She's on her way to her happily-ever-after, if all goes as planned... The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep (Review & #Giveaway)

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The Noble Guardian
(The Bow Street Runners #3)
By Michelle Griep
Christian Historical Romantic Suspense
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 320 Pages
June 1st 2019 by Shiloh Run Press


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 in coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, it’s finally her time for love. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentlemen 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 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 for the rest of her journey. He refuses—until she offers him something he desperately needs to achieve his goal. . .money. Delivering her safely will give him more than enough to buy property.

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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My Review

THE NOBLE GUARDIAN is a story of heartbreak and hope for a better future as a woman travels to wed her betrothed and finds a dangerous journey ahead of her, but safety in a bow street runner who protects her on the way. Full of danger and romance, makes for an overall dramatic story.

I really liked Abigail and Samuel from the beginning. They have somewhat similar tortured pasts, but Samuel only saw the worst of men and Abigail hoped for the best. She was very naive and had no idea how deceitful and dangerous the world could really be. The journey and what followed was quite eye opening for her. For Samuel, Abby brought light and hope into his life and slowly his heart softened towards her. The romance was sweet with plenty of sparks, and would appeal to those who like it on the heavy side. The inspirational elements were consistently weaved through the story, although sometimes they felt a bit forced.

I really enjoyed the first half of the story. Samuel was smart and very good at his job. About half-way to two-thirds through though, it seemed like there were parts of the story that were unnecessary and drew out the story more than it needed to be. The romance also became the main focus, which I think I would have been okay with, except that towards the end of the story, I just didn't understand the actions of the characters. Everything felt unrealistic to me and overly dramatized and seemed to stay that way. It left me with very mixed feelings about this story overall.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I'm mixed on this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part and not so much the last part. I think if you enjoy stories heavy on the romance, and don't mind overlooking some things that don't feel realistic, then you'll enjoy this one.

Content: Some violence, abuse, innuendo.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

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About the Author

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

More from Michelle

Highwaymen Aren’t All Glamorous

Highwaymen are often romanticized in historical romances, but the truth is these fella’s were generally not compassionate thieves at all. They were cutthroat robbers who sometimes killed. Here’s a brief history so that you’re in the know.

The term “highwayman” simply means a thief who steals—usually at gunpoint—from travelers on the road. Not all, but some of those attacks turned deadly, the robbers not wishing to leave anyone behind who could identify them. Others wore masks for the same purpose.

Long, deserted stretches of roads that were main thoroughfares were the particular favorite haunts of these men. Criminals would choose remote highways that supplied regular traffic going to and from major destinations, such as Hounslow Heath, about fifteen miles outside of London.

To combat these villains, in 1805 the Bow Street Horse Patrol was created. There were about sixty men hired to protect travelers on the principal roads within sixty miles of London. Most of the men had served previously in a cavalry regiment. Their most successful achievement was to rid Hounslow Heath of highwaymen.

And that’s where I got the idea for my hero, Samuel Thatcher, in The Noble Guardian. He’s a rough and tumble man who’s tired of life and the wickedness of man. Mostly he’s just biding his time until he retires—that is until he rescues Miss Abigail Gilbert from the clutches of one of the worst offenders of all…Shankhart Robbins.

Sound like an adventure? It is. Settle back with your own copy and see what it’s like to ride the rugged heath in a carriage, bounding along—until you hear the crack of a pistol.


Tour Schedule

Among the Reads, June 10
Genesis 5020, June 11
Carpe Diem, June 13
Wishful Endings, June 14
Stories By Gina, June 14
Hallie Reads, June 17
Moments, June 18
Bigreadersite, June 19
Remembrancy, June 20
Pause for Tales, June 21

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Noble Guardian!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Have you read the other books in this series? Do you like stories that involve a bow street runner as a character?

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