The Innkeeper's Daughter
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 Details

TitleThe Innkeeper's Daughter
Author
ReleaseMar 1st, 2018
PublisherShiloh Run Press
ISBN-139781683224358
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance

The Innkeeper's Daughter Review

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds so dang good.
  • Tito
    January 1, 1970
    Umm.. a regency and spy novel? Yes please!
  • 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 drug a little for me, I think it was the depressing tone of the whole thing.
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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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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Michelle has the ability to weave an intricate tale filled out by a bounty of rich and intriguing characters. The heroes aside, you'll be left guessing about who's who, their true loyalty and the parts that they play until the very end. There are so many figures in this book falling under both law breaker and law enforcer, you'd be forgiven for getting a little lost, but no. It's written in a way that is clear and recalling all of the minor characters is not difficult. There's plenty of shady no Michelle has the ability to weave an intricate tale filled out by a bounty of rich and intriguing characters. The heroes aside, you'll be left guessing about who's who, their true loyalty and the parts that they play until the very end. There are so many figures in this book falling under both law breaker and law enforcer, you'd be forgiven for getting a little lost, but no. It's written in a way that is clear and recalling all of the minor characters is not difficult. There's plenty of shady no good personalities within, and most definitely who you wouldn't want to run into in a dark and lonely alley! Most chapters end on exciting cliff hangers, meaning of course, that you will have to read 'just one more chapter'! I like Alex. He's caught very much in a complex situation. Sent to Dover under strict orders to root out a dangerous traitor to the crown, his instructions seem to lead from one complication to another. From his early remarks in sarcasm towards his colleague Nicholas Brentwood- it's inevitable he's going to end up traveling the same path to romantic bliss. Johanna Langley is desperately trying to hold together her family's decrepit Inn. With the misfit group of boarders staying at the Blue Hedge, she's not certain she's going to be able to keep her mother, younger brother and herself out of the Workhouse. She'll do anything for them, all the while reminding herself of her self made promise, never to get mixed up with anyone just like her Father. Rich and detailed this story is set on the south coast of England during a time of smuggling and danger from invasion from France. As Johanna herself puts it, everyone turns a blind eye to the shady dealings going on in her town. She has one thing on her mind and that is keep a roof over their heads. Surely Alex is too good to be true. Will her heart be broken by the dashing Bow Street Runner, who just wants to complete his assignment and win the women he loves? Hoping that Michelle has another one in store for us from either Thatcher or Flannery! Thank you to Netgalley for the eARC, this is my honest review.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "There is nothing more - nor less - than trusting God. Therein surrender, and you will find rest." Innkeeper Johanna Langley is bone tired; tired of trying to make ends meet, tired of chasing down her errant brother, tired of carrying the burden of her family's livelihood on her young shoulders. The old dilapidated Blue Hedge Inn stands just one payment shy of foreclosure, which would send all three members of her family to the poorhouse, when Joanna literally falls into the arms of an handsome "There is nothing more - nor less - than trusting God. Therein surrender, and you will find rest." Innkeeper Johanna Langley is bone tired; tired of trying to make ends meet, tired of chasing down her errant brother, tired of carrying the burden of her family's livelihood on her young shoulders. The old dilapidated Blue Hedge Inn stands just one payment shy of foreclosure, which would send all three members of her family to the poorhouse, when Joanna literally falls into the arms of an handsome stranger on their doorstep; Alexander Morton needs lodging and he is eager to reward their hospitality with bright gold guineas.Officer Alexander Moore, a celebrated Bow Street Runner, has just been handed the chance of a lifetime or a dreaded death sentence depending on the outcome; find the traitor and "ingratiate, eliminate, then extricate". If only it didn't involve gambling away his entire future at the cost of dimming the lustre in Joanna Langley's beautiful eyes. She's a rare beauty, but Alex has his orders, and they involve the daughter of a viscount, not an innkeeper.Danger lurks around every corner in this alluring story, where everyone is exactly who they aren't and "broken things are always the beginning of better things". It's Michelle Griep at her very best!I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
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  • Lucinda
