I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This is the first novel I’ve read by this author. Now I’m going to have to look for her earlier work. It has been many decades since I’ve read a Regency Romance (think Barbara Cartland). What a pleasure it was to return to this sub-genre.
Ms. Griep has created a world of contrasts—good/evil, light/dark, despair/hope, unbelief/faith, and bad guys/those who seek to bring them to justice. The book was so well written, it was many times difficult to tell into which category the secondary characters fell, and I found myself flip-flopping on cheering them on versus hoping they would hurry up and get caught.
As for the principal characters, Johanna and Alex are an intriguing pair of individuals; after they meet captivating. The romantic element is strong and believable, and the many action sequences are paced well enough to allow the reader a chance to catch her breath in between.
There is one secondary character (or perhaps pair of characters is a better description!) who is utterly fascinating and one of those of whom it was difficult to decide whether he was a good guy or a bad guy. There is another I hope to see in a future novel, and I’ll keep my eyes out for this.
The Christian themes of trusting God in trying circumstances and looking for the best in people despite what our senses tell us are threaded throughout the book, but this in no way diminishes from the plotline, and anyone will enjoy this book regardless of their faith status.
I am adding Michelle Griep to my list of must-read authors.