A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

Book 2 in Reader Favorite Michelle Griep’s Charming Once Upon a Dickens Christmas Series

Synopsis:

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 scheming 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. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.

Can two hearts survive such deception?

My Thoughts:

This delightful story captured my heart! With irresistible characters, a fully immersable 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.

The Victorian era comes vividly to life in this charming Christmas story. An exciting, fast-paced story that kept me eagerly turning pages. I enjoyed the Dickens flair woven throughout the story. While this is the second book in the series, it is easily a stand-alone.

I especially appreciated the gentle reminders of faith woven into the story. A reminder of the importance of trusting God and waiting on Him, and finding joy in the unexpected. We are also reminded of the importance of extending forgiveness to others as well as ourselves.

I always know that I’m in for a special treat any time I pick up on of Michelle Griep’s books! I give this delightful story 5 starts and please trust me when I say that you must run out to the store today, and purchase a copy to enjoy! Get a copy for you and for a friend, while you are at it!

(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:

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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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Pick up your copy:

  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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First Line Fridays: The Captured Bride

 

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

This week I’m featuring The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3) by Michelle Griep. This exciting story is scheduled to hit the shelves on June 1st and trust me you will want to snag a copy of this page-turning adventure! CLICK HERE to read my review.

This week I’m sharing a favorite line of mine instead of the first line. This story takes place Five years into the French and Indian War and starts out at Fort Wilderness upper New York, 1759

For more information about the Daughters of the Mayflower series see graphic and the web link at the end of this post. 

TheCapturedBride Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause. . .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.

Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.   Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?

 

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Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

 

The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3) by Michelle Griep

A War-Torn Countryside Is No Place for a Lady

Synopsis:

 Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause. . .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.  Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.   Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this story, and I really didn’t want it to end! The setting, the characters, it was all so real and tangible.  When I had to set aside the book to go to bed, I ended up dreaming about the characters. The secrets and the mystery in the story kept me turning pages. I just couldn’t get enough!

When I was younger, my sister and I use to pretend we were Indians and see how quietly we could walk through the woods and not leave any trace we’d be there. Mercy Lytton doesn’t just play scout, she is one! Mercy is accustomed to standing on her own. She’s capable, fiery, and an expert tracker. Yet, it is her heart that makes the largest growth.

I wasn’t quite sure what to think of Elias at first. But as the story progressed and I got to know him better, I couldn’t help but fall for him. Elias has his own secrets, and he hides them well. Elias surprised me a few times but in the best way.

I was captivated right from the start, there wasn’t a dull moment, the story flowed seamlessly all the way to the end (that I wasn’t ready to see). I give this fantastic book 5 enthusiastic stars. Do yourself a favor and go buy this one on June 1st when it comes out!

(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:

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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?

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads

Click on the title below to order your copy:

The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3)

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More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)?
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1863 The Alamo (February 2019)
Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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April 2018 – Month in Review

Spring has finally arrived here in the northern hemisphere! I’m enjoying the warmer weather and reading some outside in the sunshine. There have been some wonderful stories that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in April.

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

Books Reviewed:

ThePirateBride The Pirates Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #2) by Kathleen Y’Baro

StartingFromScratch Starting From Scratch by Kate Lloyd

ALoyalHeart  A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

TheAccidentalGuardian The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

The Weavers Daughter  The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

AmongstTheRoses  Amongst the Roses by Meghan Gorecki

FallingForYou  Falling for You (A Bradford Sisters Romance #2)

 

Author Interviews:

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Meghan Gorecki  Meghan Gorecki

 

Author Spotlight:

RachelFordham  Rachel Fordham

 

Excerpts:

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StepheniaHMcGee&Timeless The Heart of Home by Stephenia H. McGee

IMG_0329 This Freedom Journey by Misty M. Beller

 

Cover Reveal:

HerPlaceInTime Her Place in Time: A time travel romance by Stephenia H. McGee

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in May?

I have a full schedule of books I’m looking forward to sharing with you in May!

Author Interview & Giveaway: Michelle Griep

I have a special guest vising with us today! Grab a hot drink and a chair and settle in for a fun interview. Allow me to introduce our Author guest, Michelle Griep.

