So Wednesday morning, at o’dark-thirty, I got horrible news. The day only got worse from there. What began with a publishing mess morphed into a missed deadline, compounded into wasted time, and finally ended with a helpful reminder email.You’ve got a book review due.Drat!If it didn’t mean breaking my word, I’d have said, “Forget it.”To a book that I’ve been looking forward to for months. Ever since I found out about it after reading 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (review HERE).Yeah.
I told myself I could skim it. Just get the gist, see how I’d like it, immerse myself in a few spots so I’d really get the flavor, and review THAT. No, I am not proud that I considered it.
Guilt demanded I give the book my full attention. I hate guilt sometimes. Just sayin’. And the more I read, the more irritated I got. I should have known better than to sign up for this blog tour. Anyone with any sense would have known that it would be trouble. And here you have it. Trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with B, and that stands for BOOK!
Or something like that. Anyway, here you have it.
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3 Compelling (if Ridiculous) Reasons to Avoid This Author
1—She’s a copycat.
Well, sort of. You see, when you read Michelle Griep’s work, she transports you into the past, down cobblestone streets, and into quaint shops with patrons wearing cloaks, muffs, and all the other Dickensesque finery—but this time before Dickens was even born. Oh, yes. In Ms. Griep’s work, you’re transported to another world—one Dickens beckons us into—or rather, this time its grandmother’s world.
But she’s more than a copycat… she’s also a “one-upper.” Probably more like a “ten-upper.” Because you see, she’s better than Dickens in my opinion. Somehow, Ms. Griep manages to give you all the varied plots, delicious detail, twists and turns… without dragging. Well, except for the beginning of The Innkeeper’s Daughter.
Yeah. I don’t like to say it, but the first of chapters dragged for me. Still, once I got past them (and I suspect it was my own issue rather than her writing that did it. Like I said. Bad day.), she kept me riveted to the page with rich language, engaging characters, intricate plots, and beautiful spiritual truths.
2— She’s a kidnapper.
Of minds. She grabs your interest, holds it for ransom, and only once you’ve paid the debt of finishing her book will she release you. Of course, who cares? I mean, it’s like a wonderful friend whisking you away for a weekend at the beach or the mountains and making you stay there and relax, read, soak in the richness. Yeah. I’m telling you. Watch out for Ms. Griep or she’ll whisk you to Regency England and not once will you think, “Where’s the talk of “the Season” or roll your eyes when some Baron or Earl or Darcy appears. Nope. Like I said. Everyone should be so kindly kidnapped.
3— She’s a tease.
Oh, yeah. Ms. Griep knows how to tease you. I mean, in this book there are three stories. I could SWEAR this book is the second. But as far as I can see, it stands alone. But I want to know his buddy’s story. I want to know his boss’ story. I want to know the Viscount’s story.
Ms. Griep captivated me with the storyline, the realistic characters, snappy but period correct dialogue, and just basic good writing.
If you want to be kidnapped, held for ransom, teased with hints of stories you might never get, and being given stories that would make Dickens green with envy, go ahead. Read the book. But you’ll regret it…