The Innkeeper's Daughter

The Innkeeper's Daughter

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...

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  • Megan

    "The Innkeeper's Daughter" by Michelle Griep is a riveting, fast-paced Regency you won't want to miss! This is the second book that I have read by this author and I am just in love with the way she writes. The first book I read by Ms. Griep was "12 Days at Bleakly Manor."

    Ms. Griep is a master of characters. The way she writes her characters is very Dickens-esque; she makes the traits and quirks of some characters almost over-the-top. Some of the characters are so eccentric and quirky; I had a bi

    "The Innkeeper's Daughter" by Michelle Griep is a riveting, fast-paced Regency you won't want to miss! This is the second book that I have read by this author and I am just in love with the way she writes. The first book I read by Ms. Griep was "12 Days at Bleakly Manor."

    Ms. Griep is a master of characters. The way she writes her characters is very Dickens-esque; she makes the traits and quirks of some characters almost over-the-top. Some of the characters are so eccentric and quirky; I had a big smile on my face every time I read about them. Even the side characters are so well written. Dickens fans especially will probably recognize some familiar character traits and eccentricities.

    I love the journey of faith that the two main characters (Johanna and Alex) go through over the course of the novel. Ms. Griep weaves in the themes of surrender, trusting God and rest. She also, like Dickens, shows the corruptness of the justice system and the jails.

    "The Innkeeper's Daughter" has intrigue, danger, mystery, secret identities, traitors and spies. What is not to love?! This book made my Dickens, Regency-loving heart happy!

    Content: I would give this book a PG rating for some minor content. Some examples of the content are: a character gambles; mentions that people curse, but the curse isn’t actually written; some characters drink alcohol; references to bawdy houses; a joke about a maiden on her wedding night; the word “maggot” is used; references to wenching and drinking; a man notices a woman’s curves; the word “damn” is used; a character is beaten with a whip; some violence; mention of a woman being ravished.

    Rating: I give this book 4.5 stars.

    Genre: Christian fiction; Romance, Regency; Historical; Mystery

    I want to thank Michelle Griep, Shiloh Run Press and Barbour Publishing 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.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I loved all the elements in this book! A hardworking innkeeper, a British spy, smugglers, gamblers, musicians, puppets... the unique details made it stand out from others with a similar theme. Johanna's circumstances are desperate, and she keeps coming up with ideas to bring in more funds, only to find that when her plans fail, the Lord has things in hand. The spiritual message is to trust God even when there seems to be no hope left- especially then. Both Johanna and Alex find themselves in sit

    I loved all the elements in this book! A hardworking innkeeper, a British spy, smugglers, gamblers, musicians, puppets... the unique details made it stand out from others with a similar theme. Johanna's circumstances are desperate, and she keeps coming up with ideas to bring in more funds, only to find that when her plans fail, the Lord has things in hand. The spiritual message is to trust God even when there seems to be no hope left- especially then. Both Johanna and Alex find themselves in situations that definitely put that to the test, and the steady pace of the plot kept me glued to the pages. I was surprised by some of the more gritty descriptions, but I appreciated the reality it portrayed and the sense of danger and desperation was heightened. I felt like I got to know the cast of characters quickly, from Johanna's mother and brother to Alex's mysterious colleague to the troublesome Mr. Nutbrown. I loved seeing the different elements weave together as the action built toward the exciting climax which was anything but predictable. The sweet friendship that blossoms between the skeptical Johanna and the protective Alex was the icing on the cake and the yearning there for something more brought another level of tension that slowly builds throughout the book.

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Karen

    Any fans of BBC dramas will enjoy this tale of intrigue, adventure and romance! A sequel to Brentwood's Ward, loosely connected by a few mentions of other characters, but easily reads as a standalone. A cast of characters worthy of a Dickens novel, this well written story has a quick pace and a bit of humor to counteract the dark side of 1808 Dover. Villains and heroes, ladies and gentlemen of all parts of society mix it up. Some big plot twists and action towards the end kept it engaging until

    Any fans of BBC dramas will enjoy this tale of intrigue, adventure and romance! A sequel to Brentwood's Ward, loosely connected by a few mentions of other characters, but easily reads as a standalone. A cast of characters worthy of a Dickens novel, this well written story has a quick pace and a bit of humor to counteract the dark side of 1808 Dover. Villains and heroes, ladies and gentlemen of all parts of society mix it up. Some big plot twists and action towards the end kept it engaging until the last.

    Loved Alexander Moore's conflicted character, as he wrestles to hold on to his faith in God while carrying out his job, which involves some deception. Johanna's plight of working herself to the bone, striving to save her family, was a familiar one, but the details and descriptions brought a whole new side to it. Learning to trust God for the outcome was a main theme here, and worked well in both of their struggles.

    Highly recommend! This author is becoming one of my favorites for historical Christian fiction. 4.5 stars

    (An ebook was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)

  • Deanne Patterson

    Well you could probably knock me down with a feather right now. You see I am always willing to try a new to me author for the first time. After all with the odds 50-50 I'll like them it's worth the effort to me. I've tried this author in novella form before but a full book no, not until now!

