The Innkeeper’s Daughter
A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm. All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother. Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.
Guest Post from Michelle Griep
Celebrating Oak Apple Day
Spring is just around the corner, or maybe it’s in full bloom in your neck of the woods. Regardless, by this time of year, everyone is ready to celebrate. . .and nothing new is under the sun. For centuries people have been eager to welcome budding greenery and warmth.
In my recent release, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, I incorporated a spring holiday that’s been around for over 500 years in England, one you may never heard of.
Oak Apple Day.
This ancient celebration dates back to the year 1651. At the time, Charles II escaped the Roundhead army by taking cover in an oak tree. Everyone loved ol’ Charlie and was glad he lived, so in his honor, a new national holiday was born—one that in some parts of England is still celebrated today.
Another name for this annual event is Royal Oak Day and the festivities occur every May 29th. Celebration traditions vary from parades to the ringing of bells, but one thing that is standard is that it’s a day to pin an oak leaf on your lapel. If you fail to wear one, you could end up getting pinched.
The hero in my latest release is kind enough to remind the heroine that she forgot to pin on her leaf, thus saving her from untoward pinches. Interested in hearing more about this gallant fellow and the forgetful miss? Here’s a blurb about The Innkeeper’s Daughter…
Tension is high with the threat of a Napoleonic attack in Regency England, but risk from abroad means nothing when there’s danger at home.
Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the crown—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue . . . until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.
All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.
Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.
It’s a race against time for them both.
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of both Regency and Colonial historical romances but also leaped the writerly fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan.
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Book Review by Bree Herron
Secrets, spies and faith? Sign me up! This was a beautiful novel to read, I could use many more adjectives to sum it up, but beautiful encompasses not only the writing style of the author but the characters and setting. I fell in love with Alex, and Johanna became a woman to admire and like. Mystery is the carriage that courses through the book, but not without faith and family struggles hoisted on top.
Well, I could talk about both characters, but I am in love with Alex. So this is all about him, okay maybe some about Johanna. Alex is a man of character but also mystery (hello, he is undercover and spying) he certainly can get under Johanna’s skin and both begin to see the possibility of love (ugh, Alex really? I am right here in the 21st century and not a fictional character) . Johanna has her hands full, trying to be the sister, and model for her brother, who is struggling with following their dad’s poor path. Johanna is sweet and kind but firm in her beliefs, she is working hard to do things right, and I can relate to her a lot.
The author gives you many other characters that will charm the reader, from Johanna’s brother struggling to find his way, to Lucius a simple minded man, yet he was full of words and love. I truly loved meeting the variety of characters in this book.
I usually love the romance scenes, and the faith finding moments of a character, and I do in this book. Alex’s mission took center stage in my mind however, I was envision an 1800’s James Bond in my mind. He is doing some dark undercover moments and to some in our time now gambling rings and such may not seem that taboo. But back then they were the darkest of the dark and were usually filled those that were wanting to do more sinister actions. The mystery and thrill in this book is top notch and I was swept right into the lives of these characters.
I was born in the wrong century. I would have loved to be character during this time period, and fell instantly love with our location and time period.
I give this book five stars, the author did a fantastic job of creating the story in this reader’s mind and allowing me to feel immersed in the plot. I knew I would enjoy this book just because I adore period novels, but this one had a special zest to it. The characters become engraved in your mind, quickly becoming like family. I love the faith point of the story, you truly need to give it to God and allow him the control.
Would you love a man with a spy quality?
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
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