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The Gentleman Smuggler's Kady is in The Regency Brides Collection: 7 Romances Set in England during the Early Nineteenth Century The Doctor's Woman is in The Courageous Brides Collection A House of Secrets is in Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection 3 Page-Turners Under One Cover from Reader Favorite Michelle Griep! Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear?   T The Gentleman Smuggler's Kady is in The Regency Brides Collection: 7 Romances Set in England during the Early Nineteenth Century The Doctor's Woman is in The Courageous Brides Collection A House of Secrets is in Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection 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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The Gentleman Smuggler's Kady is in The Regency Brides Collection: 7 Romances Set in England during the Early Nineteenth Century The Doctor's Woman is in The Courageous Brides Collection A House of Secrets is in Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection 3 Page-Turners Under One Cover from Reader Favorite Michelle Griep! Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear?   T The Gentleman Smuggler's Kady is in The Regency Brides Collection: 7 Romances Set in England during the Early Nineteenth Century The Doctor's Woman is in The Courageous Brides Collection A House of Secrets is in Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection 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.

30 review for Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Three tales of intrigue set in the 19th-century that have romance with a bit of mystique thrown in. This is one of my all time favorite authors right here. I love the mystery in her books and the words just flow, no slow or awkward parts. I read this in less than a day. I just couldn't stop reading. I had to see how the twists and turns were resolved. The cover is very eye catching as well! Published February 1st 2019 by Barbour Books I was given a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Three tales of intrigue set in the 19th-century that have romance with a bit of mystique thrown in. This is one of my all time favorite authors right here. I love the mystery in her books and the words just flow, no slow or awkward parts. I read this in less than a day. I just couldn't stop reading. I had to see how the twists and turns were resolved. The cover is very eye catching as well! Published February 1st 2019 by Barbour Books I was given a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions express are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    "If one cannot trust in God's provision, then perhaps one has no business professing a faith at all." Ladies of Intrigue: Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery (2019, Barbour) by Michelle Griep is a collection of three historical standalone Christian romances. Griep is one of my favorite authors, so I didn't pass up the opportunity to read this collection. However, I was surprised when I realized that I had previously read the first story. So I checked my GoodReads friends' reviews "If one cannot trust in God's provision, then perhaps one has no business professing a faith at all." Ladies of Intrigue: Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery (2019, Barbour) by Michelle Griep is a collection of three historical standalone Christian romances. Griep is one of my favorite authors, so I didn't pass up the opportunity to read this collection. However, I was surprised when I realized that I had previously read the first story. So I checked my GoodReads friends' reviews on this book, and courtesy of Karen R., found that this collection includes the following republished novellas: *The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady, originally published in The Regency Brides Collection (This links to my review of the book.) *The Doctor's Woman, originally published in "The Courageous Brides Collection *A House of Secrets, originally published in the Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection ******************** Overall rating: 4.67 stars (This will show up as 4 stars, because I don't round up.) *All novellas in this collection: 4.5, 4.5, 5 ******************** Novella #1: 4.5 stars The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady (2017) is set onboard The Nancarrow, and then in Cornwall, England, 1815 The plot: (view spoiler)[ Issac Seaton is stealing back something that belongs to him, which makes him not quite the typical smuggler. He and his band of men have been boarding various ships to take what rightfully belongs to Seaton, and nothing more. This time, on his very last raid, he takes one thing more: Helen Fletcher. He knows that under the circumstances, Helen is not safe, so he kidnaps her to in order to protect her. Helen is not aware of this, so she isn't at all pleased! (hide spoiler)] Christian elements: *"I know in my head God is always present, but in my heart? I cannot credit it." *"Those who leave everything in God's hand will eventually see God's hand in everything… even in man." *Helen pretends not to know the whereabouts of her friend Esther in order to protect her. In response to a man's inquiry, Helen replies, "I do not. She is a very busy young lady. Good day, sir." Saying "I do not." is an outright lie. Helen justifies the lie to herself by thinking, "It would be wrong to lie - but just as devious to reveal Esther's whereabouts." This quote could be taken to mean that there is no way out of sinning sometimes, and this is simply not true. Helen could have simply omitted the statement, "I do not." Content: *An unnamed swear and a British swear Specific instances are quoted below within the spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[ "A curse flew from the captain's mouth, tingeing the lady's cheeks with a fine shade of scarlet." "Oh, hang it all." "Blast!" (hide spoiler)] *Drinking "Unless you men would prefer to take port beforehand?" The hero looks forward to "drinking a glass of Madeira." What I liked: I really liked the basic plot of the story. I'm sure it's a challenge to create a hero that (view spoiler)[seems like a villain. (hide spoiler)] What I didn’t like: *See the above comment about telling the truth in the content section of this review. Truth-telling in Christian fiction is a sticking point for me and I think this should have been worded a bit more carefully. *While including alcohol may be period appropriate, I think it's preferable not to include it in a Christian fiction story. *********** Novella #2: 4.5 stars The Doctor's Woman (2016, Barbour), Minnesota, 1862 The heroine: Emmaline Nelson, grief-stricken, has lost her physician father, and now needs to move to Aunt Rosamund's in Minneapolis. However, the nearby fort has an emergency need of a physician, as the new doctor hasn't arrived yet, and Emmy is the best option for now. She acquiesces, steps in and does as much as she can. And does it very well. The hero: James Clark is the new doctor at the fort, and he arrives some time after Emmy has begun helping out. He admires the feisty, intelligent Miss Nelson soon upon meeting her. She intends to leave once he has arrived, but with an unmanageable number of patients to be tended to, Dr. Clark asks her to stay. " 'I need you.' He bent toward her, a rogue grin flashing across his face. 