Ladies of Intrigue
3 Page-Turners Under One Cover from Reader Favorite Michelle Griep! Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear?  The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady Cornish Coast, 1815 When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?  The Doctor’s Woman (A Carol Award Winner!) Dakota Territory, 1862 Emmy Nelson, daughter of a missionary doctor, and Dr. James Clark, city doctor aspiring to teach, find themselves working side by side at Fort Snelling during the Dakota Uprising. That is when the real clash of ideals begins.  A House of Secrets St. Paul, Minnesota, 1890 Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house that’s secretly owned by her beau—a home that’s his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s most infamous madam.

Ladies of Intrigue Details

TitleLadies of Intrigue
Author
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2019
PublisherBarbour Books
ISBN-139781683228264
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Mystery

Ladies of Intrigue Review

  • Julie Carpenter
    January 1, 1970
    Overall 4.5 *I love Michelle Griep's writing style. She's a favorite go to author for me. Whenever I see that she has a new story for me to read and enjoy, I jump on the chance to read it! This is a collection of three of her novellas that were included in three different anthologies. I actually had read one of the anthologies but not the other two. So let me just say I was pretty excited with the chance to have the other two that I had missed put into a collection of just Michelle Griep's. Wooh Overall 4.5 *I love Michelle Griep's writing style. She's a favorite go to author for me. Whenever I see that she has a new story for me to read and enjoy, I jump on the chance to read it! This is a collection of three of her novellas that were included in three different anthologies. I actually had read one of the anthologies but not the other two. So let me just say I was pretty excited with the chance to have the other two that I had missed put into a collection of just Michelle Griep's. Woohoo! This isn't going to be an in detail review like I normally do. Life has been busy and I'm trying to catch up. So if you're looking for a longwinded, rambling thoughts review, this isn't it. If you're looking for shorter and sweet, this is it! ;-)Like the title suggests, there's a dash of mystery in each story, sweet and clean romance, great characters, characters learning to trust in God, pain and healing, hidden identities, hidden truths, uncovering the truths, danger, suspense, smuggling, doctoring, trickery, death, friends, and most importantly sweet love!I liked the three couples that these stories were about. They each learned to trust and help each other as their friendships began and developed into something more.Thanks for this great collection Michelle Griep! If any of you are fans of this author, this is a great collection for you. Three different stories to curl up and enjoy, all in one sitting, or to be enjoyed individually! Anyway you choose I hope you enjoy them as I did!Content: Clean. Some moments of peril but nothing graphic. The characters have some kissing scenes but nothing further. The characters talk about God and turning their lives over to His guidance.I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour Books, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.Happy Reading!!!
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  • Lucinda
    January 1, 1970
    A great compilation of 19th century novellas with compelling characters and great settings. These were previously published in multi-author anthologies. The Gentleman Smuggler's LadyWhat a delightful little story! I'm utterly convinced Michelle Griep can't write a bad story. For being short, it sure packed a punch. The main characters are strong: Helen and Isaac don't meet under the best circumstances, and he doesn't leave a good impression on her. But then Helen finds out he's the landowner ove A great compilation of 19th century novellas with compelling characters and great settings. These were previously published in multi-author anthologies. The Gentleman Smuggler's LadyWhat a delightful little story! I'm utterly convinced Michelle Griep can't write a bad story. For being short, it sure packed a punch. The main characters are strong: Helen and Isaac don't meet under the best circumstances, and he doesn't leave a good impression on her. But then Helen finds out he's the landowner over the parish where her father lives. And although Helen wants to dislike Isaac, he's not the lawless smuggler she thought him to be. Actually, I'm pretty sure Isaac Seaton is a friend of Ross Poldark. It wasn't mentioned (probably to keep Mr. Poldark's privacy), but it's hard to pretend it's not there. ;) Beautiful, dramatic setting, engaging characters, a very sweet ending, and the kind of prose that grabs you with all the feels. Could we perchance expect a story for Esther Seaton?The Doctor's WomanI read Michelle Griep's story The Doctor's Woman and loved it. Emmy is spirited and strong and she tried to do the right thing, sometimes putting herself in peril. James, well James was a great leading man and I'm glad he learned what was really more important in the end. Although it's a novella, the characters are well developed and the story is satisfying. As usual, the imagery is fantastic.A House of SecretsAmanda and Joseph are engaged to be married and I liked that they already had an established relationship. Nonetheless, there are secrets Joseph believes he needs to keep that cause problems for both of them. Joseph is a city attorney and Amanda the new chairwoman for a ladies aide society. Both of them are good persons who want to help those less fortunate and try their best at doing so. The storydoes a good job at depicting the opposite social settings between the rich and the poor, and both Joseph and Amanda have specific plans and goals to make things better. The epilogue brought everything together and their efforts were rewarded. Love, love, love the opening paragraph of chapter two—classic Griep imaging. I received a copy from Barbour publishing and this is my own opinion.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    Three great reads in one book. Each story can be read in one sitting. Sweet romances with suspense that left a satisfying happily ever after.*I was given a copy of this book by Barbour publishing. I was not under any obligation to leave a review. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Deon
    January 1, 1970
    Love this cover!!
