The Innkeeper's Daughter (The Bow Street Runners #2)
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.  

The Innkeeper's Daughter (The Bow Street Runners #2) Details

TitleThe Innkeeper's Daughter (The Bow Street Runners #2)
Author
ReleaseMar 1st, 2018
PublisherShiloh Run Press
ISBN-139781683224358
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Regency, Christian

The Innkeeper's Daughter (The Bow Street Runners #2) Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    Well you could probably knock me down with a feather right now. You see I am always willing to try a new to me author for the first time. After all with the odds 50-50 I'll like them it's worth the effort to me. I've tried this author in novella form before but a full book no, not until now!Michelle,I need to read more of your books! I have my new favorite author right here! I am so impressed with the scenes in this book that I swear I was there seeing,hearing,tasting, all of my senses came aliv Well you could probably knock me down with a feather right now. You see I am always willing to try a new to me author for the first time. After all with the odds 50-50 I'll like them it's worth the effort to me. I've tried this author in novella form before but a full book no, not until now!Michelle,I need to read more of your books! I have my new favorite author right here! I am so impressed with the scenes in this book that I swear I was there seeing,hearing,tasting, all of my senses came alive in a sensory overload!You need to read this book right now. It's a true historical treat!Pub Date 01 Mar 2018I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc.through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    Although this book is one of the most historically accurate books I’ve read, I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters and the plot felt kinda loose to me. 🤷🏼♀ Although this book is one of the most historically accurate books I’ve read, I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters and the plot felt kinda loose to me. 🤷🏼‍♀️
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  • Marlene
    January 1, 1970
    "From now on, you are no longer a Moore, but a Morton… You are a dealer in fine wines, a buyer and seller for your father." The Innkeeper's Daughter (2018, Barbour) by Michelle Griep is a Christian Regency romance/mystery set in Dover, England in 1808. The novel is a standalone story and is at this time not officially part of a series. But the setting is definitely in the world of Bow Street runners that Griep built for Brentwood's Ward, which precedes this book. I jumped at the chance to obtai "From now on, you are no longer a Moore, but a Morton… You are a dealer in fine wines, a buyer and seller for your father." The Innkeeper's Daughter (2018, Barbour) by Michelle Griep is a Christian Regency romance/mystery set in Dover, England in 1808. The novel is a standalone story and is at this time not officially part of a series. But the setting is definitely in the world of Bow Street runners that Griep built for Brentwood's Ward, which precedes this book. I jumped at the chance to obtain a NetGalley copy of this one because Griep is on my list of my favorite six authors! Rating: 5 starsThe heroine: Johanna Langley, 25, along with her mother and young brother Thomas, run the Blue Hedge Inn. They are a hair's breadth away from losing the inn, which is also their home. Johanna's mother is somewhat limited by her "poor eye," and Thomas tends to get into scrapes, so a large chunk of the workload goes to Johanna.The hero: Officer Alexander Moore has been given a special assignment by Magistrate Ford of the Bow Street Runners: "I would like you to go incognito for a while…. You will pose as a gambling rogue to ferret out a suspected traitor. A dangerous, highly connected traitor… And if this operation fails, I shall refute any knowledge of this conversation, to the point of watching you swing from a gibbet if necessary." This is quite the serious tone to take, especially when Ford had been Moore's guardian for several years! Historical Background from Wikipedia"The Bow Street Runners have been called London's first professional police force. The force… was founded in 1749… Bow Street runners was the public's nickname for the officers... The Bow Street group was disbanded in 1839."Christian elements:*Within the first few pages: "God's seen us through worse, has He not?... If we fail to trust in his provision, what kind of faith is that?" *"At the moment, her faith felt as crumbly as the wood - which was always the best time to pray."Is it clean/chaste? Yes. Alcohol and the inn's taproom are occasionally mentioned.What I liked: *The dedication is to "the Keeper of my soul." *I really liked the character of Thatcher, another Bow Street officer. Last month, I asked Ms. Griep whether Thatcher would be getting his own book. Her response: "I'm working on it now." Woo hoo! *I wouldn't feel funny recommending this book to men. That goes for Brentwood's Ward also. I know that there are men out there who read romance novels - I believe I have four male GR friends who do so - but I still do not know of any in my non-virtual world. *Prose such as this line: "It might've been a cozy inn at some point, but now the walls leaned in toward the soot-blackened ceiling, giving the impression the entire building wanted to lie down and rest."What I didn’t like: I don't recall anything I disliked! I did find a couple of spots that may need minor edits, but as I was reading an ARC, it's possible these have already been ironed out for the final copy. ***********The bottom line: I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical Christian and/or clean fiction. Both the romance and mystery/spy aspects were enjoyable. The next book I read by Ms. Griep will be The Captured Bride, and this will be in the near future, as I was fortunate enough to get a NetGalley copy of that book as well!
