Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery

Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery

by Michelle Griep


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3 Page-Turners Under One Cover from Reader Favorite Michelle Griep!
Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear?
The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
Cornish Coast, 1815
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?
The Doctor’s Woman (A Carol Award Winner!)
Dakota Territory, 1862
Emmy Nelson, daughter of a missionary doctor, and Dr. James Clark, city doctor aspiring to teach, find themselves working side by side at Fort Snelling during the Dakota Uprising. That is when the real clash of ideals begins.
A House of Secrets
St. Paul, Minnesota, 1890
Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house that’s secretly owned by her beau—a home that’s his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s most infamous madam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683228264
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 308,403
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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 or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
And guess what? She loves to hear from readers! Feel free to drop her a note at



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Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
TheGrumpyBookReviewer 5 months ago
I read Ladies of Intrigue, by Michelle Griep, at the request of the publisher, Barbour Publishing. This book contains three novellas about strong women ahead of their time. Each one ended too soon for me, as I was enjoying them immensely. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady takes place on the Cornish coast of England in 1815. Helen Fletcher, a very prim and proper governess travels home to Cornwall to care for her ailing father. The ship she is on is attacked by brigands, one of whom treats her as a gentleman would treat a lady. She is furious, but curious, too. Imagine her surprise to learn he actually is a gentleman, and a very kind-hearted man who cares deeply for the tenants on his estate. He’s gorgeous, too… The Doctor’s Woman, a Carol Award Winner, takes place in the Dakota Territory in 1862. Emmy Nelson is the very well-trained daughter of a physician (male, of course). She is frustrated by her aunt’s efforts to keep her busy with a life of high society parties. So, when the doctor for the army camp is delayed, Emmy jumps at the chance to minister to injured and abused Native Americans taken prisoner by the army. The doctor shows up just after she arrives, and disagrees with her treatment plan for a man whose arm she is trying to save. Turns out, she is right. The good doctor is constantly frustrated with Emmy’s independent streak, and finally realizes he loves her. Will he change his life’s plans for her? A House of Secrets, is set in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1890. Amanda Carston, the new chair of the Ladies Aide Society, wants to restore an old, dilapidated house to be used as a school with uniforms and books provided for children of poverty-stricken families. The problem? She has a rival in the society, and she can’t get the deed to the property. Imagine her dismay when she learns her fiancé, Joseph, is the owner of the house, and he has blocked her purchase of the property. Joe is using the “haunted” house as a safe house for prostitutes, as he helps them escape a brothel secretly supported by the mayor. Joe has a heartbreaking reason to help those women, but he is not ready to share those reasons with Amanda. What Made This Reviewer Grumpy? Lots of split infinitives. That’s about it.
MissKnu 6 months ago
Beyond the historical romance and dash of mystery promised in the subtitle, the three novellas collected in Ladies of Intrigue share one vital thing in common: Michelle Griep’s stellar, immersive storytelling. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady is set on the Cornish Coast and is perfect for fans of English Regencies involving smugglers and thieves. While I had previously read and enjoyed The Doctor’s Woman, it did not stop me from reading it anew and relishing this story of opposites set in the American frontier. Rounding out the trio, A House of Secrets combines political maneuverings and two people unintentionally clashing in their attempts to do good works. Each heroine is determined but distinct, as are their stories and settings. Whether it is the governess unwittingly becoming involved with a gentleman smuggler, the missionary doctor’s daughter finding herself practically conscripted into assisting an Army doctor struggling with his rigid approach to medicine, or the society miss determined to prove herself despite the perceived lack of support from her politically ambitious fiancé, each of the three heroines finds a bit of danger when others have something to hide. For fans of historical inspirational romance set in the 19th century, this is a trio of stories that are sure to delight. Recommended. This review refers to a digital galley read through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
Patricia Hinojosa 7 months ago