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    “Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery” by Michelle Griep has been a much anticipated read for me as I love Ms. Grieps’ books! This particular book is a collection of three of her novellas. Each novella can be read as a standalone, but you might as well read them all since each one is amazing!The Gentleman Smuggler’s LadyFans of “Poldark” will swoon over this novella that takes place on the Cornish Coast and deals with smuggling. I love the main character, He “Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery” by Michelle Griep has been a much anticipated read for me as I love Ms. Grieps’ books! This particular book is a collection of three of her novellas. Each novella can be read as a standalone, but you might as well read them all since each one is amazing!The Gentleman Smuggler’s LadyFans of “Poldark” will swoon over this novella that takes place on the Cornish Coast and deals with smuggling. I love the main character, Helen, and her spunk. She may seem like a fragile governess, but she quickly shows that she has another side to her personality. I appreciate the moral dilemma that Isaac (our hero) runs into concerning smuggling. Both characters learn about trusting in God’s provisions. Isaac needs to try to not enact his own justice but to leave it to God. Helen learns about surrendering instead of just pretending. This was my favorite of the novellas because I love the setting and time period.The Doctor’s WomanI like the hate-to-love story between the two main characters (Emmy and James) in this novella. Ms. Griep does a great job with the setting and time period (Dakota territory, 1862). Emmy and James both let emotion get the better of them at times and run ahead to help, instead of waiting for God to lead. This often leads to dangerous situations. The characters learn to believe that God is in control.A House of SecretsI really enjoyed the cute romance in this story. It also has a nice message that the only good opinion we need is God’s and that we are loved by Him.Content: Overall, I give this collection a PG rating. Some examples of the content are: Mention of people cursing, but the word isn’t actually written; mention of ale and drunkards; the word “Sheol” is used; men sing bawdy drinking songs; the words “hell” and “devil” are used; some medical descriptions of blood and gore; Native Americans are referred to as “Injuns;” mention of harlots and brothels (in the 3rd novella).Rating: I give this book 4 stars!Genre: Christian fiction; Historical; Novellas; RomanceI want to thank Celebrate Lit, Michelle Griep and Barbour Books 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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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Let’s take a journey through the nineteenth century with this collection of tales each with a hint of intrigue. Three settings, three heroines, and their three equally captivating counterparts make for a delightful read. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady1815. Cornwall. Helen Fletcher, a young governess, returns from Ireland to Cornwall only to find herself spirited away from the ship by a mysterious smuggler. When the mysterious smuggler turns up again, will Helen be able to figure out exactly what Let’s take a journey through the nineteenth century with this collection of tales each with a hint of intrigue. Three settings, three heroines, and their three equally captivating counterparts make for a delightful read. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady1815. Cornwall. Helen Fletcher, a young governess, returns from Ireland to Cornwall only to find herself spirited away from the ship by a mysterious smuggler. When the mysterious smuggler turns up again, will Helen be able to figure out exactly what his intentions are? Be swept off your feet in this charming tale of love on the Cornish coast! The Doctor’s Woman 1862. Mendota, Minnesota. Emmy Nelson, a frontier doctor’s daughter, braves the wilds of Minnesota in order to care for the men at the outlying military post of Fort Snelling and the Sioux Indian being held captive there. Clashing with the new citified, military doctor adds further turmoil to her troubled soul. Read this lively tale of a city boy and country girl and the lessons they learn from each other! A House of Secrets1890. St. Paul, Minnesota. Amanda Carston, a lively young woman full of spunk, is soon to be married to a handsome, dynamic young attorney, Joseph Blake. In her search to finish one big project before the wedding, Amanda uncovers a mystery that she just can’t leave alone. Creep through the halls of the decrepit Grigg house with Amanda to see if she uncovers the mystery behind the old place! I enjoyed the likeable characters, unique settings, and bit of romance each story shared. Each tale is a standalone and easy to read. I hope you will enjoy this collection of stories as much as I did. If I had to choose a favorite, I think the prize would go to A House of Secrets. Enjoy! This ARC copy was received from the author, Barbour Publishing and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    Michelle Griep has quickly risen to the top of my list of favorite authors. Her stories are romantic, intense, and quickly transport me far away from the mundane. This collection of novellas is no exception, proving that whatever time period or location she’s writing about, or even how long the story is, it will surely be outstanding. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady There is so much packed into this novella that I’m not even sure where to start. The swoony hero, the tenacious heroine who pretends Michelle Griep has quickly risen to the top of my list of favorite authors. Her stories are romantic, intense, and quickly transport me far away from the mundane. This collection of novellas is no exception, proving that whatever time period or location she’s writing about, or even how long the story is, it will surely be outstanding. