The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep- Review

Posted March 17, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways / 11 Comments

The Innkeeper's Daughter by Michelle Griep- Review

The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep- Review

The Innkeeper's Daughter
by Michelle Griep


Published by Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date March 1, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Action/Adventure, Mystery
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 320

Synopsis:

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

I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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She clasped her hands in front of her, a strange tension lurking behind her beautiful facade. He got the distinct impression that laughter was a friend who rarely came to call on her. What would it take to cause a genuine smile? How would it feel to be the recipient? A foreign urge ran through his veins to be the man – the only man – to make her laugh.

Don’t you just love the way the words in that paragraph were joined together?  This is typical of the prose you can expect throughout The Innkeeper’s Daughter. It is so beautifully written. It brought me to a different time and place, seeing and smelling and experiencing things in a new way. Though the author’s writing style is much easier to read than his, the descriptions, especially of the characters, reminded me of Charles Dickens’ novels.

There were so many fascinating characters in this story. Mr. Nutbrown and his puppet, Nixie, were so well developed! This simple-minded man who loved yellow stockings played a fairly large role in the book. Mr. Quail and his rag-tag musicians who were perhaps tone-deaf were some more of the colorful people who brought this story to life.

I really liked the way that Alex was so conflicted about having to tell lies in order to help protect his country. He would not have been such an honorable man if that came easily to him. The way that Alex treated Johanna’s little brother, Thomas, so kindly was endearing.

The story brings readers on a journey from the dining rooms and gaming parlors of the rich to the humblest of inns, to the gaol, and to places I won’t mention so I don’t spoil the story. With more of a focus on the humbler places instead of the aristocratic ones, the story made Dover and its environs come to life. This is a rich adventure that is a pleasure to read, with some surprises along the way.

Guest Post from Michelle Griep

Celebrating Oak Apple Day

Spring is just around the corner, or maybe it’s in full bloom in your neck of the woods. Regardless, by this time of year, everyone is ready to celebrate. . . and nothing new is under the sun. For centuries people have been eager to welcome budding greenery and warmth.

In my recent release, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, I incorporated a spring holiday that’s been around for over 500 years in England, one you may have never heard of.

Oak Apple Day.

This ancient celebration dates back to the year 1651. At the time, Charles II escaped the Roundhead army by taking cover in an oak tree. Everyone loved ol’ Charlie and was glad he lived, so in his honor, a new national holiday was born—one that in some parts of England is still celebrated today.

Another name for this annual event is Royal Oak Day and the festivities occur every May 29th. Celebration traditions vary from parades to the ringing of bells, but one thing that is standard is that it’s a day to pin an oak leaf on your lapel. If you fail to wear one, you could end up getting pinched.

The hero in my latest release is kind enough to remind the heroine that she forgot to pin on her leaf, thus saving her from untoward pinches. Interested in hearing more about this gallant fellow and the forgetful miss? Here’s a blurb about The Innkeeper’s Daughter

Tension is high with the threat of a Napoleonic attack in Regency England, but risk from abroad means nothing when there’s danger at home.

Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the crown—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.

It’s a race against time for them both.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a signed copy of The Innkeeper’s Daughter and a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cb72

About Michelle Griep

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 www.michellegriep.com.

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11 responses to “The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep- Review

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review and information on “The Innkeeper’s Daughter” by Michelle Griep as well as being part of the book tour. Enjoyed reading the guest post too. I’d very much love the opportunity to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    • Good luck in the contest. You might not need to wait for the library. 🙂

      If you don’t win, however, don’t hesitate to request that your library get this book. Most libraries are more than happy to take requests. Mine even has a way that I can request them on their website. The requests I have made have been filled within less than a week!

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