'Though I won't admit to saying that in a court of law.' " Christian elements: "You have a healing gift, daughter. It's not for man to chide what God's given. Never be ashamed of what you are." "... but is it not true that God doesn't always call us to the comfortable places?" Content issues: *Swearing mentioned, unspecified. (view spoiler)[ "One fellow slapped his hat against his leg with a curse." (hide spoiler)] *I'd call this one steamy clean, or nearly so. I've had to skim bits of it again to write this review - it's been a long time since I read it - and the portions that I've read are unquestionably clean. But the characters definitely have passion. What I liked: *"He might release her, but he'd never let her go. And God help the man who tried to take her from him." *For a novella, the development is over the course of a few months, and is deep and sweet. I really enjoyed the story because of this. What I didn’t like: *If anything, maybe a bit less of the "steamy clean," but I'd have to read it again to decide that for sure. ******************** Novella #3: 5 stars A House of Secrets (2017, Barbour), Minnesota, 1890 The heroine: "As the new Ladies' Aide Society chairwoman," Amanda Carston comes up with a new service project idea - to "restore the old Grigg house into a school for the downtrodden." The hero: Joseph Blake, city attorney, brings Amanda to a brothel - to serve papers to shut it down - on their way to their betrothal dinner. He's under tremendous pressure by the city to successfully get the brothel shut down. Christian elements: Quotes in the story show a Christian worldview. "Surely if God created such beauty in the midst of ashes, He could do anything….. for surely it would take heavenly assistance to accomplish the plan she was about to undertake." "...he silently prayed - for truly, what else could he do?" Content issues: A brothel is part of the plot. What I liked: *Joseph maintained his integrity, even in the face of great opposition. *This was not a story of boy-meets-girl-and-they-fall-in-love. This was a different sort of story. It's nice to change things up every once in a while! *"Most of the shameless maples had already disrobed for their coming marriage to winter, but a few discreet maidens refused to shed their orange and red leaves." What I didn’t like: Coming up empty... ******************** The bottom line: As far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong reading a Michelle Griep book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical Christian novellas! I am going to just put a reminder here that this is a collection of previously published Barbour novellas - as outlined above - so if you read a lot of those collections, you might want to check your personal library (or your "read" list on Goodreads). Griep is an author I plan to stay committed to, and I am presently looking forward to The Noble Guardian . I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Three great reads in one book. Each story can be read in one sitting. Sweet romances with suspense that left a satisfying happily ever after. *I was given a copy of this book by Barbour publishing. I was not under any obligation to leave a review. This is my honest opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a set of three short stories. The first was an ok story but it felt like a different version of the series Poldark. It was too similar and I was not interested. It was written ok but I was so put off by the similarities. The second story was well done and I enjoyed it. It had a clear beginning, end and the plot was done well. The last story felt like you were reading the end of a long book. It was so odd. I felt like I missed so much and started at the end of a book. It was a good story This was a set of three short stories. The first was an ok story but it felt like a different version of the series Poldark. It was too similar and I was not interested. It was written ok but I was so put off by the similarities. The second story was well done and I enjoyed it. It had a clear beginning, end and the plot was done well. The last story felt like you were reading the end of a long book. It was so odd. I felt like I missed so much and started at the end of a book. It was a good story but really lacked a feel of a short story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    A great compilation of 19th century novellas with compelling characters and great settings. These were previously published in multi-author anthologies. The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady What a delightful little story! I'm utterly convinced Michelle Griep can't write a bad story. For being short, it sure packed a punch. The main characters are strong: Helen and Isaac don't meet under the best circumstances, and he doesn't leave a good impression on her. But then Helen finds out he's the landowner ove A great compilation of 19th century novellas with compelling characters and great settings. These were previously published in multi-author anthologies. The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady What a delightful little story! I'm utterly convinced Michelle Griep can't write a bad story. For being short, it sure packed a punch. The main characters are strong: Helen and Isaac don't meet under the best circumstances, and he doesn't leave a good impression on her. But then Helen finds out he's the landowner over the parish where her father lives. And although Helen wants to dislike Isaac, he's not the lawless smuggler she thought him to be. Actually, I'm pretty sure Isaac Seaton is a friend of Ross Poldark. It wasn't mentioned (probably to keep Mr. Poldark's privacy), but it's hard to pretend it's not there. ;) Beautiful, dramatic setting, engaging characters, a very sweet ending, and the kind of prose that grabs you with all the feels. Could we perchance expect a story for Esther Seaton? The Doctor's Woman I read Michelle Griep's story The Doctor's Woman and loved it. Emmy is spirited and strong and she tried to do the right thing, sometimes putting herself in peril. James, well James was a great leading man and I'm glad he learned what was really more important in the end. Although it's a novella, the characters are well developed and the story is satisfying. As usual, the imagery is fantastic. A House of Secrets Amanda and Joseph are engaged to be married and I liked that they already had an established relationship. Nonetheless, there are secrets Joseph believes he needs to keep that cause problems for both of them. Joseph is a city attorney and Amanda the new chairwoman for a ladies aide society. Both of them are good persons who want to help those less fortunate and try their best at doing so. The storydoes a good job at depicting the opposite social settings between the rich and the poor, and both Joseph and Amanda have specific plans and goals to make things better. The epilogue brought everything together and their efforts were rewarded. Love, love, love the opening paragraph of chapter two—classic Griep imaging. I received a copy from Barbour publishing and this is my own opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    Overall 4.5 * I love Michelle Griep's writing style. She's a favorite