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Ashley Nikole
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't know Brentwood's Ward was part of a series- then I started this one and I was so pleased it was a continuation of the Bow Street Runners' adventures.Johanna & Alexander- what a couple. His charming, slightly reckless, give-no-bothers attitude paired perfectly with Johanna's quieter but genuine & sweet personality. Their romance- yaaass. The writing style- as per usual- Michelle has a distinct voice that I have come to love in her writing. I haven't read many books set in inn's, I didn't know Brentwood's Ward was part of a series- then I started this one and I was so pleased it was a continuation of the Bow Street Runners' adventures.Johanna & Alexander- what a couple. His charming, slightly reckless, give-no-bothers attitude paired perfectly with Johanna's quieter but genuine & sweet personality. Their romance- yaaass. The writing style- as per usual- Michelle has a distinct voice that I have come to love in her writing. I haven't read many books set in inn's, and for some reason (ie- Michelle's captivating writing), I just loved the overall vibe of it. I loved the intrigue of the plot. Didn't see it coming- and then- BAM- SO many more players on the table than I thought! There were some parts I felt were slower and I had to stick it out- but that likely comes from my reading more suspense fiction than historical fiction and just noticing the pacing differences- but I stuck with it and was rewarded handsomely. If you are looking for a slightly grungy, utterly captivating, heartwarming romance with a traitorous mystery to solve- PICK THIS UP.NOW...where be Thatcher's story? This is what I'd like to know. Does he...GET HIS OWN BOOK? Pleasseeee.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    In Dover, England 1808, Alexander Moore, Bow Street officer, is sent to ferret out a traitor to the Crown and must stay at the Blue Hedge Inn, which is run by Johanna Langley, her mother and her 10 year old brother. No one must know his true identity, for if he fails at his job, they could all die. Johanna must find a way to keep the inn afloat or the entire family will be headed for debtor's prison. She and Alex begin to have feelings toward one another, but Johanna values honesty above all els In Dover, England 1808, Alexander Moore, Bow Street officer, is sent to ferret out a traitor to the Crown and must stay at the Blue Hedge Inn, which is run by Johanna Langley, her mother and her 10 year old brother. No one must know his true identity, for if he fails at his job, they could all die. Johanna must find a way to keep the inn afloat or the entire family will be headed for debtor's prison. She and Alex begin to have feelings toward one another, but Johanna values honesty above all else and Alex is, at the time, living a lie. He wants to tell her the truth, but he can't and his loyalty to the Crown must come first.Michelle Griep has yet another winner with this one. It is a stand alone novel, but has some of the characters of her earlier novel, Brentwood's Ward, which was outstanding! She has created a cast of characters that grab your heartstrings and just don't want to let go. My heart was breaking for them several times during this story. I loved the historical aspect as well. But most of all, the spiritual aspect of this novel was powerful! In fact, it ministered greatly to me during a very rough time in my life. It seemed as if God was just saying to me, 'Listen, here's what you need to hear from Me.' We can't do anything apart from God. If we are to serve Him, we must surrender. Everything. He has a better plan than any we could even dream of. This is what I came away with from this novel. I enjoyed every moment of this book. When I read, I try to put myself into the time and place and with a Michelle Griep novel, that is so easily done. She knows exactly what she's doing. Loved it! Can't wait for the next from her.*My thanks to the publisher for a preview copy of this book. All opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    A dangerous, undercover assignment requires Alex risk his life, his reputation...and possibly the love of a lifetime!First of all, the cover is gorgeous! That, combined with a recognizable author whom I have read before, had me excited enough to read this book. Then, I find out it is another Bow Street Runner story! I bought and read Brentwood’s Ward back in January 2016, and loved it—but had no idea the author was going to write another one. So, undeniably, I was ecstatic to discover this conti A dangerous, undercover assignment requires Alex risk his life, his reputation...and possibly the love of a lifetime!First of all, the cover is gorgeous! That, combined with a recognizable author whom I have read before, had me excited enough to read this book. Then, I find out it is another Bow Street Runner story! I bought and read Brentwood’s Ward back in January 2016, and loved it—but had no idea the author was going to write another one. So, undeniably, I was ecstatic to discover this continuation. That being said, this is a completely stand-alone novel and can be thoroughly enjoyed without having read Brentwood’s Ward. Actually, this one is even better!With settings