I have to say I just love Michelle Grieps stories! Her characters are deep and endearing, the plot captivating, interesting scenery, and always a dash of mystery and intrigue. Well this was not the exception! I was not expecting well developed characters, because they were not full length novels, but I was wrong! In a short time I feel I knew this characters and was quickly rooting for them and their HEA's! I loved each story and especially the heroes and heroines! They are all strongminded, but kind and compassionate as well. Helen and Isaac, Emmy and James, and Amanda and Joseph. All of them ready to put their heart and life on the line for others. My favorite of all was definitely "The Smugglers Lady". I totally fell in love with Helen and Isaac. Seemed opposite but they were the perfect match, and I loved the adventurous part of the story! I really enjoyed each one, and I have to say that I would love it if Michelle would expand them into full length novels. There's awesome material there! A definitely must read! Totally recommended! I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing via Netgalley. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Patricia Hinojosa 7 months ago
I have to say I just love Michelle Grieps stories! Her characters are deep and endearing, the plot captivating, interesting scenery, and always a dash of mystery and intrigue. Well this was not the exception! I was not expecting well developed characters, because they were not full length novels, but I was wrong! In a short time I feel I knew this characters and was quickly rooting for them and their HEA's! I loved each story and especially the heroes and heroines! They are all strongminded, but kind and compassionate as well. Helen and Isaac, Emmy and James, and Amanda and Joseph. All of them ready to put their heart and life on the line for others. My favorite of all was definitely "The Smugglers Lady". I totally fell in love with Helen and Isaac. Seemed opposite but they were the perfect match, and I loved the adventurous part of the story! I really enjoyed each one, and I have to say that I would love it if Michelle would expand them into full length novels. There's awesome material there! A definitely must read! Totally recommended! I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing via Netgalley. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
academy252 8 months ago
I have read several books by Michelle Griep over the past two years and she never disappoints. This particular book is a little different because it is a book with three shorter stories. They are read alone stories that do not connect with one another but each is enjoyable in it’s own right. The first story, The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady, takes place on the Cornish coast in 1815. Our heroine is, Helen Fletcher, a governess who has come home to nurse her ailing father. She is met by “pirates” before she even sets foot on land so the adventure and excitement grabbed me from the first chapter. She quickly befriends a young lady named Esther as she begins her life in the community. Esther invites Helen for dinner at their home where Helen is introduced to her new friend’s brother Isaac. Helen and Isaac recognize each other from the ship… Isaac was the leader of the gang of pirates! She struggles to understand how he could be such a scoundrel and yet, so beloved in the community as a gentleman. How can she reconcile these two things? Why would Isaac seem to be living such a contrasting life? The second story, The Doctor’s Woman (A Carol Award Winner), takes place in Dakota Territory in 1862, Emmy Nelson is the daughter of a missionary doctor in Indian territory. Her father worked at Ft. Snelling and treated soldiers, families and local natives. He passed away and would have to be replaced but Emmy continued to treat patients in his absence. She was highly skilled from all of the training she did under her father’s tutelage. Once the new doctor arrived Emmy would be sent back east to be with her aunt and live a pampered big city life. She dreaded that day. The replacement for her father arrives later than the military anticipated. His name was Dr. James Clark. He came looking for “field experience” so that he could apply to be an instructor back at Harvard Medical School once his term of service was up. Dr. Clark was a “by the book” physician but Emmy was very flexible in her treatment choices. She sometimes used unconventional methods and treatments she learned from the natives. Would they be able to reconcile their differences for the good of those they would treat? Hopefully they would both realized they had some learning to do along the way. The third story, A House of Secrets, takes place in St. Paul Minnesota in 1890. Amanda Carston is a young lady who is engaged to a local attorney named Joseph Blake. Amanda is active in the community as the Ladies Aide Chairman and she is in search of a community project. She sets her eyes on a local house that has been deemed haunted. She wants to refurbish the old home and turn it into a local school for children from the poorer segment of the community. She has been given until the end of October to purchase the property or the ladies group will move on to planning the fall festival as their project instead. The only problem is she has no idea who owns the property or how to find out. In the meantime, her fiance is fighting his own battle with trying to shut down a local brothel and run the madam out of town. They both want to make a better community but will their goals clash? Will they have to decide to leave one idea behind to save another? Could this tear them apart? You will have to get the book to find out more about these adventurous women. I loved all three stories and give the book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
KR3 8 months ago
This book is easy reading. It is light and fun, with a little splash of adventure. The second short story is my favorite, though that is to be expected for this nurse! Each story is the perfect bite size for doctor’s visits or rainy afternoons. Cuddle up and enjoy this one! Rated PG for some mild peril in short story #1 and some light adult themes (tactfully handled) in short story #3. —no explicit sexual content —no language —little violence I was given a free ebook copy by NetGalley for an honest review.