    Michelle,I need to read more of your books! I have my new favorite author right here!

    I am so impressed with the scenes in this book that I swear I was there seeing,hearing,tasting, all of my senses came aliv

    Well you could probably knock me down with a feather right now. You see I am always willing to try a new to me author for the first time. After all with the odds 50-50 I'll like them it's worth the effort to me. I've tried this author in novella form before but a full book no, not until now!

    Michelle,I need to read more of your books! I have my new favorite author right here!

    I am so impressed with the scenes in this book that I swear I was there seeing,hearing,tasting, all of my senses came alive in a sensory overload!

    You need to read this book right now. It's a true historical treat!

    Pub Date 01 Mar 2018

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc.through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  • Marlene

    "From now on, you are no longer a Moore, but a Morton… You are a dealer in fine wines, a buyer and seller for your father."

    (2018, Barbour) by

    is a Christian Regency romance/mystery set in Dover, England in 1808. The novel is a standalone story and is at this time not officially part of a series. But the setting is definitely in the world of Bow Street runners that Griep built for

    , which precedes this book. I jumped at the chance to obtai

    "From now on, you are no longer a Moore, but a Morton… You are a dealer in fine wines, a buyer and seller for your father."

    (2018, Barbour) by

    is a Christian Regency romance/mystery set in Dover, England in 1808. The novel is a standalone story and is at this time not officially part of a series. But the setting is definitely in the world of Bow Street runners that Griep built for

    , which precedes this book. I jumped at the chance to obtain a NetGalley copy of this one because Griep is on my list of my favorite six authors!

    Johanna Langley, 25, along with her mother and young brother Thomas, run the Blue Hedge Inn. They are a hair's breadth away from losing the inn, which is also their home. Johanna's mother is somewhat limited by her "poor eye," and Thomas tends to get into scrapes, so a large chunk of the workload goes to Johanna.

    Officer Alexander Moore has been given a special assignment by Magistrate Ford of the Bow Street Runners: "I would like you to go incognito for a while…. You will pose as a gambling rogue to ferret out a suspected traitor. A dangerous, highly connected traitor… And if this operation fails, I shall refute any knowledge of this conversation, to the point of watching you swing from a gibbet if necessary." This is quite the serious tone to take, especially when Ford had been Moore's guardian for several years!

    "The Bow Street Runners have been called London's first professional police force. The force… was founded in 1749… Bow Street runners was the public's nickname for the officers... The Bow Street group was disbanded in 1839."

    *Within the first few pages: "God's seen us through worse, has He not?... If we fail to trust in his provision, what kind of faith is that?"

    *"At the moment, her faith felt as crumbly as the wood - which was always the best time to pray."

    Yes. Alcohol and the inn's taproom are occasionally mentioned.

    *The dedication is to "the Keeper of my soul."

    *I really liked the character of Thatcher, another Bow Street officer. Last month, I asked Ms. Griep whether Thatcher would be getting his own book. Her response: "I'm working on it now." Woo hoo!

    *I wouldn't feel funny recommending this book to men. That goes for

    also. I know that there are men out there who read romance novels - I believe I have four male GR friends who do so - but I still do not know of any in my non-virtual world.

    *Prose such as this line: "It might've been a cozy inn at some point, but now the walls leaned in toward the soot-blackened ceiling, giving the impression the entire building wanted to lie down and rest."

    I don't recall anything I disliked! I did find a couple of spots that may need minor edits, but as I was reading an ARC, it's possible these have already been ironed out for the final copy.

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    I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical Christian and/or clean fiction. Both the romance and mystery/spy aspects were enjoyable. The next book I read by Ms. Griep will be

    , and this will be in the near future, as I was fortunate enough to get a NetGalley copy of that book as well!

  • Loraine

    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.

    This book was very entertaining and had a great story. It contained Griep's usual mix of quirky characters. Johanna Langley, the heroine, has low self-esteem yet at the same time is fighting with every breath to save h

    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.

    This book was very entertaining and had a great story. It contained Griep's usual mix of quirky characters. Johanna Langley, the heroine, has low self-esteem yet at the same time is fighting with every breath to save her father's inn for her mom, her brother, and herself. Surrounded by a scalawag of a brother who spends most of his time trying to dodge work, a set of unmusical musicians who are determined to make music at the inn for free room and board, and quirkiest of all a boarder, Mr. Nutbrown, who can only talk through his puppet. His was definitely a wonderfully creative character. Then throw in the undercover Bow Street Runner, Alexander Moore aka Alex Morton, who finds his heart drawn to Johanna the entire time he is trying to find out who is plotting against the King, and the result is one intriguing read.

    Johanna's dire straits led her to get quite angry with God and feel like he was punishing her. But as Alex walked through all of her troubles with her, he helped her grow in a better understanding of God along with her mom.

    The suspense and intrigue was never overdone but woven nicely through the rest of the plot. The romance was sweet yet never mushy. A complicated Regency romance and mystery with a satisfying ending.

    This book will be officially released next month.

    FAVORITE QUOTES: "Just because you fail doesn't mean you are a failure. It simply means you're human."

