Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

Posted March 16, 2018 by meezcarrie in Christian, giveaway, historical, Michelle Griep, mystery/suspense, romance / 52 Comments


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.

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GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Shiloh Run Press
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2018
PAGES: 320

“God stamps His value on everyone – on you – by virtue of His grace.”

Whenever I get a new Michelle Griep book to read, I indulge in a moment of bookish fangirl flailing before i start reading. Because I know I’m going to be swept up in the setting, the atmosphere, the characters, the richness of the storytelling, and of course the romance! The Innkeeper’s Daughter was no exception. In fact, it delighted in more than one way as I had the unexpected pleasure of being reacquainted with some beloved characters from Brentwood’s Ward as well as the faint promise of more to come in this universe.

An undercover Bow Street Runner with a bit of rogue in him. A hardworking young woman with the weight of her family’s inn on her shoulders. A quirky puppeteer (quirky may be an understatement here). A mischievous young boy. A mother with a few secrets of her own. You will fall in love with each of these characters in turn, as well as the myriad of other eccentric and intriguing characters who cross your path on these pages. Griep is highly skilled at creating empathetic characters in whom you quickly become invested.

And then there’s the intrigue of spies and smugglers and not knowing for sure who to trust or what part they each ultimately play in this drama. Another skill Griep has mastered in weaving the setting with the plot until they become deeply intertwined. With shades of Dickens and Austen in turn, she draws you in and holds you captivated until the very last page. Listen closely and you can hear the creak of the rickety steps, the wind blowing through the badly-shingled roof, the swayback horse’s whinny, and the flapping of ship’s sails at the waterfront.

Bottom Line: In The Innkeeper’s Daughter, Michelle Griep has crafted a rich tale of suspense, romance, and faith. Layered characters and a vivid setting linger with you long after you’ve turned the final page. If you’re a fan of Brentwood’s Ward or even just the age of smugglers and spies and Bow Street Runners, then this book definitely needs to be at the top of your TBR list!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

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 www.michellegriep.com.

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Other Books by Michelle Griep


Celebrating Oak Apple Day

Spring is just around the corner, or maybe it’s in full bloom in your neck of the woods. Regardless, by this time of year, everyone is ready to celebrate. . .and nothing new is under the sun. For centuries people have been eager to welcome budding greenery and warmth.

In my recent release, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, I incorporated a spring holiday that’s been around for over 500 years in England, one you may never heard of.

Oak Apple Day.

This ancient celebration dates back to the year 1651. At the time, Charles II escaped the Roundhead army by taking cover in an oak tree. Everyone loved ol’ Charlie and was glad he lived, so in his honor, a new national holiday was born—one that in some parts of England is still celebrated today.

Another name for this annual event is Royal Oak Day and the festivities occur every May 29th. Celebration traditions vary from parades to the ringing of bells, but one thing that is standard is that it’s a day to pin an oak leaf on your lapel. If you fail to wear one, you could end up getting pinched.

The hero in my latest release is kind enough to remind the heroine that she forgot to pin on her leaf, thus saving her from untoward pinches. Interested in hearing more about this gallant fellow and the forgetful miss? Here’s a blurb about The Innkeeper’s Daughter

Tension is high with the threat of a Napoleonic attack in Regency England, but risk from abroad means nothing when there’s danger at home.

Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the crown—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.

It’s a race against time for them both.

To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a signed copy of The Innkeeper’s Daughter and a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

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This giveaway is hosted by Celebrate Lit, not RimSP
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52 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

  1. Wow. The Inn Keepers Daughter sounds really intriguing. Different. I’m not waiting to win anything. Will be buying it now. 🙂 I did! And it’s free today on Kindle! What a great way for me to find out about Michelle’s writing and books. A new to me author. Just a side note for Michelle. I saw this book advertised before but did not look at it because of the cover and the title–neither of these says intrigue or suspense to me. I don’t do just romance. And no picture of the man who seems to play a big role. Just saying. But I loved the review (Thanks MeezCarrie!) and the blurb, so I’m jumping in!

    • Hey Linda…LOVE your enthusiasm! And just a heads up, the free kindle version is only a preview—NOT the entire book, so I hope you won’t be disappointed about that.

  2. Stephanie H.

    As I read about this holiday celebrated in England, I wonder how many of my ancestors took part in the festivities of Oak Apple Day. I look forward to reading this delightful book by Michelle.

  3. Becky Smith

    I have really enjoyed other books by Michelle Griep, and am looking forward to reading this one. I saw Stephanie’s comment, and it made me wonder also how many of my own ancestors took part in Oak Apple Day festivites. The extended excerpt was really good!

  4. Dianne Casey

    I really enjoyed the description of the book. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.

  5. Anne L. Rightler

    I sure enjoy Michelle’s books and this one does not disappoint. Thanks for sharing about it. And I was so glad that you finally got some snow the other week. I know that made you one happy camper! Have a great weekend.

  6. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the review on “The Innkeeper’s Daughter” by Michelle Griep and being part of the book tour. This book is definitely on my TBR list and I’d love the opportunity to read it sooner than later.

  7. Connie Scruggs

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the review and giveaway opportunity.

  8. Winnie Thomas

    Thanks for the great review, Carrie! I loved this book. The characters were so unique and interesting, and I could see them vividly in my mind.

  9. Pam K.

    I read Brentwood’s Ward, plus several of Michelle’s other books, and enjoyed them very much. She is such a versatile author, being able to write suspense as well as humorous novels.

  10. Penny Mooney

    Carrie, thank you for the review. The cover and the blurb had me interested but your review totally inspired me to read this book. It sounds fascinating!

  11. Alison Boss

    I love Christian historical fiction, suspense, Jane Austen, Dickens, the Regency era….and The Innkeeper’s Daughter has all of this rolled into one glorious story!! YAY!!! Thanks for the GREAT review, Carrie! I am sooo looking forward to reading this book!

  12. Mallori

    Sounds like a book I would love! Such an interesting tidbit about Oak Apple Day and that some people still celebrate it after over 460 years.

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