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I loved all the elements in this book! A hardworking innkeeper, a British spy, smugglers, gamblers, musicians, puppets... the unique details made it stand out from others with a similar theme. Johanna's circumstances are desperate, and she keeps coming up with ideas to bring in more funds, only to find that when her plans fail, the Lord has things in hand. The spiritual message is to trust God even when there seems to be no hope left- especially then. Both Johanna and Alex find themselves in sit I loved all the elements in this book! A hardworking innkeeper, a British spy, smugglers, gamblers, musicians, puppets... the unique details made it stand out from others with a similar theme. Johanna's circumstances are desperate, and she keeps coming up with ideas to bring in more funds, only to find that when her plans fail, the Lord has things in hand. The spiritual message is to trust God even when there seems to be no hope left- especially then. Both Johanna and Alex find themselves in situations that definitely put that to the test, and the steady pace of the plot kept me glued to the pages. I was surprised by some of the more gritty descriptions, but I appreciated the reality it portrayed and the sense of danger and desperation was heightened. I felt like I got to know the cast of characters quickly, from Johanna's mother and brother to Alex's mysterious colleague to the troublesome Mr. Nutbrown. I loved seeing the different elements weave together as the action built toward the exciting climax which was anything but predictable. The sweet friendship that blossoms between the skeptical Johanna and the protective Alex was the icing on the cake and the yearning there for something more brought another level of tension that slowly builds throughout the book.(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    "The Innkeeper's Daughter" by Michelle Griep is a riveting, fast-paced Regency you won't want to miss! This is the second book that I have read by this author and I am just in love with the way she writes. The first book I read by Ms. Griep was "12 Days at Bleakly Manor."Ms. Griep is a master of characters. The way she writes her characters is very Dickens-esque; she makes the traits and quirks of some characters almost over-the-top. Some of the characters are so eccentric and quirky; I had a bi "The Innkeeper's Daughter" by Michelle Griep is a riveting, fast-paced Regency you won't want to miss! This is the second book that I have read by this author and I am just in love with the way she writes. The first book I read by Ms. Griep was "12 Days at Bleakly Manor."Ms. Griep is a master of characters. The way she writes her characters is very Dickens-esque; she makes the traits and quirks of some characters almost over-the-top. Some of the characters are so eccentric and quirky; I had a big smile on my face every time I read about them. Even the side characters are so well written. Dickens fans especially will probably recognize some familiar character traits and eccentricities. I love the journey of faith that the two main characters (Johanna and Alex) go through over the course of the novel. Ms. Griep weaves in the themes of surrender, trusting God and rest. She also, like Dickens, shows the corruptness of the justice system and the jails. "The Innkeeper's Daughter" has intrigue, danger, mystery, secret identities, traitors and spies. What is not to love?! This book made my Dickens, Regency-loving heart happy!Content: I would give this book a PG rating for some minor content. Some examples of the content are: a character gambles; mentions that people curse, but the curse isn’t actually written; some characters drink alcohol; references to bawdy houses; a joke about a maiden on her wedding night; the word “maggot” is used; references to wenching and drinking; a man notices a woman’s curves; the word “damn” is used; a character is beaten with a whip; some violence; mention of a woman being ravished.Rating: I give this book 4.5 stars.Genre: Christian fiction; Romance, Regency; Historical; MysteryI want to thank Michelle Griep, Shiloh Run Press and Barbour Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    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.This book was very entertaining and had a great story. It contained Griep's usual mix of quirky characters. Johanna Langley, the heroine, has low self-esteem yet at the same time is fighting with every breath to save h 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.This book was very entertaining and had a great story. It contained Griep's usual mix of quirky characters. Johanna Langley, the heroine, has low self-esteem yet at the same time is fighting with every breath to save her father's inn for her mom, her brother, and herself. Surrounded by a scalawag of a brother who spends most of his time trying to dodge work, a set of unmusical musicians who are determined to make music at the inn for free room and board, and quirkiest of all a boarder, Mr. Nutbrown, who can only talk through his puppet. His was definitely a wonderfully creative character. Then throw in the undercover Bow Street Runner, Alexander Moore aka Alex Morton, who finds his heart drawn to Johanna the entire time he is trying to find out who is plotting against the King, and the result is one intriguing read. Johanna's dire straits led her to get quite angry with God and feel like he was punishing her. But as Alex walked through all of her troubles with her, he helped her grow in a better understanding of God along with her mom. The suspense and intrigue was never overdone but woven nicely through the rest of the plot. The romance was sweet yet never mushy. A complicated Regency romance and mystery with a satisfying ending. This book will be officially released next month.FAVORITE QUOTES: "Just because you fail doesn't mean you are a failure. It simply means you're human.""God is not sitting about, watching impassive. Our tears are His. You never--ever--cry alone.""You must bring your broken heart to God--or your broken heart will make you leave Him."** I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and Shiloh Run Press to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    The Innkeeper's Daughter has a lot going for it. Griep's writing is as lovely as ever; her descriptions are vivid and help the reader envision the setting and the way the story takes place. Despite this the story didn't resonate with me like I had thought it would. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did Brentwood's Ward. For me, there is a lack of cohesion in the way the plot unfolds for the lead characters, Johanna and Alex. Much of the meat of the story takes place with them not together. Then whe The Innkeeper's Daughter has a lot going for it. Griep's writing is as lovely as ever; her descriptions are vivid and help the reader envision the setting and the way the story takes place. Despite this the story didn't resonate with me like I had thought it would. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did Brentwood's Ward. For me, there is a lack of cohesion in the way the plot unfolds for the lead characters, Johanna and Alex. Much of the meat of the story takes place with them not together. Then when they come together, it starts feeling repetitive. When I started wishing that another lady in the story would take over, that's when I knew - I was a bit bored. I didn't particularly resonate with Mr. Nutbrown's portions of the story, nor find them to have a lot of purpose, though as a character he is quite quirky and interesting. Mam's character propelled the story quite a bit for me - I enjoyed the added mystery that she gave, though at times I felt she was unnecessarily close-mouthed.In the last 25% of the story, the plot culminates in some very exciting scenes and really held my attention. Johanna and Alex share some screen time, so to speak, and it really made the last bit of the book shine. I also love how the ending keeps the reader on pins and needles until the last possible moment.Although The Innkeeper's Daughter was not a full out win for me, I'll certainly continue to read Griep's books. She has a unique way of describing her characters and situations in the story that do resonate with me as a reader. If you haven't read Griep before, my recommendation would be to start with Brentwood's Ward and/or The Captive Heart. Also, feel free to take this review with a grain of salt. Many of my Goodreads friends loved it, and you may, too!
