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A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the m A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentleman bachelors in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life. Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But to him she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire. Abby pleads with him to escort her on the rest of her journey. He refuses until she offers him the thing he desperately needs to achieve his goal: money. Delivering her safely will earn him more than enough to settle into a quiet life. So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.


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A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the m A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentleman bachelors in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life. Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But to him she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire. Abby pleads with him to escort her on the rest of her journey. He refuses until she offers him the thing he desperately needs to achieve his goal: money. Delivering her safely will earn him more than enough to settle into a quiet life. So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.

30 review for The Noble Guardian

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    This BOOK! This AUTHOR! Can I possibly give this book 100 stars? No, only 5? Well it deserves 100+ stars. The last book in the Bow Street Runners series, I am sorry to see it end. I have read the other books in the series but this does work well as a stand alone as some back story is shared in books 2 and 3. I could not turn the pages fast enough in this book, it was love at first sentence for me. I was thoroughly engrossed in the story! Southampton, England 1815 is the setting we find ourselves in at This BOOK! This AUTHOR! Can I possibly give this book 100 stars? No, only 5? Well it deserves 100+ stars. The last book in the Bow Street Runners series, I am sorry to see it end. I have read the other books in the series but this does work well as a stand alone as some back story is shared in books 2 and 3. I could not turn the pages fast enough in this book, it was love at first sentence for me. I was thoroughly engrossed in the story! Southampton, England 1815 is the setting we find ourselves in at the start of the book. I knew Samuel Thatcher had a story to be told when I encountered him in previous books and oh what a story it is. We meet cutthroats,scumbags,thieves,liars and the likes of those you'd never want to encounter in a dark alley if you had the misfortune to wander there. This is by far Michelle Greip's best book to date. She is a bold writer not afraid to show a little dirt in her books to make it realistic, very realistic. We encounter mud, blood,stinking clouts and spilled stew, can't forget that spilled stew in the coaching inn. The majority of the book takes place with "Captain" escorting Abigail Gilbert to her Sir Johnathon Aberley baronet. An arranged marriage is to take place. Oh my what a wild and at times dangerous adventure is to be had along the way. A baby who stole my heart figures into this book as well. Feeling he owes his friend to deliver the baby to her Aunt, this little mischief maker is quite the charmer as she babbles away and takes her first steps. The romance is there but it's subtle, we are not overwhelmed with it as the book concentrates on the adventure but you can feel the sizzle burning in the background. Will that be all for the handsome and courageous noble guardian when he arrives at the mansion of her intended badly wounded as he delivers her there? I so loved this book and didn't want it to end. Expected publication: June 1st 2019 by Shiloh Run Press. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Staring at death was nothing new. It was a way of life. A companion Samuel frequently clasped hands with.' At last! Michelle Griep gives us Samuel Thatcher's story in her Bow Street Runners trilogy. When I first met this man in previous books, I knew he had a story to tell and knew it would be a good one. I was wrong. It was a great one. When I saw the cover some time back, that feeling was simply reinforced. Abigail Gilbert has been betrothed to a baronet, but must travel a long journey to his 'Staring at death was nothing new. It was a way of life. A companion Samuel frequently clasped hands with.' At last! Michelle Griep gives us Samuel Thatcher's story in her Bow Street Runners trilogy. When I first met this man in previous books, I knew he had a story to tell and knew it would be a good one. I was wrong. It was a great one. When I saw the cover some time back, that feeling was simply reinforced. Abigail Gilbert has been betrothed to a baronet, but must travel a long journey to his ancestral home to marry him. She is more than ready to leave a family who has no use for her. A family that can't even be bothered to give her a manservant to travel with her on a dangerous journey. And danger does indeed come, in the form of highwaymen. Captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby from said highwaymen. He despises his job and is hoping to retire and buy land and become a farmer, far away from crime and death. Abby asks him to escort her on her journey and he agrees only when she offers him a great deal of money. He can buy his property and retire from pursuing criminals. However, one of those criminals, the most vicious sort, is after him and nothing will stop this man from seeing Thatcher die. But Samuel has promised to keep Abby safe and he intends to keep that promise. He will be tested down to his last nerve in doing so, though. Michelle Griep is a huge favorite of mine. Her books just get devoured here. When I open one and begin to read, I lose track of time and everything around me until I finish it. But … I want to race toward the end and I also want to slow down and savor every moment. So....I end up rereading many passages again and again, highlighting and writing in the margins. Griep manages somehow to capture each character in so much detail that they feel as if you're riding along in the coach with them in the storms, battling the highwaymen and feeling every emotion in their hearts. And her spiritual themes are what some might call simple and direct, but they are very, very profound. I loved every moment of it and now I wish I could read it all over again. Samuel Thatcher is the epitome of a noble guardian and a mighty fine hero! Highly recommended. My thanks to Barbour Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    Packed with heart and hope, The Noble Guardian is sure to take historical romance fans on a journey they won’t want to end. Endearing characters, a page-turning plot, vivid prose, and timeless truths make this novel a true pleasure to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    The Noble Guardian is one of the best books I have read by this author. I have enjoyed all of her books but this one just stood out to me. I loved this romantic story. It had lots of action, and awesome characters. Especially little Emma. The hero is a bow street runner and is a brooding captain who has lived a hard life. The heroine is a lovely, naive, yet spunky young woman looking for an ever lasting love. The chemistry between them is evident from the first time they meet. I loved it!! *I was The Noble Guardian is one of the best books I have read by this author. I have enjoyed all of her books but this one just stood out to me. I loved this romantic story. It had lots of action, and awesome characters. Especially little Emma. The hero is a bow street runner and is a brooding captain who has lived a hard life. The heroine is a lovely, naive, yet spunky young woman looking for an ever lasting love. The chemistry between them is evident from the first time they meet. I loved it!! *I was given a copy of this book by Barbour publishing and this is my honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    Y'all, I just have to start off this review by saying how much I loved this book! Oh. My. Heart! Absolutely loved it! If you're a fan of Michelle Griep, do yourself a favor and just pause everything you have going on and grab this book. If you haven't ever read a Michelle Griep book, seriously do yourself an even bigger favor and go get one of her books to read. I had been eyeing the first book in this series for a while but was unable to get it to read. Then a couple years later I happened upon Y'all, I just have to start off this review by saying how much I loved this book! Oh. My. Heart! Absolutely loved it! If you're a fan of Michelle Griep, do yourself a favor and just pause everything you have going on and grab this book. If you haven't ever read a Michelle Griep book, seriously do yourself an even bigger favor and go get one of her books to read. I had been eyeing the first book in this series for a while but was unable to get it to read. Then a couple years later I happened upon a book of hers for review on NetGalley and jumped at the chance. After that I've been an avid fan of hers! So, this is book three in the series, and the final book. I still haven't read the first book in the series. Ugh. I know. I seriously need to rectify that and read it. Because I've wanted to for years. But I have read the second book and this one and really enjoyed them. I think you'd probably be just fine reading this as a stand alone novel. There are a few moments that tie in the main characters from the first two books but the author does it in such a way that you could understand. Abigail sets out on an epic adventure when she leaves her home to head to her betrothed to be wed. Little does she know all that is about to transpire and how she will be tested. Especially to keep her wits about her so she can arrive safely where her heart desires...with her betrothed. Samuel is a Bow Street Runner trying to find some good and humanity in the world, trying to find hope. When his path throws him on the same path as Abigail's, he might start to see a flicker of hope. I loved the twists and turns throughout this book. Especially the many characters throughout. There are some hardened and dangerous characters. There are some despicable characters. There are some comic relief characters. There are some characters that offer love and hope. Yes, a great and well rounded cast of characters are within these pages. There were some that I just wanted to shake. Ugh! How could they be that way???!!!!!!!!!!! There were some characters that I just absolutely adored and wanted to snuggle (you'll understand when you read it)! Danger, heartache, carriage rides, horse chases, sneak attacks, sorrow, carriage chases, lies, laughs, deceit, marriage, evil villains, silly maids, death, new life, hope, fear, money, longing stares, love, truth, and much, much more! This book, I really didn't want it to end. I didn't want to set it down when my reading time was up. I just wanted to keep being immersed in this world, especially with Abigail and Samuel. Oh, my! ;-) Content: Clean. Some moments of peril and suspense. Not overly graphic. There is some death and killing. This is a Christian fiction so there is talk about God and finding Him in your lives. A couple very mild innuendos but nothing more than kissing. I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mitticus