and characters reminding me of a Charles Dickens’ novel—especially in descriptions of the shudder-worthy Tanny Needler—to the hauntingly beautiful scene with the violin, and moments woven with heartbreak and humor, everything about this novel was enthralling to read, including its range of interesting characters: From the puppet-wielding Mr. Nutbrown, the incorrigible Thomas, the shadowy Thatcher, the persistent Mr. Quail, and the spoiled Miss Coburn, to the struggling yet faith-filled Johanna, and the reluctant-hero but admirable Alex.Alex is the most well-thought-out and intriguing character of this story, and much of the world is viewed through his eyes. The author skillfully paints these scenes through his own observations and attentions to detail—from the style of a person’s hair and clothing, to their movements and mannerisms—without detracting from the flow of the story. His background and occupation make him as cautious as a man in a lion’s den. Always on careful guard, hand ready for his blade, yet more ready to slay his opponent with a charming smile and smooth words. The difference to his charm is that there is something genuine beneath the surface. He cares when people are taken advantage of and despises the superficial and the arrogant, stepping in instinctively where chivalry is needed. Just the kind of man the heroine in this story can swoon for!Besides Alex, we also view the story through Johanna, the beautiful and determined Innkeeper’s Daughter. Her stubborn bravery both clashes and compliments with his stubborn charm. In the distressing uncertainty of her future, she must also fight against the turbulent emotions brought on by the mysterious and “too good to be true” Alex—a man she longs to trust, yet remains a mystery and, therefore, a risk her heart cannot afford to take. But, alas, there is no stopping her traitorous heart, is there?I cannot say enough about this book, and how much I enjoyed reading it. It is a must add for any reader’s shelf who enjoys mystery, danger, intrigue, and romance. What more could a person want? This book has all of that and more. Once you start you will not want to put it down!I received an advanced reader’s copy from the Barbour Publishing, Inc on NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    About the Book: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 f About the Book: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.My Thoughts:As I read this title, I could not help but imagine that I was meeting the James Bond of the 19th century! This gripping tale of mystery and intrigue comes complete with spies, undercover agents, traitors, danger, deception, a damsel in distress that finds her hero, and even a character named "Que"! Griep holds the readers attention by taking them on a dangerous quest to hunt down an elusive traitor as undercover agent Alexander "Morton" discovers "friends" that are foes and "foes" that become unsuspecting allies as he traverses into seemingly impossible dangerous situations with no foreseeable escape. Alexander's complete tumble head over heals into love with Johanna is so endearing, yet heartbreaking as he must keep his secret identity intact denying his feelings and as a result breaking her heart. BUT, when the villains are captured he stands as her true hero, not only fighting for her life, but also for her heart. Loved the twists, turns, and unexpected ending!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    This well written novel was quick paced with quit a few twist and turns to it. It will keep you on the end of your seat and it may not end as you expect. There is lots of adventure to this tale. It has everything you could want. You have your hero and heroine, some good guys, spies, a traitor, a man in black, a few under cover agents, and a crazy puppeteer who can't talk without his puppet, just to mention a few. You are not sure who's who until the end. There are so many strong characters in th This well written novel was quick paced with quit a few twist and turns to it. It will keep you on the end of your seat and it may not end as you expect. There is lots of adventure to this tale. It has everything you could want. You have your hero and heroine, some good guys, spies, a traitor, a man in black, a few under cover agents, and a crazy puppeteer who can't talk without his puppet, just to mention a few. You are not sure who's who until the end. There are so many strong characters in this book, not just Alexander and Johanna, the main love interest. I found several funny one liners, and colloquial sayings that I just loved. The story has a serious side too. I found myself in tears in parts. When I get into a book that I am enjoying, like this one, it is hard to put it down. I though the way Ms. Griep interweaves scripture lessons through out the book was very well done. I so enjoy when the author takes the time at the end of her story to tell you the history behind it, places and things that were true. I often get so into the novel that I feel like I am right there. Ms. Griep did exactly that for me with Innkeepers Daughter. I thank Net Galley as well as Barbour Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book. A review was not required, but I was happy to give my honest opinion of this great book.
