Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep



About the Book


Title: Ladies of Intrigue  
Author: Michelle Griep  
Genre: Christian Historical 
Release date: February 2019  
Publisher: Barbour  

3 Page-Turners Under One Cover from Reader Favorite Michelle Griep! Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear? 
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.

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My Thoughts:

We have another impressive work by author Griep, this time in the telling of three novellas. No worries however, each is a full story all its own and I don’t know which one is my favorite. 

Starting off in Cornwall in 1815 we have a story of pirates, smugglers, mines, a governess in distress, and an impoverished landowner- all on the road to true love. This one is great for fans of Poldark, which I am and enjoyed seeing the same towns named as in the beloved show. 

The second story takes us to the Dakota Territory in 1862 with a handsome Doctor and his archaic ways who meets a beautiful daughter of a doctor who has learned a thing or two about medicine from the Native Americans. Soldiers, war looming, and disease push these two past their comfort zones. 


The last story takes place in 1890 in Minnesota between an already engaged couple and some secrets that one is hiding from the other. Enter evil men who take advantage of the less fortunate and a “haunted house” and you have a rough and rocky road to true love for these two.

I really liked each story and its own special setting. The characters were so diverse and interesting as you might expect in one of author Griep’s stories and I highly recommend this book and look forward to more. 

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.


About the Author


Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog “Writer off the Leash” or visit michellegriep.com.

Guest post from Michelle


3 Reasons to Read Historical Fiction Guest post by Michelle Griep Believe it or not, some readers snub historical fiction, preferring instead to stick to contemporary reads. Several have good reason to, simply preferring one genre over another. But others have never given historical fiction a try. If you fall into that camp, here are some reasons you should consider reading a tale from the past.
  1. Historical fiction books are not as boring as your high school history class.
Does the thought of endless names and dates make you break out into hives? Good news! Historical fiction is a painless way to glean some historic facts without mindless memorization. You can experience a different era and culture vicariously through heroes and heroines that live on the pages of yesteryear.
  1. Makes for great conversation.
In a world that prides itself on keeping up with the Kardashians, dare to add a little cultural zest to your next dinner conversation. Reading historical fiction arms you with interesting tidbits of things that’ve happened in years gone by.
  1. Because truth is timeless.
Some people yearn to go back to a simpler time. The truth is, though, that the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the historic side of the fence. People have had tough issues to deal with no matter the era. . .but therein lies a great reason to read historical fiction: truth is timeless. Be it ancient, biblical, medieval, Victorian, or anything in between, truth never changes. In my new release, Ladies of Intrigue, you’ll experience all these things and more. Find out about the smuggling trade in Cornwall in The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady. Learn about the rough and dangerous life on a military fort during the 1860’s in The Doctor’s Woman. Find out why the gilded age wasn’t as glittery as we often think in A House of Secrets. Don’t be doomed to repeat history. Grab a cup of tea and master it with a great read!

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Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a free copy of Ladies of Intrigue!!
Be sure to comment on blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/da8c/ladies-of-intrigue-celebration-tour-giveaway

6 comments:

  1. I enjoy reading historical fiction and like that the three stories take place in different time periods. Sounds like a great read.

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  2. Sometimes it's hit or miss with a novella collection. It's great that you loved all 3 stories!

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  3. I encourage reading so having a family who loves to read I sure support.Thanks for sharing your terrific read with us.

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