    +Digital ARC gently provided by publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+ 3.5 stars To my surprise, it was better than I thought it would be. This is a christian regency romance. Miss Abigail Gilbert is anxious to leave a miserable home to marry a baronet who asked for her hand. Captain Samuel Thatcher is an ex-war veteran who patrolled the roads for highwaymen. Circumstances force them to face the road and dangers to take the girl to her fiancé, while the captain has his hands fu +Digital ARC gently provided by publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+ 3.5 stars To my surprise, it was better than I thought it would be. This is a christian regency romance. Miss Abigail Gilbert is anxious to leave a miserable home to marry a baronet who asked for her hand. Captain Samuel Thatcher is an ex-war veteran who patrolled the roads for highwaymen. Circumstances force them to face the road and dangers to take the girl to her fiancé, while the captain has his hands full with a promise to a friend. Adventures and slow romance follow. The end was a bit dragged. The thing with the 'voices' (view spoiler)[ ... and with that I mean the 'otherworldly voices' - I am still a bit mollified by it. I don't understand clearly such blatant expression of faith. I am more fan of the conscience type. (hide spoiler)] The Good: I like that Abigail is not a delicate flower kind of heroine. She is able to take action despite her fears. And Samuel is a believable tormented hero. In the other hand, I am a bit cynical about historical romances believing in real love. Until very recently, and with that I mean early 20th century, people were more practical. And in that time, as we can see in the Austen romance , the heroine ended married with the house and the title, and don't forget the connections. Well, some can say decency required but it was more public image. But for this literature be a more gullible is a must , I'd think :sigh and not-gasp: ;P *Though is indicated as the third book of a serie, it can be read as stand-alone without problem.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5 ⭐ s This is my 5th book by this author and it was my favorite! *Sigh* I loved the main characters. And can we talk about the cover? L💕ve it! I was hooked right away and smiled constantly watching the interaction between these two. Lots of chemistry between them and of course the HEA that I have to have. A great historical romance in my opinion with some angst and lots of adventure. A beautiful story laced with Gods mercy and grace. This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my own. 4.5 ⭐️ s This is my 5th book by this author and it was my favorite! *Sigh* I loved the main characters. And can we talk about the cover? L💕ve it! I was hooked right away and smiled constantly watching the interaction between these two. Lots of chemistry between them and of course the HEA that I have to have. A great historical romance in my opinion with some angst and lots of adventure. A beautiful story laced with Gods mercy and grace. This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Right from the first page this novel hooked me. Abigail (Abby) came from a family that hated her and didn’t care whether she had escorts to make her journey to her groom. All kinds of mishaps and dangerous situations she needed to get out of. Samuel’s sweet and caring side of his personality finally came out. He sacrificed himself for others even though he sounded really gruff. I loved learning about them layer by layer as they reveal a little of themselves along the way. Each character seemed s Right from the first page this novel hooked me. Abigail (Abby) came from a family that hated her and didn’t care whether she had escorts to make her journey to her groom. All kinds of mishaps and dangerous situations she needed to get out of. Samuel’s sweet and caring side of his personality finally came out. He sacrificed himself for others even though he sounded really gruff. I loved learning about them layer by layer as they reveal a little of themselves along the way. Each character seemed so real even the villains. The villain was very sneaky and I could just picture him plotting out his next move. He tormented Samuel at every turn but I loved how Samuel stayed strong and brave. If you love Historical Fiction with a faith thread, a little romance and adventures galore this is a must read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    “ I respect your caution in sparing my sensibilities, sir, but I believe God provides us with fellow sojourners to help lighten our heavy loads through prayer and encouragement. I have so enjoyed this series by Michelle Griep! Lots of action, adventure, and love written on a page and woven into intriguing tales. The Noble Guardian for me was all about the characters . Abigail is an endearing character full of spunk. She actually reminds me of a dear highschool friend so I really felt as if I knew “ I respect your caution in sparing my sensibilities, sir, but I believe God provides us with fellow sojourners to help lighten our heavy loads through prayer and encouragement. I have so enjoyed this series by Michelle Griep! Lots of action, adventure, and love written on a page and woven into intriguing tales. The Noble Guardian for me was all about the characters . Abigail is an endearing character full of spunk. She actually reminds me of a dear highschool friend so I really felt as if I knew her. She always makes the most of situations. Her character is so well done that the readers emotions are definitely highly invested in her outcome. Samuel can be a bit of an enigma, unless you know a man with a harsh exterior and a heart as soft as a pillow. So he’s not so different from many men. His character is well done, and he brings a lot of mood and tension to the read. With a brooding man who exudes a harsh exterior, a woman who needs his protection to get to her fiancé , and a little one who needs them to survive, all of this wrapped up in a story of magistrates, highway men, and a man wanting to kill for revenge...you don’t want to miss book number three of the Bow Street Runners. “...ye can safely leave them in God’s hands. Not that He can’t use yer gun, though, mind he. There’s no sin in wanting to protect them. The fault lies when he think ye’re their sole protector. Aye? “It’s more noble to love, even if it’s not returned, than to live without it.” I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shonda