go to author for me. Whenever I see that she has a new story for me to read and enjoy, I jump on the chance to read it! This is a collection of three of her novellas that were included in three different anthologies. I actually had read one of the anthologies but not the other two. So let me just say I was pretty excited with the chance to have the other two that I had missed put into a collection of just Michelle Griep's. Wooh Overall 4.5 * I love Michelle Griep's writing style. She's a favorite go to author for me. Whenever I see that she has a new story for me to read and enjoy, I jump on the chance to read it! This is a collection of three of her novellas that were included in three different anthologies. I actually had read one of the anthologies but not the other two. So let me just say I was pretty excited with the chance to have the other two that I had missed put into a collection of just Michelle Griep's. Woohoo! This isn't going to be an in detail review like I normally do. Life has been busy and I'm trying to catch up. So if you're looking for a longwinded, rambling thoughts review, this isn't it. If you're looking for shorter and sweet, this is it! ;-) Like the title suggests, there's a dash of mystery in each story, sweet and clean romance, great characters, characters learning to trust in God, pain and healing, hidden identities, hidden truths, uncovering the truths, danger, suspense, smuggling, doctoring, trickery, death, friends, and most importantly sweet love! I liked the three couples that these stories were about. They each learned to trust and help each other as their friendships began and developed into something more. Thanks for this great collection Michelle Griep! If any of you are fans of this author, this is a great collection for you. Three different stories to curl up and enjoy, all in one sitting, or to be enjoyed individually! Anyway you choose I hope you enjoy them as I did! Content: Clean. Some moments of peril but nothing graphic. The characters have some kissing scenes but nothing further. The characters talk about God and turning their lives over to His guidance. I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour Books, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Ladies of Intrigue is an excellent collection of stories by Michelle Griep. I thoroughly enjoyed these three stories with mystery, danger and romance all rolled into one. It is a quick an easy read as each story is 90 or so pages and with great characters and intriguing plots, the book is hard to put down once you start it(at least it was for me!). These stories aren’t brand new as each was published before in previous Barbour novella collections but they were new to me and I loved each one of t Ladies of Intrigue is an excellent collection of stories by Michelle Griep. I thoroughly enjoyed these three stories with mystery, danger and romance all rolled into one. It is a quick an easy read as each story is 90 or so pages and with great characters and intriguing plots, the book is hard to put down once you start it(at least it was for me!). These stories aren’t brand new as each was published before in previous Barbour novella collections but they were new to me and I loved each one of them. I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    I discovered Michelle Griep in 2018 and since then found that I enjoy her stories. She has a unique entertaining way of bringing characters to life and her characters are unique and interesting. This was the same with this set of novellas. Each novella brought interesting characters, some mysterious event and a sweet love story. The three female characters were quite independent, feisty characters who found themselves in interesting situations where they needed a dashing hero. The plot of each no I discovered Michelle Griep in 2018 and since then found that I enjoy her stories. She has a unique entertaining way of bringing characters to life and her characters are unique and interesting. This was the same with this set of novellas. Each novella brought interesting characters, some mysterious event and a sweet love story. The three female characters were quite independent, feisty characters who found themselves in interesting situations where they needed a dashing hero. The plot of each novella was also interesting with some thievery, medical emergencies and a haunted house mystery. Recommended for fans of Christian historical fiction. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Michelle Griep is one of my favorite authors. I love the way she weaves words together that draw me in so quickly and make me feel like part of the story. Each of these stories are novella length but felt well developed and full. I loved them all but I think that The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady might be my favorite. Helen and Issac's first meet was fantastic. It makes me smile just thinking about it. You honestly cannot go wrong with this book. Read them all at once, or one at a time. Either way yo Michelle Griep is one of my favorite authors. I love the way she weaves words together that draw me in so quickly and make me feel like part of the story. Each of these stories are novella length but felt well developed and full. I loved them all but I think that The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady might be my favorite. Helen and Issac's first meet was fantastic. It makes me smile just thinking about it. You honestly cannot go wrong with this book. Read them all at once, or one at a time. Either way you will find a bit of happy for your day. Content: mild peril, kissing - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bess

    3 stories in 1. Loved the first story. It was cute and super fun! The second story was sassy. The characters were cute and the banter back and forth was amazing! The third story was interesting. I restarted that one a couple times because I wasn't sure I was following the storyline. The heroine was juvenile but came to the realization, that was nice. Overall, it was very worth the read! Most fun I've had from Ms. Griep's books that I've read thus far (only 3)!! I highly recommend this to everyone! I 3 stories in 1. Loved the first story. It was cute and super fun! The second story was sassy. The characters were cute and the banter back and forth was amazing! The third story was interesting. I restarted that one a couple times because I wasn't sure I was following the storyline. The heroine was juvenile but came to the realization, that was nice. Overall, it was very worth the read! Most fun I've had from Ms. Griep's books that I've read thus far (only 3)!! I highly recommend this to everyone! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    A wonderful collection of well written novellas! Some of my all time favorites from previously published collections, gathered into their own book. I loved revisiting Regency era Cornwall, an army outpost in Civil War era Dakota territory, and 1890's St. Paul, Minnesota. Great characters, some action and adventure, and a romance in each one with some sighworthy moments. "I love you more than life and air." Oh my. Major sigh. These all have a bit of faith inserted into the plot, worked naturally A wonderful collection of well written novellas! Some of my all time favorites from previously published collections, gathered into their own book. I loved revisiting Regency era Cornwall, an army outpost in Civil War era Dakota territory, and 1890's St. Paul, Minnesota. Great characters, some action and adventure, and a romance in each one with some sighworthy moments. "I love you more than life and air." Oh my. Major sigh. These all have a bit of faith inserted into the plot, worked naturally into the characters' struggle. Not at all preachy, but enough to bring deeper meaning to the stories. "Why is it that good things do not always happen to good people?” None of these stories were light and fluffy, containing enough grit to make the setting feel authentic, and unique plots to make the stories quite remarkable. I enjoyed each one! This author is becoming one of my favorites for historical fiction. I look forward to whatever she has next in store! (An e-book was provided by Barbour Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    This book contains three well written novellas: The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady, The Doctor's Woman, and A House of Secrets. Although short each feels complete with good plot lines and characters that are well developed. Filled with mystery and romance, each had a realistic hero and heroine. Sometimes at cross purposes, they still were intent on reaching the same goal. Each is a quick, enjoyable read that can be read in one sitting for most readers. My favorite was The Doctor's Woman. Although Emm This book contains three well written novellas: The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady, The Doctor's Woman, and A House of Secrets. Although short each feels complete with good plot lines and characters that are well developed. Filled with mystery and romance, each had a realistic hero and heroine. Sometimes at cross purposes, they still were intent on reaching the same goal. Each is a quick, enjoyable read that can be read in one sitting for most readers. My favorite was The Doctor's Woman. Although Emmy Nelson and Dr. James Clark looked at medicine from different perspectives, they both wanted the same end result. Emmy had learned natural herbal healing from her father that often worked better than the newer, more modern methods (such as blood letting with leaches) favored by Dr. Clark. As they worked together for both the military personnel at the fort and the Sioux Indians being protected just outside the fort, they learned from one another and discovered that there was a place for each of their methods in order to achieve healing. Emmy was a lady ahead of her time when it came to doctoring. She was willing to learn new things and teach others from her knowledge. A good read for those who like well developed novellas for a short read. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Let’s take a journey through the nineteenth century with this collection of tales each with a hint of intrigue. Three settings, three heroines, and their three equally captivating counterparts make for a delightful read. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady 1815. Cornwall. Helen Fletcher, a young governess, returns from Ireland to Cornwall only to find herself spirited away from the ship by a mysterious smuggler. When the mysterious smuggler turns up again, will Helen be able to figure out exactly what Let’s take a journey through the nineteenth century with this collection of tales each with a hint of intrigue. Three settings, three heroines, and their three equally captivating counterparts make for a delightful read. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady 1815. Cornwall. Helen Fletcher, a young governess, returns from Ireland to Cornwall only to find herself spirited away from the ship by a mysterious smuggler. When the mysterious smuggler turns up again, will Helen be able to figure out exactly what his intentions are? Be swept off your feet in this charming tale of love on the Cornish coast! The Doctor’s Woman 1862. Mendota, Minnesota. Emmy Nelson, a frontier doctor’s daughter, braves the wilds of Minnesota in order to care for the men at the outlying military post of Fort Snelling and the Sioux Indian being held captive there. Clashing with the new citified, military doctor adds further turmoil to her troubled soul. Read this lively tale of a city boy and country girl and the lessons they learn from each other! A House of Secrets 1890. St. Paul, Minnesota. Amanda Carston, a lively young woman full of spunk, is soon to be married to a handsome, dynamic young attorney, Joseph Blake. In her search to finish one big project before the wedding, Amanda uncovers a mystery that she just can’t leave alone. Creep through the halls of the decrepit Grigg house with Amanda to see if she uncovers the mystery behind the old place! I enjoyed the likeable characters, unique settings, and bit of romance each story shared. Each tale is a standalone and easy to read. I hope you will enjoy this collection of stories as much as I did. If I had to choose a favorite, I think the prize would go to A House of Secrets. Enjoy! This ARC copy was received from the author, Barbour Publishing and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    Michelle Griep has quickly risen to the top of my list of favorite authors. Her stories are romantic, intense, and quickly transport me far away from the mundane. This collection of novellas is no exception, proving that whatever time period or location she’s writing about, or even how long the story is, it will surely be outstanding. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady There is so much packed into this novella that I’m not even sure where to start. The swoony hero, the tenacious heroine who pretends Michelle Griep has quickly risen to the top of my list of favorite authors. Her stories are romantic, intense, and quickly transport me far away from the mundane. This collection of novellas is no exception, proving that whatever time period or location she’s writing about, or even how long the story is, it will surely be outstanding. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady There is so much packed into this novella that I’m not even sure where to start. The swoony hero, the tenacious heroine who pretends everything is fine in order to make it so, the solid spiritual content, and the love story are all perfect. Lots of great moments in this one, which is impressive given the length. The Doctor’s Woman I stand corrected—the hero in this novella is even better than the last. Emmaline is no slouch herself; though not fearless exactly, she takes a stand when it matters, regardless of what it may cost her. I found much to admire and inspire in Emmy. When the two of them are on the page together, sparks fly and those around them benefit from how they drive each other to be the best they possibly can be. A House of Secrets I loved how some of these very minor characters are described because it helped to paint a visual picture in my mind; for example, the secretary who either sucked on lemons or the “sourness inside her refused to be kept in.” I also appreciated the tenderness between the main characters, engaged before the beginning of the story, but still learning more about each other through these pages. Each story has something to make it unique but they are all well-written and riveting. Fans of Griep will not be disappointed, even if they don’t usually read novellas, and those who enjoy historical romance, in general, should not miss this fantastic collection. I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Three stories with mystery and romance! My two favorite things! I enjoyed all the stories but think the first one was my favorite! A fast quick read! Thanks for the early copy!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yvette