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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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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled to be back in amongst the characters in Brentwoods Ward. That surprised me.The characters are what really push this book along. They are varied, some weird, some evil, some good...and some in between. It was a slow start for me, but I love this author so I kept going. I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed the varied characters and what they added to the plot...and it might not turn out exactly as you thought it would. There are a few surprises along the way! So grab the book and take t I was thrilled to be back in amongst the characters in Brentwoods Ward. That surprised me.The characters are what really push this book along. They are varied, some weird, some evil, some good...and some in between. It was a slow start for me, but I love this author so I kept going. I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed the varied characters and what they added to the plot...and it might not turn out exactly as you thought it would. There are a few surprises along the way! So grab the book and take the journey of the innkeepers daughter!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The Innkeeper’s Daughter is a pretty good read. I enjoyed the historical details, the mystery, the setting, the settings….everything. There was a part that was a little slow to me, but it picked right back up pretty quick. The Innkeeper’s Daughter is most definitely my favorite that I have read by Michelle Griep. I hope she will write more like this one in the future. I recommend this one and give it a solid 4 stars. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review The Innkeeper’s Daughter is a pretty good read. I enjoyed the historical details, the mystery, the setting, the settings….everything. There was a part that was a little slow to me, but it picked right back up pretty quick. The Innkeeper’s Daughter is most definitely my favorite that I have read by Michelle Griep. I hope she will write more like this one in the future. I recommend this one and give it a solid 4 stars. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy of this book. I'm not big on book reviews, but considering I won this in a giveaway, I think I will go ahead and do my best.Alexander Moore is a Bow Street Runner who is given the assignment to travel to Dover and locate a traitor. As part of his assignment, he is instructed to stay at the dilapidated Blue Hedge Inn. During his stay at the Inn, he becomes acquainted with the proprietors, the lovely Johanna Langley, her mam and her younger brother Thomas. Johanna is ver I received an advance copy of this book. I'm not big on book reviews, but considering I won this in a giveaway, I think I will go ahead and do my best.Alexander Moore is a Bow Street Runner who is given the assignment to travel to Dover and locate a traitor. As part of his assignment, he is instructed to stay at the dilapidated Blue Hedge Inn. During his stay at the Inn, he becomes acquainted with the proprietors, the lovely Johanna Langley, her mam and her younger brother Thomas. Johanna is very headstrong and doesn't like accepting help from others. Mrs. Langley is hardworking but Johanna feels her mother's health is fading due to overworking at the Inn. Little Thomas is a spitfire with tons of energy. Johanna has a hard time allowing Thomas to be a little kid and enjoy his childhood. One of Johanna's biggest concerns is paying the rent for the Inn each month. She is constantly plagued with fear that her little family will be sent to the workhouse to work off their debt.Johanna does not know what to think about Alex. His behavior due to his undercover assignment doesn't help her opinion of him. She thinks he's a gambler, a liar and when he helps her with her pending rent, she thinks he will expect repayment in an immoral fashion. She tries to avoid him, but against her better judgment, she falls in love with him. The big struggle for Johanna is putting all her trust in God and allowing him to help set things right.In the end, Alex uncovers the traitor and still gets the girl with a happy ending. I was excited to read this book after I found out it was a continuation of Brentwood's Ward. I like Michelle Griep's writing and I'm hoping for a third book that will tell us more about Thatcher the shadow.