    The Noble Guardian is a exceptional book with wonderful characters. Captain Thatcher is your dreamy and rugged guardian, Abby is short tempered and determined to be loved. On their journey to Brakewell Hall many obstacles come into play that help each character grow. Michelle Griep does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the story and opening our hearts to the troubles and sorrow some of the characters have to endure. There is action, romance and suspense all the makings of a story that The Noble Guardian is a exceptional book with wonderful characters. Captain Thatcher is your dreamy and rugged guardian, Abby is short tempered and determined to be loved. On their journey to Brakewell Hall many obstacles come into play that help each character grow. Michelle Griep does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the story and opening our hearts to the troubles and sorrow some of the characters have to endure. There is action, romance and suspense all the makings of a story that keeps you holding your breath until the last page. Storytelling at its finest! Was given a complimentary copy. All. opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    Reasons to read this book: #1- it's a Michelle Griep book. #2- it's the conclusion to The Bow Street Runners. #3- it has scoundrels, adventure, and lots of romance. #4- did I mention it's by Michelle Griep? These Bow Street Runner guys are just heroes in disguise, and that is Samuel as well. Though he didn't have to travel with Abigail all the way to her destination, his integrity didn't let him part with her, and he took his role of guardian seriously. I really liked Abby and Samuel's interactions, Reasons to read this book: #1- it's a Michelle Griep book. #2- it's the conclusion to The Bow Street Runners. #3- it has scoundrels, adventure, and lots of romance. #4- did I mention it's by Michelle Griep? These Bow Street Runner guys are just heroes in disguise, and that is Samuel as well. Though he didn't have to travel with Abigail all the way to her destination, his integrity didn't let him part with her, and he took his role of guardian seriously. I really liked Abby and Samuel's interactions, especially with the baby, and the way they behaved as a family. It was also fun to see Samuel with the other two Bow Street Runners, and get an update on them. The ending was so sweet! Loved it! I got a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion. P.S.- I forgot to mention, the cover reminds me of Ross Poldark!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joan Arning

    Life is anything but calm for Abigail Gilbert as she travels across the English countryside to wed Sir Jonathon who she has met one time at a ball. Captain Samuel Thatcher, a Bow Street Runner, rescues Abigail from highwaymen and attempts to see her safely to her fiance. I admired the Captain as he protects Abigail and himself. They even end up trying to deliver an infant to it's aunt. The Noble Guardian has lots of excitement. I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction set in E Life is anything but calm for Abigail Gilbert as she travels across the English countryside to wed Sir Jonathon who she has met one time at a ball. Captain Samuel Thatcher, a Bow Street Runner, rescues Abigail from highwaymen and attempts to see her safely to her fiance. I admired the Captain as he protects Abigail and himself. They even end up trying to deliver an infant to it's aunt. The Noble Guardian has lots of excitement. I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction set in England. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Great ending to the Bow Runner series! Anyone who has read the first two books should definitely read this last one. It is full of adventure, action, some mystery and sweet romance. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed their back stories. I did feel however that one back story could've been delved into a little deeper. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading more of this author's books. Thanks to net galley for providing this publication in exchange fo Great ending to the Bow Runner series! Anyone who has read the first two books should definitely read this last one. It is full of adventure, action, some mystery and sweet romance. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed their back stories. I did feel however that one back story could've been delved into a little deeper. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading more of this author's books. Thanks to net galley for providing this publication in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kay (aka) Miss Bates

