Brown paper bags from Alphabeta Supermarkets—at least two of them. Inside, stacks of thin paperbacks with white covers and women and men in funny-looking historical clothes. The author: Barbara Cartland.
I read one and found it interesting in its novelty. Being one of those voracious readers who read everything from donut packaging to theology texts, I read the next. And another.
Somewhere about that time, I discovered a few things.
- Girls in Regency times (although I didn’t know that was the era) were insipid twits.
- Regency men had weak egos if their choice of women meant anything.
- Reading those books might help me understand the hierarchy of English aristocracy.
So I read them. All of them.
Yes, you can roll your eyes. I still do.
They are why I didn’t want to read Austen’s works when I discovered the era they depicted. #becauseinsipid
Perhaps you’ll understand now why, even today, when the opportunity to review a book set in Regency times, I get a little bit nervous. You can understand that, right?
Well, I don’t get nervous if the book is written by Michelle Griep. She proved herself with The Innkeeper’s Daughter. So, when I had a chance to snag a review copy of The Noble Guardian from the publisher, I jumped at it.
Note: links may be affiliate links for which I receive a small commission. Additionally, I requested a review copy and chose to share my opinion.
Did I Like Michelle Griep’s Latest Regency Novel?
Nope. Why would I like a book with a sweet, fun, and sometimes feisty heroine, a principled and courageous hero, and lovely lessons in trust, faith, and reliance on the Lord? Who likes books where even 99.9% of the word choices are perfect? How could I possibly appreciate lovely writing or excellent story structure?
Tongue. Check. Cheek… check, check!
Griep took the sort of plot that might have been in a cheesy Regency romance and turned it on its head. The result: a believable story full of adventure, danger, hope, and faith.
My understanding of Scripture requires I do point out my one problem with The Noble Guardian.
Ms. Griep chose to have the Lord speaking to the hearts of the main characters, telling them what to do, what would come to pass, etc. While those words were mostly vague and generic I need to point them out for those who don’t agree with extra-Biblical conversations from the Lord with us.
It did not, however, detract from the story or cross into anything that I felt uncomfortable reading.
Who do I recommend the book for?
Lovers of historical fiction, strong but feminine women, books with realistic faith exhibited, or engaging stories will love this book. I knew I wouldn’t regret requesting a review copy, and I was right. It’s so great the rare times I get to be right! 😀
The Noble Guardian is on tour with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: The Noble Guardian
Author: Michelle Griep
Genre: Christian Historical
Release date: June, 2019
A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure
The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time in coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, it’s finally her time for love. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentlemen in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.
Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.
Abby pleads with him to escort her for the rest of her journey. He refuses—until she offers him something he desperately needs to achieve his goal. … money. Delivering her safely will give him more than enough to buy property.
So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.
About the Author
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan.
If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
More from Michelle
Highwaymen Aren’t All Glamorous
Highwaymen are often romanticized in historical romances, but the truth is these fellas were generally not compassionate thieves at all. They were cutthroat robbers who sometimes killed. Here’s a brief history so that you’re in the know.
The term “highwayman” simply means a thief who steals—usually at gunpoint—from travelers on the road. Not all, but some of those attacks turned deadly, the robbers not wishing to leave anyone behind who could identify them. Others wore masks for the same purpose.
Long, deserted stretches of roads that were main thoroughfares were the particular favorite haunts of these men. Criminals would choose remote highways that supplied regular traffic going to and from major destinations, such as Hounslow Heath, about fifteen miles outside of London.
To combat these villains, in 1805 the Bow Street Horse Patrol was created.
There were about sixty men hired to protect travelers on the principal roads within sixty miles of London. Most of the men had served previously in a cavalry regiment. Their most successful achievement was to rid Hounslow Heath of highwaymen.
And that’s where I got the idea for my hero, Samuel Thatcher, in The Noble Guardian. He’s a rough and tumble man who’s tired of life and the wickedness of man. Mostly he’s just biding his time until he retires—that is until he rescues Miss Abigail Gilbert from the clutches of one of the worst offenders of all…Shankhart Robbins.
Sound like an adventure? It is. Settle back with your own copy and see what it’s like to ride the rugged heath in a carriage, bounding along—until you hear the crack of a pistol.
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To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Noble Guardian!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e31b/the-noble-guardian-celebration-tour-giveaway