Faye_reviews 8 months ago
Who can you trust when no one is who they appear to be? In The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady, Helen Fletcher travels to Cornwall to comfort her dying father. She is literally swept off her feet by a masked man near the wharf. Who is the man behind the mask, and are his intentions good? Her father has a strong faith, and encourages Helen throughout the book. I liked the way that Helen and Isaac meet formally, great tension and throughout. Good interaction brings the characters together. I also enjoyed the climactic ending. In The Doctor's Lady Emmy Nelson is the daughter of a missionary doctor, while Dr. James Clark is a city doctor with his eye on teaching. They find themselves working together at Fort Snelling during the Dakota Uprising. Dr. James has his path all planned out, he only intends to be in Dakota Territory for a short time before going back to the big city. Emmy is passionate about working with the Indians and helping those in need. She and James work together, but they don't see eye to eye despite their growing attraction. James and Emmy share their faith, and I like how they both learn to look at things a little differently through the other's eyes. I liked how they got to know each other while working together, and had a strong respect for each other. I admired Emmy and her outgoing and compassionate nature. Overall, a enjoyable read, with great characters. In A House of Secrets Ladies Aide Society President Amanda Carston wants to do more than knit socks and have teas, she wants to do more to help those in need. She sets her mind on fixing up a run down side of town and attempts to enlist the help of her fiance, Joseph, but he seems to be dragging his feet. Will Joseph's secrets get in the way of Amanda's plans to clean up the city and their relationship? I like that Amanda has a heart to heart to help others and feels the calling to do more. I admired her passion for her cause. There are many secrets to be revealed, and it definitely kept me guessing. I liked the characters, and this was an enjoyable read. Overall, a collection of stories that revolve around a secret, all set in different places during different time periods. Each of the stories stand on their own. An enjoyable collection. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
PrincessGlor 8 months ago
Ladies of Intrigue is an excellent collection of stories by Michelle Griep. I thoroughly enjoyed these three stories with mystery, danger and romance all rolled into one. It is a quick an easy read as each story is 90 or so pages and with great characters and intriguing plots, the book is hard to put down once you start it(at least it was for me!). These stories aren’t brand new as each was published before in previous Barbour novella collections but they were new to me and I loved each one of them. I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
RobinWillson 9 months ago
Wow! This one is a bit different. Like many others these stories are about strong women. These are a little less " fluffy" though, and not quite as light a read. All good, smart characters with a lot of heart. And quite interesting. It's a book that you don't want to put down! "Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything. . .even in man.” Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” #LadiesOfIntrigue #MichelleGriep #NetGalley #BooksYouCanFeelGoodAbout
FHlady 9 months ago
This book contains three well written novellas: The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady, The Doctor's Woman, and A House of Secrets. Although short each feels complete with good plot lines and characters that are well developed. Filled with mystery and romance, each had a realistic hero and heroine. Sometimes at cross purposes, they still were intent on reaching the same goal. Each is a quick, enjoyable read that can be read in one sitting for most readers. My favorite was The Doctor's Woman. Although Emmy Nelson and Dr. James Clark looked at medicine from different perspectives, they both wanted the same end result. Emmy had learned natural herbal healing from her father that often worked better than the newer, more modern methods (such as blood letting with leaches) favored by Dr. Clark. As they worked together for both the military personnel at the fort and the Sioux Indians being protected just outside the fort, they learned from one another and discovered that there was a place for each of their methods in order to achieve healing. Emmy was a lady ahead of her time when it came to doctoring. She was willing to learn new things and teach others from her knowledge. A good read for those who like well developed novellas for a short read. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Wanda_M 9 months ago