    Though I consider myself a reader of inspirational romance, I do find it cloying at times. My rule is to keep my inspie romance reads on spare occasions … until I read Michelle Griep’s The Noble Guardian. What a refreshing voice and ethos! I want to read ALL the Grieps. (She is to historical inspie what Kara Isaac is to contemporary, breathing new life into the subgenre.) The religious element is present, but more in the characters’ personalities and actions, less in finger-wagging didacticism. Though I consider myself a reader of inspirational romance, I do find it cloying at times. My rule is to keep my inspie romance reads on spare occasions … until I read Michelle Griep’s The Noble Guardian. What a refreshing voice and ethos! I want to read ALL the Grieps. (She is to historical inspie what Kara Isaac is to contemporary, breathing new life into the subgenre.) The religious element is present, but more in the characters’ personalities and actions, less in finger-wagging didacticism. In The Noble Guardian, Griep’s protagonists occasionally enjoy ale, travel together chaperoned only by a one-year-old adorable moppet, and share affection, passion, and desire that is more palpably sexy than many an explicit, pages-long love scene. There’s a shared horse ride that is sensually magnificent. Moreover, Griep’s Regency setting, with its evil, violent highwaymen and the eponymous “noble guardian,” Samuel Thatcher, is beautifully developped. Our heroine, Abigail Gilbert, “Abby”, hires Samuel to act as protective escort on her journey to her fiancé, Sir Jonathan Aberley. They travel Regency England’s dangerous byways, sleeping in inns, deflecting dangerous criminals, braving stormy weather, and caring for a tyke named Emma, the daughter of one of Samuel’s fellow-veterans too grief-stricken over the death of his wife to care for her himself. On this at times joyful, at times sad, at times perilous journey, Abby and Samuel banter, converse, share their lives, and grow to love one another and their charge, Emma. I loved Abby and Samuel as individuals as much as I did their growing love and friendship. They are, at first, an unlikely pair. Samuel is a hardened Bow Street runner, a man grown weary of the day-to-day confrontation with evil and violence. While he remains a man of faith, noble bearing and intent, he wants nothing more than to rally sufficient finances to buy a small farm and work the land. He is world-weary and heart-sore. Meeting Abby doesn’t result in Samuel’s sudden conversion to light and love thanks to her “specialness.” No, he notices how pretty she is, also annoying, persistent, and privileged. He comes to see her in a new light as she interacts with Emma and him, as she exhibits bravery, kindness, and intelligence. Abby, in turn, notes how attractive Samuel is, but she also finds him dour, stubborn, and rough. She too comes to recognize his qualities of consideration, affection, loyalty, and humour. Samuel and Abby realize they have more in common than apart, given their cross-class status. Samuel came from a deprived abusive childhood. Abby has endured her stepmother’s abuse, father’s neglect, and stepsisters’ scorn. If not for her dowry, she’s Cinderella. Abby’s hopes for a life of love and family, at first, lie with her fiancé. While Samuel has to recognize that he’s worthy of Abby no matter his humble beginnings, Abby has to see that Samuel is where love, safety, and happiness lie. Their shared journey furnishes the matrix for their realizations. Griep builds her romance on compatibility, care, admiration, and desire. What also charmed me about Griep’s Noble Guardian was her wonderful turns of phrase. Griep’s writing is elegant and her metaphors surprise and delight. I loved this description of Abby’s pride: “she lifted her chin before the trap of self-pity snapped shut.” As you know, dear readers, any heroine “chin” is fascinating and pleasing to me. I loved the metaphor of Abby contemplating bidding Samuel farewell: “But why did the thought of saying goodbye to this rough-and-tumble man feel like lightning struck her soul, leaving behind a hollowed trunk that might not stand without him?” And the banter? Sheer fun: ” ‘I did not take you for a religious man.’ ‘In my line of work, you run either from God or toward Him.’ … ‘You are a starry-eyed dreamer, lady.’ ‘And you are a dour old naysayer.’ ” And remember when I said this was sexy? Here’s Samuel when Abby wakes him during one of their many inn nights: “The captain stood, feet planted wide and muscles straining against the thin fabric of his shirt. Dark hair peeked out on his chest, just below his collarbone, matching the dark stubble on his clenched jaw.” Also, manly-smell is done particularly well: “Strong arms broke her fall, lifting her up against a chest that smelled of leather and horses and man. Her face pressed against a warm neck, and for the first time in her life, she felt safe. Protected. As if the arms of God himself held her aloft. Ahh, but she could live here.” There’s woman-smell too!: “Though he ought not, Samuel leaned closer and inhaled her orange-water scent, the sweet fragrance mixing with the wildness of the storm. If he bent any nearer, his lips would be against the bare flesh of her neck, and the craving to taste that skin charged through him, settling low in his belly.” I’ll let you read the horse ride and the two lovely shared kisses for yourself! Michelle Griep’s romance is wonderful from start to finish as it tells the story of two souls who help each other learn to live on love and hope, who share laughter and sorrow and can be as easily imagined as passionate lovers as they can responsible, loving parents, as they can elderly, beloved companions. The fire in the belly, the light in the heart, built on faith, hope, and love. With Miss Austen, we say that Griep’s The Noble Guardian is evidence “there is no charm equal to tenderness of heart,” Emma. Michelle Griep’s The Noble Guardian is published by Barbour Publishing. It was released on June 1st and may be found at your preferred vendors. I received an e-galley from Barbour Publishing, via Netgalley.

