Saturday, February 23, 2019

Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griepe: A Review & a Giveaway!

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About the Book

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Three 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.

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About the Author

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Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog “Writer off the Leash” or visit

Guest post from Michelle

Three Reasons to Read Historical Fiction
Believe it or not, some readers snub historical fiction, preferring instead to stick to contemporary reads. Several have good reason to, simply preferring one genre over another. But others have never given historical fiction a try. If you fall into that camp, here are some reasons you should consider reading a tale from the past

Historical fiction books are not as boring as your high school history class.
Does the thought of endless names and dates make you break out into hives? Good news! Historical fiction is a painless way to glean some historic facts without mindless memorization. You can experience a different era and culture vicariously through heroes and heroines that live on the pages of yesteryear.

Makes for great conversation.
In a world that prides itself on keeping up with the Kardashians, dare to add a little cultural zest to your next dinner conversation. Reading historical fiction arms you with interesting tidbits of things that’ve happened in years gone by.

Because truth is timeless.
Some people yearn to go back to a simpler time. The truth is, though, that the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the historic side of the fence. People have had tough issues to deal with no matter the era. . .but therein lies a great reason to read historical fiction: truth is timeless. Be it ancient, biblical, medieval, Victorian, or anything in between, truth never changes.
In my new release, Ladies of Intrigue, you’ll experience all these things and more. Find out about the smuggling trade in Cornwall in The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady. Learn about the rough and dangerous life on a military fort during the 1860’s in The Doctor’s Woman. Find out why the gilded age wasn’t as glittery as we often think in A House of Secrets.
Don’t be doomed to repeat history. Grab a cup of tea and master it with a great read!

My Thoughts

Ladies of Intrigue contains three Christian romance stories set in the 1800s.  I like the three different locales and the couples in the stories.  It is nice to watch the couples learn to trust each other, overcome their differences and fall in love.  I thought Ladies of Intrigue was well-written with steady pacing.  I did feel that The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady needed more fleshing out.  The ending felt incomplete.  There are smugglers, soldiers, a dedicated doctor, sick Native Americans, a haunted house, corrupt men, romance, society ladies and much more in Ladies of Intrigue.   I enjoyed these three sweet romantic stories with Christian values.  If you are looking for a diverting nineteenth century romantic tales, then pick up Ladies of Intrigue.  
Corned Beef and Casualties (A Tourist Trap Mystery) by [Cahoon, Lynn]
To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a free copy of Ladies of Intrigue. Be sure to comment on blog stops (schedule below) for nine extra entries into the giveaway!  Click here to enter.  Thank you for visiting today.  I hope I have introduced you to a new author and book.  I will feature Corned Beef and Casualties by Lynn Cahoon tomorrow.  It is A Tourist Trap Mystery (novella).  Don't forget to leave a comment for an extra entry.  Good luck and Happy Reading!

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  1. Great review. This sounds like a great read I love the cover. Thanks
    For the chance.

    Tighefan42atgmail dotcom

    1. I wish I could take credit for that beautiful cover, but I can't. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

    1. Thank you for stopping by great blogs like this!

  3. Kris, Thank you for the wonderful review. Michelle Griep is one of my must read authors. I'm excited to read Ladies of Intrigue!

  4. This book sounds like a really great read.

  5. Great review! I liked the guest post by the author about why people should give historical fiction a chance. And I admit I've never read historical, opting for contemporary instead. But I am open to the idea of giving it try and I liked all her reasons why someone like me should.