The title page grabbed me! LADIES OF INTRIGUE. Three amazing stories of romance and intrigue along with lively, unforgetable characters. Our first story, The Gentleman's Smuggler's Lady, made me stop and think. This story is about smugglers, and a lady. But how will she become involved? The year is 1815, an historical year. That intrigued me too. Our story is also about an ailing father who happens to live in Cornwall, England, and a vessel named, Nancarrow. As the lady was about to disembark this vessel, one of the smugglers, holding a gun, grabbed up the lady while she was screaming, ran down the gangplank, jumped on his horse, and they were off before the captain could bat an eye. This part really excited me! Where was he taking her? Who is this man that had suddenly kidnapped her and took off with her? Was he trying to save her? If so, from whom? From what? As I read more the intrigue rose as the plot thickened. Will love bring them together,or tear them apart? What will happen next? Our next intriguing story, THE DOCTOR'S WOMAN, made me think of a hospital and sick people. Especially when it opened up with so much sadness. That first sentence had me. Why so much sorrow? The year was 1862. Another historical story that took me back to the past. Back to another place and another time. This part touched my heart. To feel what this woman felt. To see what this woman saw.This story happened in Mendota, Minnesota, at Emmy Nelson's place of abode, and two people in her life that had slipped away. With a broken heart she didn't know how she would be able to move on and face the future. That part made me feel so sad for her in her greiving moments. Then Dr. James Clark showed up in her life. Could this be the death of a dream? Or was she about to embark on a new beginning? Only Michelle Griep, and her wonderful writing could take me on such a high adventure. Our third intriguing story, A HOUSE OF SECRETS, gave me a lot to think about. What kind of secrets could this house hold? If it could talk, what could it tell us? And about whom? The year is 1890, another historical year. Our story takes place in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Maggie, while waiting for Joseph to get there for a dinner party, was contemplating on the new service project, and she being the new chairwoman of the Ladies' Aide Society. Plus; People say the house that she is interested in is in need of repair, and also haunted, and that some have actually heard things while inside the old house. What other secrets will the house reveal? How will this effect the project? Another blast into the past read!
grammy57 10 months ago
Barbour Books through NetGalley allowed me to read and review this ebook, a compilation of the novellas. The opinions are my own and not required. The book is Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep. I do not give a synopsis of a book in my reviews, you can read that in a lot of other places. I do give my honest opinion. In my opinion, this is a 3-star book. the reasons are below. The main reason I give only 3 stars is that the first novella was very disorienting. I felt like I was plopped into the middle of a book, that the beginning and ending were missing. There was no reason given why the heroine's father had moved to the location of the story. The ending wasn't done well either, it just stopped. The other two novellas were better in explaining things, the stories seemed more complete. This is a Christian book and that was very well done. It is not pushy but does show how a Christian lives. The characters were well developed also for a novella. Other than the first story, the plot flowed well also. The editing was fairly well done as well.