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady There is so much packed into this novella that I’m not even sure where to start. The swoony hero, the tenacious heroine who pretends everything is fine in order to make it so, the solid spiritual content, and the love story are all perfect. Lots of great moments in this one, which is impressive given the length. The Doctor’s Woman I stand corrected—the hero in this novella is even better than the last. Emmaline is no slouch herself; though not fearless exactly, she takes a stand when it matters, regardless of what it may cost her. I found much to admire and inspire in Emmy. When the two of them are on the page together, sparks fly and those around them benefit from how they drive each other to be the best they possibly can be. A House of Secrets I loved how some of these very minor characters are described because it helped to paint a visual picture in my mind; for example, the secretary who either sucked on lemons or the “sourness inside her refused to be kept in.” I also appreciated the tenderness between the main characters, engaged before the beginning of the story, but still learning more about each other through these pages. Each story has something to make it unique but they are all well-written and riveting. Fans of Griep will not be disappointed, even if they don’t usually read novellas, and those who enjoy historical romance, in general, should not miss this fantastic collection. I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    Three stories with mystery and romance! My two favorite things! I enjoyed all the stories but think the first one was my favorite! A fast quick read! Thanks for the early copy!
  • Emily Yager
    January 1, 1970
    Three well written novellas filled with mystery and each wrapped up in a different historical timeframe. An excellent read that is hard to put down once you start.I received an ARC copy from the publisher via netgalley. A review was not required, but appreciated.
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  • Rosanne Lortz
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a lifesaver for me. I have been staying up way too late every night of our three-week Christmas break because it's impossible to go to sleep before finishing my book of the day. (Once you pop, you can't stop, if you know what I mean...) But this book is actually three books, a collection of three novellas all set in the 19th century. Disconnected novellas. Novellas that can be read separately. I thoroughly enjoyed each one over the course of three days and was able to go to sleep b This book was a lifesaver for me. I have been staying up way too late every night of our three-week Christmas break because it's impossible to go to sleep before finishing my book of the day. (Once you pop, you can't stop, if you know what I mean...) But this book is actually three books, a collection of three novellas all set in the 19th century. Disconnected novellas. Novellas that can be read separately. I thoroughly enjoyed each one over the course of three days and was able to go to sleep by ten o'clock instead of staying up to midnight and beyond.The first story, The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady, is set in Cornwall, a few decades after the renowned series Poldark begins. Helen is a governess, traveling to visit her dying father who is a well-loved vicar in a coastal village. As she disembarks, the ship is set upon by smugglers, one of whom whisks her out of the way, keeping her safe from a horde of drunk sailors. Later, when Helen meets Isaac Seaton, the young lord of the manor, she realizes that she's seen him before and must make the difficult decision whether to keep his secret. The second story, The Doctor's Woman, is set during the American Civil War out on the frontier. After the death of her father, Emmy is supposed to go back east. But when the new doctor at the fort demands that she stay at the fort and assist him as a nurse, she finds that James Clark is a hard man to resist. Under the doctor's protection, she ministers to sufferers of measles and smallpox, assisting the Sioux Indians when others would consign them to their fate. The third story, A House of Secrets, is set at the end of the 19th century in St. Paul, Minnesota. Amanda is engaged to a city attorney known for trying to close down brothels. But when she tries to enlist his help in converting an old haunted house into an orphanage, her fiance proves singularly unhelpful. What secret is he hiding and why won't he confide in her? My favorite story of the bunch was The Doctor's Woman. It is difficult to create a lush setting and fully rounded characters in the format of a short story or a novella, and for me, this one succeeded the best in this task. Michelle Griep is at home in describing the American frontier. (I greatly enjoyed her book released last summer, The Captured Bride, which was set during the French and Indian War.) In The Doctor's Woman, James Clark jumped from the page as a determined physician, manly protector, and romantic protagonist. Emmy was just as appealing, making the decision to forgive the wrongs done to her by the native tribes and treat them as humans made in God's image. My second favorite in the collection was The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady. I loved the premise of this story! A gentleman forced to resort to smuggling to provide for his starving tenants...how noble! It didn't feel fully fleshed out, however, and I think it would benefit from being expanded into a full-length novel. All in all, this is a wonderful collection--excellent for when you need a quick bite of historical fiction instead of the full meal deal. Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. 
