Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep – Book Review, Preview

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Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep – Book Review, Preview

Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery

by Michelle Griep

Published by Barbour Books
Publication Date January 15, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Setting: England, Minnesota Georgian Era – UK – 1714 – 1837, Civil War Era - US - 1849-1865, Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Written for: Adults
Pages: 288


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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Michelle Griep has such a way with her descriptions! And in reading this collection, I realized that she not only uses intriguing metaphors, she often has them tie into the story itself in a unique way.

My favorite story in this collection was The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady. Full of the author’s rich language and humorous situations, the story was well-paced. In addition to the romance was a gentleman’s dilemma of seeking justice (um, maybe revenge?) or allowing the Lord to be the one to set things to right.

While at the climax of the story I expected Helen to be the one to extract them from their difficulty,, I was not expecting the solution to be what it was!

The Doctor’s Woman was the most serious of the stories as Emmy found herself assisting the handsome doctor at the Fort. I was saddened by the attitudes towards the Indians, though not surprised. The adventure here was more a battle over disease and treatment methods. (Dr. James Clark was amusing, being scornful about Emmy’s dismissal of such a scientifically proven method as using leeches!)

A House of Secrets paired the insecure Ladies Aide Chairwoman, Amanda, who was trying to prove her worth to her father, with Joseph, an attorney with secrets he feared would cause him to lose the woman he loved. As they both battled the evils of their city, they learned that their secrets could only drive them apart.

Michelle's The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady Pinterest Board

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  • An example of how Helen would ride on a horse with Isaac.
  • Unloading goods.
  • The fictional Black Pool Cove where the rockslide trapped smugglers Tegwyn & Rook.
  • Red Jenny ~ the horse Isaac gives to Helen.
  • Jane Austen's Donkey Carriage, at the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, England
  • Helen's "grey" dress
  • "The Onslaught of the Smugglers" - Great painting of smugglers landing on the coast.
  • 'THE CORNISH SMUGGLING INDUSTRY' | Paul White: paperback (from The Tor Mark series)     ✫ღ⊰n
  • The vicar's cottage.
  • Southern Cornwall Coast
  • SEATON HALL (in real life: Prideaux Place in Padstow, Cornwall)
  • PERCIVAL FARRIS, the Revenue Man
  • ESTHER SEATON (Isaac's sister)
  • The fictional coastal village of Treporth

Michelle's The Doctor's Woman Pinterest Board

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  • 1862 Dakota Uprising - Minnesota's Other Civil War
  • U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 | Historic Fort Snelling
  • The Courageous Brides Collection: Compassionate Heroism Attracts Male Suitors to Nine Spirited Women: Johnnie Alexander, Michelle Griep, Eileen Key, Debby Lee, Rose Allen McCauley, Donita Kathleen Paul, Jennifer Uhlarik, Jenness Walker, Renee Yancy: 9781634097772: Books
  • Dr. Clark's chamber.
  • Fort Snelling
  • The colonel's quarters.
  • Inside the front door of the colonel's quarters.
  • Makawee, which means earth maiden
  • Fort Snelling dispensary.
  • The fort's hospital ward.
  • The front gate to Fort Snelling.
  • Emmaline Nelson, the doctor's woman (Waákisniya Wikhóškalaka)
  • Dr. James Clark

Michelle's A House of Secrets Pinterest Board

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  • Some of the bully boys on the St. Paul streets.
  • Entering the back door of the old Grigg House.
  • #Vintage Digital Download Photo 1800s Handsome Man by ScreamingSardine, $1.00 #scrapbooking #mixedmedia
  • Will Wainwright (Josephs' best buddy)
  • Joseph Blake
  • Joseph Blake's phaeton.
  • The Carston Estate
  • The Minnesota Club, rumored to have a tunnel as a direct link to Nina Clifford's St. Paul brothel.
  • Nina Clifford and Her Brothel | The Streets of Saint Paul
  • The Grigg's House
  • Dilapidated Golden Flats tenement slum housing.
  • As chairlady of the Ladies Aide Society, Amanda Carston is on a mission to tear down dangerous housing.
  • Joseph Blake.
  • The brothel madam.
  • Willard Craven



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

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