  15. 5 out of 5

    OLT

    This is an American Western disguised as a Regency. And it's not a very good disguise at that. What do we have here? IMO, we have a mail-order bride romance, never mind the book description. A taciturn, troubled, still-waters lawman, out hunting a bad-hombre outlaw, is hired by an innocent miss to escort her safely to her arranged-marriage fiance. Along the way, the lawman is also entrusted with delivering a baby girl to her aunt's care, since the father is no longer able to keep her. The journey This is an American Western disguised as a Regency. And it's not a very good disguise at that. What do we have here? IMO, we have a mail-order bride romance, never mind the book description. A taciturn, troubled, still-waters lawman, out hunting a bad-hombre outlaw, is hired by an innocent miss to escort her safely to her arranged-marriage fiance. Along the way, the lawman is also entrusted with delivering a baby girl to her aunt's care, since the father is no longer able to keep her. The journey with baby and woman is fraught with danger, shootouts and encounters with the bad hombres, carriage breakdowns, illness, and what-not. We didn't have a river overflowing or a bridge collapsing, wild animals attacking or natives on the uprise, but Griep supplied enough action to make this an almost neverending road trip. (And, totally off main topic, she left me with the puzzle of how in the world those baby's "clouts" were washed out after use on this long journey. And how many spare nappies/clouts they had along for the trip.) This, as the blurb proclaims, is a Regency, so it's set in England. The lawman is a Bow Street horse patrol captain, the outlaws are highwaymen, the mail-order bride is a rich merchant's daughter who is to marry a man of the minor peerage. The ninny of a heroine, BTW, who has only seen this baron-fiance once before, believes the marriage is a love match, not a marriage of convenience. But this is Regency in name only. The behavior of the characters and much of the vocabulary and phrases used struck me as anachronistic for 1800s England and more in character with 1850s America. Although Griep stuck in a bunch of "La!" exclamations by the women, I guess thinking that's a typical English thing to do, phrases such as "to hash this out," "I'll be a pig's uncle," "save your drama," "suit yourself," "powerful thirst," "I should head back," "hold your cards close," and vocabulary choices such as "pesky," "hair-raising," and "trail" (in the meaning of path or track) put me into an American Western mindset. Not to mention the fact that the hero often addressed the heroine as "lady", as in "Lady, you should do this," or "Listen, lady,..." As for anachronistic behavior, a very blatant and basic one is the whole trip this heroine undertakes on her own, with only the lawman to accompany here. Not likely at her social-status level. Besides which, who travels without any family or friends to an almost virtual stranger's home in order to marry him? Really, shouldn't the man make the trip to the woman's home for this marriage? That's a huge part of the reason this was actually a "mail-order bride in disguise" romance. Now let's get to another problem I have with this story. It's Christian historical romance and we know this because the main characters often directly address God, asking for his guidance during moments of danger or emotional distress. I have no problem with that. It's to be expected. What I have an issue with is that all the characters of the story are so superficially drawn and have little depth. Everyone is either good or bad. There's no complexity of character. As such, the good guy kills several bad guys in this story with impunity. After all, the bad guys deserve this. But when I was growing up a preacher's daughter, we were taught that God loves everyone and every life is precious. And there's that little matter of the Sixth Commandment, right? Seems like a religious person shouldn't get to pick and choose which lives really matter. But apparently the God of this book sanctions violence perpetrated by characters who pray to him on those who don't. I find it puzzling that this book, which purports to be a clean, wholesome, Christian read, is only clean and wholesome in that no sex acts are described and no curse words are uttered. Violence and murder seem to be fine as plot points. Sex, on the other hand, is, horror of horror, taboo and to read about it could scar one for life. I don't need sex or violence in my HR reads. But I do want a good story and I don't want pious hypocrites as the main characters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    An exciting conclusion to the Bow Street Runners series! This is one epic road trip set in Regency era England when ruthless highwaymen lurked in the shadows waiting to attack helpless travelers. Enter the enigmatic Captain Samuel Thatcher, the strong silent type hero, hired to guard a determined young woman hoping for a bright future, and wait for it...a baby. They have quite an adventure before it is all over! Plenty of action scenes and some suspense moved the story along between frequent stop An exciting conclusion to the Bow Street Runners series! This is one epic road trip set in Regency era England when ruthless highwaymen lurked in the shadows waiting to attack helpless travelers. Enter the enigmatic Captain Samuel Thatcher, the strong silent type hero, hired to guard a determined young woman hoping for a bright future, and wait for it...a baby. They have quite an adventure before it is all over! Plenty of action scenes and some suspense moved the story along between frequent stops on the way. Captain Thatcher epitomized the sacrificial, stoic warrior type lawman. He was awesome and flawed at the same time. Like a John Wayne or Gregory Peck type western hero, but in a Regency setting. Getting to know and understand the characters' backgrounds as the journey progressed added depth to the plot, and made me empathize with them. Both main characters seemed so lonely under it all and unloved, adding to their lapse in faith. A lot of pride and preconceived ideas based on their pasts seemed to make them mistrustful, and think they had to be totally independent. I liked how they both began to pray and seek God's help in their situations. The romance began to pick up after that, with some awkward tension building up. I was anxious to see how it would all play out, and enjoyed the wrap up. Readers who enjoy historical adventure type romances with some faith, would probably like this. This can be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series! 4.5 stars (An ecopy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Nothing that happened took God by surprise or was beyond His reach to heal. She'd cling to that. She must." Abigail Gilbert desperately needs some protection; her stepmother has just dismissed her and her future to a guardian-less carriage, scheduled to traverse some of the most dangerous territory in England; the Hounslow Heath; where highwaymen linger, and one small misstep can potentially engrave one's epitaph. She must press forward; for her intended, an earl, awaits her arrival. Captain Sam "Nothing that happened took God by surprise or was beyond His reach to heal. She'd cling to that. She must." Abigail Gilbert desperately needs some protection; her stepmother has just dismissed her and her future to a guardian-less carriage, scheduled to traverse some of the most dangerous territory in England; the Hounslow Heath; where highwaymen linger, and one small misstep can potentially engrave one's epitaph. She must press forward; for her intended, an earl, awaits her arrival. Captain Samuel Thatcher is weary; nearing the end of of his commission as a Bow Street Runner he longs to retire and become a simple farmer with a quiet life, far away from wickedness and thievery and the despicable Shankhart Robbins. Yet, he finds himself traipsing before and behind the coach of a lovely, stubborn, persistent, little spitfire of a woman who is determined to meet her Maker by travelling alone. It was with great fondness that Samuel Thatcher's story unfolded. The most infamous of the author's three runners, he always seemed to prefer the shadows over limelight and honor over acclaim, believing that "the likes of him" could never measure up to what the heart of another might need or require. That misconception is destined to change, and this reader enjoyed every minute of it! I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    3.5 stars This was an interesting and edge-of-your seat story in many parts, as a legendary robber tries to hunt down the prey his brother was hunting when the hero killed the brother in order to protect the lady. Whew...dark bad guy here. Very Dickensian sort of character, the type to fully indulge in trying to overthrow the law completely. I very much loved how strong the Scriptural bits of the story were. Sadly, you don't see much in the way of Christian lessons in "Christian" fiction nowadays 3.5 stars This was an interesting and edge-of-your seat story in many parts, as a legendary robber tries to hunt down the prey his brother was hunting when the hero killed the brother in order to protect the lady. Whew...dark bad guy here. Very Dickensian sort of character, the type to fully indulge in trying to overthrow the law completely. I very much loved how strong the Scriptural bits of the story were. Sadly, you don't see much in the way of Christian lessons in "Christian" fiction nowadays, and I loved that this story gave me some real meat to think over. That's what I want when I pick up a Christian book. In contrast, however, it also included five actual profanities. Not euphemisms--profanity. I was hugely disappointed to find these words in a book that was also teaching a great Christian lesson. To use the name of God as an exclamation or an expression of surprise of dismay makes my soul hurt. This really dimmed my enjoyment of an otherwise excellent book. I enjoyed Thatcher and felt drawn to Abigail, but it was sweet little Emma who really stole my heart and made me worry for the ending. What a perfect addition she was to the story! I wish the ending hadn't come so fast, but the final glimpse was sweet. Thanks to the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.