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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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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Innkeeper’s Daughter (a novel)Author: Michelle GriepPages: 320Year: 2018Publisher: Shiloh Run Press My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.What a spectacular story is bound within the covers! Michelle Griep takes readers back in time to 1808 in London to a place called the Blue Hedge Inn where a mother, daughter and young son keep boarders, serve ale and food. They work hard in a building that is run down and about to collapse, trying hard to pay off the mortgage before they get sent to the w Title: The Innkeeper’s Daughter (a novel)Author: Michelle GriepPages: 320Year: 2018Publisher: Shiloh Run Press My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.What a spectacular story is bound within the covers! Michelle Griep takes readers back in time to 1808 in London to a place called the Blue Hedge Inn where a mother, daughter and young son keep boarders, serve ale and food. They work hard in a building that is run down and about to collapse, trying hard to pay off the mortgage before they get sent to the workhouse to pay off their debt. Johanna does most of the work of the inn, and her Mam works in the kitchen. The boy name Thomas is quite the character!Besides some boarders taking off without paying, the banker is an uncaring fellow, which I easily disliked. Perhaps that was the author’s intent…maybe. Then add to the mix, Alexander Moore, who is undercover to locate those bent on sedition or other ill gains. Alexander is not a man of means, but to do his job he must put forth the appearance and behavior of a wealthy man. While doing his job, Alexander stays at Johanna’s inn and that’s where the story really gets interesting!The author wrote a novel that entails many mysteries that kept me reading for hours. When I thought the ending was near and the true culprits would be revealed, it turns out there were more twists and turns to the plot! The more pages I read, the faster my heart beat in anticipation of how the book was going to end. Would those who should be brought to justice be revealed? How was Alexander going to marry one woman while he was in love with another? Above all, I was wondering if Johanna was going to keep her inn or end up in the workhouse to pay her debts. Johanna is a brave woman who worked her heart out and underwent some very hard times that impacted her heart, body, emotions and soul. Alexander was an interesting man who tried to do the right thing, but was it to please God or man? This is one of the best of Michelle’s stories that just got richer the more I read. I sincerely hope many read and enjoy the tale as I did, including the ending that is a surprise!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    What a unique work of Christian historical fiction! With “The Innkeeper’s Daughter”, Michelle Griep crafts a fascinating story that combines romance, suspense, and hardship against the backdrop of Dover in 1808. The dialect immerses the reader in this Regency world, and the realistic challenges and situations which the characters face reinforce this connection. Moral quandaries and tests of faith feature prominently and demonstrate that despite the passage of time, some things do not change. Be What a unique work of Christian historical fiction! With “The Innkeeper’s Daughter”, Michelle Griep crafts a fascinating story that combines romance, suspense, and hardship against the backdrop of Dover in 1808. The dialect immerses the reader in this Regency world, and the realistic challenges and situations which the characters face reinforce this connection. Moral quandaries and tests of faith feature prominently and demonstrate that despite the passage of time, some things do not change. Be it two hundred years in the past or contemporary society, faith and trust in God are essential, especially in trying circumstances. “The Innkeeper’s Daughter” beautifully illustrates this through the story’s main conflict. Intrigue and adventure flow as a steady undercurrent that swells toward the end of the narrative, with no predictable ending to spoil the ride. The hero, Alexander Moore, accepts a covert assignment to get to the bottom of a deadly conspiracy and lands at the Blue Hedge Inn, which is run by the comely Johanna Langley and her aging mother. Plagued by financial difficulties and concerns for her mother and young brother, Johanna tries to take the world upon her shoulders, trusting in herself above all, as do so many of us today. Part of what makes this novel so captivating is the quirky and unusual characters. They are unlike any I have come across in other Christian fiction, especially the peripheral characters. Not only do they add depth to the story, but they also offer a perspective on physical disability and mental illness. The villains, who are not always easy to pick out here, are handled cleanly in spite of their actions. Overall, this story reminded me in certain ways of “The Scarlet Pimpernel”. Gambling played a substantial role in the narrative, and this is another example of how Griep’s book proves its distinctiveness. Rather than portraying betting as inherently evil, “The Innkeeper’s Daughter” demonstrates that it can be done honestly as long as you never gamble what you can’t afford to lose. The question becomes how far the characters are willing to go to uphold their convictions and their loyalties. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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  • Kelly Tyree
