13 January 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews BRENTWOOD'S WARD by Michelle Griep

Brentwood's Ward

Brentwood's Ward
by Michelle Griep
Shiloh Run Press: Gld edition (January 1, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****


Michelle Griep pens an exquisite Regency novel that’s set in London 1807, incorporating shades of suspense, mystery, and romance in such an atmospheric story that it gives you the impression that you’ve just fallen into another era. And much like the misty rain blanketing London, a cloak of intrigue envelops this story, wholly enticing the reader to lose themselves within.

How difficult could guarding an heiress be? Lawman Nicholas Brentwood wonders this, especially after discovering that some of his colleagues had already turned down this lucrative assignment that was handed to him. Intent on earning enough to help his ailing sister, Nicholas takes on the challenging task of protecting the beautiful, although spoilt and headstrong heiress Emily Payne, and unwittingly lands in an evolving world of mystery and murder. Nicholas was as unprepared for that, as he was with the unraveling of his heart to Emily.

Emily Payne believes her entire future depends upon the upcoming ball, where she intends to garner a husband – and she has a particular man in mind! But is her new tag-along guardian going to mess up her plans in snaring a wealthy husband? However, as the grave danger around Emily increases, this may end up being the least of her troubles!

A master at words, author Michelle Griep adeptly molds her prose to bring life to every sentence in an invigorating story that serves up scads of suspense, peril, romance, and faith. I adored the richly-crafted characters such as the extremely perceptive hero Nicholas, and the self-indulgent Emily that has a penchant for hats, and found that these two inspired the most delightful dialogue. Woven throughout and tying this novel together, were the heartening messages on building trust and developing more positive attitudes in spite of circumstances, knowing that God is in charge.

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64 comments:

  1. I absolutely was entranced by this book. Nicholas was an amazing hero, sort of like a Delta Force regency dude.

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    1. Wasn't it great, Susan?!! I tell you, after reading Michelle's 'A Heart Deceived', which just blew me away... I had to read this one!! :) Totally agree about Nicholas - what a hero! ;)

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    2. Aww! My cheeks are a little fire engine red right now. Thanks ladies!

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  2. What a wonderfully descriptive review, NOELA! Love the "misty rain -- cloak of intrigue" sentence. Michelle is a new author to me, being as I haven't had a chance to read her books yet. I need to rectify that soon!

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    1. I can't wait for you to read them Diana!! I so hope you get to do that soon! :) Sometimes these wonderful authors inspire me so much by their great writing... It sorta just spills into the reviews I write, lol. :)

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    2. England is my favorite place to be. Just wanted to bring you girls with!

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  3. I also really enjoyed this book.

    Michelle is a new author to me as well and I was captivated from the beginning.

    -Janella

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    1. Awesome Janella!! It certainly draws you in doesn't it?! Bless you!

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    2. Thanks Janella and Noela. Hey, that's a fun word combo!

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  4. Love the cover of this book. It makes a statement. I've read Michelle's other books. I'd LOVE to read this one! It sounds great!

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    1. I totally agree Nora! I love covers that give you a real feel for the book and a taste of the story all within the illustration... And this one does that perfectly! Hope you get to read it soon!

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    2. I had nothing to do with the cover and good thing too because they did a fantabulous job! Those models are from London and this was shot in England.

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  5. This is Michelle at her best! A truly great story. I highly recommend it......and her blog: http://writerofftheleash.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Debbie, it's great to see so many fans of Michelle's books here! Thanks for her blog addy too!

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    2. Thanks for the blog plug, Chappy! If anyone is interested in writing tips or general snark, writer off the leash is the place to visit.

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  6. I haven't read Brentwood Ward yet. Must all it to my list. Sounds like an excellent read!

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    1. It truly is a great read Cheryl!! Hope you get to read it soon, I know you will love it!! :)

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    2. I'd love to be on your list, Cheryl!

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  7. I haven't heard this author before and of course, I haven't read this yet. I will need to! Thanks for the review, Noella!!

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    1. You're so welcome Regina! Highly recommend Michelle's stories, well the two I've read anyhow! ;) I bought one called Gallimore just recently with some Amazon bday money, so I've got waiting on my Kindle when I can find the time to read it! Blessings!

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  8. Noela, thank you for this great review! Looks like another one to add to the ever growing TBR Wish List....;)

    Blessings

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    1. Haha Caryl... Those 'ol lists just keep on growing don't they! I'm trying hard to be a little more selective in adding to my list... This one of Michelle's however, is one you can add with much confidence knowing you're in for a huge treat as you read it!! :)

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  9. Noela, this book looks great. The cover is very striking.This is a new to me author and I have just started back into reading regencies after taking a break from them. This is a definate must read !

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    1. Oh yeah Deanne, this is a definite read for you then!! Michelle is an amazing author too. I think once you read this one, you'll find you will be wanting to read her others too! :)

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  10. Beautiful review for a beautiful book!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Melanie! :) Bless you and happy reading!!

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  11. I have been wanting to read this one! Lovely review and it makes me want to read it all the more. :)

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    1. Haha, excellent Susan, I'm glad for that! Hope you get to read it soon - you will LOVE it!!

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  12. I do enjoy reading books set during the Regency period. Thank you for a wonderful review.

