d love to hear from you:

What do you think? It is wrong to feel happy about leaving one’s family?
Have you ever had to say good-bye to family and not know when if ever you’d see them again?

 

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The Noble Guardian (The Bow Street Runners #3)

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The Noble Guardian (The Bow Street Runners #3) by Michelle Griep

A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure

Synopsis:

The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentleman bachelors in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.

Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But to him she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.

Abby pleads with him to escort her on the rest of her journey. He refuses until she offers him the thing he desperately needs to achieve his goal: money. Delivering her safely will earn him more than enough to settle into a quiet life.

So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.

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My Thoughts:

With page-turning action and drama, you won’t want to put this story down! I fell in love with these characters. Even the secondary characters give so much to this story. There is plenty to love and enjoy within the pages of The Noble Guardian!

Abigail Gilbert has big plans for her future, she just didn’t plan on the unexpected adventure that awaits her along the way. Abigail may have been raised in a fine, fashionable home, but the lack of love she received left deep scars, not to mention that her planning for a love in her future may be more dream than reality. As her plans begin to unravel and her future becomes not at all what she expected will she stay the course or discover a new dream for her future?

Captain Samuel Thatcher is a man of few words. But if ever you needed someone in your corner to rescue you, this is the man for the job! He is observant and cunning, not much of anything slip past him. Behind his gruff exterior, Samuel has a tender heart, not that he’d admit that to anyone. Samuel is dependable, courageous, and quite the capable protector. You are sure to fall for this dashing hero!

I enjoyed every moment of this delightful story! It has something for everyone. Dynamic characters, engaging story-line, action, adventure, deep faith, and lots of heart. This is a story for the keeper shelf, a story that you’ll want to pull out and enjoy again!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

2754194 I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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The Noble Guardian (The Bow Street Runners #3)

  The Innkeeper’s Daughter (The Bow Street Runners #2)

  Brentwood’s Ward (The Bow Street Runners #1)

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First Line Fridays: Ladies of Intrigue

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m excited to be featuring Ladies of Intrigue (3 tales of 19th-century romance with a dash of mystery) by Michelle Griep. Each story is a stand-alone, filled with page-turning adventure and vivid characters that you won’t soon forget. These stories are filled with sweet romance a dash of mystery and plenty of witty dialogue. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

I’ll share with you today the first few lines from the first novella in this wonderful collection.

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
Cornish Coast, 1815
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?

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Port village of Treporth, Cornwall, England

Pretend I am courageous.
Pretend my heart still beats.
Pretend all manner of blissful things…
and that I shall find him alive.

Reaching a worn scrap of foolscap, Helen Fletcher tucked the paper into her valise, then snapped shut the clasp, wishing most of all she’d never received such horrid news. No one had ever warned her about the dangers of parchment.

Ladies of Intrigue

 

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Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep

3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a dash of Intrigue

Synopsis:

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
Cornish Coast, 1815
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?

The Doctor’s Woman (A Carol Award Winner!)
Dakota Territory, 1862
Emmy Nelson, daughter of a missionary doctor, and Dr. James Clark, city doctor aspiring to teach, find themselves working side by side at Fort Snelling during the Dakota Uprising. That is when the real clash of ideals begins.

A House of Secrets
St. Paul, Minnesota, 1890
Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house that’s secretly owned by her beau—a home that’s his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s most infamous madam.

My Thoughts:

This 3-novella collection is a delightful addition to my personal library. I enjoy reading anything written by Michelle Griep, and I was delighted to get my hands on this collection of her stories. Each story can be read in one sitting.

Each story is a stand-alone, filled with page-turning adventure and vivid characters that you won’t soon forget. These stories are filled with sweet romance a dash of mystery and plenty of witty dialogue. If I had to pick of favorite of the three it would be The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady.

Long-time fans of Michelle Griep will want to be sure to snag a copy for themselves. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading one of Michelle Griep’s stories, then this is the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet and see what you’ve been missing!

I give this collection 4 stars and encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy as soon as possible!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

2754194 I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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  Ladies of Intrigue

First Line Fridays: A Tale of Two Hearts

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m excited to be featuring A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2) by Michelle Griep. This delightful story captured my heart! With irresistible characters, a fully immersible setting, and Michelle Gripe’s signature way with words, it all adds up to an unforgettable story that you are sure to need for your keeper shelf. CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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London, 1853

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life,
or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
– David Copperfield

In the tiny back of the Golden Egg Inn, Mina Scott lowered her copy of David Copperfield to her lap and lifted her face to the October sun.

 

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

 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon A Dickens Christmas #1)

 

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September 2018 – Month in Review & Giveaway

What books have you read during the month of September? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in September. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

FinallyAccepted  Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

AWorthyRebel  A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund

MagnoliaSummer  Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson

A+Tale+of+Two+Hearts+cover  A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

HiddenAmongTheStars Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

LadyOfAThousandTreasures Lady of A Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

HourUnspent_comp  An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White

TheChristmasHerloom The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas

 

Author Interview:

PhotoFunia-1536761495  Lynn Austin

 

 

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I am giving away 1 (one) print copy of “Lady of a Thousand Treasures” Review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this print copy is only available to those in the continental USA. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period, the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

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1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?  Or, what book(s) are you looking forward to reading in October?”

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Winner: Amanda G.