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful collection of well written novellas! Some of my all time favorites from previously published collections, gathered into their own book. I loved revisiting Regency era Cornwall, an army outpost in Civil War era Dakota territory, and 1890's St. Paul, Minnesota. Great characters, some action and adventure, and a romance in each one with some sighworthy moments. "I love you more than life and air." Oh my. Major sigh. These all have a bit of faith inserted into the plot, worked naturally A wonderful collection of well written novellas! Some of my all time favorites from previously published collections, gathered into their own book. I loved revisiting Regency era Cornwall, an army outpost in Civil War era Dakota territory, and 1890's St. Paul, Minnesota. Great characters, some action and adventure, and a romance in each one with some sighworthy moments. "I love you more than life and air." Oh my. Major sigh. These all have a bit of faith inserted into the plot, worked naturally into the characters' struggle. Not at all preachy, but enough to bring deeper meaning to the stories. "Why is it that good things do not always happen to good people?” None of these stories were light and fluffy, containing enough grit to make the setting feel authentic, and unique plots to make the stories quite remarkable. I enjoyed each one! This author is becoming one of my favorites for historical fiction. I look forward to whatever she has next in store!(An e-book was provided by Barbour Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    Three different stories by the same author, with each being a third of the book, and each quickly drawing you in.Whether we are in old England, the city of St. Paul or in a U.S. Military Fort, we are offered a story that includes a strong woman as the main character.Of course, you can sit down and read one, and they save the next for later, but like the candy it is hard not to turn the next page.I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour and was not required to give a posi Three different stories by the same author, with each being a third of the book, and each quickly drawing you in.Whether we are in old England, the city of St. Paul or in a U.S. Military Fort, we are offered a story that includes a strong woman as the main character.Of course, you can sit down and read one, and they save the next for later, but like the candy it is hard not to turn the next page.I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of Christian historical romance will not be disappointed with Michelle Griep's collection of short stories. This is a collection of three different stories, about three intriguing women, all from three different time periods. The first story The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady, written about the Cornish Coast in 1815. The book starts out with intrigue and suspense. Helen Fletcher is sailing from Ireland, where she worked as a nanny. She is coming home to care for her ailing father a pastor. She g Fans of Christian historical romance will not be disappointed with Michelle Griep's collection of short stories. This is a collection of three different stories, about three intriguing women, all from three different time periods. The first story The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady, written about the Cornish Coast in 1815. The book starts out with intrigue and suspense. Helen Fletcher is sailing from Ireland, where she worked as a nanny. She is coming home to care for her ailing father a pastor. She goes up top of the ship, thinking it is time to depart the ship and instead gets carried off by a smuggler robing them. This book had me at the heartstrings right from the first page.The Second The Doctor's Woman was about Dakota Territory in 1862. Emmy Nelson has just lost her missionary father, who was a doctor. Her aunt has sent a carriage for her to come live with her in the big city. The wild west is no place for a lady. Emmy has loved living out west and helping her father with his medical practice. The new doctor for Fort Snelling has been delayed and the fort is at present without a doctor. Two soldiers come for her father, due to a major accident. Learning that her father has died they convince Emmy to come and take car of the patient, she is all they have. Just as she is giving instructions, in walks the city doctor Dr. James Clark. Right from the start it is obvious they have two ways of doing things. It is interesting to see who is going to learn the most from the other.A House Of Secrets is the third story in this set, from St. Paul, Minnesota and 1890. Amanda Carston is waiting with her best friend Moe, for her fiance' to pick them up for their engagement party. He finally arrives dreadfully late with a police officer. The secrets and surprises go on and on from there. Ms. Griep is an incredible storyteller. I enjoyed this collection of short stories and think it would make a wonderful gift. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    If you are a Michelle Griep fan you will want to make sure you add Ladies of Intrigue to your "must read" list. This book, which comes out February 1, 2019, is a quick read because it's hard to put down.My favourite story was the first one The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady. That one I could not put down and read it straight through. I loved the storyline and the characters and was disappointed it ended. I wonder how the author kept it to a short story as it has the potential to be a full-length nove If you are a Michelle Griep fan you will want to make sure you add Ladies of Intrigue to your "must read" list. This book, which comes out February 1, 2019, is a quick read because it's hard to put down.My favourite story was the first one The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady. That one I could not put down and read it straight through. I loved the storyline and the characters and was disappointed it ended. I wonder how the author kept it to a short story as it has the potential to be a full-length novel.Of course, the other two stories were equally thrilling and also have the potential to be full-length novels, but there was something about Isaac Seaton and Helen Fletcher that left me wanting more. Perhaps the danger involved? I hope the author brings them to life again someday.If you are looking for some well-developed stories to get lost in, I highly recommend Ladies of Intrigue.