    January 1, 1970
    In The Innkeeper's Daughter, Alex Morton is a runner for the Crown. He is sent to Dover to find a traitor. He is told to stay in an inn. In this run down inn he meets Johanna Langley. She is the innkeeper's daughter and she is lovely. Unfortunately, Alex is undercover and on an assignment. But the more he gets to know Johanna the more he regrets not being able to allow himself to love Johanna. Johanna helps to run the inn with her mother and her young brother. They are barely holding it together In The Innkeeper's Daughter, Alex Morton is a runner for the Crown. He is sent to Dover to find a traitor. He is told to stay in an inn. In this run down inn he meets Johanna Langley. She is the innkeeper's daughter and she is lovely. Unfortunately, Alex is undercover and on an assignment. But the more he gets to know Johanna the more he regrets not being able to allow himself to love Johanna. Johanna helps to run the inn with her mother and her young brother. They are barely holding it together and struggle to pay the rent each month. It causes her great worry. She does all types of jobs to earn money just to keep the inn going. She knows if they cannot pay the rent, they will be sent to the work camp. The inn has all types of odd characters including Mr. Nutbrown who can only talk via his puppet and Mr. Quail and his band that have no talent. What Johanna does not know is the Alex and Mr. Quail are more than they appear. Johanna begins to have strong feeling for Alex but she does not know much about him. When Alex is wrongly accused of being a traitor and his jailed and beaten, her heart breaks for the pain he endures. Alex does so all for his assignment. Alex has been ordered to become betrothed to the Viscount's daughter. But will following orders mean he loses the one thing he cannot live without? Throughout the Innkeeper's Daughter people are not what they appear to be. The book is so well written and it keeps you guessing. The characters are wonderfully diverse. From a peg legged crooked sailor to a dandy deserter, you never know where the story is going and certainly not how it will end!
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    It's funny how authors will strike on a similar idea at the same time; this is the second novel I've read recently about a female Regency-era innkeeper (the other being Julie Klassen's The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill), though that's where the similarities end. They are very different in tone. This one is more suspenseful, with significantly more danger (not unexpected, given our hero is a lawman working on ferreting out a traitor).I have to admit, I saw Johanna and Alex's conflict coming a mile away-- It's funny how authors will strike on a similar idea at the same time; this is the second novel I've read recently about a female Regency-era innkeeper (the other being Julie Klassen's The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill), though that's where the similarities end. They are very different in tone. This one is more suspenseful, with significantly more danger (not unexpected, given our hero is a lawman working on ferreting out a traitor).I have to admit, I saw Johanna and Alex's conflict coming a mile away--it's pretty much inevitable that a woman who hates liars will fall for a man who is undercover and can't share the truth. All the expected problems ensue. Otherwise, the author does a good job filling the story with interesting and often quirky characters, the most notable of which being Mr. Nutbrown. One thing I really liked was the author's ability to show rather than tell--I'd wondered why the two smugglers would insist on dragging other people into their schemes until I caught on to their illiteracy, which is never explicitly stated. The clues are all there pointing to it, but it's up to the reader to figure out. And THAT, by the way, is a legitimate reason for a bad guy to drag the good guys into their schemes--to acquire a skill set they lack. I enjoyed the twists and surprises at the end; I had wondered how all the complex plot pieces would fit together, and they came together most pleasingly.Thank you Barbour and NetGalley for the free e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Excerpt: Now that her