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.
The Formal Stuff:
Thank you to Barbour Publishing for my complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of The Noble Guardian.
If I’ve read the first two books of a trilogy, I like to read the final book. It just makes sense. Unless I really didn’t like those first two books… but that’s not the case here.
It’s 1815 and readers are introduced to an ugly family. It’s like Cinderella, except we only meet the stepmother and Abby hasn’t quite been reduced to servant status. But she is being married off and has convinced herself that she’s in love with her intended. That’s despite meeting him only once and, when pressed, she can’t quite describe his character. She can barely remember what he looks like either. Meanwhile, those who’ve read the first two books of the Bow Street Runners trilogy will remember Thatcher as a mysterious figure who seemingly got around without making a sound. He’d appear out of nowhere to interact with the main characters and blend easily into crowds.
This was a novel where I knew what should happen by the end, but didn’t know how the narrative would get there. There was action and romance, joy and sadness, and scenes with good families and bad families. If I have one criticism, it’s that none of the wealthy characters – with the exception of Abby – were portrayed in a positive light. Getting to know Thatcher was a real treat, and I’ll probably see him differently should I re-read the earlier books. I felt bad for Abby, who was put in a terrible situation with her own reputation and life at risk. Arranged marriages were nothing out of the ordinary for this time, but the way in which this one was handled by her family was mind blowing. In my opinion, The Noble Guardian is the best book of the trilogy. But you’ll want to read the other two books first, just to really appreciate Thatcher at his most enigmatic.
Have you read The Noble Guardian? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (an imprint of Barbour Publishing)
Publication Date: 01 June 2019
Page Count: 320