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    With acknowledgements of influence and support to other favorite authors like Julie Klassen, MaryLu Tyndall, and recently-added favorite Shannon McNear, Michelle Griep has done it again: Crafted 3 delightful masterpieces to add to my shelf! These stories focus on two main elements: intriguing characters, and the romance that is born and blossoms as a result. The mystery element is not so much part of the genre, except in the question of the character of Isaac in the first story, and an old "haun With acknowledgements of influence and support to other favorite authors like Julie Klassen, MaryLu Tyndall, and recently-added favorite Shannon McNear, Michelle Griep has done it again: Crafted 3 delightful masterpieces to add to my shelf! These stories focus on two main elements: intriguing characters, and the romance that is born and blossoms as a result. The mystery element is not so much part of the genre, except in the question of the character of Isaac in the first story, and an old "haunted" house in the final story. It really has no presence in the middle story."The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady" -OK, the title is a mouthful, and certainly 'intrigues' the reader as to how w have a gentleman who is also a smuggler. And that's the question Helen asks herself! Their first meeting, she is swept off her feet (literally and against her will) by this smuggler who claims to be protecting her...after threatening her first with a gun, and stealing a shipment of cargo. She's come from Ireland to care for her ailing father, and she has always gotten through the tough times by pretending everything is fine. She's determined and capable, and trusts no one. But when her second encounter with this smuggler reveals him to be a gentleman of standing, she flounders to know which person Isaac really is, while finding herself drawn to his kindness and strength. This story is one of heartache mixed with the raw beginnings of hope from ashes.The conclusion was a bit rushed for me. I felt like the smuggler part of the story-line was never quite resolved. It left off with a hint of assuming everything worked out, but I still questioned some of Isaac's hasty actions and the repercussions. The romance, too, though gradually building through most of the story, ended up feeling crammed hastily in with the chaos of the ending. Because of the ending, I bring this story from 4 stars down to 3."The Doctor's Woman" -Ah, but this one was by far my favorite!--and I'd buy the book for this one alone, even if I hadn't enjoyed the others. I loved everything about it. When I finished, I wanted to go back and read it again. James Clark is the new and temporary doctor at an Army fort in this story, while Emmy is the daughter of the recently deceased and only other doctor of the area. An accident brings Emmy to assist just as James arrives, and they immediately clash with differing ideas of medicine and treatments. But forced to work together through sickness and injury, they pull together to work side-by-side for the needs of many. Admiration and friendship grow to love, built strong through the trials of one long winter. There is tension, humor, and swoon-worthy romance. The build of their relationship is believable and solid, which not many novellas can boast--having less pages to express that journey adequately.This one completely satisfies from beginning to end. A very enthusiastic, glittering 5 stars."A House of Secrets" - Amanda and Joseph--this story begins with an already-engaged couple both on separate missions, both determined to succeed. Joseph, an attorney, is determined to shut down the city brothels, and Amanda is on a mission that revolves around the mysterious and abandoned Grigg house. She wants more than anything to please her father, and prove herself capable of great things: This means, turning the old house into a school to help the poor. But little does she know that her pursuits into the mystery of the house leads straight into the darkness surrounding her fiancé's past. A past Joseph promised to never reveal--and one he fears will tear the woman he loves most away from him.Here is a story that mixes mystery with a delicious romantic tension. The reader doesn't get to witness the beginnings of their relationship, or who they are as that relationship grows from first meeting to proposal. But you start to learn who they are in snapshots as they pursue their missions...with a slow-build of thoughts and emotions as they proceed into danger. Another rushed ending, in that the final loose-ends were tied up through brief dialogue explaining what happened well after the fact. 4 stars.As a combined rating, this book averages out to 4 stars, and one I look forward to displaying on my home library shelf.I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher though NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Caitlyn Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    I was about a quarter of the way into The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady, the first in this three-book collection, when I started getting an unsettling feeling of deja vu. A few more pages and I was sure I’d read the book before, though it took a close look at my Goodreads library before I figured out where. It was part of a box set called The Regency Brides Collection, published in 2017. Obviously a limited time run, that set is no longer available and the author has bundled this story with the othe I was about a quarter of the way into The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady, the first in this three-book collection, when I started getting an unsettling feeling of deja vu. A few more pages and I was sure I’d read the book before, though it took a close look at my Goodreads