worst fear had come to pass, surprisingly she wasn’t as crushed as she’d imagined. The sun still shone, the wind still blew, and God yet reigned in the heavens.The story begins in Dover, England in the year 1808. The book is filled with adventure, espionage, and romance. What a delicious combination of elements for a Regency novel! Meet Alexander Moore, alias Alexander Morton, a Bow Street runner on a secret assignment and Miss Johanna Langley, co-proprietor of the Blue Hed Excerpt: Now that her worst fear had come to pass, surprisingly she wasn’t as crushed as she’d imagined. The sun still shone, the wind still blew, and God yet reigned in the heavens.The story begins in Dover, England in the year 1808. The book is filled with adventure, espionage, and romance. What a delicious combination of elements for a Regency novel! Meet Alexander Moore, alias Alexander Morton, a Bow Street runner on a secret assignment and Miss Johanna Langley, co-proprietor of the Blue Hedge Inn. These two strong-willed characters both have their own missions to accomplish. On the surface Alex appears to be a distinguished gentlemen working for his father by day and gambling in high stakes games at night. Johanna is exactly what she appears to be, a hard working innkeeper struggling to keep her family out of the poor house.How do two such mismatched people fall in love? Read this intriguing novel to find out if and how Alex and Johanna’s romance survives the turmoil of treason, smuggling, and the poor house. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it. This book is an engaging read for lovers of historical fiction, Regency fiction, and Christian fiction.This ARC copy was received from Netgalley.com and Barbour Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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  • Perrianne
    January 1, 1970
    A dilapidated inn in Dover, England 1808. I enjoy reading about this era in time and especially Ms. Griep’s telling of the tale. It’s a little like taking off on a roller coaster ride slowly up the hill as she builds the storyline slowly and carefully. But not so slowly that the story loses the momentum and the reader gets bored or the story gets stalled. Not at all! She allows you to get to know the characters and once you become thoroughly invested in them, the plot thickens. There is a quirky A dilapidated inn in Dover, England 1808. I enjoy reading about this era in time and especially Ms. Griep’s telling of the tale. It’s a little like taking off on a roller coaster ride slowly up the hill as she builds the storyline slowly and carefully. But not so slowly that the story loses the momentum and the reader gets bored or the story gets stalled. Not at all! She allows you to get to know the characters and once you become thoroughly invested in them, the plot thickens. There is a quirky little puppeteer, a Bow Street Runner undercover, a traitor, wacky musicians, smuggling, kidnapping, and a viscount trying to marry off his spoiled daughter. There were just so many interesting characters and plot twists that kept me riveted to the book. Can Johanna and Alex survive the intrigue and danger that confronts them in an elaborate plot? I don’t even think that Alex saw the depths of the web of deceit that they were swept into. I received this book complimentary as an advance review copy from the author. The opinions are completely my own regardless of the receipt of the free advance copy of the book.
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  • Deborha Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    Another winner!How does an author manage to write a book that is as good as, or even better than her previous book? Well, you will have to read Brentwood's Ward AND THEN The Innkeeper's Daughter to find out. (although they can be read as stand-alone novels) Michelle Griep has written yet another page turning tale about a Bow Street Runner. I love these stories, they are filled with so much intrigue. What do you get when you put together a desperate innkeeper's daughter, an undercover lawman, smu Another winner!How does an author manage to write a book that is as good as, or even better than her previous book? Well, you will have to read Brentwood's Ward AND THEN The Innkeeper's Daughter to find out. (although they can be read as stand-alone novels) Michelle Griep has written yet another page turning tale about a Bow Street Runner. I love these stories, they are filled with so much intrigue. What do you get when you put together a desperate innkeeper's daughter, an undercover lawman, smugglers and very odd lodgers....ie Mr. Nutbrown. Nutbrown had me scratching my head a lot. Is he good, bad, crazy or just misunderstood? Maybe all of the above? For a fast-paced, what-will-happen-next adventure, grab Michelle Griep's newest book, The Innkeeper's Daughter....or better yet, get a copy of Brentwood's Ward AND The Innkeeper's Daughter and read them back to back. Enjoy the ride!
