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Review: Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep


The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady - Michelle Griep

About The Book:

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?

My Thoughts:

I loved this short story so much! I wish they had a whole book not just a few pages. The characters were very real and the story was engaging. I couldn't put it down!

The Doctors Woman - Michelle Griep

About The Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this story as well. I loved how Emmy stood up for their unconventional ways to city doctor James Clark. Watching the two of them compromise and work together was great! Again the story was very good and the characters were excellent.

A House of Secrets - Michelle Griep

About The Book:

Ladies' Aid Chairwomen 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 escaped from the hands of the city's most infamous madam.

My Thoughts:

This was my least favorite story but I still enjoyed it. Amanda annoyed me, as she seemed so caught up in what she wanted, and how she looked she didn't realize what a great beau she had. Joseph was such a good man and it took her forever to realize it. But the writing was good and the characters believable.

Overall I loved this novella collection. Michelle Griep is a very talented author. I mention a lot that novella's often have that rushed, fake feeling because the characters have to go through so much in so few pages. But Michelle did it in such a way it didn't feel rushed. Every single story was great!

*I received this book from Celebrate Lit in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own*

Genre: Christian Historical

Release date: February 2019

Publisher: Barbour

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

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.

2. 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.

3. 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!

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.

Be Sure To Check Out The Other Blogs Featuring This Book!

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Daysong Reflections, March 6

Texas Book-aholic, March 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 7

Janices book reviews, March 7

A Humble Cup of Lukewarm Tea, March 8

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, March 8

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Carpe Diem, March 8

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