library before I figured out where. It was part of a box set called The Regency Brides Collection, published in 2017. Obviously a limited time run, that set is no longer available and the author has bundled this story with the other two books to create a collection of her own. The story doesn’t appear to have been revised or expanded for this re-issue, since I did read it through completely and the issues I had with it still stand. I’m reproducing my original review of the story here:If you like Poldark, you’ll enjoy this one set on the rugged Cornish coast with smugglers and excise men aplenty. While nicely written, I quibbled with a few things such as Helen’s becoming engaged immediately after her father’s death with no mourning period, and the fact that there was no real resolution with the invisible antagonist of the plot. Enjoyable but probably needed to be about double the length. Four stars.The second two books in this set are new to me, and both American pioneer romances rather than English historical.The Doctor’s Woman is set in the Dakota Territory in 1862. Emmy Nelson was her doctor father’s assistant for many years, and after his death, finds herself roped into assisting the new doctor at the military fort, Dr. James Clark, in caring for the soldiers and an encampment of friendly Sioux close by. With measles, smallpox and injuries to deal with, James acts like a complete idiot. Despite claiming to Emmy that he’d read her father’s books and respected them a great deal, he considered his book-only education far superior to her hard-won experience and hands-on training and discounted every word she said. The really disappointing part, though, after he fell deathly ill with measles and then pneumonia, was that Emmy still had to get help from a ‘magical Indian’ friend to save him. With an arrogant hero I wanted to strangle and a racist trope thrown in, this one was a bit of a disaster. I can’t give it more than one star.The third story, A House Of Secrets, is set in St Paul, Minnesota, in 1890 and is easily the best of the three. Amanda is the socialite daughter of a wealthy businessman, engaged to Joseph, the city attorney. Determined to turn a ruined, abandoned mansion into a school for underprivileged children, Amanda runs into the unexpected obstacle of her fiance while trying to obtain the deed. While James comes across as officious and judgmental at first as we meet him in the act of trying to shut down a brothel, he turns out to have good reason for despising prostitution and is doing his altruistic best to help young women who want to leave that life. This did read very short, though, perhaps because we start off in the middle of Amanda and Joseph’s romance. I’d have enjoyed this more with a full novel, because I wanted to read more of their love story and see them interact more. Four stars.Overall I’m giving this three stars; bookended by two solid stories which would nevertheless have been improved by some more length to flesh out the plots and relationships, they were dragged down by one in the middle I thoroughly disliked.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    The Gentleman’s Smuggler’s LadyResplendent of a great Poldark episode, The Gentleman’s Smuggler’s Lady will have your heart palpitating as you ride along the Cornish seaside with Isaac Seaton and win the heart of his lady love Helen Fletcher. Meeting under less than ideal circumstances, he must untie the knot of secrets and mystery in order to impress the young lady. No easy feat when she only sees him as a scoundrel and smuggler! Ah, but you will find true love wins in the end. I loved this o The Gentleman’s Smuggler’s LadyResplendent of a great Poldark episode, The Gentleman’s Smuggler’s Lady will have your heart palpitating as you ride along the Cornish seaside with Isaac Seaton and win the heart of his lady love Helen Fletcher. Meeting under less than ideal circumstances, he must untie the knot of secrets and mystery in order to impress the young lady. No easy feat when she only sees him as a scoundrel and smuggler! Ah, but you will find true love wins in the end. I loved this one and the smoldering undercurrents between these two. Isaac certainly reminded me of my favorite character in Ross Poldark and his vibrant masculinity! The Doctor’s WomanYou have a healing gift, daughter. It’s not for man to chide what God’s given. Never be ashamed of what you are. After the death of her doctor father, Emmy Nelson is called upon to nurse a soldier back to health at Fort Snelling where she meets Dr. James Clark. They have differing methods of healing that oftentimes clash and cause tension between the two. Especially when it comes to caring for Sioux Indians who take shelter within the forts walls, the exact tribe that killed her fiancé. Can these two find a way to work together? I loved this one because Emmy is a woman far advanced in the medical world with her knowledge of herbal remedies. She would have been looked down upon by society because of it. In a place where her skills are desperately needed, it matters not! James takes a while to realize she’s a valuable asset not only to his practice, but to his life. I really liked watching these two fall for each other & the promise of forever waiting at the end. A House of SecretsEngaged couple Amanda and Joseph have the same desire to help the poor & destitute of the city. Hers by opening a school providing much needed education to poor children and him by rescuing women who want to escape the brothel. But he holds a secret that could cost him the love of his life. Can he learn to trust her enough to tell her the truth? These were the perfect couple for each other! Both of them have big hearts and the means to help where ever needed. Joseph has more than a surface reason for helping women and he must overcome his fear to allow Amanda complete access to his heart. When it’s true love, it will cover a multitude of sins…real or imagined! I loved Amanda’s strong spirited personality and how she fought for the school. A great little story packed full of punch, a little bit of faith and a whole lot of love!