Book Review: The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep

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The Noble Guardian
by Michelle Griep
Book 3 in the Bow Street Runners Trilogy
Rating: 4.5/5

Abigail Gilbert is finally free! She is leaving her family who hates her and is going to meet her beloved fiancé and live happily ever after with someone who actually wants to be with her. However, highwaymen run rampant on her journey and threaten her life.

Captain Samuel Thatcher is in charge of keeping the roads safe from highwaymen and steps in to save Abby’s life. The captain is close to retiring but begrudgingly agrees to escort Ms. Gilbert to her destination in exchange for money from her fiancé for her safety.

Unfortunately, this harrying journey is more than either expected. Together they must find a way to coexist and not kill each other as they face many trials and heated discussions.

This fast-paced story is everything you’d want and more. I didn’t quite know what to expect when I started reading this story but I knew it would be good because of Michelle Griep’s ability to weave a fun and provocative tale. When I first started to read, I wasn’t aware it was part of a trilogy. It can definitely be read as a standalone book. After realizing it was part of a trilogy, I found that I had read the previous books but didn’t realize it because that first book was from back in 2015. I will have to revisit those other two books in the series to jog my memory but that isn’t necessary to appreciate the wonders of Griep’s gripping action. The characters are lovely and you feel their tension and conflict. Very well written and highly recommended.

My thanks to Barbour Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received. 

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Book Review: In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

In Firefly Valley
by Amanda Cabot
Rating: 4/5
Book 2 in the Texas Crossroads series
Revell – Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

After losing her job, Marisa St. George returns to her hometown of Dupree, Texas, where she has accepted a business manager position at the newly renovated Rainbow’s End resort. The resort is about to have its grand opening, but they already have one mysterious guest, Blake Kendall, a friend of the owner’s.

Blake is in need of some rest and relaxation, since he’s tried everything to get over his writer’s block. His trip to Dupree could be just what he needs to feel inspired again. As a successful author, he’s kept his identity a secret by using a pseudonym. He believes his stories are just entertaining and nothing more; however, Marisa unknowingly hates his books and how his main character glorifies smoking and especially drinking. The attraction between Marisa and Blake is practically electric, but will Blake’s secret drive them apart? Can Marisa learn to forgive and forget the past?

Amanda Cabot really knows how to create characters that I want to root for and get to know. In this second installment in the Texas Crossroads series, I got to reconnect with the characters from the previous book, At Bluebonnet Lake, and find out what’s been happening. I was immediately thrown into this small Texas town with its quirky but lovable characters and nuances. The characters have to deal with real life situations that make them so relatable. She expertly weaves faith throughout the story in a way that makes me want to read more!

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light, fun, contemporary romances.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: A May Bride by Meg Mosely

A May Bride
by Meg Mosely
Rating: 4/5
A Year of Weddings Novella
Zondervan – Fiction/Romance

Meet Ellie Martin, a witness to a “guerrilla wedding” in which she meets her would-be prince, Gray Whitby. As a new real estate agent in the ATL area, she still hasn’t found the time to meet her groom, even though she’s been setting aside money for her wedding since she was 18. After secretly admiring Gray at the local coffee shop, she finally meets him at the impromptu wedding. When she doesn’t call him, Gray tracks her down and asks her out. Thus a romance is born. Ellie is swept off her feet in a matter of months before she realizes she’s found “the One”. Ellie is sure that her drama queen sister (who’s planning her wedding) and her uber-conservative, Christian mother will get in the way of the relationship. Ellie’s mother is afraid one of her two daughters will end up pregnant before they say, “I do.” She is super strict about their relationships and tries to control their lives. Can Ellie find a way to patch up her relationship with her mother? Will Gray and Ellie find a way to make their relationship work when Ellie’s family issues arise? Will such a whirlwind romance spell heartbreak for Ellie and her wedding fund?

I am now a fan of Meg Mosely because this novella did not disappoint. From the beginning, I was caught up in Ellie’s world and smitten by the handsome and charming Gray. Obviously, since this story is a novella, everything had to move fast. Ellie’s character had a lot of baggage she needed to work through, which I’m not sure the author had enough time to develop. Ellie’s mother’s transformation happens a little too quickly, but I appreciate the effort. Her mother was probably my least favorite character portraying a Christian who can’t forgive herself – one who has let her bitterness and shame affect how she treats and sees her daughters. I am a big fan of redemption, but the story length doesn’t lend itself to a fully developed transformation. Gray and Ellie’s chemistry fizzles halfway through the story but I still had to keep reading to discover how it ended. All in all, an easy, fun, light read for the summer!

I recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romance.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

Book Review: Stranded by Dani Pettrey Rating: 4.5/5

As much as I love going to the library in my hometown, it usually lacks the Christian fiction that I love to read. But when I was browsing the “New Books” section, I came across a book cover that looked like a Christian book. I don’t know what to say except that I can recognize certain book covers as a Christian book. It’s a gift. I know, right? Having never heard of the author, I read the back of the book for a teaser. I saw a review by Dee Henderson, who is one of my favorite authors, and decided to give it a try. I was a little hesitant to read the book since it was the third book in the Alaskan Courage series, but my risk paid off with an exciting story that I can’t wait to read more of.

A former undercover investigative reporter, Darcy St. James, is pulled back into the secretive and complicated life she left behind when her old college roommate and colleague, Abby, asks for her help in her latest investigation involving an Alaskan cruise liner and its excursions. However, after Darcy arrives posing as an adventure journalist, she discovers her good friend missing. Is it a coincidence that someone had fallen overboard the same night that Abby went missing? Darcy is determined to find her friend by befriending any of the crew who will help her out. Can she find out what had Abby so frightened? Who can she trust?

Meet Gage McKenna. He volunteered to be the on deck activities coordinator representing his family’s outdoor adventure company. He leads the excursions and has the clients’ lives in in his capable hands. Having met Darcy (in the previous book #2), Gage and Darcy have an interesting history and sizzling chemistry, but after 5 months of radio silence, can they pick up where they left off? Is Gage the only person on board who Darcy can trust, or will he blow her cover? Gage cannot stand the fact that Darcy has returned to subterfuge. He hates  her job and all the lies, but he can’t seem to get her out from under his skin. His need to protect and watch over her could get them both into trouble, as well as endanger his family and the other clients. Will they be able to set aside their differences and discover the awful truth – what Abby was investigating? Can Gage let go of his bitterness and turn to the One who forgives and gives life?

I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting mystery thriller. It has everything a girl could want – adventure, mystery, suspense, and romance. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and their thought processes. They weren’t perfect; they had doubts and struggles. They were real and identifiable. Getting to know the McKenna family made me want to read the previous books in the series. Pettrey also set up the main characters for her next  book, Silenced, and now I need to read that one too but it doesn’t come out till May 2014. From my brief look into the author, this is only her first series and third book and I’m super impressed. She has a gift.

I rated the book a 4.5 of out 5 because as much as I enjoyed the book, I was still able to put it down in the beginning. The beginning hooks the reader but it wasn’t quite enough for me to stop everything and finish the book right away. There’s a beautiful thread of God’s love and forgiveness that’s woven throughout the book without getting too preachy. I definitely recommend this book because it has something for everyone.