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Any fans of BBC dramas will enjoy this tale of intrigue, adventure and romance! A sequel to Brentwood's Ward, loosely connected by a few mentions of other characters, but easily reads as a standalone. A cast of characters worthy of a Dickens novel, this well written story has a quick pace and a bit of humor to counteract the dark side of 1808 Dover. Villains and heroes, ladies and gentlemen of all parts of society mix it up. Some big plot twists and action towards the end kept it engaging until Any fans of BBC dramas will enjoy this tale of intrigue, adventure and romance! A sequel to Brentwood's Ward, loosely connected by a few mentions of other characters, but easily reads as a standalone. A cast of characters worthy of a Dickens novel, this well written story has a quick pace and a bit of humor to counteract the dark side of 1808 Dover. Villains and heroes, ladies and gentlemen of all parts of society mix it up. Some big plot twists and action towards the end kept it engaging until the last. Loved Alexander Moore's conflicted character, as he wrestles to hold on to his faith in God while carrying out his job, which involves some deception. Johanna's plight of working herself to the bone, striving to save her family, was a familiar one, but the details and descriptions brought a whole new side to it. Learning to trust God for the outcome was a main theme here, and worked well in both of their struggles. Highly recommend! This author is becoming one of my favorites for historical Christian fiction. 4.5 stars(An ebook was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
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  • Chautona Havig
    January 1, 1970
    3 Compelling (if Ridiculous) Reasons to Avoid This Author1—She’s a copycat.Well, sort of. You see, when you read Michelle Griep’s work, she transports you into the past, down cobblestone streets, and into quaint shops with patrons wearing cloaks, muffs, and all the other Dickensesque finery—but this time before Dickens was even born. Oh, yes. In Ms. Griep’s work, you’re transported to another world—one Dickens beckons us into—or rather, this time its grandmother’s world.But she’s more than a cop 3 Compelling (if Ridiculous) Reasons to Avoid This Author1—She’s a copycat.Well, sort of. You see, when you read Michelle Griep’s work, she transports you into the past, down cobblestone streets, and into quaint shops with patrons wearing cloaks, muffs, and all the other Dickensesque finery—but this time before Dickens was even born. Oh, yes. In Ms. Griep’s work, you’re transported to another world—one Dickens beckons us into—or rather, this time its grandmother’s world.But she’s more than a copycat… she’s also a “one-upper.” Probably more like a “ten-upper.” Because you see, she’s better than Dickens in my opinion. Somehow, Ms. Griep manages to give you all the varied plots, delicious detail, twists and turns… without dragging. Well, except for the beginning of The Innkeeper’s Daughter.Yeah. I don’t like to say it, but the first of chapters dragged for me. Still, once I got past them (and I suspect it was my own issue rather than her writing that did it. Like I said. Bad day.), she kept me riveted to the page with rich language, engaging characters, intricate plots, and beautiful spiritual truths.2— She’s a kidnapper.Of minds. She grabs your interest, holds it for ransom, and only once you’ve paid the debt of finishing her book will she release you. Of course, who cares? I mean, it’s like a wonderful friend whisking you away for a weekend at the beach or the mountains and making you stay there and relax, read, soak in the richness. Yeah. I’m telling you. Watch out for Ms. Griep or she’ll whisk you to Regency England and not once will you think, “Where’s the talk of “the Season” or roll your eyes when some Baron or Earl or Darcy appears. Nope. Like I said. Everyone should be so kindly kidnapped.3— She’s a tease.Oh, yeah. Ms. Griep knows how to tease you. I mean, in this book there are three stories. I could SWEAR this book is the second. But as far as I can see, it stands alone. But I want to know his buddy’s story. I want to know his boss’ story. I want to know the Viscount’s story.Ms. Griep captivated me with the storyline, the realistic characters, snappy but period correct dialogue, and just basic good writing.If you want to avoid being kidnapped, held for ransom, teased with hints of stories you might never get, and being given stories that would make Dickens green with envy, go ahead. Read the book. But you’ll regret it…Except you won’t.
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  • Deon
    January 1, 1970
    May 7, 2018Kindle edition is FREE https://amzn.to/2HJi5B5
  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book of The Bow Street Runners Series (Brentwood's Ward), I wasn't nearly as enamored by The Innkeeper's Daughters. There were positive elements to the novel, but overall it was just an o.k. novel.