Becky5 11 months ago
4.5 stars- Great, just short of spectacular Yay for Michelle Griep for coming up with another new book. However, this one is not quite new, but a collection of three novellas that have appeared in other works. Thankfully, I found these, bundled together, whereas I missed them before. 1. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady was the first story and my favorite. Taking place in Cornwall, England, Helen, the young adult daughter of a dying minister is thrown into the path of an unusual smuggler. Can Helen understand the world is more than black and white? Can Isaac give up his “rightful” revenge against Brannigan? Eventually, the truth comes out that God is sufficient. Sometimes I shake my head at what appears to be characters’ convoluted thinking- but then realize we all have our blind spots. I found lots of quotes to like in this part. “‘You are all I have left.’ ‘No, child, there is always God.’” “Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything...” “Sometimes what we see... and what is truth are two different things. The world is not as black and white as you seem to believe.” “If one cannot trust in God’s provision, then perhaps one has no business professing a faith at all.” 2. The Doctor's Woman - This was my second favorite. Taking place in 1862 Minnesota, Emmy Nelson arrives at Fort Snelling, where she is needed in her deceased father’s place. She ends up helping Dr. James Clark, there because he needs field experience. As the two get close, will Dr. Clark return east to Harvard? God is indeed watching over this pair, as He watches over all of us, and maps out our futures, too. 3. A House of Secrets- 1890 St. Paul, MN Amanda Carston and her attorney fiancé Joseph are at odds about the old Griggs House and its use. Why is Joseph suddenly secretive and refusing to support her very well-intentioned endeavors? While this wasn’t a favorite, the lessons are obvious: honesty, prejudging, considering one’s own motives better than others’, of self, assuming the worst of others. Pretty much the opposite of the love chapter in the Bible.
J_Augustine 11 months ago
Danger looms for three Ladies Of Intrigue... Over the last year or so I've really come to enjoy Michelle Griep's historical romance so when I saw Ladies Of Intrigue it was a must read for me. I was curious to see if she could write novellas as well as she does her full length novels. While the title indicates suspense I found that Ladies Of Intrigue was more historical romance with a healthy dash of adventure. What could be more adventurous than smugglers, a Native American uprising, and a haunted house with many secrets...? One thing that I would like to note is that those who have difficulty with smaller print will not have that problem with this book. The font size is really nice and easy to read. I found Michelle Griep's novella collection to be a fairly quick and easy read. The settings, Cornwall, Dakota Territory, and St. Paul, Minnesota, were quite interesting. And I really liked the fact that the stories covered the length of the 1800s, 1815, 1862, and 1890. So, if you are looking for a trio of adventurous and romantic novellas from a talented author Ladies Of Intrigue would be a great choice. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Deana0326 11 months ago
I enjoy anthology books because they give you a variety of stories. It's like getting bonus books all in one beautifully crafted work. Each story takes you right into the action and the author has done a great job of giving vivid descriptions. I loved each story and hated to see them end. It's time to travel back in time and be introduced to characters that jump off the pages with realism. The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady I was hooked right at the beginning as a band of thieves come aboard a ship to take the cargo the ship had been transporting. To their surprise is a lady that they didn't know was there. Helen has traveled a great distance to care for her ailing father. She is rescued by one of the thieves and taken to her father. It was easy to feel her uncertainty as Isaac became her knight in shining armor. After all he was robbing the ship she was on and that does send up red flags. Isaac is one of those characters that may cross the line in some areas of the law, but he is doing it for the better good of people. I loved his charismatic charm and his need to help others. Will Helen be able to forget Isaac's past and trust him? Isaac is someone I would love to have as a friend. His heart is big when it comes to those who have less than he does. I loved how he provided whatever Helen needed to care for her father. The story is enchanting and I loved how expressive the author was in describing the hearts of two people who face danger and secrets. " We must put our trust in God alone, not in our own feeble attempts to enact justice." The Doctor's Woman Emmy has just suffered a great loss and is preparing to leave to go stay with her aunt. Her father was a well respected doctor and his loss will be felt by many. The story jumps right into action when a doctor is needed and Emmy decides she will help. I loved when she encounters the wounded soldier and suddenly is pushed