If you know me or have followed my blog for long, you know that I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and regency-era England fiction books. Brentwood’s Ward takes an interesting spin on that time period, pair a middle-class business owner’s daughter with a lawman who works as a Bow Street Runner.
Emily Payne has one goal this season—find a husband. And not just any husband, she has her sights set on one man in particular. When her father hires lawman Nicholas Brentwood to be her guardian for a month while he leaves the country, Emily’s freedom is stifled. Nicholas accepts the job because the payment will help him relocate his ill sister but he doesn’t expect the headache and handful that is Emily Payne.
Emily may seem selfish and self-centered but she has a good heart and I liked her character from the beginning of the book. Nicholas is a man who strives to do the will of God while working to find criminals and justice. Michelle Griep weaves romance, mystery, humor, and heartache throughout the pages of Brentwood’s Ward. I could be laughing at what I was reading one minute and tearing up with sadness the next.
This book gets five out of five stars.
***Barbour Publishing and Shiloh Run Press provided me with a fee copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.