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?

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Goodreads

Join us as we chat about Michelle’s latest released book, The Innkeeper’s Daughter. For those not familiar with this wonderful story, be sure to click here to read my review.

The Innkeepers DaughterDover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

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Welcome, Michelle!  I’m so happy to have you here chatting with us today about The Innkeeper’s Daughter. Let’s start out with a few getting to know you questions, and then we’ll dive right into the book.

Q:  Are you a coffee or tea drinker? 

Michelle:  Yes. Both. But I had to switch to decaf recently.

Trisha:  I too enjoy both coffee and tea.

 

Q:  What is your favorite dessert?

Michelle:  Anything chocolate. Dark’s my favorite but I won’t snub milk.

Trisha:  Yes! Love chocolate!

 

Q:  What would be your dream vacation? 

Michelle:  England . . . which I happen to be going to in May! Woohoo! And my favorite place in all of England is Ironbridge. It’s like visiting the Shire.

Trisha:  That’s wonderful! Do you have enough room for a stowaway?! I’m sure that you will have a marvelous time!

 

Q:  If they were to make a movie of The Innkeepers Daughter, who would you choose to play the hero & heroine? 

Michelle:  Alexander Moore is Chris Hemsworth, and Johanna Langley is Rachel Weisz.

You can see their pictures plus the other characters at my Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/michellegriep/the-innkeepers-daughter/

Trisha:  I enjoy seeing all the wonderful pictures you collected for your inspiration board on Pinterest!

 

Q:  Where did your inspiration for The Innkeepers Daughter come from?

Michelle:  I visited Dover a few years back. Roaming the white cliffs and following old smuggler trails made me wonder what those smugglers might be like.

Trisha:  I can almost picture you there!

 

Q:  Did you have a favorite character while writing The Innkeepers Daughter?

Michelle:  Lucius Nutbrown, hands down. Who wouldn’t want to talk only through a puppet?

Trisha:  He was quite the unique character!

 

Q:  Did anything surprise you during your research for The Innkeepers Daughter?

Michelle:  Learning about Congreve rockets was super interesting. I love the tie-in with America as they were used during the war of 1812, and that’s where we get the line in the Star Spangled Banner “and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air.”

Trisha:  Learning about those rockets is interesting!

 

Q:  What books/stories are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! 

Michelle:  Thatcher is the spy-sidekick of Alex in The Innkeeper’s Daughter and now I’m working on his story (which will be the 3rd and final Bow Street Runner book). Here’s a blurb:

Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time in coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, it’s finally her time for love. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentlemen in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.

Horse patrol captain Daniel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But 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 for the rest of her journey. He refuses—until she offers him something he desperately needs to achieve his goal . . . money. Delivering her safely will give him more than enough to buy property.

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.

Trisha:  I’m so happy that Daniel Thatcher is getting his own story! I can’t wait to read all about his adventure!  Thank you again, Michelle for taking time out of your busy writing schedule to visit with us today.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Michelle Griep is giving away 1 (one) copy of her book “The Innkeeper’s Daughter” Please 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.

Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“Who is your favorite fictional Spy?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

 

*** Giveaway Ended ***
Congratulations: Nicole Cook

 

 

March 2018 – Month in Review

Here we are at the first day of April! There have been some wonderful stories that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in March.

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

Books Reviewed:

The Innkeepers Daughter The Innkeeper’s Daughter

GraceRestored Grace Restored

AChanceAtForever  A Chance at Forever

ThreeWordsAndAKiss  Three Words and a Kiss

A Heart's Revolution  A Heart’s Revolution

A Most Noble Heir  A Most Noble Heir

FindingEvergreen  Finding Evergreen

Author Interview:

SarahSundin  Sarah Sundin

Cover Reveal:

TimelessCollection Timeless Love: Romantic stories that span the ages

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in April?

I have a full schedule of books I’m looking forward to sharing with you in April! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

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First Line Fridays – The Innkeeper’s Daughter

First Line Friday’s is hosted by Hording Books.

