Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Report & #Giveaway: Brentwood's Ward, by Michelle Griep

Well oo-la-la and HELLO Michelle Griep! She's a new author to my repertoire of reading and I must say, ain't nobody gonna tell me she ain't no good.

Now, as I readjust my terrible "grammatics", here's a few things I really enjoyed about Michelle's latest book Brentwood's Ward:

1. Her hero. Super romantic. If you enjoy the style of corset busting heroes without the smarmy corset busting, he's your man. A hero of the woman, the Spiritual hero strong man of God type, and a bit of a toughy, if I say so myself.

2. Her story. Michelle isn't afraid to get a little ... how do I say it without making it sound negative? She's not afraid to take to you to the underworld of criminals. Of whiskey and cursing (without the cursing being written), of hardened men and seductive women (without any of the graphic materials). Michelle gets into the dirty of the story while staying clean. If that makes any sense. She has a STORY (thank GOODNESS!) while still maintaining her integrity as an inspirational author.

3. Her heroine. She slaps people. This is a good thing. Girl is feisty. Oh yeah. And she's got a brain. She's also sensitive and likable and the reader can empathize with the emptiness her soul while admiring her spunk.

Michelle Griep has done what I've been aching to see more in inspirational fiction. She's gotten gritty without getting graphic. She still honors the Lord with her writing while dealing with a storyline that is entertaining, horribly romantic, gut-wrenchingly intriguing, and real.

YAY YAY for Michelle. She rocked my weekend with a fantastic read. :)


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29 comments:

  1. Hmm, I really love a great spy novel . . . . from different eras . . . like Colonial or one from WWII. I am a bit squeamish though so not too graphic on the murder stuff. Love the Pinkerton era too . . . all their cool gadgets. Thanks!

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  2. Not sure, but how about a murder mystery in the Regency, England period.

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    1. I think you're on to something!!

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    2. Well, this one definitely has a murder and a mystery...win win!

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  3. I've heard so much good about this book... So I've decided I need to read it, whether I win it here or buy it myself. Looks like a good one. :)

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    1. Sweet! Enjoy your visit to the past, Sally!

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  4. You have such a way with words and making it sound...delicious! Yep, that's that term that comes to mind. Definitely have to put this on my TBR pile!

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    1. Indeed, Jaime does have a fantastic way with words. So thankful for her review!

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  5. Hidden treasure!! Psalm 119:111, my life verse: Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. Psalms and Romans are my two faves. Wait a minute. Is it wrong to play favorites with Bible books?

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    2. Not at all. Mine is the Book of Isaiah ~ Love the assurances and promises of God!

      Isaiah 45:3 "I will give you treasures from dark places and hidden stockpiles. Then you will know that I, the Lord God of Israel, have called you by name."

      another hidden treasure verse...

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  6. Hey Jaime, I LOVED your book report! Now more than ever I want to read Brentwood's Ward. In answer to your Copter Question, espionage is always an exciting page turner! ;)

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    1. Ahh, espionage is what I'm currently working on. In fiction, that is.

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  7. This sounds like a great book. It's going on my to be read pile right now. :)

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  8. This book sounds really cool! I think a murder mystery set in an old castle in the 1900s would be fun to read.

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  9. Ooh, espionage is always fun!

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  10. This sounds so interesting. Just the type of book I love reading. I would love to read a mystery that takes place in say the 1800's, say civil war time. A woman's engaged and he is to go off to war. She doesn't want to wait til he comes home from the war to marry. He goes off to war and promises to marry her when he returns. Not wanting to wait she signs up to fight as well disguised as a man. Her boyfriend discovers her there and gets mad but protects her secret.

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  11. I love murder mystery maybe in New York City. Like Jack the Ripper.

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  12. Espionage would be more along my favorite kind...not really into murder mysteries. However, it is nice to read something different!

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  13. I have to agree with Chris B. on the spy aspect (what I was thinking too!). I've read a few historical fiction where the author uses the Pinkertons in the story. I rather like that I think, as (if i remember correctly) they were real detective agency. And I also do agree, I LOVE gadgets too. Too many Bond movies over the years, I guess...haha! So there you go, that's my vote! :-)

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  14. I think I would like to see more espionage historicals. I love the spies! I am soooo looking forward to reading Michelle's book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Women in the Pinkerton Agency. I have read a couple like this and found them to be quite enjoyable. Would love to have some more! Michelle's book sounds like one I would like to read. Thank you!

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  16. I think espionage would be intriguing !

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  17. Murder - I love the Civil War, Revolutionary War, Colonial eras.

    I've read so many wonderful reviews of Brentwood's Ward and Michelle's writing - would love to read this!!

    Shared post!!

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  18. This looks like a book I would absolutely adore!! As far as a historical mystery - murder and espionage are both good plots. What I like best is a heroine that is willing to challenge the expectations for women of her day, and of course the hero that respects her abilities and strength. From the reviews, I'm betting that Brentwood's Ward would deliver on that! It's going on my to-read list.Right.Now. :-)

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  19. Sounds like a good read. I like feisty females being one myself and dreamy heroes sounds wondrous.

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