I love historical fiction, but I am not usually drawn to short vignette or novella type stories. I also prefer a good old fashioned series that has like 100 books in it so I can really grow attached to the characters and get invested in their lives. Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep does not fit that criteria at all. However, I found myself just as invested in Griep’s characters in these three short(ish) stories. I honestly have not seen the novella length done this well. I am a first time Griep reader but I will most certainly be looking for others books by her.
I’m not quite sure how Griep does it. Within a few pages I was so invested in Helen Fletcher, Emmy Nelson, and Amanda Carston. Griep’s three heroines are all so different, as are the time periods and settings, but the theme of intrigue is present through and through. Aptly named because each of these women and the lives they lead are exactly that… intriguing. I stand amazed at how quickly the characters developed and the stories evolved. I also love the seamless entwining of spiritual themes. I was impressed with the depth Griep could take us in the every day moments of the characters and in the more intense, thrilling points of the story how God, trust, prayer, and spiritual growth were integrated.
Ladies of Intrigue was a quick and engaging read and I just love the different settings. The Cornish Coast, Dakota Territory, and St. Paul, Minnesota really did take me all over the world and the stories pulled my heart and mind on the journey.
I really adored the strong female characters that pursued their dreams, spoke their minds, and challenged those around them. I’d say the only disappointing thing was that these strong female characters ended up being “defined” by the role they play to their men. The titles of the first two stories (“The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady” and “The Doctor’s Woman”) reflect who the women are in their relationships rather than who they are themselves. They are such strong ladies , I wish there had been a way for the titles to reflect that rather than beings so heavily weighted toward who they were in relationship to the men in their lives.
That being said the stories were true to the genre, rich in history and full of romance and adventure. The complicated scenery and quick moving story lines were not rushed, which is totally possible in such short stories. The characters’ development was astoundingly deep for the brevity of the book, and I really was amazed at how connected I felt. I hope you will read on to hear more about the story and read the 3 reasons Michelle Griep gives for reading Historical Fiction. My guess is you may know some of them because you are here already.
Thanks to Celebrate Lit Bloggers for a copy of the book. All the opinions and thoughts shared here are my own.
About the Book
Title: Ladies of Intrigue
Author: Michelle Griep
Genre: Christian Historical
Release date: February 2019
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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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 michellegriep.com.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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I’m looking forward to reading this collection. Michelle Griep does a great job of getting the reader to connect with the characters in each book!!
I was super impressed!