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.
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In My Opinion
Since I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners series, I’ve been looking forward to the final book in the trilogy. Griep’s deep dives the middle class during the Regency era gives her writing a unique spin.
But in The Noble Guardian, I didn’t feel like I got that aspect as much as I did in the first couple books. Sure, the main character is going to marry a baronet, but it’s such a small part of the story, it doesn’t give the reader much of a look into the every-day life.
Abby’s character seemed a bit inconsistent to me too. She’s naïve then she’s strong and courageous then she’s naïve again. There’s a disconnect between the person she is while traveling with Samuel through three quarters of the book than she is when she finally gets to the home of her betrothed. Through all of her trials, did she not learn to question everything?
I did like Samuel Thatcher. The many is gruff and puts on a mask of hardness and uncaring, but beneath it all is a good heart, despite his occupation of chasing down the worst of criminals and all that involves. The actual journey across England was another aspect I enjoyed about this book. There was plenty to keep my interest, including sweet little Emma who will most likely steal every reader’s heart.
The romance was another plus in this book as it was not an insta-love kind. Abby’s on her way to get married, Samuel is somewhat put out on having to take her there, yet over the course of the journey, these two come to see and understand each other on a deeper level which leads to respect and then more.
All in all, this particular book by Griep hovers just over the line of average for me as it did not quite meet my expectations.
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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.
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Highwaymen Aren’t All Glamorous
Highwaymen are often romanticized in historical romances, but the truth is these fella’s 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.
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!!
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Rita Wray says
Sounds like a good book.
Caryl Kane says
I enjoy Michelle Griep’s stories. I’m excited to read this series.
I’m planning to read this one very soon. It will be interesting to see if I notice the things you mentioned!
I really enjoyed the books in this series and really liked Samuel. Thanks for hosting the tour!
I like the interplay between Abby and Samuel. The fact that Abby flips from naive to knowing is one which makes the reader look more closely and see who she’s really fooling with these flip-flops.