aside by Dr. James Clark. They certainly don't agree on the treatment of the soldier, but Emmy pushes her pride aside . Dr. Clark is a man who is demanding at times and very opinionated. I loved the time period and how the author blends, humor, faith and pride into a story that captures the essence of life in the late 1860s. They will encounter the Sioux Indians, soldiers and danger as they try to work together. The description of what they encounter at the internment camp overwhelmed me. Their primitive doctoring is hard to read about while thinking of our modern medicine today. I especially liked reading about the medical procedures and how dedicated they both were to saving people who others thought as animals. The relationship between Emmy and James is swoon worthy. This is one story that has everything you would expect from an author gifted in writing strong characters with a fierce determination to help others. " Then I pray that God will bring to you a special someone. As long as you're still breathing, there's always hope." A House of Secrets With this story, we are rewarded with how gifted the author is by writing descriptions like, "half -burned timbers reached into the night sky, dark on dark, like blackened bones trying to escape a grave." Amanda is swept away by her fiance , Joseph to attend their engagement dinner. To her surprise the carriage doesn't turn towards the place where the dinner is being held. I chuckled as Joseph tells Amanda they are making a detour to Hannah's Crow, which is a brothel. Joseph has a strong determination to see this pl
PatriotMama 11 months ago
I loved the 3 stories in Ladies of Intrigue. Michelle Griep is one of my favorite writers. I would love to see each of the stories continue into their own stand alone books. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Bookworm_Debbie 11 months ago
Three wonderful historical romance novellas. Each of these stories is set in a different time period and setting. I thoroughly enjoyed this variety. The main characters are all fantastic and well developed. The plots are all great and kept my interest. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady - I found that this story really looks at the necessity of taking time to not jump to conclusions about a person’s character without getting to know their motives. The Doctor’s Woman - I loved seeing how the doctor and the daughter of the missionary doctor learned to work together. A House of Secrets - Trying to keep secrets is never a good way to treat the woman you are engaged to. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
ARS8 11 months ago
We have another impressive work by author Griep, this time in the telling of three novellas. No worries however, each is a full story all its own and I don’t know which one is my favorite. Starting off in Cornwall in 1815 we have a story of pirates, smugglers, mines, a governess in distress, and an impoverished landowner- all on the road to true love. This one is great for fans of Poldark, which I am and enjoyed seeing the same towns named as in the beloved show. The second story takes us to the Dakota Territory in 1862 with a handsome Doctor and his archaic ways who meets a beautiful daughter of a doctor who has learned a thing or two about medicine from the Native Americans. Soldiers, war looming, and disease push these two past their comfort zones. The last story takes place in 1890 in Minnesota between an already engaged couple and some secrets that one is hiding from the other. Enter evil men who take advantage of the less fortunate and a “haunted house” and you have a rough and rocky road to true love for these two. I really liked each story and its own special setting. The characters were so diverse and interesting as you might expect in one of author Griep’s stories and I highly recommend this book and look forward to more. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Ourpugs 11 months ago
Ladies of intrigue 1. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady Cornish Coast, 1815 A very interesting story. Helen is definitely not a good horse rider. She does do a good job in caring for her dying father. 2. The Doctor’s Woman Dakota Territory, 1862 I loved the way Emmy cared for the sick even though she wasn’t a doctor or nurse. She had assisted her father and after he passed she helped the new doctor. I really enjoyed these kind of stories. 3. A House of Secrets St Paul, Minnesota, 1890 Amanda is in search of who owns the brothel but she is definitely in for a surprise. I loved how determined she was. Three different stories, they were all really good. I did have a favorite one but will not say which one it was. My favorite could be different from someone else’s. Read the book and see what you think. I received an complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
JLYoung 12 months ago