This week I’m featuring The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep. This page-turning adventure is sure to keep you captivated! Read my full review (Click Here).

The Innkeepers Daughter

Dover, England, 1808

          Numbers would be the death of Johanna Langley

 

I’m not a huge fan of number’s myself. How about you, are you a fan of numbers?

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

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The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown

Synopsis:

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

My Thoughts:

Thrilling adventure awaits! Right from the very first chapter, I was captivated. This delightful story holds many exciting twists and unexpected surprises. The characters are dynamic and realistic. I didn’t want to look away from one moment! This is a stand-alone novel, however, savvy readers will recognize a few familiar characters from Brentwood’s Ward.

Alexander Moore is a handsome, smooth-talking hero with a heart of gold. He may be undercover, but his true character still shines through. When Alex discovers that the stakes are higher than even he imagined, will he be able to stay true to himself, or will he lose all he holds dear?

Johanna is a spunky young woman who is strong-willed and independent. Since her father’s death, she has taken on the role of trying to keep the family inn afloat and keep her mother, little brother and herself out of debtors prison. I love the fact that Johanna grows and learns to let go of the worry and give it to God. This is something that I’m sure we all struggle with from time to time.

This story has something for everyone. A hunky hero, a strong heroine, unique, vivid secondary characters, a fast-paced plot with surprises around every corner, characters with genuine faith and a gentle reminder that we must take our burdens to the Lord and he will be faithful to see us through any hardship or trial.

I  highly recommend this fantastic story and give it 5 enthusiastic stars! Grab yourself a copy today!

(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:

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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?

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads

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Cover Reveal – A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

One of the many benefits of signing up for emails from some of your favorite authors is that you are among the first to hear about new books, and see the book covers!

This morning, I received an email from Michelle Griep (click here to see Michelle’s blog post), sharing the cover of  “A Tale of Two Hearts” the second book in her Once Upon A Dickens Christmas series.

The cover is beautiful! I’m so excited to read this newest story! I am pretty sure that my squeal of excitement was heard all the way to Minnesota (LOL)!

Click here to add A Tale of Two Hearts to your “want to read” list on Goodreads

Here is the blurb:

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 rogue but penniless. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming 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. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.

Can two hearts survive such a deception?

Stay tuned…coming out next September, 2018.

Here is the Cover:

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You can snag the first book “12 Days At Bleakly Manor” today!

 

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

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?

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads

 

The Regency Brides Collection

Romance is a delicate dance bound by rules and expectations in Regency England…
Seven couples must navigate society’s gauntlet to secure the hand of true love….

Charity and Luke are strangers who were forced to marry three years ago.

Adelaide and Walter share a love of music and disdain for elitism.

Caroline and Henry are thrown together by three orphans.

Helen and Isaac harbor his unlikely secret.

Esther is empowered to choose between two men.

Sophia is determined not to choose a man like Nash.

Jamie and William face a daunting London season together.

Will their faith grow and love prevail in a time when both were considered luxuries the elite could not afford?

My Thoughts:

With a star-studded group of talented authors, and a central theme of love during the regency period, you can’t go wrong!

If you enjoy reading sweet love stories set during the Recency period then you will not want to miss out on picking up this wonderful book. Two of the authors in this collection were new to me, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed their stories as much as the stories written by my favorites.

Each story has it’s own dynamic cast of characters, with their own set of challenges, and a tender love story. Several of the stories I wished had been longer. But of course, there are limits to how long a story can be when it’s in a novella collection.

I would recommend this collection of stories to anyone who enjoys reading stories set during the Regency period.  I give this collection 4.5 stars.

(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 Quotes:

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About the Authors:

Clicking on the Author’s name will take you to their web page.

2754194  Michelle Griep

AmandaBarratt  Amanda Barratt

Angela Bell  Angela Bell

SusanneDietzeHeadshot  Susanne Dietze

NancyMoser  Nancy Moser

MaryLuTyndall  MaryLu Tyndall

EricaVetsch Erica Vetsch

 

Click on the title below to add this wonderful book to your collection:

  The Regency Brides Collection