    Beyond the historical romance and dash of mystery promised in the subtitle, the three novellas collected in Ladies of Intrigue share one vital thing in common: Michelle Griep’s stellar, immersive storytelling. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady is set on the Cornish Coast and is perfect for fans of English Regencies involving smugglers and thieves. While I had previously read and enjoyed The Doctor’s Woman, it did not stop me from reading it anew and relishing this story of opposites set in the Americ Beyond the historical romance and dash of mystery promised in the subtitle, the three novellas collected in Ladies of Intrigue share one vital thing in common: Michelle Griep’s stellar, immersive storytelling. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady is set on the Cornish Coast and is perfect for fans of English Regencies involving smugglers and thieves. While I had previously read and enjoyed The Doctor’s Woman, it did not stop me from reading it anew and relishing this story of opposites set in the American frontier. Rounding out the trio, A House of Secrets combines political maneuverings and two people unintentionally clashing in their attempts to do good works. Each heroine is determined but distinct, as are their stories and settings. Whether it is the governess unwittingly becoming involved with a gentleman smuggler, the missionary doctor’s daughter finding herself practically conscripted into assisting an Army doctor struggling with his rigid approach to medicine, or the society miss determined to prove herself despite the perceived lack of support from her politically ambitious fiancé, each of the three heroines finds a bit of danger when others have something to hide. For fans of historical inspirational romance set in the 19th century, this is a trio of stories that are sure to delight. Recommended. This review refers to a digital galley read through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    “Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery” by Michelle Griep has been a much anticipated read for me as I love Ms. Grieps’ books! This particular book is a collection of three of her novellas. Each novella can be read as a standalone, but you might as well read them all since each one is amazing! The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady Fans of “Poldark” will swoon over this novella that takes place on the Cornish Coast and deals with smuggling. I love the main character, He “Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery” by Michelle Griep has been a much anticipated read for me as I love Ms. Grieps’ books! This particular book is a collection of three of her novellas. Each novella can be read as a standalone, but you might as well read them all since each one is amazing! The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady Fans of “Poldark” will swoon over this novella that takes place on the Cornish Coast and deals with smuggling. I love the main character, Helen, and her spunk. She may seem like a fragile governess, but she quickly shows that she has another side to her personality. I appreciate the moral dilemma that Isaac (our hero) runs into concerning smuggling. Both characters learn about trusting in God’s provisions. Isaac needs to try to not enact his own justice but to leave it to God. Helen learns about surrendering instead of just pretending. This was my favorite of the novellas because I love the setting and time period. The Doctor’s Woman I like the hate-to-love story between the two main characters (Emmy and James) in this novella. Ms. Griep does a great job with the setting and time period (Dakota territory, 1862). Emmy and James both let emotion get the better of them at times and run ahead to help, instead of waiting for God to lead. This often leads to dangerous situations. The characters learn to believe that God is in control. A House of Secrets I really enjoyed the cute romance in this story. It also has a nice message that the only good opinion we need is God’s and that we are loved by Him. Content: Overall, I give this collection a PG rating. Some examples of the content are: Mention of people cursing, but the word isn’t actually written; mention of ale and drunkards; the word “Sheol” is used; men sing bawdy drinking songs; the words “hell” and “devil” are used; some medical descriptions of blood and gore; Native Americans are referred to as “Injuns;” mention of harlots and brothels (in the 3rd novella). Rating: I give this book 4 stars! Genre: Christian fiction; Historical; Novellas; Romance I want to thank Celebrate Lit, Michelle Griep and Barbour Books 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    An alluring collection of previously published novellas. I hadn't read any of them before so I was in seventh heaven. These heroes and their heroines kept me in fits of swoons and toe-curls. High-spirited women who are the perfect match for their adventuring men. Lots of clashing wills and sparks flying! Sheer delight! And the joy of witty banter made me giddy. Have to confess that The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady is my favourite of the three stories because...well...Regency! Smugglers on the Corni An alluring collection of previously published novellas. I hadn't read any of them before so I was in seventh heaven. These heroes and their heroines kept me in fits of swoons and toe-curls. High-spirited women who are the perfect match for their adventuring men. Lots of clashing wills and sparks flying! Sheer delight! And the joy of witty banter made me giddy. Have to confess that The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady is my favourite of the three stories because...well...Regency! Smugglers on the Cornish Coast! Really, do I have to say more? But the American stories are almost as good. A perfect collection for discerning fans of Historical Romance.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2U48DKX 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 Territori Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2U48DKX 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. 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. Recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Michelle Griep has penned three engaging novellas in Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery. These are all previously published novellas that have been compiled in one collection. In the last year or so, Ms. Griep has become one of my favorite authors, so I was thrilled to read some of her earlier work. In my humble opinion, it is more difficult for an author to excel at world building and character development in the shorter length stories, but I find that Mi Michelle Griep has penned three engaging novellas in Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery. These are all previously published novellas that have been compiled in one collection. In the last year or so, Ms. Griep has become one of my favorite authors, so I was thrilled to read some of her earlier work. In my humble opinion, it is more difficult for an author to excel at world building and character development in the shorter length stories, but I find that Michelle Griep is a master storyteller regardless of length of story or historical setting. These stories are united by a common theme of secrets or intrigue. With danger, hidden secrets, noble causes and sweet romance, each story has a strong faith element that embodies Griep's writings. I love that she gives her readers heroines with grit, who are willing to escape the confines of society's expectations for women, sometimes placing themselves in unsavory environments in order to help others. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Netgalley and the author/publisher through CelebrateLit. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily Yager

