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The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep + guest post

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Hi, reader friends! Today, we welcome back our author friend, Michelle Griep, as part of a book tour for her new novel!

about the book

Title: The Innkeeper’s Daughter
Author: Michelle Griep
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Release Date: March 1, 2018

The Innkeeper's Daughter by Michelle GriepA 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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my thoughts

Threads of undercover intrigue, working-class toil and strife, and sweet reluctant-romance are woven together in this high stakes adventure tempered with quirky characters, compassion, and faith!

Johanna Langley is a fighter! She’s plugging away with a tooth and nail determination to save her family’s livelihood by taking on more responsibility and stress than she ought. Johanna’s self-sacrificing nature puts her in harm’s way with unsavory characters and their hidden agendas.

Alexander Moore (alias Morton) is used to being surrounded by lovely ladies but he never had one like Johanna land in his life before now. His instant bond with young scrappy Thomas Langley earned him a big gold star in my opinion. Who can resist big tough guys who go soft over little tough guys?!

Although there are connections with previously released, Brentwood’s Ward, each story also stands alone. I highly recommend both books and hope there are more stories of London’s Bow Street runners yet to be told!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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 her website.

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guest post from Michelle Griep

Celebrating Apple Oak 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.

oakThis 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.

 

giveaway

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!!

The Innkeepers Daughter by Michelle Griep Celebrate Lit tour #giveaway on Faithfully Bookish

Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!
See what other readers are saying and earn additional entries by checking out other stops on the tour schedule!

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Say hi to Michelle and share your thoughts, reader friends!

34 thoughts on “The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep + guest post”

  1. I volunteer in the church library and have for almost 40 years.
    You can guess where the books will be going, if I win the B&N gift card.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Thank you for the review and information on “The Innkeeper’s Daughter” by Michelle Griep as well as being part of the book tour. I enjoyed reading the guest post too.

    This book is high on my TBR list and I can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  3. I have been captivated with ‘The Innkeeper’s Daughter’ since I first heard about it! I find the whole storyline of Alex going undercover with his many disguises to expose a plot against the Crown so intriguing…..and I am equally curious to find out how Joanna and her 10 year old brother, Thomas, come into this whole mix! Now after reading your review, Beth, I’m even more smitten!! Oh! I just love reading! So many grand adventures…. 🙂

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  4. I really liked Brentwood’s Ward so am looking forward to reading more about the Bow Street Runners in The Innkeeper’s Daughter.

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  5. Great review Beth!
    I really enjoy Michelle Griep’s books. I have The Innkeeper’s Daughter setting on the stand next to my reading chair waiting for me to get to….hopefully soon.
    blessings, Tina

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