Title: The Innkeeper’s Daughter (a novel)
Author: Michelle Griep
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
What a spectacular story is bound within the covers! Michelle Griep takes readers back in time to 1808 in London to a place called the Blue Hedge Inn where a mother, daughter and young son keep boarders, serve ale and food. They work hard in a building that is run down and about to collapse, trying hard to pay off the mortgage before they get sent to the workhouse to pay off their debt. Johanna does most of the work of the inn, and her Mam works in the kitchen. The boy name Thomas is quite the character!
Besides some boarders taking off without paying, the banker is an uncaring fellow, which I easily disliked. Perhaps that was the author’s intent…maybe. Then add to the mix, Alexander Moore, who is undercover to locate those bent on sedition or other ill gains. Alexander is not a man of means, but to do his job he must put forth the appearance and behavior of a wealthy man. While doing his job, Alexander stays at Johanna’s inn and that’s where the story really gets interesting!
The author wrote a novel that entails many mysteries that kept me reading for hours. When I thought the ending was near and the true culprits would be revealed, it turns out there were more twists and turns to the plot! The more pages I read, the faster my heart beat in anticipation of how the book was going to end. Would those who should be brought to justice be revealed? How was Alexander going to marry one woman while he was in love with another?
Above all, I was wondering if Johanna was going to keep her inn or end up in the workhouse to pay her debts. Johanna is a brave woman who worked her heart out and underwent some very hard times that impacted her heart, body, emotions and soul. Alexander was an interesting man who tried to do the right thing, but was it to please God or man? This is one of the best of Michelle’s stories that just got richer the more I read. I sincerely hope many read and enjoy the tale as I did, including the ending that is a surprise!
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