    Three well written novellas filled with mystery and each wrapped up in a different historical timeframe. An excellent read that is hard to put down once you start. I received an ARC copy from the publisher via netgalley. A review was not required, but appreciated.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    These are lovely - I really like this author. My rating for all three 4.75. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady Helen is a Pastor’s daughter who has traveled to help her ill father. As she arrives in his community she is kidnapped by a local smuggler. Inadvertently she sees the face of the man who saves her. She is soon surprised to find out his identity. She has a dilemma as she is reluctant to turn in the man who has saved her and cared for her father so caringly. Isaac has bent his own rules in the na These are lovely - I really like this author. My rating for all three 4.75. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady Helen is a Pastor’s daughter who has traveled to help her ill father. As she arrives in his community she is kidnapped by a local smuggler. Inadvertently she sees the face of the man who saves her. She is soon surprised to find out his identity. She has a dilemma as she is reluctant to turn in the man who has saved her and cared for her father so caringly. Isaac has bent his own rules in the name of revenge. The staunch faith of Helen makes him question his motives and look for alternatives. Will he be able to make Helen see him as a reliable person rather than a scoundrel? I fully loved both of these characters and how the story plays out. There is risk with a lascivious authority not only stalking the smuggler but also inappropriately pursuing Helen and/or Isaac’s single sister. The plot keeps it moving quickly while I was rooting for this couple to get together. I especially loved Helen’s reliance on God and willingness to look for the best in others. She also wasn’t afraid to speak her mind to rebuke inappropriate behavior. My rating 4.75. The Doctor’s Woman Emmy is the daughter of a missionary doctor who has recently died. She is preparing to leave the wilderness to return to her society Aunt when she is asked to help at the Fort Snelling while they await the new doctor. Emmy is about to tend a man with a seriously crushed leg when Dr. James Clark arrives. Dr. Clark is a city doctor seeking a coveted position at Harvard. To gain his recommendation he has been directed to show he is able to survive a tour of service in the wilds of the West. Dr. Clark and Emmy meet with sparks flying. He asks her to stay to help him and the commander makes him responsible for her welfare in the rough environment. He is still set on strict old fashion doctoring techniques while Emmy tries to encourage using some natural remedies learned from the Indians – even those Indians who killed her fiancé. The doctor gains respect for Emmy’s dedication although her independence frustrates him. But when it comes time for him to return to the East will he be willing to part from Emmy? These are two more engaging characters and another story with plenty of conflict and moments of danger. The description of the western hardships is well done. Their struggles through the circumstances and the decisions they face provide inspiring encouragement. My rating 5.0. A House of Secrets Young Amanda has secured the chairmanship of the Ladies Aide Society which she hopes will impress her standoff father. Amanda wants to obtain the title to a dilapidated house to turn it into a safe place for educating street children. A haughty Society member puts Amanda on a deadline to get the title or lose on her first project. Amanda seeks the help of her fiancé, the city Attorney to find the owner of the land. He claims he is too busy with other issues to help right now but really he is hiding his involvement with the property. He has been using the house to help brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s most infamous madam. He doesn’t want to let Amanda know his connection to the house, nor certain family secrets. A powerful business man is thwarting Joseph’s efforts to close down the local brothel. The corrupt man is quick to comfort Amanda when she is devastated to learn of Joseph’s betrayal. Just as matters come to a head a life-threatening accident pushes Joseph to face his fears and Amanda to address her impulsive rejection. I liked the interesting brothel and society history in this story. The story felt a little rushed and didn’t pull me in as much as the first two. Still, it was entertaining, and I appreciated the messages regarding the harm of secrets in a personal relationship. My rating 4.5. I enjoyed a previous historical romance by this author, The Captive Heart. I highly recommend this author and this story to readers who like Christian and historical romance with real life danger and conflict. Source: 2019 NetGalley.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rosanne Lortz

    This book was a lifesaver for me. I have been staying up way too late every night of our three-week Christmas break because it's impossible to go to sleep before finishing my book of the day. (Once you pop, you can't stop, if you know what I mean...) But this book is actually three books, a collection of three novellas all set in the 19th century. Disconnected novellas. Novellas that can be read separately. I thoroughly enjoyed each one over the course of three days and was able to go to sleep b This book was a lifesaver for me. I have been staying up way too late every night of our three-week Christmas break because it's impossible to go to sleep before finishing my book of the day. (Once you pop, you can't stop, if you know what I mean...) But this book is actually three books, a collection of three novellas all set in the 19th century. Disconnected novellas. Novellas that can be read separately. I thoroughly enjoyed each one over the course of three days and was able to go to sleep by ten o'clock instead of staying up to midnight and beyond. The first story, The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady, is set in Cornwall, a few decades after the renowned series Poldark begins. Helen is a governess, traveling to visit her dying father who is a well-loved vicar in a coastal village. As she disembarks, the ship is set upon by smugglers, one of whom whisks her out of the way, keeping her safe from a horde of drunk sailors. Later, when Helen meets Isaac Seaton, the young lord of the manor, she realizes that she's seen him before and must make the difficult decision whether to keep his secret.  