27 August 2013

Marian Baay reviews A HEART DECEIVED by Michelle Griep

A Heart Deceived


Reviewed by Marian Baay
~5 stars~*****

Publisher’s book description:
Miri Brayden teeters on a razor's edge between placating and enraging her brother, whom she depends upon for support. Yet if his anger is unleashed, so is his madness. Miri must keep his descent into lunacy a secret, or he'll be committed to an asylum—and she'll be sent to the poorhouse. 

Ethan Goodwin has been on the run all of his life—from family, from the law ... from God. After a heart-changing encounter with the gritty Reverand John Newton, Ethan would like nothing more than to become a man of integrity—an impossible feat for an opium addict charged with murder. 

When Ethan shows up on Miri's doorstep, her balancing act falls to pieces. Both Ethan and Miri are caught in a web of lies and deceit—fallacies that land Ethan in prison and Miri in the asylum with her brother. Only the truth will set them free.


My review:
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 in 18th century England 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.*

You can find Michelle's books at Amazon, CBD, B&N and other bookstores.
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GIVEAWAY: A book by Michelle Griep of your choice, and format—international winners ebook only.

TO DO: Like Michelle's author page on facebook and leave a comment here on Overcoming With God and put MG in your comment. Don't forget to leave your email address as well. 

50 comments:

  1. A Heart Deceived is a great book. Yes, Michelle has her own unique way of writing. This book was darker than her book Undercurrent, but just as much a page turner. She has a way of making you 'feel' the characters. Very talented, indeed.
    I've already 'liked' Michelle's author page on Facebook.
    MG debsbunch5[at]jesusanswers[dot]com

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    1. I have started reading Undercurrent, but I've been so busy lately that I didn't have the time to finish to review it this week. But I surely hope to get back to it in my vacation! :)

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  2. MG This book description isn't my cup of tea, but I've read some pretty great reviews about it so I want to give it a try! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    colorvibrant[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Yes, Heidi, please give it a try. It is a great story with a powerful message. You won't be disappointed. :-)

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    2. Somehow you are drawn to the book - because you have read more reviews. I hope you will give it a fair chance when you get to reading it.

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  3. Marian, thanks for your exciting review! I also have looked this book up and down---hopefully I'll get a chance to read it soon. :)

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    1. I remember that we talked about the book when it was up on NG. :)

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  4. MG Would love to win. angelachesnut246@gmail.com Angela from KY

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  5. What a great review! Thank you for the introduction to Michelle Griep. A HEART DECEIVED sounds like a novel full of surprises!

    MG

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Britney! I surely was surprised when reading this book!

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  6. Sounds like a good read! Would love the chance to do so
    MG..... the only possible way to overcome is through God... we can overcome any obstacle placed in our path with prayer and the power of God!!!

    brooksjanice6564@gmail.com

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  7. Hi Marian, I liked your ~5 stars~***** right off with the *****s
    I am a quilter and love ***s so that would catch my eye ~ then... the review. Being primarily a historical fiction reviewer this is off my path a little where the grass is beaten down just a tad ~ but I am willing to give it a read MG add my Lane Hill House for the drawing with a win! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    I liked Michelle's Facebook author page and am going back over to read a little ~ happy night to you ~ k.

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    1. Kathleen, this is historical fiction - 18th century England!
      If you're the winner this week then you can also choose one of Michelle's other novels. I started reading Undercurrent and so far it's very good! Good luck!!

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    2. Thanks, Marian. She is a new author to me.

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  8. MG - Enjoyed your great review, Marian! Michelle is a new author to me, but her book sounds interesting and intriguing. Would love to read it. Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. We have you entered!

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  9. From reading the blurb and the review, I believe I would enjoy this book. Please enter me in the contest to win a copy.
    Thanks!

    MG
    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. MARIAN great review...I have this one on my kindle and can't wait to read it! Your review makes me want to hurry! :)

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  11. Hello my sweet OWG friends. Good review Marian. Sounds like an Historical Suspense. Sounds like one I'd like to read. I have liked MG on Facebook. Tho't sure I had the other day, but it didn't show so liked it again. michelle is new to me before a few days ago. Please put my name in the drawing. Thanks and God Bless. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  12. I can not wait to read this book.Marian,I have great reviews on this book.I have liked your Facebook page.She is a new author to me.please put me into the drawing.
    Thank You And god bless.
    Heather:angeleyes3855533@yahoo.com

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    1. Hope you'll enjoy this book when you get a chance to read it, Heather!

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  13. A very helpful review thank you. I don't mind a 'dark' read now & then.

    MG

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Then this might be the perfect book for you, Mary!

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  14. MG - The illustration on the cover is mysterious - and captivating. I'd be interested in reading this book!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  15. Awesome review MARIAN!! I have this book on my Kindle and I can hear it calling out to me, shouting now actually, after reading your review! ;) I have just liked Michelle's author page too. :)

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    1. Thank you NOELA. I think you will enjoy this book. Let me know when you've read it. :)

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  16. A deep storyline that appeals to me - I like stories of dysfunction & troubled relationships, & would really like to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Michelle!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    MG

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  17. Thanks so much for the review and giveaway. I would love to read this book, or any by Michelle!
    MG
    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Enjoyed your review. Thank you, susan fryman susanngarrylee@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Susan!

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    2. SUSAN, Congrats! you are our winner for Michelle Griep's book! Will email u!

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  19. Intriguing review. Also sounds very mysterious and I would love to have a chance to find out just what happens! Sonja.nishimoto (at) gmail (dot)com

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  20. Thanks for the intro to Michelle. This books certainly sounds like a change of pace from my normal reading...

    MG

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Michelle's writing is very original and different from any writer I have ever read. You'll be in for a treat!

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  21. Whoops, I think I entered on the wrong post, I got so excited about seeing the Undercurrent blurb, hehe :o)
    I've liked the fb page (as "Rebecca-M-Fleming") and MG :o)
    quarterback.girl[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You can enter on both posts, Rebecca. The more chance you have to win. Good luck!

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  22. Sounds like a new author for me to start reading!
    MG
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. I hope you will also like Michelle's books, Susan!

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  23. This sounds wonderful! I love the plot. MG shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Sounds intriguing--I need to throw it into the climbing TBR pile. Thanks for the opportunty to win it!
    Vicki
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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