*I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep is a trio of historical novellas in one volume. These were three entertaining, quick reads.The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady: 1815 Cornwall, England A governess, Helen Fletcher, comes to Cornwall to tend her ailing pastor father. She is welcomed by Esther and Isaac Seaton, the local gentry. Adventures ensue as Helen is pursued by an odious Revenue official who is after local smugglers. After her father’s death, who will come to Helen’s rescue? Full of local flavo Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep is a trio of historical novellas in one volume. These were three entertaining, quick reads.The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady: 1815 Cornwall, England A governess, Helen Fletcher, comes to Cornwall to tend her ailing pastor father. She is welcomed by Esther and Isaac Seaton, the local gentry. Adventures ensue as Helen is pursued by an odious Revenue official who is after local smugglers. After her father’s death, who will come to Helen’s rescue? Full of local flavor and exciting period scenes, Ms. Griep has penned a colorful tale of intrigue. The Doctor’s Woman: 1862 Fort Snelling , Minnesota A doctor, James Clark, newly appointed to Ft. Snelling and Emmaline Nelson, whose doctor father has recently died, must work together through a tough winter. They learn many things while tending troops and a band of Souix Indians at the encampment near the fort. Ms. Griep has a wonderful way of describing the setting and the emotions of the characters. A House Of Secrets: 1890 St. Paul, Minnesota A mysterious, dilapidated mansion lies in ruins. Amanda and her Ladies Aid Society have plans to renovate it to benefit the poor. The problem is she can’t find out who owns it and her city attorney fiancé Joseph can’t or won’t help her. This novella has a great cast of characters: a dastardly villain, a caring and upstanding hero and a heroine with a heart of gold. But can secrets interfere with their eventual happiness? The pace is fast and Ms. Griep’s settings put you right in the action.* I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Three Romantic Tales Set in the 19th CenturyEach of the three tales is a love story with some mystery. One couple is engaged. The other two have just met, but each couple has a complete story. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady pairs Helen, a governess returning to England to care for her pastor father, with Issac, a smuggler. However, the smuggler is also the owner of an estate who has given her father a cottage to live in and the sustenance to care for him in his illness. Helen doesn’t want to hide Three Romantic Tales Set in the 19th CenturyEach of the three tales is a love story with some mystery. One couple is engaged. The other two have just met, but each couple has a complete story. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady pairs Helen, a governess returning to England to care for her pastor father, with Issac, a smuggler. However, the smuggler is also the owner of an estate who has given her father a cottage to live in and the sustenance to care for him in his illness. Helen doesn’t want to hide a lawbreaker, but she is beholden to him for her father’s care. The Doctor’s Woman brings Emmy Nelson, the daughter of a missionary doctor, into contact with Dr. James Clark, the new doctor at Fort Snelling. During a Dakota uprising the doctor has no one to help him except Emmy. They find a new respect for each other and love. A House of Secrets features an engaged couple, Amanda and Joseph. Both want to help the poor of the city. Amanda, Ladies Aide Chairman, wants to start a school. Joseph want to help young women escape from prostitution. Although their aims are the same, a secret separates them. The three stories are delightful romances. I have to admit the first was my favorite probably because of the action. However, the other two are well done with characters you can relate to and well described settings. All three are true to the era. They showcase Christian ideals and the romance is clean and delightful. If you enjoy historical romance, these are good novellas. I received this book from Barbour Books for this review
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    This 3-novella collection is a delightful addition to my personal library. I enjoy reading anything written by Michelle Griep, and I was delighted to get my hands on this collection of her stories. Each story can be read in one sitting.Each story is a stand-alone, filled with page-turning adventure and vivid characters that you won't soon forget. These stories are filled with sweet romance a dash of mystery and plenty of witty dialogue. If I had to pick of favorite of the three it would be The G This 3-novella collection is a delightful addition to my personal library. I enjoy reading anything written by Michelle Griep, and I was delighted to get my hands on this collection of her stories. Each story can be read in one sitting.Each story is a stand-alone, filled with page-turning adventure and vivid characters that you won't soon forget. These stories are filled with sweet romance a dash of mystery and plenty of witty dialogue. If I had to pick of favorite of the three it would be The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady. Long-time fans of Michelle Griep will want to be sure to snag a copy for themselves. If you haven't yet had the pleasure of reading one of Michelle Griep's stories, then this is the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet and see what you've been missing!I give this collection 4 stars and encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy as soon as possible! (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
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  • Jeanne Alfveby crea
    January 1, 1970