The second story, The Doctor's Woman, is set during the American Civil War out on the frontier. After the death of her father, Emmy is supposed to go back east. But when the new doctor at the fort demands that she stay at the fort and assist him as a nurse, she finds that James Clark is a hard man to resist. Under the doctor's protection, she ministers to sufferers of measles and smallpox, assisting the Sioux Indians when others would consign them to their fate.  The third story, A House of Secrets, is set at the end of the 19th century in St. Paul, Minnesota. Amanda is engaged to a city attorney known for trying to close down brothels. But when she tries to enlist his help in converting an old haunted house into an orphanage, her fiance proves singularly unhelpful. What secret is he hiding and why won't he confide in her?  My favorite story of the bunch was The Doctor's Woman. It is difficult to create a lush setting and fully rounded characters in the format of a short story or a novella, and for me, this one succeeded the best in this task. Michelle Griep is at home in describing the American frontier. (I greatly enjoyed her book released last summer, The Captured Bride, which was set during the French and Indian War.) In The Doctor's Woman, James Clark jumped from the page as a determined physician, manly protector, and romantic protagonist. Emmy was just as appealing, making the decision to forgive the wrongs done to her by the native tribes and treat them as humans made in God's image.  My second favorite in the collection was The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady. I loved the premise of this story! A gentleman forced to resort to smuggling to provide for his starving tenants...how noble! It didn't feel fully fleshed out, however, and I think it would benefit from being expanded into a full-length novel.  All in all, this is a wonderful collection--excellent for when you need a quick bite of historical fiction instead of the full meal deal.  Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep contains three 19th century romance novellas. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady takes us to the Cornish Coast in 1815. Helen Fletcher is rushing to Cornwall from Ireland to be by her ill father’s side. As Helen is preparing to depart the ship, a band of renegades’ attack and liberate a shipment of gunpowder. When Helen meets her father’s patron, Isaac Seaton, she is shocked when she is recognizes him as one of the smugglers. Seaton likes Helen’s fiery spirit, but Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep contains three 19th century romance novellas. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady takes us to the Cornish Coast in 1815. Helen Fletcher is rushing to Cornwall from Ireland to be by her ill father’s side. As Helen is preparing to depart the ship, a band of renegades’ attack and liberate a shipment of gunpowder. When Helen meets her father’s patron, Isaac Seaton, she is shocked when she is recognizes him as one of the smugglers. Seaton likes Helen’s fiery spirit, but he is afraid she will reveal his secret to the revenue man. Can Seaton persuade Helen to remain silent? The Doctor’s Woman has readers journeying to Dakota Territory in November of 1862. Dr. Edrith Nelson has passed away and his daughter, Emmy is preparing to leave town when soldiers need assistance with a patient. Dr. James Clark is the new physician at Fort Snelling and, with the recent influx of Native Americans needing medical aide, can use a qualified assistant like Emmy. Emmy agrees to stay and soon clashes with Dr. Clark on their different treatment methods. Can they find a way to work together and where will it lead? A House of Secrets takes us back to October 1890 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Amanda Carson is the chairwoman of the local Ladies Aide Society and has come up with a new project for their group. She wants to transform the dilapidated Grigg house into a school for the impoverished. Amanda’s search for the owner is met with resistance. She is unaware that her fiancé and city attorney, Joseph Blake uses the home as a safe house for woman who wish to escape from prostitution. If Joseph can just get Amanda to wait a couple of weeks, he will no longer have need of the home. Amanda, though, is a determined woman when she is on a mission. Joseph’s secret could cost him the woman he loves. Ladies of Intrigue contains three Christian romance stories set in the 1800s. I like the three different locales and the couples in the stories. It is nice to watch the couples learn to trust each other, overcome their differences and fall in love. I thought Ladies of Intrigue was well-written with steady pacing. I did feel that The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady needed more fleshing out. The ending felt incomplete. There are smugglers, soldiers, a dedicated doctor, sick Native Americans, a haunted house, corrupt men, romance, society ladies and much more in Ladies of Intrigue. I enjoyed these three sweet romantic stories with Christian values. If you are looking for a diverting nineteenth century romantic tales, then pick up Ladies of Intrigue.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Ladies of Intrigue is a book with three short stories by Michelle Griep. I actually am very fond of short stories, they are my favorite because they are fast paced and usually have a unique premiss, so I was very happy to receive an e-arc from Netgalley! And there is some serious cover envy going on. That blue is spectacular! Anyway, let’s get to the main feature: the words itself ;) The Gentleman Smuggler starts of with a bang, where our two protagonists meet at opposite ends of a robbery. Thou Ladies of Intrigue is a book with three short stories by Michelle Griep. I actually am very fond of short stories, they are my favorite because they are fast paced and usually have a unique premiss, so I was very happy to receive an e-arc from Netgalley! And there is some serious cover envy going on. That blue is spectacular! Anyway, let’s get to the main feature: the words itself ;) The Gentleman Smuggler starts of with a bang, where our two protagonists meet at opposite ends of a robbery. Though if it’s really a robbery remains to be seen. When Helen meets her gentleman robber again, she might give him in to the authorities... or maybe hear his side of the story. The idea of this story is great and I liked the writing, but I have to admit the ending fell a bit falt for me, there were a few things I thought very unrealistic, but I would be spoiling it. But it doesn’t ruin the story at all, it’s still very enjoyable! Oh, and awesome side characters! The second story is about a doctor and the daughter of a doctor, ending up working together in a fort alongside Nativr Americans. The build up of this story is very well done, and I’ve grown to care for the characters. There was not much mystery here but enough romantic moments to make up for it! The third story is my favorite! There are a few secrets in this one, and the question is if it will drive Amanda and Joseph apart... the romance and courtship between Joseph and Amanda is epic, I love how she can be totally herself with Joseph even though she very much seeks and is denied the approval of her father, and society. Joseph is an amazing man and tries his best to right every wrong even at his own cost. I’ve never liked a politician before, lol! Overall I really enjoyed the stories. There wasn’t a dull moment, the pacing was right and the words flowed. There was much cute banter, which I adored! The only downside is that it’s more romance than mystery, though mystery is promised on the cover. For me that is not an issue, I’m not really a fan, but if you’re looking for a “who dunnit” story this might not be it. If you’re a fan of romance with a strong plot going on, this is totally for you!