About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep


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: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of MysteryLadies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery by Michelle Griep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'Ladies of Intrigue' is a collection of three novellas that are all set in the 19th century but they each have a different location. 'The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady' occurs in Cornwall, England in 1815 and it is full of adventure and danger. Helen Fletcher finds herself on a ship off the Cornish Coast that has been overtaken by smugglers and suddenly the life that she had known working as a governess drastically changes. One of the smugglers captures her attention and she must decide if she is ready to give Isaac Seaton her heart.

'The Doctor's Woman' takes place in the Dakota Territory in 1862 and it is my favorite of these three novellas. Emmy Nelson had learned medicine from her late father who was a missionary doctor and she now finds herself helping a big city doctor as they work to treat the soldiers at Fort Snelling and a group of Sioux Indian women and children who are now living there. Smallpox and measle outbreaks force them to work together and their initial mistrust turns into mutual admiration. Dr. James Clark finds himself falling madly in love with Emmy and I enjoyed some of the scenes that show this happening. "Miss Emmaline Nelson would be the death of him. Carve it on his gravestone, killed by a woman--a beautiful bit of a woman, all fire and passion." And as Emmy finds herself becoming infatuated with James she realizes that she is becoming "worse than a moonstuck schoolgirl". There are, however, many events that may prevent them from finding their happily-ever-after.

The last story finds society woman Amanda Carlson involved with "A House of Secrets" in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1890. A haunted house that appears to be a brothel and a secret involving her fiancee forces Amanda to wonder if there is a future for her and Joseph Blake.

Michelle Griep is very adept in writing stories filled with adventure and suspense and her stories often feature realistic situations when God, faith and prayer are very important. These three novellas are no exception and I recommend 'Ladies of Intrigue' to anyone who likes romantic suspense and Christian fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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