Historical Fiction/Mystery Book Review: Ladies of Intrigue

Publisher's Description

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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My Review

Ladies of Intrigue, by Michelle Griep, is a stunning collection of 3 terrific novellas. Abounding with surprises and unexpected twists, the novellas included within this collection offer thoroughly enjoyable stories. With its terrific blend of romance, history, faith, and mystery, Ladies of Intrigue is utterly compelling and entertaining. Exceptionally well-written, this book is truly a pleasure to read.

Well-crafted elements of plot, characterization, and setting come together artfully to create an alluring reading experience. With sumptuously intriguing plots, these novellas are extremely clever and character-driven. These 3 stories creatively explore the themes of loss, love, redemption, honor, purpose, and courage through a diverse cast of entertaining and compelling characters who are richly developed and truly likable. Their strength and determination in the face of trials is truly inspiring. Their motivations, fears, desires, convictions, and choices shine with meaning. Integral to the stories, the settings are as enjoyable and memorable as the characters themselves. Whether in England or America, the fully detailed surroundings provide fitting backdrops to the events that are so important to the unfolding stories.

Ladies of Intrigue is a novella collection that can easily be enjoyed again and again. The romance and mystery within these novellas are elements worthy of being savored. Ms. Griep’s richly descriptive style and attention to detail are deeply satisfying and memorable. This book is certainly a wonderful addition to any personal library, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to all readers.

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.


About the Author: Michelle Griep

"I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write--except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager."--Biography from Michelle Griep's author page on Amazon.com.



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