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Michelle Griep is a new author for me and this book is also a new genre. I've been doing my best to keep an open mind to all genres and so far I have not been disappointed. This book contains three novellas that were previously published but work very well together in this collection. I'm a huge fan of novellas because they are a quick read and I can fit an entire story in during one sitting. The stories are faith based and cover time periods in the 1800's. I enjoyed the historical context of th Michelle Griep is a new author for me and this book is also a new genre. I've been doing my best to keep an open mind to all genres and so far I have not been disappointed. This book contains three novellas that were previously published but work very well together in this collection. I'm a huge fan of novellas because they are a quick read and I can fit an entire story in during one sitting. The stories are faith based and cover time periods in the 1800's. I enjoyed the historical context of the adventurous stories and found the dash of danger the author added was just enough to satisfy me. All of the stories have a theme of secrets and curiosity. I'm not usually a fan of romance but the stories here are much more than that. The author does a great job with character development and each story has the potential to be expanded and written into a full novel. "The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady" was my favorite story but they are all well written and strong stories. Michelle Griep writes beautifully. This book made me smile. Thank you to Michelle Griep, Barbour Publishing and Goodreads. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This review is my honest opinion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    Three different stories by the same author, with each being a third of the book, and each quickly drawing you in. Whether we are in old England, the city of St. Paul or in a U.S. Military Fort, we are offered a story that includes a strong woman as the main character. Of course, you can sit down and read one, and they save the next for later, but like the candy it is hard not to turn the next page. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour and was not required to give a posi Three different stories by the same author, with each being a third of the book, and each quickly drawing you in. Whether we are in old England, the city of St. Paul or in a U.S. Military Fort, we are offered a story that includes a strong woman as the main character. Of course, you can sit down and read one, and they save the next for later, but like the candy it is hard not to turn the next page. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour and was not required to give a positive review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    This collection of novellas has something for everyone! The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady was a fun story for me! Isaac and Helen seem so opposite, yet make the perfect match. Although they go from "hello" to "I love you" in sixty seconds flat, their chemistry is catching. A hero who is super protective of his lady always warms my heart, and Isaac definitely excels in this area! The Doctor's Woman was my least favorite of the three. There wasn't much action and the romance was flat in my opinion. It i This collection of novellas has something for everyone! The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady was a fun story for me! Isaac and Helen seem so opposite, yet make the perfect match. Although they go from "hello" to "I love you" in sixty seconds flat, their chemistry is catching. A hero who is super protective of his lady always warms my heart, and Isaac definitely excels in this area! The Doctor's Woman was my least favorite of the three. There wasn't much action and the romance was flat in my opinion. It is expected with a novella for things to move quickly and so it is excusable when there isn't much time to delve into the development of a romance. However, this story was set over the course of several months, so I felt that more could have been offered by way of the developing story of the romance developing between the two main characters. Instead, I felt it was slow and uneventful. I would give this specific novella 2.5-3 stars. A House of Secrets was my favorite of the three. Joseph charmed me from the beginning. He's a little bit vulnerable, contains a whole lot of strength of character and integrity, and adds a little smoldering sauciness to his interactions with his beloved, Amanda. This novella has it all- danger, action, and a beautiful love story! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    Three delightful stories from a very talented writer. The first story was probably my favorite, followed by the third. In the third story, Craven and Lillian are the kind of people you'd like to walk up to with a fly swatter (pop 'em a few times while complaining about imaginary flies), but I'll admit I wanted to pop Amanda with one a time or two, but that makes her more believably human, doesn't it? The second story was a wee bit more predictable, but still fun. I like the heroine (whose name I Three delightful stories from a very talented writer. The first story was probably my favorite, followed by the third. In the third story, Craven and Lillian are the kind of people you'd like to walk up to with a fly swatter (pop 'em a few times while complaining about imaginary flies), but I'll admit I wanted to pop Amanda with one a time or two, but that makes her more believably human, doesn't it? The second story was a wee bit more predictable, but still fun. I like the heroine (whose name I have forgotten) in this one. It took guts to go against her aunt's wishes. The first story had quite a bit of excitement. I liked both main protagonists in this one. I have mixed feelings on Hawker, though. He's a sympathetic character, but it seems he just doesn't know when to quit. Well, I should stop before I accidentally divulge spoilers! For readers who like historical romance short stories, this is a book definitely worth reading! I won my copy from a Goodreads giveaway and I appreciate the opportunity to read and review it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    This book was 3 short stories. I enjoyed them all. The cover of the book was intriguing also. Thank you Goodreads for the free book!

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