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  • Joy Smith
    January 1, 1970
    This is a complicated Regency romance and mystery with spies, an inn and its owners in dire straits, smugglers, romance, suspense, and characters who are rarely what they seem. (Some characters are from an earlier book apparently.) My favorite characters are Thatcher and later Lucius Nutbrown and Nixie (strange as they are)--and the innkeeper, Johanna's mother. They are the most intriguing, and I wonder if Thatcher will turn up in a romance of his own some day? Alex, our hero, is a spy who's bee This is a complicated Regency romance and mystery with spies, an inn and its owners in dire straits, smugglers, romance, suspense, and characters who are rarely what they seem. (Some characters are from an earlier book apparently.) My favorite characters are Thatcher and later Lucius Nutbrown and Nixie (strange as they are)--and the innkeeper, Johanna's mother. They are the most intriguing, and I wonder if Thatcher will turn up in a romance of his own some day? Alex, our hero, is a spy who's been sent on a strange mission--to get married to an unknown woman; of course, that's not the whole of his mission. No, not married to the heroine, Johanna, but he's staying at her family's inn and helping them--not an easy task with Johanna fighting his attempts to help her and her brother--and enemies from his past hunting him and an unknown enemy betraying him. All the intrigue and violence ends finally in a satisfying ending--after more violence, some close calls, and deaths.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Net Galley for a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.A Regency romance with some intrigue. Jo is the innkeeper’s daughter; trying so hard to keep her family’s inn running. Alex is a Bow Street runner; sent to Dover and the inn by his magistrate mentor to ferret out a traitor. The cast of characters includes a disabled mother, a 10-year-old brother, a troupe of traveling musicians (or are they?), a ventriloquist, a devious lord, and spoiled heiress. There were vague references Thanks to Net Galley for a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.A Regency romance with some intrigue. Jo is the innkeeper’s daughter; trying so hard to keep her family’s inn running. Alex is a Bow Street runner; sent to Dover and the inn by his magistrate mentor to ferret out a traitor. The cast of characters includes a disabled mother, a 10-year-old brother, a troupe of traveling musicians (or are they?), a ventriloquist, a devious lord, and spoiled heiress. There were vague references to people from Brentwood’s Ward, but the book is certainly clear enough to read as a stand-alone. I found Alex to be an honorable guy and Jo to be sort of a “woe is me” type of girl. However, the story was brought to a satisfying resolution. Wondering if Griep plans a further story about the mysterious Mr. Thacker?
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  • Melody
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this story! I loved all the characters, especially Thomas, the little brother. I loved the intrigue of it, the sad actions and the fun actions. It was an all around great book to read.As I received an advanced reader copy, I am hoping the publisher will pay attention to this part. This part has NOTHING to do with the story nor the author or my star of the review.The margins and font size of the book I received were horrible. I had to bend the book back in order to read the left si Really enjoyed this story! I loved all the characters, especially Thomas, the little brother. I loved the intrigue of it, the sad actions and the fun actions. It was an all around great book to read.As I received an advanced reader copy, I am hoping the publisher will pay attention to this part. This part has NOTHING to do with the story nor the author or my star of the review.The margins and font size of the book I received were horrible. I had to bend the book back in order to read the left side pages, as the words went into the spine. That was annoying, frustrating and made me treat the book in a manner I don't usually treat a print book. Margins need to be shortened and the font size needs to be a bit larger.
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