    "God is not sitting about, watching impassive. Our tears are His. You never--ever--cry alone."

    "You must bring your broken heart to God--or your broken heart will make you leave Him."

    ** I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and Shiloh Run Press to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  • Chautona Havig

    3 Compelling (if Ridiculous) Reasons to Avoid This Author

    1—She’s a copycat.

    Well, sort of. You see, when you read Michelle Griep’s work, she transports you into the past, down cobblestone streets, and into quaint shops with patrons wearing cloaks, muffs, and all the other Dickensesque finery—but this time before Dickens was even born. Oh, yes. In Ms. Griep’s work, you’re transported to another world—one Dickens beckons us into—or rather, this time its grandmother’s world.

    But she’s more than a cop

    3 Compelling (if Ridiculous) Reasons to Avoid This Author

    1—She’s a copycat.

    Well, sort of. You see, when you read Michelle Griep’s work, she transports you into the past, down cobblestone streets, and into quaint shops with patrons wearing cloaks, muffs, and all the other Dickensesque finery—but this time before Dickens was even born. Oh, yes. In Ms. Griep’s work, you’re transported to another world—one Dickens beckons us into—or rather, this time its grandmother’s world.

    But she’s more than a copycat… she’s also a “one-upper.” Probably more like a “ten-upper.” Because you see, she’s better than Dickens in my opinion. Somehow, Ms. Griep manages to give you all the varied plots, delicious detail, twists and turns… without dragging. Well, except for the beginning of The Innkeeper’s Daughter.

    Yeah. I don’t like to say it, but the first of chapters dragged for me. Still, once I got past them (and I suspect it was my own issue rather than her writing that did it. Like I said. Bad day.), she kept me riveted to the page with rich language, engaging characters, intricate plots, and beautiful spiritual truths.

    2— She’s a kidnapper.

    Of minds. She grabs your interest, holds it for ransom, and only once you’ve paid the debt of finishing her book will she release you. Of course, who cares? I mean, it’s like a wonderful friend whisking you away for a weekend at the beach or the mountains and making you stay there and relax, read, soak in the richness. Yeah. I’m telling you. Watch out for Ms. Griep or she’ll whisk you to Regency England and not once will you think, “Where’s the talk of “the Season” or roll your eyes when some Baron or Earl or Darcy appears. Nope. Like I said. Everyone should be so kindly kidnapped.

    3— She’s a tease.

    Oh, yeah. Ms. Griep knows how to tease you. I mean, in this book there are three stories. I could SWEAR this book is the second. But as far as I can see, it stands alone. But I want to know his buddy’s story. I want to know his boss’ story. I want to know the Viscount’s story.

    Ms. Griep captivated me with the storyline, the realistic characters, snappy but period correct dialogue, and just basic good writing.

    If you want to avoid being kidnapped, held for ransom, teased with hints of stories you might never get, and being given stories that would make Dickens green with envy, go ahead. Read the book. But you’ll regret it…

    Except you won’t.

  • Beth

    The Innkeeper's Daughter has a lot going for it. Griep's writing is as lovely as ever; her descriptions are vivid and help the reader envision the setting and the way the story takes place. Despite this the story didn't resonate with me like I had thought it would. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did Brentwood's Ward. For me, there is a lack of cohesion in the way the plot unfolds for the lead characters, Johanna and Alex. Much of the meat of the story takes place with them not together. Then whe

    The Innkeeper's Daughter has a lot going for it. Griep's writing is as lovely as ever; her descriptions are vivid and help the reader envision the setting and the way the story takes place. Despite this the story didn't resonate with me like I had thought it would. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did Brentwood's Ward. For me, there is a lack of cohesion in the way the plot unfolds for the lead characters, Johanna and Alex. Much of the meat of the story takes place with them not together. Then when they come together, it starts feeling repetitive. When I started wishing that another lady in the story would take over, that's when I knew - I was a bit bored. I didn't particularly resonate with Mr. Nutbrown's portions of the story, nor find them to have a lot of purpose, though as a character he is quite quirky and interesting. Mam's character propelled the story quite a bit for me - I enjoyed the added mystery that she gave, though at times I felt she was unnecessarily close-mouthed.

    In the last 25% of the story, the plot culminates in some very exciting scenes and really held my attention. Johanna and Alex share some screen time, so to speak, and it really made the last bit of the book shine. I also love how the ending keeps the reader on pins and needles until the last possible moment.

    Although The Innkeeper's Daughter was not a full out win for me, I'll certainly continue to read Griep's books. She has a unique way of describing her characters and situations in the story that do resonate with me as a reader. If you haven't read Griep before, my recommendation would be to start with Brentwood's Ward and/or The Captive Heart. Also, feel free to take this review with a grain of salt. Many of my Goodreads friends loved it, and you may, too!

  • Cyndi

    Although this book is one of the most historically accurate books I’ve read, I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters and the plot felt kinda loose to me. 🤷🏼♀

    Although this book is one of the most historically accurate books I’ve read, I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters and the plot felt kinda loose to me. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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