  • Sarita
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a bit conflicted with this review. The writing is beautiful. The author did a great job of describing the setting and characters in such a way that I felt I was there. I even found myself cringing my nose when the goal and smells were described!The plot about the subterfuge was intriguing in the beginning. But somewhere it lost my interest and it was the mystery around Alex's father and Johanna's mother knowing him and her history with Ford which grabbed my attention again. The final 30% was I'm a bit conflicted with this review. The writing is beautiful. The author did a great job of describing the setting and characters in such a way that I felt I was there. I even found myself cringing my nose when the goal and smells were described!The plot about the subterfuge was intriguing in the beginning. But somewhere it lost my interest and it was the mystery around Alex's father and Johanna's mother knowing him and her history with Ford which grabbed my attention again. The final 30% was again very exciting and had me turning pages. And there was a lot of plot twists I didn't see coming.The message about Freedom from duties we place on ourselves, and how this can steal our happiness I loved.The main reason why I'm only giving this 3 stars, is because I was bored for 50% of this story. I didn't really connect with the characters. Before I started this book I expected to like it, since I really liked the first book in this series, Brentwood's Ward. Mr Nutbrown was more irritating to me than funny/interesting and some choices made by Johanna and Alex left me frustrated. I also felt that there was a lot of smaller stories left unfinished, hopefully that means we will get another book in this series.Will I read more from Michelle Griep? Yes, she has a beautiful way with words, describing things in a way that is refreshing and entertaining.*Thank you to the publisher for a free copy via Netgalley. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for an honest review.*
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars“God stamps His value on everyone – on you – by virtue of His grace.”An undercover Bow Street Runner with a bit of rogue in him. A hardworking young woman with the weight of her family’s inn on her shoulders. A quirky puppeteer (quirky may be an understatement here). A mischievous young boy. A mother with a few secrets of her own. You will fall in love with each of these characters in turn, as well as the myriad of other eccentric and intriguing characters who cross your path on these p 4.5 stars“God stamps His value on everyone – on you – by virtue of His grace.”An undercover Bow Street Runner with a bit of rogue in him. A hardworking young woman with the weight of her family’s inn on her shoulders. A quirky puppeteer (quirky may be an understatement here). A mischievous young boy. A mother with a few secrets of her own. You will fall in love with each of these characters in turn, as well as the myriad of other eccentric and intriguing characters who cross your path on these pages. Griep is highly skilled at creating empathetic characters in whom you quickly become invested.And then there’s the intrigue of spies and smugglers and not knowing for sure who to trust or what part they each ultimately play in this drama. Another skill Griep has mastered in weaving the setting with the plot until they become deeply intertwined. With shades of Dickens and Austen in turn, she draws you in and holds you captivated until the very last page. Listen closely and you can hear the creak of the rickety steps, the wind blowing through the badly-shingled roof, the swayback horse’s whinny, and the flapping of ship’s sails at the waterfront.Bottom Line: In The Innkeeper’s Daughter, Michelle Griep has crafted a rich tale of suspense, romance, and faith. Layered characters and a vivid setting linger with you long after you’ve turned the final page. If you’re a fan of Brentwood’s Ward or even just the age of smugglers and spies and Bow Street Runners, then this book definitely needs to be at the top of your TBR list!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Debbie Brown
    January 1, 1970
    This Regency adventure/romance has pretty much everything. The writing grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go, with well-rounded characters and a taut plot that just keeps adding layer upon layer of intrigue. We start with the very harried title character, Johanna Langley, fretting over money she doesn't have in order to keep the failing Blue Hedge Inn in business. It's just Johanna, her mother and her 10-year-old brother Thomas trying to keep the place afloat, as Mr. Langley has been This Regency adventure/romance has pretty much everything. The writing grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go, with well-rounded characters and a taut plot that just keeps adding layer upon layer of intrigue. We start with the very harried title character, Johanna Langley, fretting over money she doesn't have in order to keep the failing Blue Hedge Inn in business. It's just Johanna, her mother and her 10-year-old brother Thomas trying to keep the place afloat, as Mr. Langley has been dead for years. The old inn has only one lodger, Mr. Nutbrown, and he owes rent. Mr. Nutbrown has a few screws loose, only speaking through his hand puppet. The upcoming Oak Apple Day festivities will bring business to Dover and hopefully enough of it will come to the inn to accrue the money due to the villainous Mr. Spurge, who is eager to take over the building and send the family to St. Mary's workhouse.Officer Alexander Moore is a Bow Street Runner assigned to go undercover as Alexander Morton, a wealthy gambler and dealer in fine wines, and he's sent to Dover to ferret out a traitor. He's the epitome of a romantic hero: good-looking, observant, savvy, hard-bodied, quick-thinking, tough-as-nails but compassionate, and also extremely lucky, I'd say. He's instructed to stay at the Blue Hedge Inn specifically. The man's got a knack for being at the right place at the right time, as he does when he first arrives and meets Johanna by catching her when she falls from a rickety ladder. The romance immediately commences. The way Alex gets torn between his duty and his feelings for Johanna is beautifully played throughout the entire book.More characters make their entry. Young Thomas, thinking he's helping, brings a band of musicians to stay at the inn- for free- in order to entice more business through the doors. Unfortunately, Mr. Quail's group isn't particularly talented, and they prove impossible to evict. Samuel Thatcher is Alex's shadowy contact with messages back and forth from London. Viscount Edward Coburn is the host of the gambling party Alex infiltrates, where he becomes acquainted with Robert (Robbie) Coburn, the viscount's nephew, Louisa, the viscount's daughter, and Major General William Overtun. Shifty locals Blackjack Cooper and Charlie Cooper have a history with Alex and can expose him if they come face to face. We're given lots of suspects to choose from.While the book has multiple "tah-dah/in-the-nick-of-time" rescues for the heroine and hero, unlikely coincidences, and a way-too-perfect leading man, it is an irresistible page-turner. The leading characters are spiritual, with some significant personal revelations concerning their relationships with God. This is woven nicely into the story without disrupting the flow or seeming preachy. The content is clean.My only reservation (and this is AFTER finishing the book and reflecting on the plot) is whether a section where Alex is imprisoned is necessary. He learns who is responsible and accepts the instigator's explanation (which itself is a stretch, upon this reader's reflection) without complaint. This seems odd despite Alex's assignment.Despite this small glitch, the various twists and turns of the plot are fascinating. By the end, I was so hoodwinked, I couldn't begin to guess who was a good guy and who was a bad guy. (Well, except for Alex, of course.) The story builds to a (literally) explosive climactic scene offshore when all is uncovered and you finally get the full story.What follows is equally satisfying, because it turns out there's a cleverly hidden side romance that's revealed in the story's resolution.Loved this, from beginning to end!Received an ARC from netgalley. Opinions are my own.