Michelle Griep is an author that transports her reader into the time period of the story. Once again, she took me on a journey. I got to meet new friends and learn about myself through them. I love this about any book. Ms. Griep does it with such ease. The stories are entertaining and fun. Normally I don't like short stories. I feel like they're rushed and missing something. Such was NOT the case with these stories. They were well balanced and crafted to be perfect bites. I'm sure she could have elongated each story into a full book but I got just enough in the short form it didn't leave me feeling like I missed out. I loved how the stories connected through the book. I didn't feel jarred when I went from one story to the next. It's a great read for a lazy summer afternoon, a cold winter night, or any other time when you just want to escape for a little bit. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from CelebrateLit and the publisher. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
RobbyeReviewer 12 months ago
Pretend I am courageous. Pretend my heart still beats. Pretend all manner of blissful things... And I shall find him alive. So begins the first story in Michelle Griep’s three novella book, Ladies of Intrigue. I enjoyed this collection of novellas. I sometimes prefer novellas with a common thread. However, Michelle Griep’s novels of three different locations and times were perfect. Each story’s heroine has obstacles to overcome where she must rely on her faith in God, her wits and her intuition. The stories are perfect for a quick read, especially as winter seems to be dragging on, for these stories are lively and well-paced. I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit through NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
SBMC 12 months ago
Oh, what fun! Three of Michelle Griep’s novellas in one book! I would have finished it in one sitting if I hadn’t started the book later in the evening and had to take a break to sleep. All of the author’s trademarks that makes her books delectable are in these novellas - smooth and easy-to-read writing, descriptive historical settings, strong and lovable characters, nicely laid-out plot, and a steady current of faith infused into the characters. If you enjoy well-written historical romance, you will enjoy this collection of novellas. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady takes place in 1815 England as Isaac works secretly as a smuggler to help his impoverished tenants and Helen accidentally discovers his identity. The Doctor’s Woman takes place in 1862 Minnesota as James starts a new position as the fort’s physician and Emmy helps as his assistant after her own physician father passes away. A House of Secrets also takes place in Minnesota but in 1890, as Joseph, the city counsel, works to covertly help women in need but the secrets become a bit too entangled when his fiancée Amanda unwittingly becomes involved in the situation. There is a bit of intrigue in each story with plenty of historical fare and sweet romance. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Virginiaw 12 months ago
This is a very good book of three separate stories. Each story is a very enjoyable historical romance . My favorite of the three was A House of Secrets. These were my favorite characters. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit and Netgalley for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
5643437 12 months ago
adies of Intrigue is a collection of stories which includes a story about a governess Helen Fletcher who returns to be with her father who is dying and winds up being involved in a raid on the ship she is traveling on. Isaac Seaton is a gentleman smuggler who truly wants the best for the people under him in England. My favorite part of this story was when Helen in no uncertain terms enlightens Mr. Farris, a Revenue man after smugglers, that she had absolutely no interest in him. This story had enough action, enough details and enough variety to keep my interest. The second story in the collection deals with a daughter whose father dies, and she begins helping a doctor treating soldiers and Indians at Fort Snelling during the Dakota uprising. Emmy has had no formal training beyond watching her father who was a doctor, but her intuitive ability toward medicine amazed me. Again this story kept me interested and wanting to read more. The final story in the collection deals with Amanda Carston, a Ladies Aide Chairman, and her beau. The idea of a “haunted house” being used as a means of helping young ladies escape a brothel intrigued me. And the fact Amanda’s beau is the one using the house to help these young ladies demonstrated his strength of character. Again, I truly enjoyed this story as well. So if you are looking for a collection of stories taking place in a variety of settings and under a variety of circumstances, check out Ladies of Intrigue for yourself.
Lattebooks 12 months ago
This is a perfect weekend read collection! I loved each of the three stories and their characters. I could have seen Helen and Isaac’s story go on for much longer! It was engaging and well written with a fun meet between the two. Emmy and James had great chemistry with snappy dialogue. The danger of the fort and Indians was a perfect setting. Amanda and Joseph each have their honorable intentions towards people they want to help, but have quite the obstacles to overcome. Great intrigue and romance in this one! A truly lovely collection that I can see myself reading over and over again. I got this from Celebrate Lit Team and was not required to write a review.