    I love Michelle Griep stories. Ladies of Intrigue has three lovely, sweet novellas that grab you and don't let go. The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady takes place on the Cornish Coast in 1815. The story takes off like a galloping horse which also literally happens in the story. Is Isaac a gentleman or a smuggler at heart? Love the journey on how Helen finds the answer to that question. The Doctor's Woman takes place at Fort Snelling in Minnesota during the Dakota Uprising in 1862. Will a doctor's daug I love Michelle Griep stories. Ladies of Intrigue has three lovely, sweet novellas that grab you and don't let go. The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady takes place on the Cornish Coast in 1815. The story takes off like a galloping horse which also literally happens in the story. Is Isaac a gentleman or a smuggler at heart? Love the journey on how Helen finds the answer to that question. The Doctor's Woman takes place at Fort Snelling in Minnesota during the Dakota Uprising in 1862. Will a doctor's daughter and assistant be able to work with the new city doctor, or will their ways and ideas clash? I live in Minnesota and have been to Fort Snelling. I really enjoyed this story that brought part of that history to life! In A House of Secrets, also set in Minnesota, has finding the truth at the heart of this story. What I like about all three of these historical fiction novellas is the theme of compassion & love for those who are suffering. Coupled with the romantic scenes, a dash of mystery, and visiting a particular time and place in history have all the elements of a completely enjoyable book for me! Michelle Griep is on my list of must-read authors.
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  • Debbie Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    Intrigue, indeed!3 really great stories. Wonderfully written characters and story lines that will keep you turning the pages. Michelle Griep, in my opinion, is a master at bringing so many elements together in a story...love, hope, intrigue, mystery, heartbreak, sorrow and forgiveness. Some of her books really keep you on your toes. All 3 stories in Ladies of Intrigue are quick reads and very good. I highly recommend this book and all others written by this author.
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  • Shonda
    January 1, 1970
    3 stories beautifully written! You will fall in love with all the wonderful characters. Michelle has done a wonderful job of drawing the readers into eachstory. Each story has a beautiful romance and trials that brings God into the story. I found that each story reached out and pulled me in and tugged at my heartstrings. All 3 stories are different but each one is as good as the one before it. Michelle Griep clearly has a talent for stories that touch the heart.
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  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great collection of stories. Each had a heroine that was strong in character and didn't bow to anyone. Each story was a page turner and was set in different parts of the world. I liked that each story was vastly different in their characters and plots and settings. I recommend this book to those that like to have romance, intrigue and strong women characters.
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  • Kelly Hodgkins
    January 1, 1970
    I’m learning to appreciate the novella and Ladies of Intrigues by Michelle Griep has three beautifully written historical romance novellas! The characters and settings are so well created, I would have enjoyed spending more time in each. The reader is given enough to connect to each of the lead characters but I still have questions about their background and what will happen next in their worlds! Perhaps Michelle Griep will come back and expand these stories. I have tried to choose a favourite b I’m learning to appreciate the novella and Ladies of Intrigues by Michelle Griep has three beautifully written historical romance novellas! The characters and settings are so well created, I would have enjoyed spending more time in each. The reader is given enough to connect to each of the lead characters but I still have questions about their background and what will happen next in their worlds! Perhaps Michelle Griep will come back and expand these stories. I have tried to choose a favourite but I keep changing my mind, each has a charm of its own. It’s a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale.
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  • Pegg
    January 1, 1970
    Very disappointed that this book is simply a repackaging of three novellas already published in different Barbour historical romance collections - and that it wasn't labeled as such. I agreed to review assuming this was something new from Michelle Griep, an author I enjoy reading. But when I opened the book, I found three stories I have already read. They are good stories, but I dislike it when books are presented as something new ... and they aren't.
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  • Laura Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed reading and re-reading these stories! If you are looking for a collection to get for a friend or family member, this would be a great choice. I'd read two of these before, & enjoyed them again the second time. Very nice stories.
  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaing and fun to read collection of historical short stories.It was an enjoyable read, very well written.There's a religious message but it's woven into the plot and does not overcome the plots.Recommded.Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
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  • JoAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Three well written mystery novellas. I enjoyed each selection. I recommend to mystery and historical fans. I received an arc from Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    I purely love to read what Michelle Griep writes. She is a favorite of mine. Here are three novellas in one collection and each contain an air of mystery. All contain strong heroines and dashing heroes. Fine reading. Recommended.*My thanks to Barbour Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. A review was not required. All opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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