A Heart Deceived: A Novel

A Heart Deceived: A Novel

by Michelle Griep
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A Heart Deceived: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
A Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep After reading Michelle’s previous book Undercurrent, I was expecting nothing less than a great read. Well, I was not disappointed. Michelle has definitely stepped it up a bit with this new release. A bit on the darker side, but so intriguing and well written. There is so much going on in A Heart Deceived, you may ask “Will I get lost?” The answer is no! Michelle does an excellent job bringing all the different aspects together and making a perfectly harmonious story…..Murder, addictions, insanity, uncertainty, heartbreak…..add to that, forgiveness, love, compassion and heroism. You will also get a close up look at what went on inside Asylums in those days….so sad.  Best of all, Michelle brings the power of God into her story in a way that will give you goosebumps. I truly think the story ended too soon. I would love to see a sequel to this book.  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that stirs the soul and makes your heart pound.  I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, but was under no obligation to give a positive review. 
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Brilliant!! A new-to-me-author, this was my first introduction with Michelle Griep’s writing. This woman really can write! Usually I’m not so much into books with a sort of ‘dark’ setting and that’s why I looked at this book for at least three times and every time decided not to request it for review, but then I did it anyway—and boy, am I glad I did! The author has a unique way with words that drew me into the story right away—on the first page I sat next to Miri in church and reluctantly had to let my new friend go on the last. The descriptions are so rich and full, I could almost feel, hear, smell, and touch them. The emotions splattered from the pages—fear, despair, unfairness, hope, love, romance! Extremely well written, excellent research, and a brilliant plot!!  *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*
Maryar39 More than 1 year ago
“A Heart Deceived,” by Michelle Griep is a work of historical fiction. It is also a book of faithfulness, love and mental illness. Sometimes, when we work so hard to live a life of deceit everything falls apart. This is what happens to Miri as she struggles to hide the truth about what is happening to her brother. After being brow-beaten, mistreated, and ridiculed by her brother for so long, Miri longs for some love and human kindness. That can’t be too much to ask for, can it? As her brother arranges her marriage to a man she abhors she tries to figure out if there can ever be an escape for her. “A Heart Deceived” is an easy to read, clean novel. It is well written, full of God’s faithfulness, and it held my attention all the way through. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
KR3 More than 1 year ago
Pretty entertaining story. I am ambivalent toward Michelle Griep, having hated "Gallimore" with a passion but having loved "Mr. Brentwood's Ward." This offering was more in keeping with "Mr. Brentwood's Ward." Her characters were deep enough to keep me interested (especially Ethan--I wanted him to win out!), her plot was engaging, and her writing style kept my attention. My only gripe is that occasionally she was a little too descriptive in how Ethan/Miri's bodies were reacting to each other. Even though mild and somewhat tactfully addressed, it made me uncomfortable to read about the almost-precise location of their amorous feelings--and I'm a nurse, so that is saying something! :) All in all, I would recommend the book cautiously, given that I am a pretty conservative, "keep-it-squeaky-clean" romance reader. PG-13. Some mild sexual references (enough to annoy), but no overtly graphic sexual scenes. Some violence (written very well and not gory--I enjoyed the action). Mild British euphemisms. Some intense situations (I liked these too--it added quite a lot of interest to the story!)
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I enjoyed the story and the quality of the writing.  
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Gripping, suspensful plot with well developed characters. Themes of grace, forgiveness, and transformation. This book does not disappoint.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Miri, being an unmarried young woman, is at the mercy of her brother's care. But her brother, a rector responsible for a parish, is going insane. That makes Miri not only her brother's protector, but her own as well. Because if anyone learned about her brother's mental state, they'd be thrown out of the rectory with no place to go. Ethan lives on the streets, addicted to opium and more. After meeting God, he sets out to change his ways, but a street scuffle leaves two men dead, one at his own hand. Ethan flees to the country to hide, and takes refuge at a rectory at the mercy of Miri, his friend's sister. And there Miri and Ethan's lives meet. Michelle Griep tells great stories. And while the genre of this one was different from her other books, I couldn't put it down. The story reminded me of a Dickens novel. She did an excellent job of showing real life in 1795 England. How little freedom women had, how easily a few people could sentence someone to live in an insane asylum, and how quickly an innocent man could be tried and convicted on the word of a dishonest officer of the law. I enjoyed the characters, how they struggled with sin and temptation, made mistakes, but came out on the other side of all that with hope for the future. Can't wait to read what this author writes next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story!!
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I loved this book. As it states in the description, Miriall (Miri) Brayden walks a fine line between keeping the peace and her sanity. The author does a very good job of showing us the roiling emotions in Miri's life and you can't help but feel for her circumstances. You are afraid when she is; you are angry when she is; you are happy when she is. Ethan's character is charming in a roguish way. He is enough of a gentleman to hint at his past upbringing, but his appearance and mannerisms speak of a life on the streets. The only complaint I have about Ethan is his "change" was a bit rushed. I felt like I needed more of his background to understand that he could just believe so quickly after the life he had been living. This book is what some might consider "preachy." However, I think that fits the setting. Ethan comes to know God from a Reverend. I would expect a Reverend to preach the gospel and speak a lot about it. Miri lives in a rectory with a Bishop and her brother, a former minister of God. I would also expect to hear a lot about God from their characters. I didn't think it was over-done as some novels tend to be, though, so I was ok with it. Overall, Michelle does a great job of conveying her message: to trust in God, no matter what. Her characters are written in a way that the reader can relate to. The descriptions of the asylum and the people in it makes the reader both disgusted for the place they live in and sympathetic with their plight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised as this was an author that I had not heard of before. The plot and the characters had a lot of depth. A very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read, keep me intrigued throughout the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never read any of her books before, yet I will look for her again. she made the characters believable.
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Ljm1 More than 1 year ago
A must read great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, has adventure, intrege and romance. God plot enjoyable reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving, excellent read