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  • Julie Carpenter
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars rounding upPeril, intrigue, hidden identities, shady inns, Magistrates, smuggling, danger, beating hearts, family, loss, love, hope, Dover, musicians, lost minds, puppets, friendship, death, seaside, caves, balls, gambling, trust, time and healing.From the beginning of the book to the end, I did not want to put it down. I was very intrigued by the characters and knew there were lots of interesting backstories waiting to be revealed to the reader. All was not what it appeared to be. Esp 4.5 stars rounding upPeril, intrigue, hidden identities, shady inns, Magistrates, smuggling, danger, beating hearts, family, loss, love, hope, Dover, musicians, lost minds, puppets, friendship, death, seaside, caves, balls, gambling, trust, time and healing.From the beginning of the book to the end, I did not want to put it down. I was very intrigued by the characters and knew there were lots of interesting backstories waiting to be revealed to the reader. All was not what it appeared to be. Especially when you're dealing with smuggling, money and slightly deranged (or mad) men.Johanna Langley is realizing that her time is running out. She has worked and struggled and scrimped to save her mom and brother after their father's death. She's trying so hard but is met with a new struggle around every turn. Just when she feels like she is about to succeed, she is given another challenge. With her hope starting to wane, she keeps pressing forward, praying for strength.Alex Moore has been summoned. He can't refuse. He arrives. He is told he must take this assignment and if he fails, there is no hope for him. No one will come to his rescue because of how dangerous it is. Can he survive? He's the best there is. If he does succeed, he'll get out. He'll be rich and will leave this life behind. But the ultimate test is being sent back to the area where he has worked before and he has to take lodgings in a hovel of an inn. What is the Magistrate meaning in sending him there, and in the requirements for his assignment. Surely he is joking! Yet the further in Alex gets in his hidden identity and the more he learns about those around him and those who could be connected with what he's trying to uncover, the more he realizes he's in danger. Not just his life, but his very heart.I really enjoyed all the different characters within this novel. Many of them have many secrets, others wear their hearts on their sleeves. Some are so worn down and struggling that they turn to help in places they maybe should have avoided. But if they don't, how will they survive?If you love a good mystery, sweet love stories and redemption, this is one that I would highly recommend. Enjoyable and great moments of suspense, having you wonder who is the real bad guy and how will everyone involved come out unscathed?I haven't read Brentwood's Ward, but this book could be considered a companion novel to it. Brentwood is mentioned in here but it is not necessary to read that one before reading this one. Although, it is one I have had my eye on for a long time. I keep saying I'm going to read it. It's time to bite the bullet and do so. I've had my interest piqued even more so now for his story. If you are a fan of Michelle Griep's stories, you will definitely enjoy this one. I've read three of her novels and a novella and have enjoyed every one of them. I'm looking forward to her next book which is a part of the Daughters of the Mayflower series.Content: Clean. Moments of peril, death and fighting. Not overly graphic but you know what is happening. This is a Christian fiction novel, the characters talk about giving their trust to God. I feel that it fit in perfect with the time period and what people in that time would think and do.I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.Happy Reading!!!
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Squeep! (that's when a book is so good your ecstatic bibliophile screams of joy mesh squeals and eeps into a particularly piercing squeep of delight.) My heart's all aflutter and my fainting couch has had a workout after reading The Innkeeper's Daughter. Think Regency with a Dickenish flare and a twist of sinister intrigue. I mean...I can't even....A bow street runner who will go to any lengths to get his man? That's Alex -- dedicated professional until Johanna catches his eye...and his heart. T Squeep! (that's when a book is so good your ecstatic bibliophile screams of joy mesh squeals and eeps into a particularly piercing squeep of delight.) My heart's all aflutter and my fainting couch has had a workout after reading The Innkeeper's Daughter. Think Regency with a Dickenish flare and a twist of sinister intrigue. I mean...I can't even....A bow street runner who will go to any lengths to get his man? That's Alex -- dedicated professional until Johanna catches his eye...and his heart. Talk about conflict! He's acting one way while feeling something completely different. But he can't always keep up that devilish rogue persona and when he breaks out of character and does something kind and noble. Or teasing and flirtatious. Oh. My. Stars.My knees buckle and my temperature rises.And that's pretty much the way Johanna reacts too, though she's appalled at displaying such weakness.Of course there are a ton of complications and so much intrigue my head was spinning. Was anyone who they appeared to be? Other than Johanna and her rapscallion little brother, that is. I had tons of fun suspecting absolutely everyone of pretty much anything sinister. lol Michelle Griep has one scary cunning mind to think up all the twists and turns in this plot!A page-turning delight of a read!Oh -- and though it doesn't mention it anywhere, this book has connections with Brentwood's Ward. Nothing so major that you'd be lost without reading that one first. Just some nice tie-ins that are sure to thrill book nerds like me.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this tale of intrigue and danger. The attraction between Johanna and Alex was clear from the start, yet it seemed an impossible situation. There were some characters in The Innkeeper’s Daughter who were easy to spot as “good guys” and others who clearly had nefarious intentions. Then there were those characters that I couldn’t quite pin down. The author did a good job of keeping me guessing about exactly who was behind the subterfuge.There were some frustrating decisions made by both A I enjoyed this tale of intrigue and danger. The attraction between Johanna and Alex was clear from the start, yet it seemed an impossible situation. There were some characters in The Innkeeper’s Daughter who were easy to spot as “good guys” and others who clearly had nefarious intentions. Then there were those characters that I couldn’t quite pin down. The author did a good job of keeping me guessing about exactly who was behind the subterfuge.There were some frustrating decisions made by both Alex and Johanna, times they felt compelled to follow a sense of duty and ended up suffering consequences. But, it all worked together to make for an interesting novel.This story stands alone just fine, even though there are a couple of characters that make an appearance from an earlier novel, Brentwood’s Ward. They are very loosely connected.