About the Book
Title: Ladies of Intrigue
Author: Michelle Griep
Genre: Christian Historical
Release date: February 2019
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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Michelle Griep has a way of writing historical fiction that makes it feel as though you are there in the moment, experiencing the events with the characters.
I enjoyed this book and found it exceptional…in spite of the fact that I prefer longer stories over novellas… 🙂
And so…just a brief review about each of the three stories.
The first one, The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady. What a book! The title, even though a bit cumbersome, gives you a bit of a peek into what the story might be about…and it is action-packed from the first page! Think of an 1800s Robin Hood. That’s what you’ve got here. I loved this guy, Isaac…in spite of the fact that he is the villain… or at least he appears that way at the beginning… But, he also is the hero, so there you have it… 🙂 Helen meets him in an unfortunate circumstance….as he is pirating the ship she is aboard. And then…she is officially introduced to him shortly thereafter…can she keep his secret?! (sounds very intriguing, does it not?!!)
And then there’s The Doctor’s Woman
This is another interesting historical fiction novella…about Emmy…a young lady who has enough experience and knowledge to be a nurse, or maybe even a doctor…but this is back in those days where it was not an accepted occupation for a woman.
And last but not least A House of Secrets
Finally. This one is set in the late 19th century, St. Paul Minnesota. You meet Amanda, and her fiance Joseph. They are society people. But they are in the middle of trying to shut down houses of ill-repute. It’s another interesting read.
My main issue with these stories is that they were too short! 🙂 The story was almost over before I felt like I really got in to it.
But…for novellas…they were great. If you are looking for a quick read, and especially if you enjoy historical fiction, read these!
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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