Saturday, June 1, 2019

THE NOBLE GUARDIAN by Michelle Griep, THREE Reviews and a #GIVEAWAY

 "Nothing that happened took God by surprise or was beyond His reach to heal. She'd cling to that. She must."

Abigail Gilbert desperately needs some protection; her stepmother has just dismissed her and her future to a guardian-less carriage, scheduled to traverse some of the most dangerous territory in England; the Hounslow Heath; where highwaymen linger, and one small misstep can potentially engrave one's epitaph. She must press forward; for her intended, an earl, awaits her arrival.

Captain Samuel Thatcher is weary; nearing the end of of his commission as a Bow Street Runner he longs to retire and become a simple farmer with a quiet life, far away from wickedness and thievery and the despicable Shankhart Robbins. Yet, he finds himself traipsing before and behind the coach of a lovely, stubborn, persistent, little spitfire of a woman who is determined to meet her Maker by traveling alone.

It was with great fondness that Samuel Thatcher's story unfolded. The most infamous of the author's three runners, he always seemed to prefer the shadows over limelight and honor over acclaim, believing that "the likes of him" could never measure up to what the heart of another might need or require. That misconception is destined to change, and this reader enjoyed every minute of it!

*I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

The Noble Guardian, the third book in The Bow street Runners series was a pure pleasure to read. Michelle Griep has a wonderful way with words.

“Outside, early morning vapors rose like prayers, blurring the countryside into a mystical softness.”

She has done a great amount of research and it shines through as we travel the treacherous road from London to Penrith with our heroine, Abigail Gilbert. “The farther they traveled, the closer the sides of the road drew, choking out the light and air and hope. Houses leaned one against the other, like drunken sailors holding each other upright. If one fell, the rest would lie down and never get up again.”
I can’t resist a noble lawman in the stories I favor. Ms.Griep certainly captures a worthy Bow Street Runner in this tale. Her heroine has led a somewhat sheltered life and is going to join the fianc√© she has only met once. She naively sets out with scant protection on a very hazardous journey and thus meets her “Noble Guardian “, Samuel Thrasher. See what happens on the road to the rest of their lives.

Michelle Griep is one of my go-to authors of historical fiction when I want a well-researched, exciting story.

This story should appeal to fans of Historical Christian fiction. It is fast paced and showcases the characters’ faith in a natural way.

*I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

Samuel Thatcher would make any woman's heart thunder and her pulse race! Not only for his dark good looks, but for the heart of a hero that beats beneath a brooding facade. Too many years of being a Bow Street runner has jaded his opinion of people and convention be hanged, he won't allow a slip of a girl make him soft. Abigail Gilbert is his perfect opposite, not backing down when he scowls (or growls) at her. These two are fun to watch! And there's plenty of action and danger around the corner to keep your heart rate up.  Simply put, there's seriously nothing I don't like about this story. I always know I'm in for a treat with a Michelle Griep book.

*I received a complimentary ARC from the author and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

Don't forget to read yesterday's GUEST POST By Michelle and enter to win Rebecca's giveaway of BRENTWOOD'S WARD!

Okay, so you've had a chance to meet...sigh...swoon all three of the Bow Street Runners and... WIN!


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BackCover Blurb:
A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure

The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentleman bachelors in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.

Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But to him she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.

Abby pleads with him to escort her on the rest of her journey. He refuses until she offers him the thing he desperately needs to achieve his goal: money. Delivering her safely will earn him more than enough to settle into a quiet life.

So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.

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  1. Following on Michelle on Bookbub and FB! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  3. I already follow Michelle on BookBub and email! I’m so excited to read the last book in the series! Thanks for sharing your reviews, Rebecca, Trixi, and Paula!

  4. Great interview Rebecca, Paula and Trixi!
    I just finished reading The Noble Guardian, loved it!
    Blessings, Tina

  5. WONDERFUL reviews, Ladies! I have the other two books in this series and can't wait to read A Noble Guardian! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book!!!

    I am subscribed to Michelle's newsletter and am following her on Twitter, Facebook and Bookbub.
    ~ Alison Boss

  6. Lovely reviews! Now I'm even more anxious to read this book!

  7. I am so excited to read The Noble Guardian! Swoon! I also subscribe to Michelle's newsletter and BookBub.

  8. While it would be a super great to get the autographed book from Ms. Griep, even better for non-US readers would be the opportunity of even just receiving her ebook.
    Is there some reason (publishers, Amazon, etc.) that would prevent such an opportunity for non-residents? Just curious :)


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