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Another author to add to my list! This is the first book by Michelle Griep that I have read, but definitely will not be the last. The Innkeeper's Daughter has everything I look for in a book: excellent plot, memorable characters, well-researched historical detail and a spiritual message that can relevant to the reader as well. This is a regency filled with political intrigue, smuggling and a wonderful eclectic cast of characters. Although there are references to a previous book, Brentwood's Ward Another author to add to my list! This is the first book by Michelle Griep that I have read, but definitely will not be the last. The Innkeeper's Daughter has everything I look for in a book: excellent plot, memorable characters, well-researched historical detail and a spiritual message that can relevant to the reader as well. This is a regency filled with political intrigue, smuggling and a wonderful eclectic cast of characters. Although there are references to a previous book, Brentwood's Ward, this can easily be read as a stand alone. Some of my favorite quotes:"If you lose what you love to gain that which you don't, merely out of a sense of duty, such an action can never be right."" You must bring your broken heart to God-or your broken heart will make you leave Him.""Oh, God, he gasped."There never has been anything else, was there? Only You, not me. I've been standing in the way."I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley and the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This author, I have a love- hate relationship with.Sometimes I love her books sometimes I don't. I don't get it. This one was entertaining and had a good story line. The leading lady and her very low self esteem and a belief that God tortured her and it got old. She went so far as to say that God held her sin of lying against her and it was just as bad as the guy who whips people who work for him! What the crazy, in what world is our God so awful that he doesn't see the gravity of each sin and s This author, I have a love- hate relationship with.Sometimes I love her books sometimes I don't. I don't get it. This one was entertaining and had a good story line. The leading lady and her very low self esteem and a belief that God tortured her and it got old. She went so far as to say that God held her sin of lying against her and it was just as bad as the guy who whips people who work for him! What the crazy, in what world is our God so awful that he doesn't see the gravity of each sin and sees the heart of people and why they do what they do. It really upset me. People put so much belief in a wrathful God who waits to punish us for everything. This was talked about by her many times in the book. I am glad Alex came along to lighten things up. This book did drag a little for me, I think it was the depressing tone of the whole thing.
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  • Lucinda
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so glad Alexander got his turn. We had a glimpse of him in Brentwood's Ward, and I really liked him. Alex is man of duty and he doesn't say no to his assignment, even though it's fraught with peril. When he meets Johanna at the inn, he becomes a friend to her young brother, and to her as well. Johanna is a strong character, but everything rides on her shoulders and she's tired. Sometimes, she makes bad decisions and Alex comes to her rescue. I really liked how their relationship developed an I'm so glad Alexander got his turn. We had a glimpse of him in Brentwood's Ward, and I really liked him. Alex is man of duty and he doesn't say no to his assignment, even though it's fraught with peril. When he meets Johanna at the inn, he becomes a friend to her young brother, and to her as well. Johanna is a strong character, but everything rides on her shoulders and she's tired. Sometimes, she makes bad decisions and Alex comes to her rescue. I really liked how their relationship developed and how Johanna learned to trust Alex. The secondary characters are a great addition and help round out the story.As usual with Michelle Griep, the writing is superb and it's such a treat to read. I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this and this is my third book by this author and I love the way she tells a story. It had mystery, adventure and romance which is my favorite! I loved the references to Brentwood... and I want to mention I received this as a Goodreads giveaway (first ever for me) YAY! And I promise this was an honest review. If you love the Lord and love a good story then you’ll love this one. Happy Reading! 💕
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2FSD1kmDover, England - 1808Romance, history, intrigue and espionage … a book by Michelle Griep is simply not to be missed, and reading The Innkeeper’s Daughter is sheer delight. Griep does British settings, my favorite sub-genre, so very well. Along with romantic suspense, I always learn something new from the historical detail and delightful humor adds to the charm. Without going into detail, there’s a historic gem that gave me new insight into a l Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2FSD1kmDover, England - 1808Romance, history, intrigue and espionage … a book by Michelle Griep is simply not to be missed, and reading The Innkeeper’s Daughter is sheer delight. Griep does British settings, my favorite sub-genre, so very well. Along with romantic suspense, I always learn something new from the historical detail and delightful humor adds to the charm. Without going into detail, there’s a historic gem that gave me new insight into a line from The Star Spangled Banner. The story moves at a steady pace that kept me eager to turn the pages.I’m not an expert on styles, but The Innkeeper’s Daughter seems to combine elements of Regency and Dickens – all I know is that I loved it. From the lead characters, Alex and Johanna, to a wonderful supporting cast, all are well-drawn. Fans of Griep’s earlier novels will be delighted to see Brentwood’s appearance. And I think she created one of the most unusual secondary characters I’ve ever come across – Mr. Nutbrown, who speaks through a puppet.Going undercover in seeking the identity