Thursday, September 1, 2022

THE BRIDE OF BLACKFRIAR'S LANE by Michelle Griep, Reviewed by Paula and Rebecca #ReleaseDay


PAULA'S REVIEW:
Fantastic Regency story from a different part of London!

* Pride preserves yourself, humility preserves your relationship.*

But stubbornness is a trait that both Kit and Jackson show in abundance. Plenty of dodgy things get in the way of their rapidly approaching nuptials.

Kit is as plucky and resourceful as ever and Jackson is totally absorbed in his job as an Inspector. They are both stubborn to a fault and do not heed the advice of their older and wiser relatives. I wanted to sit them down and give them a real lecture.

Kit is street savvy but manages to land in trouble numerous times. This book has more twists and turns than the sewers under London that Kit and Jackson are familiar with. Explosive situations arise, testing their mettle and putting their upcoming wedding in jeopardy.

Ms. Griep takes us to the seedier side of London with a decades old mystery to solve and lessons to be learned about life, love, faith and a reliance on God.

I am hoping for more adventures with Kit and Jackson in the future.

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


REBECCA'S REVIEW:

"If you continue to cling to your pride and pursue what you deem to be right, without taking into consideration what Jackson wants, you'll lose him. "

"Happily ever after" just wasn't the way Kit and Jackson rolled. When Kit failed to show up at the altar (because of circumstances beyond which she could control . . . of course, that was debatable according to her almost husband . . . because he didn't know the entire truth . . . which of course Kit failed to reveal . . . well, you get the picture), Jackson was beside himself, and spending most of her wedding day in a deep, dark pit swarming with rats wasn't Kit's idea of heavenly sunshine either. What was wrong with wanting to give her beloved the best wedding gift ever? If you must know, it was practically having the entire city of London hunting for her.

And it went downhill from there.

"Truth may sometimes bleed the soul, yet it is also a balm. . . It is falsity that betrays, bringing comfort to the ear while driving a knife into the heart."

"Highly Explosive" should be written in the boldest of print at the genesis of this tale, for the sparks that fly off the pages could ignite an entire city block (wait a minute, they practically did!); the cantankerous camaraderie, the proverbial spar-fests, and the pulsating escapades all add up to . . . the kind of glorious love story that only Kit and Jackson could write. Fabulous book!

*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. I received a copy from the author and publisher.
4.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
The Continuing Adventure of Jackson and Kit!

Detective Jackson Forge can hardly wait to marry the street-sly swindler who’s turned his life upside down. Kit Turner is equally excited to wed the handsome detective, and what better way to show her love than providing him with a gift any man of the law would love? She determines to bring to justice the men who years ago maimed his brother—despite Jackson’s warning to leave the past in the past. As she digs into the mystery of what happened, she unwittingly tumbles into her own history and endangers her future happiness with Jackson.

Barbour Publishing, September, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and audiobook:
Buy THE BRIDE OF BLACKFRIAR'S LANE at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House 

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