  19. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    “Even half-dead, Samuel could tell a lot about a man by the way he handled three things: old age, trousers that wouldn’t stay up, and strangers.” Ah, Michelle Griep. Such captivating Regency novels does she write. I have high expectations whenever I pick up this author’s book and she has never disappointed. This newest offering, which is book 3 in the Bow Street Runners series, will surely capture your heart and mind with a beautifully written plot and wonderfully engaging characters. Reading the “Even half-dead, Samuel could tell a lot about a man by the way he handled three things: old age, trousers that wouldn’t stay up, and strangers.” Ah, Michelle Griep. Such captivating Regency novels does she write. I have high expectations whenever I pick up this author’s book and she has never disappointed. This newest offering, which is book 3 in the Bow Street Runners series, will surely capture your heart and mind with a beautifully written plot and wonderfully engaging characters. Reading the first two books, Brentwood’s Ward and Innkeeper’s Daughter, prior to this book will enrich the enjoyment of the story and appreciation of the secondary characters, but is not absolutely necessary. With clever and witty prose and dialogue, a dash of danger and suspense, several plot twists, a damsel in distress, and a rugged and protective but emotionally broken hero, the story has every ingredient blended perfectly together to create a delectable treat you won’t be able to put down. Samuel is a wearied lawman who can only see the darkness and evil in his fellow man and desperately wants to leave Bow Street for solitude on a farm. Yet his sense of justice, loyalty, and need to right the wrongs of others constantly pull him into danger. Abby is a woman whose only goal in life is to be loved and cherished. She leaves the home where she’s unwanted and sets out to marry a baronet but meets unexpected trouble with highwaymen and needs the protection that Samuel can provide. As Samuel reluctantly escorts Abby to her betrothed, they are threatened by a crazed gang of bandits bent on revenge and murder, loved by an adorable infant who isn’t related to either of them, crushed by witnessing the sorrow brought on by poverty and alcohol, and drawn irresistibly together. It’s a memorable journey as Samuel and Abby both learn about faith, hope, and love. I received a copy of the book from Barbour Publishing/Shiloh Run Press via NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Trixi

    Samuel Thatcher would make any woman's heart thunder and her pulse race! Not only for his dark good looks, but for the heart of a hero that beats beneath a brooding facade. Too many years of being a Bow Street runner has jaded his opinion of people and convention be hanged, he won't allow a slip of a girl make him soft. Abigail Gilbert is his perfect opposite, not backing down when he scowls (or growls) at her. These two are fun to watch! And there's plenty of action and danger around the corner Samuel Thatcher would make any woman's heart thunder and her pulse race! Not only for his dark good looks, but for the heart of a hero that beats beneath a brooding facade. Too many years of being a Bow Street runner has jaded his opinion of people and convention be hanged, he won't allow a slip of a girl make him soft. Abigail Gilbert is his perfect opposite, not backing down when he scowls (or growls) at her. These two are fun to watch! And there's plenty of action and danger around the corner to keep your heart rate up. Simply put, there's seriously nothing I don't like about this story. I always know I'm in for a treat with a Michelle Griep book. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. *

  21. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep follows a young woman who is neglected by her family as she makes her way across the country, towards her new husband who she has dances with once. However, the road is quite perilous with highwayman, and one handsome rugged lawman comes to her aid... and more trouble arises. Wink wink. Ok, there is VERY real trouble, but tbh I lived for this very slow burn romance. It seems to me Michelle Griep’s writing grows with each novel. Not that her first novels are b The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep follows a young woman who is neglected by her family as she makes her way across the country, towards her new husband who she has dances with once. However, the road is quite perilous with highwayman, and one handsome rugged lawman comes to her aid... and more trouble arises. Wink wink. Ok, there is VERY real trouble, but tbh I lived for this very slow burn romance. It seems to me Michelle Griep’s writing grows with each novel. Not that her first novels are bad, far from it, but they’re just getting better! This time, there were many suprises for me, you think you know how the plot will go but there are some twists and turns that leave you guessing! Also, the characters were phenomenol. Abby struggles with her past of mental abuse and if she believes in God after what she’s been through. She is very feisty and when she set her mind to something, she’ll do everything to achieve it. She has set a higher goal for herself, to be happy, to be self sufficient, which is what drives her through most of the books. To leave things in God’s hand is a bit of a struggle for her, though she accepts it more than our rugged lawman Samuel. He is weary of his job and wants to find peace. Until he finds Abby... I love how he takes her seriously and sees her not as a feeble woman, but as a person. And the main antagonist is truly very creepy! There are other creeps though that would be a spoiler, but it’s very well done. And there’s a little girl that is just extremely cute and I want to cuddle her (see, there’s a suprise you wouldn’t expect already lol!). All in all, it is a very well written historical romance, with lots of action and feels. I very much enjoyed reading it and I suspect I will be rereading it soon in final version when it comes out (that cover is so gorgeous!!). The only thing I disliked is that the characters heard the voice of God a few times, I really dislike when that happens but it was only like 3 times so I can live with it lol! I received a free ebook from netgalley (thanks sooo much!) in exchange for an honest opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    With page-turning action and drama, you won’t want to put this story down! I fell in love with these characters. Even the secondary characters give so much to this story. There is plenty to love and enjoy within the pages of The Noble Guardian! Abigail Gilbert has big plans for her future, she just didn’t plan on the unexpected adventure that awaits her along the way. Abigail may have been raised in a fine, fashionable home, but the lack of love she received left deep scars, not to mention that h With page-turning action and drama, you won’t want to put this story down! I fell in love with these characters. Even the secondary characters give so much to this story. There is plenty to love and enjoy within the pages of The Noble Guardian! Abigail Gilbert has big plans for her future, she just didn’t plan on the unexpected adventure that awaits her along the way. Abigail may have been raised in a fine, fashionable home, but the lack of love she received left deep scars, not to mention that her planning for a love in her future may be more dream than reality. As her plans begin to unravel and her future becomes not at all what she expected will she stay the course or discover a new dream for her future? Captain Samuel Thatcher is a man of few words. But if ever you needed someone in your corner to rescue you, this is the man for the job! He is observant and cunning, not much of anything slip past him. Behind his gruff exterior, Samuel has a tender heart, not that he’d admit that to anyone. Samuel is dependable, courageous, and quite the capable protector. You are sure to fall for this dashing hero! I enjoyed every moment of this delightful story! It has something for everyone. Dynamic characters, engaging story-line, action, adventure, deep faith, and lots of heart. This is a story for the keeper shelf, a story that you’ll want to pull out and enjoy again! (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.) See my full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2X20JqG Filled with romance, suspense, adventure and intrigue, The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep is pure reading pleasure. I enjoy Regencies very much, a term that usually makes me think of noble men and ladies, balls, witty banter, and humorous escapades (aka Georgette Heyer). While this series is set during England’s Regency era, these stories are quite different from what I’ve come to expect, and they are wonderful. Griep excels at historical d Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2X20JqG Filled with romance, suspense, adventure and intrigue, The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep is pure reading pleasure. I enjoy Regencies very much, a term that usually makes me think of noble men and ladies, balls, witty banter, and humorous escapades (aka Georgette Heyer). While this series is set during England’s Regency era, these stories are quite different from what I’ve come to expect, and they are wonderful. Griep excels at historical detail and descriptive scenes, to the extent that I was transported into the atmosphere of small villages and the English countryside. The writing is excellent; characters are well drawn, appealing, and realistically flawed. Villains are pure evil. Samuel Thatcher was introduced in The Innkeeper’s Daughter as a man of few words, an “officer of shadow and dust” with a unique ability at camouflage, and I’ve been eager for his story ever since. Thatcher is a war veteran working for the Bow Street Runners, a sort of detective force for hire during a time when the police force wasn’t very organized, and his assignment in this story is patrolling rural areas for highwaymen. Samuel and Abby’s backgrounds make them relatable and appealing – Samuel, who has been affected by all the evil he has seen and longs to leave this career, and Abby, who has grown up with verbal and emotional abuse. Samuel’s crusty exterior hides an inner softness, and Abby is a woman of compassion, courage and determination. The chemistry between these two is great. I loved the spiritual growth seen in Samuel and Abby, as they turn more and more to prayer and gradually discover the need to relinquish control and rely on God. Taxed with taking baby Emma to the stable master’s sister, their love and care for this little one tugs at the heartstrings. The Bow Street Runners series comes to a beautiful conclusion and I look forward to much more from Michelle Griep. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Abigail (Abby) Gilbert has been raised by an indifferent father and a hateful stepmother and stepsisters. Now her father has betrothed her to a baronet. She is being sent off with only her maid and an inexperienced coachman to make her way through the English highlands that are currently plagued with highwaymen. Samuel Thatcher, a Bow Street runner, encounters Abigail when she is stopped by highwaymen and her coachmen is killed. Filled with action, danger, and romantic adventure, Michelle Griep Abigail (Abby) Gilbert has been raised by an indifferent father and a hateful stepmother and stepsisters. Now her father has betrothed her to a baronet. She is being sent off with only her maid and an inexperienced coachman to make her way through the English highlands that are currently plagued with highwaymen. Samuel Thatcher, a Bow Street runner, encounters Abigail when she is stopped by highwaymen and her coachmen is killed. Filled with action, danger, and romantic adventure, Michelle Griep has penned another wonderful historical romantic suspense novel. Each of the books in this series reads well as a stand alone even though there are a few connections in each because the heroes of each are Bow Street Runners. Abby is filled with caring sweetness; yet at the same time, she is a fighter. Samuel is a dark, brooding, appealing hero who is loyal, protective, caring, and honorable. And, of course, baby Emma steals the limelight every time she appears. Michelle Griep excels at bringing this time period to life and creates memorable characters that fill the story with life and adventure. Her historical notes at the end added interesting information regarding this time period. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Drea Damara