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    1. Thanks Mary, I appreciate that. You will love this book Mary!!

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  13. I enjoyed A Heart Deceived, so I'm sure this one will be no different!

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    1. Patty, I was blown away after reading A Heart Deceived... It was an incredible story that touched and inspired me! Brentwood's Ward is also an amazing story that will stay with you a long time!

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  14. I've heard about this book on other blogs.....sounds like a great one! Thanks for the review!!

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    1. Yep Jackie, it's definitely a great one and I know you will love this one Jackie!! Bless you!

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  15. Hello to the OWG girls. Love you all. Good review Noela. I always expect to see that from you. Sounds like a good one. I have heard of Michelle Griep but have none of her books. Please pray for my brother in NY that I have talked about before. Not doing good. They are going to put a feeding tube in him today for his cancerous jaw is deteriorating and also going to start Radiation today also. It wont cure the cancer just hopeful slow it down. Too close to many important things to get it all. He can talk but only a short time for it hurts him bad. PLEASE keep him in your prayers.
    Hugs to you all. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. What a sweet thing to say Maxie!! I hope you get to read Michelle's books Maxie, I think you will appreciate and enjoy them immensely!
      I'm glad you've told us the latest on your brother so that we can get the prayers happening for him! I'm so so sorry to hear he's going through so much. And you also. I know how hard that's got to be on you. Lots of love and hugs Maxie!

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    2. Praying, Maxie! Love and hugs to you and your family.

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    3. Praying relief of pain and doctor's knowledge for your brother, Maxie - along with strength, comfort and peace for you and other family members!!

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  16. This book sounds good. I hope I win the gift card so I can buy it

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    1. All the best with your entry Jackie, I hope you get to read this great story soon!!

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  17. Thanks for the review - I do believe I would enjoy this book very much! Perhaps I will win the gift card and then I can buy it.

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    1. Maybe you will Betti! You're in the draw at any rate, so I do hope you get to read this wonderful book soon! :)

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  18. Love this teaser, Noela! I'm reading it myself, and yep, this adventure-romancelovin' gal is quite pleased. :-) Michelle Griep's books are always engaging!

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    1. That they are!! :) Thanks Gwendolyn, so glad to hear you're enjoying it atm!! Blessings!

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  19. Hearing excellent things about this book! Can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. You're welcome Nancy! Happy reading whenever you do!! :)

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  20. I've been reading such good reviews of this... I find - an evolving world of mystery and murder certainly gets me interested! !

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    1. Haha, cool Deanna! :) Glad to hear you're hooked, you'll enjoy!!

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  21. What an amazing review! It sure makes me want to read this book. Ü

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Awesome Cindi, thanks! All the best with your entry and in getting to read this book soon!! :)

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  22. I've been reading quite a few good reviews for Brentwood's Ward, enough that it is on my "want to read" list. I haven't read any books yet by this author but think I should remedy that. Thanks for introducing us to this book.

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    1. You're welcome Pam, thank you for coming by!! You'll love it Pam, I'm sure all the reviews you've read do it justice!

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  23. Thank you for another beautiful review, Noela!! I haven't read any of Michelle's books, however, you always ignite the desire in me to read the books you review - simply by your beautiful wording. Words describing "Brentwood's Ward" such as: "shades of suspense, mystery and romance; atmospheric story; misty rain; scads of faith and cloak of intrigue". And I'd like to uncover the grave danger for Emily, as well. I've read wonderful comments about Michelle's books - just haven't yet found the opportunity/time to treat myself to the reading of one, but have them on my TBR list.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the review Bonnie, thanks! :) I'd pop those books of Michelle's up near the top of your TBR list Bonnie... they're too good to wait!! ;) Hugs!

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  24. NOELA your reviews always amaze me and make me want to rush right out and grab the book! Maybe one day soon I'll be able to put a slight dent in my overwhelming TBR massive pile! I really need to read Michelle's books; they sound too good to pass up. :-)

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    1. If you're anything like me Teresa, soon as you put a dent (or a scratch as in my case!), you'll then replace it with double the books! ;)
      Thanks for your sweet comments, and YES you definitely should read these soon as you can! Loved them!!

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  25. Suspense, mystery, and romance - what could be better than that? Sounds like a great book to snuggle with!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com
    Susan in NC

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    1. Haha YES it most definitely would be a great one to snuggle with!! :) I sooo hope you get to read it soon, you will love it Susan! Blessings!!

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  26. I like this time era and have always been curious about life at this time. The review was great! I wish I had such a wonderful way with words! What a great book for a dark and stormy night.
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

    jenny

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    1. Thanks Jenny!! :) You'll LOVE Michelle's books - truly some of the most inspiring writing out there! All the best!!

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  27. Wow. I started answering all the wonderful reader comments and just got overwhelmed. THANK YOU ALL for your sweet encouraging words! Noella, a huge thank you to you for the great review. I will endeavor to answer each of you, but it might take me a bit.

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    1. You're very welcome Michelle! So glad you were able to come by to read all these wonderful comments! Thank you for the effort and inspiration you infuse into your writing. God bless!!

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  28. Delta Force Regency Dude -- Those are the words that enticed me to buy the Kindle version :) I read it in a day. I sure hope she writes some more stories about the other runners. :-)

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  29. I am hearing great things about this book! Can't wait to read it.

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