Saturday, February 23, 2019

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep

About the Book

Title: Ladies of Intrigue  
Author: Michelle Griep  
Genre: Christian Historical 
Release date: February 2019  
Publisher: Barbour  

3 Page-Turners Under One Cover from Reader Favorite Michelle Griep!

Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear? 

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady 
Cornish Coast, 1815 
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret? 

The Doctor’s Woman (A Carol Award Winner!) 
Dakota Territory, 1862 
Emmy Nelson, daughter of a missionary doctor, and Dr. James Clark, city doctor aspiring to teach, find themselves working side by side at Fort Snelling during the Dakota Uprising. That is when the real clash of ideals begins. 

A House of Secrets 
St. Paul, Minnesota, 1890 
Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house that’s secretly owned by her beau—a home that’s his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s most infamous madam.

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My Thoughts

Whether through full-length novel or shorter novella format, Michelle Griep consistently delivers a highly entertaining read. All three stories in Ladies of Intrigue, previously published in other collections, are now easily enjoyed under one cover – also perfect for new readers. Although I try not to miss any of Griep’s writing, all three stories were new to me.

From England’s ruggedly beautiful Cornwall coast in 1815, to the Dakota Territories during the Civil War era, and then to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1890, each story features strong lead characters dealing with situations during a troubled time. The characters are fleshed out remarkably well for a novella, romantic chemistry feels real (this is Griep after all, right?), and the storylines pulled me right into the era. But my favorite part was delving into the historical detail of each story and the way the characters responded to their individual situations.

“Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually
see God’s hand in everything … even in man.”
- Helen’s father,
The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady

Griep gently weaves spiritual themes and insight into these stories, all reflecting on timeless themes, such as questioning why bad things happen and the need to simply trust in God’s provision and guidance. I couldn’t pick a favorite, for each story is different and moving.


I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely 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

Guest post from Michelle

3 Reasons to Read Historical Fiction
Guest post by Michelle Griep 

Believe it or not, some readers snub historical fiction, preferring instead to stick to contemporary reads. Several have good reason to, simply preferring one genre over another. But others have never given historical fiction a try. If you fall into that camp, here are some reasons you should consider reading a tale from the past.

1) Historical fiction books are not as boring as your high school history class.

Does the thought of endless names and dates make you break out into hives? Good news! Historical fiction is a painless way to glean some historic facts without mindless memorization. You can experience a different era and culture vicariously through heroes and heroines that live on the pages of yesteryear.

2) Makes for great conversation.

In a world that prides itself on keeping up with the Kardashians, dare to add a little cultural zest to your next dinner conversation. Reading historical fiction arms you with interesting tidbits of things that’ve happened in years gone by.

3) Because truth is timeless.

Some people yearn to go back to a simpler time. The truth is, though, that the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the historic side of the fence. People have had tough issues to deal with no matter the era. . .but therein lies a great reason to read historical fiction: truth is timeless. Be it ancient, biblical, medieval, Victorian, or anything in between, truth never changes. 

In my new release, Ladies of Intrigue, you’ll experience all these things and more. Find out about the smuggling trade in Cornwall in The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady. Learn about the rough and dangerous life on a military fort during the 1860’s in The Doctor’s Woman. Find out why the gilded age wasn’t as glittery as we often think in A House of Secrets. Don’t be doomed to repeat history. Grab a cup of tea and master it with a great read!


To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a free copy of Ladies of Intrigue!!

Be sure to comment on blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the image above or the link below to enter.

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, February 23
The Power of Words, February 23
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, February 23
Blogging With Carol, February 24
Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 24
Mary Hake, February 24
Kathleen Denly, February 25
Genesis 5020, February 25
Splashes of Joy, February 25
Faery Tales Are Real, February 26
Inspired by fiction, February 27
All-of-a-kind Mom, February 27
Back Porch Reads, February 27
Andy Carmichael, February 28
Stories By Gina, February 28
Emily Yager, March 1
Multifarious, March 1
Baker kella, March 1
Remembrancy, March 2
Bigreadersite, March 3
Vicky Sluiter, March 4
Book by Book, March 4
Pause for Tales, March 6
Simple Harvest Reads, March 6 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Carpe Diem, March 8


  1. Thanks for the chance to enter this giveaway! As a title, Ladies of Intrigue, already grabs you and pulls you in to read their stories. :)

  2. I love her writing, and historical fiction truly is my favorite genre. Thank you for this opportunity!!

    1. Aww! Thanks, Becky. Historical fiction is my favorite genre as well.

  3. This sounds like a great book, that would be hard to put down. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Thank you for hosting me today. Happy to be here!

  5. I love reading historical fiction. Thanks for the chance!

  6. My family and I all appreciate you bringing to our attention the book description of another great book to read. Thanks so much!

  7. I love reading novellas and look forward to reading Michelle Griep's collection of historical novellas. She's an excellent writer!

  8. Really love this cover, and historical fiction is my favorite!

  9. I always love Michelle's books. She's pretty much a "must read" author for me.

  10. I really enjoyed reading the synopsis of the three stories in the book. Looking forward to reading more about the "Ladies of Intrigue".

  11. Love her books. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Historical fiction is my favorite thing to read. Thanks for a great giveaway!