    I had 3 favorite authors before I read this book; I now have 4. An absolutely charming historical romance packed with suspense and finite details of 1800s England. Abigail is fleeing a loveless home, being pushed onto the first suitor that offered her father his hand. Her journey to meet the baronet that will soon be her husband is thwarted at every turn by dangers and heartaches of the harsh realities of 1800s England. Samuel Thatcher has counted the days when he can leave his service as a magis I had 3 favorite authors before I read this book; I now have 4. An absolutely charming historical romance packed with suspense and finite details of 1800s England. Abigail is fleeing a loveless home, being pushed onto the first suitor that offered her father his hand. Her journey to meet the baronet that will soon be her husband is thwarted at every turn by dangers and heartaches of the harsh realities of 1800s England. Samuel Thatcher has counted the days when he can leave his service as a magistrate, battling brutal highwaymen that leave a wake of death and agony in their path on the heath. Circumstance drops Abigail and a favor to a friend that he cannot refuse in the pathway to his dreams, ensuring his nightmare is not yet over. Michelle Griep tests each of her characters time and again making for an eye-opening emotional journey from start to finish. The Noble Guardian is comparable to a PG version of Johanna Lindsay’s historical romances spliced with Les Miserables, and Gaskell’s North and South. Classed a Christian Romance, there’s no need as the religious undertones are merely true to the time and only bolster the fact that Ms. Griep is a master of time-warping a reader to another era. The time-relevant dialogue is transfixing and Griep paints a picture around every corner that puts you in the heart of early 19th century England, riding a carriage, and eating kidney pie. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this story – the pacing, description, plot, historical accuracy, the character evolution, the drama and suspense – it was an honor to read it. Beautiful – an adventure of misery and compassion on the open-roads of historical England. Thank you to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with this early reviewer copy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Boyd