of a suspected traitor among Dover’s elite puts Alex in Johanna’s world, and I was totally at a loss in knowing who to trust. Alex was famous for going beyond the rules to capture a criminal, and when it came to the prim, yet saucy Johanna, Alex thought that “Bow Street could use an interrogator like this woman.”Griep’s writing is very descriptive, giving me a clear feel for the era and it’s people. There’s a beautiful example that I want to share, taken from a scene when Alex visits Lord Cobum’s mansion:"He knew no one, but could name them just the same. The fat merchant hoping to sell his soul to gain a contract with the viscount was Greed. The servant sneaking off for a tryst in an unused closet, Lust. And the pair of matrons whose plan was to allow their charges enough slack to hog-tie a bachelor? Self-serving Languor. Here in a manor home or down at a quayside bawdy house, people were people the world ‘round."There’s nothing to indicate that The Innkeeper’s Daughter isn’t a standalone novel, but I certainly hope more is on the horizon. Romance seems likely for Johanna’s mom and Alex’s boss. There’s a moving scene involving an injured Mr. Nutbrown at the end and I’d love to know more about him. And then there’s Alex’s fellow worker, Thatcher – a man of few words, an “officer of shadow and dust” with a unique ability at camouflage. More, please! Highly recommended.I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Giving Ms. Griep another read. :)My final verdict: I don't think Michelle Griep is my kind of author. Sometimes an author manages to transform something that's normally very serious into something lighthearted and witty, all without diminishing the seriousness of it. I end up educated, engaged, interested, and awed all at the same time. However, there are also some authors who manage to take a perfectly fine plot and unintentionally make it into an silly tidbit. In my opinion, this is what the a Giving Ms. Griep another read. :)My final verdict: I don't think Michelle Griep is my kind of author. Sometimes an author manages to transform something that's normally very serious into something lighthearted and witty, all without diminishing the seriousness of it. I end up educated, engaged, interested, and awed all at the same time. However, there are also some authors who manage to take a perfectly fine plot and unintentionally make it into an silly tidbit. In my opinion, this is what the author did with this book (and in the first book of the series).I don't love spy books since they're unavoidably based on lies and deceit. That being said, I have enjoyed a few, but this one isn't one of them. For the H who keeps telling us that he tries to be honest and hates being deceitful, he sure deceives, whether it's by omission or misinformation, a lot. The seriousness of his mission is undermined by how many times he finds himself thinking about the h. How pretty she is. How beautiful she is. How lovely a person she is. How much he wishes he could marry her instead of someone else. (view spoiler)[ Oh, yeah. That's right. What the blurb doesn't mention is the fact that he is engaged (as part of his cover) to someone else. (hide spoiler)]. He wishes he could tell the h the truth. He wishes he didn't have to lie. This is the inner monologue on repeat.The h's inner reel isn't much different. She's not lying to anyone but is instead drowning in debts. She wishes she had the money to pay off the debt. She wishes she were free to have some fun. The H is so handsome. His shoulders are so wide. He's so capable and strong. On and on it goes. What she never wishes but definitely should is that they sell the inn for the little it's worth since clearly they're not very good at turning a profit. The spiritual message is nice, but unfortunately couched in a very boring story. Neither MC appealed and the spy aspect was mediocre at best. I feel like this would have been better had there been no romance in it at all, but that's just my opinion. I'm sorry I didn't like this one.
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    There are only a few authors who can grab my attention with historical fiction, Griep is definitely one of them! Johanna is such a great character to root for, filled with spunk and faith, a hard worker, and protective of her family even while trying to figure out how to come up with paying rent on a falling apart inn. NEVER a dull moment with her day to day duties and then she meets undercover officer Alex who literally catches her when they meet! Loved their banter, their chemistry and how the There are only a few authors who can grab my attention with historical fiction, Griep is definitely one of them! Johanna is such a great character to root for, filled with spunk and faith, a hard worker, and protective of her family even while trying to figure out how to come up with paying rent on a falling apart inn. NEVER a dull moment with her day to day duties and then she meets undercover officer Alex who literally catches her when they meet! Loved their banter, their chemistry and how their faith is equally tested yet not quite shattered no matter how many injustices appear in the plot.Loved the impromptu kiss and how Johanna responded. Hated when Thomas got hurt, so much so that it took me a while to pick up the book again.There are so many characters to dislike in the story, it's difficult to pick one. Thatcher was definitely the creepiest one yet he did his job well and manages to sneak up on both Alex and Johanna more than once. Seriously, what did that mean when he tells her, "You'll do."? The writing is so tangible, each and every scene felt so real I could almost smell the dust settling. Alex has to do questionable things while undercover, but I thought he was also a wonderful hero and just the person to suit Johanna.It was a real treat to learn that this book is considered a sequel to Brentward's Ward, another wonderful Griep book! I'm not a fan of historical fiction, but with authors like Griep, I enjoy making the exception. Really enjoyed Johanna's and Alex's journey, unexpected yet concluding with justice.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully BookishThreads of undercover intrigue, working-class toil and strife, and sweet reluctant-romance are woven together in this high stakes adventure tempered with quirky characters, compassion, and faith!Johanna Langley is plugging away with a tooth and nail determination to save her family’s livelihood by taking on more responsibility and stress than she ought. Alexander Moore (alias Morton) is used to being surrounded by lovely ladies but he never had one like Johanna l Full review on Faithfully BookishThreads of undercover intrigue, working-class toil and strife, and sweet reluctant-romance are woven together in this high stakes adventure tempered with quirky characters, compassion, and faith!Johanna Langley is plugging away with a tooth and nail determination to save her family’s livelihood by taking on more responsibility and stress than she ought. Alexander Moore (alias Morton) is used to being surrounded by lovely ladies but he never had one like Johanna land in his life before now. Although there are connections with previously released, Brentwood’s Ward, each story also stands alone. I highly recommend both books and hope there are more stories of London’s Bow Street runners yet to be told!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • J. W. Garrett