    Oh, I love this book! I could have easily devoured it in one sitting if life had not gotten in the way. Samuel Thatcher is definitely my favorite Bow Street Runner. I hated to see the series end but I can't wait to see what's next for Michelle Griep. My copy of this book was provided by the publisher, but as always, my opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    WOW!! This is my first book by Michelle Griep, but it won't be my last. It's 1815 and Abigail Gilbert (Abby) is leaving home to travel across England to the man she's to marry. It's just her and her maid--no footman or manservant to protect them on such a long journey. Abigail turns down the offer to hire a sharpshooter which she later regrets, and she and her maid (who's quite outspoken for a maid) are saved from attackers by Samuel Thatcher, who's growing tired of his job. Captain Thatcher agr WOW!! This is my first book by Michelle Griep, but it won't be my last. It's 1815 and Abigail Gilbert (Abby) is leaving home to travel across England to the man she's to marry. It's just her and her maid--no footman or manservant to protect them on such a long journey. Abigail turns down the offer to hire a sharpshooter which she later regrets, and she and her maid (who's quite outspoken for a maid) are saved from attackers by Samuel Thatcher, who's growing tired of his job. Captain Thatcher agrees to guard Abby the rest of her journey because the money she offers will allow him to quit his job and buy some land, if they can make it to her destination. Abby's treatment by her stepmother and half-sisters reminded me of Cinderella. It's obvious her stepmother hates her and Abby's the one who put forth the effort to be friends with her half-sisters. I often wondered why her father allowed her to be treated that way, as it's not explained except to say Father had been too preoccupied with his new wife, and her stepmother truly had only space for one love in heart--herself. Her stepmother ridiculed her up to the time she left her her journey and she was the only one around to see her off--if that's what you want to call it. Her father was not home as they were all going abroad to visit her brother. Abby's also quite naive as to how the world works and the dangers out there facing her in such a long journey. She also built up what her intended, Sir Johnathon Aberley baronet, would be like. She only met him once at a ball but is so sure he's good and kind she promises Samuel that Johnathon will pay him when she arrives safely. Captain Samuel Thatcher is a man who's seen a lot in his years as a Runner. He's ready to buy a piece of property and have a quiet life. Money to be able to do that is the sole reason he escorts Abby's carriage across the heath and to her betrothed, Sir Johnathon Aberley baronet. Samuel can come across at times like a hard man, but when he agrees to take his friend's baby girl to her Aunt, it seems to soften his edges. There's a lot of adventure in this story--bandits, a baby to deliver, a fair, so this is far from a boring read. I enjoyed seeing how Samuel and Abby had less conflicts and started to get along as their journey progressed. By the time she got to her destination they had started having feelings for each other and baby Emma. I love how this story ended. This is the third in the Bow Street Runners series, but the first I've read. I wasn't lost or confused by not reading the previous books, but now I really want to read them. This is a clean read (just kissing) as far as romance. There is some violence, and perilous situations. Thanks to Barbour Publishing, Inc. and NetGalley for my copy. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Michelle Griep is at the top of her game, proving that she is a skilled storyteller. In The Noble Guardian, Griep fans finally get to read Samuel's story and it was worth the wait. In Samuel, Griep gives us a hero who somehow has managed to develop a strong faith despite a rough childhood. His career with the military and Bow Street have molded him into a courageous and honorable hero with whom readers will fall in love. He is sidetracked from his task of capturing a ruthless highway man when Michelle Griep is at the top of her game, proving that she is a skilled storyteller. In The Noble Guardian, Griep fans finally get to read Samuel's story and it was worth the wait. In Samuel, Griep gives us a hero who somehow has managed to develop a strong faith despite a rough childhood. His career with the military and Bow Street have molded him into a courageous and honorable hero with whom readers will fall in love. He is sidetracked from his task of capturing a ruthless highway man when he accepts the job to accompany Abigail as her guardian. With Abigail and an endearing supporting cast, Samuel undertakes a journey that is filled with adventure, uncertainty and danger. Michelle Griep's attention to historical detail, ability to pen a story that captivates her readers with an engaging cast of characters will keep her at the top of my list in this genre. The spiritual truths of God's love and mercy are woven seamlessly through this beautiful story. Although this is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone. One of my favorite quotes: "Until ye're fully satisfied with the love God gives ye, freely and without question, ye'll not be satisfied at all." I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep is the third book in The Bow street Runners series. This book was a pure pleasure to read. Michelle Griep has a wonderful way with words. “ Outside, early morning vapors rose like prayers, blurring the countryside into a mystical softness.” She has done a great amount of research and it shines through as we travel the treacherous road from London to Penrith with our heroine, Abigail Gilbert. “The farther they traveled, the closer the sides of the road drew, ch The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep is the third book in The Bow street Runners series. This book was a pure pleasure to read. Michelle Griep has a wonderful way with words. “ Outside, early morning vapors rose like prayers, blurring the countryside into a mystical softness.” She has done a great amount of research and it shines through as we travel the treacherous road from London to Penrith with our heroine, Abigail Gilbert. “The farther they traveled, the closer the sides of the road drew, choking out the light and air and hope. Houses leaned one against the other, like drunken sailors holding each other upright. If one fell, the rest would lie down and never get up again.” I can’t resist a noble lawman in the stories I favor. Ms.Griep certainly captures a worthy Bow Street Runner in this tale. Her heroine has led a somewhat sheltered life and is going to join the fiancé she has only met once. She naively sets out with scant protection on a very hazardous journey and thus meets her “Noble Guardian “, Samuel Thrasher. See what happens on the road to the rest of their lives. Michelle Griep is one of my go-to authors of historical fiction when I want a well-researched, exciting story. This story should appeal to fans of Historical Christian fiction. It is fast paced and showcases the characters’s faith in a natural way. *I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    If you are looking for historical Christian fiction brimming with the characterization of a taciturn, valiant hero and a lively, generous heroine, while courting danger around every bend and the demonstration of courage in the face of disappointments, Michelle Griep's The Noble Guardian has it all! Adventure. History. Romance. The third in The Bow Street Runners series, it's easy to read as a standalone. Two bruised individuals, an adorable cherub of a child, and well-shaped secondary characters If you are looking for historical Christian fiction brimming with the characterization of a taciturn, valiant hero and a lively, generous heroine, while courting danger around every bend and the demonstration of courage in the face of disappointments, Michelle Griep's The Noble Guardian has it all! Adventure. History. Romance. The third in The Bow Street Runners series, it's easy to read as a standalone. Two bruised individuals, an adorable cherub of a child, and well-shaped secondary characters shine. At 32o pages in the paperback format, it's not a short book, but it's quite the tale of longing, revenge, and as mentioned previously, danger (almost ridiculous amounts of danger, to be honest. I mean it's fiction, but life just kept throwing one curveball after another - which of course they handled with fortitude and style.) They faced seemingly insurmountable hurdles while trying to navigate their futures and escape the wounds of their pasts while racing cross-country through Regency England. The story was liberally sprinkled with references to faith and the characters' development of conviction and hope. As they lean on each other, they each find safety - both physically and emotionally - as they become the family they've always needed. I truly enjoyed this spin on my go-to genre and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heartwarming historical tale of hope and redemption. I was provided with a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this title through NetGalley with thanks to the publisher and author. All opinions expressed are my own.

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