    January 1, 1970
    Treason, lies and intrigue… Oh My!!“Tales of power and ambition and intrigue and betrayal and desire – when you’re telling those in a big way, you automatically want to go to Shakespeare.” –Beau WillimonI loved this story that was set during the early 1800’s when Regency England battled Napoleon and his quest to conquer the world. It was full of intrigue, spy networks, treasonous characters, smugglers, and the agents of the Crown trying to thwart their nefarious plans and being them to justice. Treason, lies and intrigue… Oh My!!“Tales of power and ambition and intrigue and betrayal and desire – when you’re telling those in a big way, you automatically want to go to Shakespeare.” –Beau WillimonI loved this story that was set during the early 1800’s when Regency England battled Napoleon and his quest to conquer the world. It was full of intrigue, spy networks, treasonous characters, smugglers, and the agents of the Crown trying to thwart their nefarious plans and being them to justice. This quickly became a story that I CNPD [could-not-put-down]. I finished it in the wee hours of the morning.Officer Alexander Moore, a Bow Street Runner and a good one, was on assignment… go undercover, find a traitor, discover their plans and bring them to justice. Part of his directive included the fact that he was virtually alone. It reminded me of the 60’s and 70’s TV series ‘Mission Impossible’ and their self-destructing tape. “Your mission… should you decide to accept it…. should you be captured… the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your existence.” Yeah, that’s a pep talk one wants to hear prior to a mission.Johanna Langley, along with her mother and younger brother, ran the Blue Hedge Inn. It was a rundown Inn in a less than fashionable part of town and one missed payment away from closing and sending the family to the workhouse. They were desperate. This was a clean, faith-based story. There were discussions of a character’s beliefs, appealing to a higher power through prayer, expressions of gratitude, questioning something that happened, struggles when all seemed lost, praise for answered prayer, praying, and that inner dialogue between a character in close relationship with their God. This was not preachy in any way and in context with a person of faith.Rating: PG-17: although clean and faith-based, there is a caveat regarding violence during fight scenes, and descriptions of the brutality of man against man. It was not explicitly described, but there were scenes that [although brief], may be a bit hard for some to read. Interspersed in the drama and intrigue were scenes of comedic relief that tempered the angst and lightened the tense moments. Plus, we had a budding romance that blossomed by the end of the story. It was delightful. I loved this story. There were many surprises as the author did not reveal all the agents working for the Crown. What a surprise and that big reveal at the end was so worth it. I did not see that coming. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC [advanced reader copy] of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Expected publishing date... March 1, 2018.
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  • Lori Parrish
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of Downtown Abby and Regency novels are sure to love this latest by Michelle. I enjoyed Johannas feisty temper and the strength that she displays throughout the story. Even though she's runs things and tries to keep her brother in line most times it doesn't hurt to let someone else step in for awhile. Even the strongest needs a little TLC!!! One person just can't handle all!!I like Johanna cause at times, she's headstrong just like me and stubborn too!! It's a shame we women can multitask a Fans of Downtown Abby and Regency novels are sure to love this latest by Michelle. I enjoyed Johannas feisty temper and the strength that she displays throughout the story. Even though she's runs things and tries to keep her brother in line most times it doesn't hurt to let someone else step in for awhile. Even the strongest needs a little TLC!!! One person just can't handle all!!I like Johanna cause at times, she's headstrong just like me and stubborn too!! It's a shame we women can multitask and most men can't. Alex is such a dear!! Handsome too!!I love how he is there at the right time and places (My hero)I enjoyed the mystery, trust, and Faith even tho it doesn't come easily at times! Especially for me and Im still in the learning stages!!I think the thing I enjoyed most about the book is how Michelle kept you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what would happen next!!I definitely would recommend this book to my friends! Thanks Michelle for a great story!!
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds so dang good.
  • Kristine Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Michelle Griep's The Innkeeper's Daughter is a stand-alone sequel to Brentwood's Ward. I found this book to be very entertaining. The setting is Dover England in the Regency period. The characters were definitely unique and I enjoyed the romantic, suspenseful plot. I loved the way Michelle wove the lesson of trusting God for all of our needs through the character's lives. The lesson was gently taught but was a natural fit with the plot. I sincerely hope she will write a sequel as there are a few Michelle Griep's The Innkeeper's Daughter is a stand-alone sequel to Brentwood's Ward. I found this book to be very entertaining. The setting is Dover England in the Regency period. The characters were definitely unique and I enjoyed the romantic, suspenseful plot. I loved the way Michelle wove the lesson of trusting God for all of our needs through the character's lives. The lesson was gently taught but was a natural fit with the plot. I sincerely hope she will write a sequel as there are a few stories I would love to see developed. I was given this book by the publisher for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Tito
    January 1, 1970
    Umm.. a regency and spy novel? Yes please!
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