The Noble Guardian, by Michelle Griep

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

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.

First Thoughts:

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. Continue reading

Shadow among Sheaves, by Naomi Stephens

Publisher’s Overview:

A Timeless, Beautiful Allegory of the Biblical Love Story of Ruth and Boaz

The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a remarkably bloody business. At a time when Britain’s imperial influence in India was sparking brutal clashes on both sides, no one could have expected Rena, an Indian woman, to marry a British officer—nor do they understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death.

Once the two widows are in Abbotsville, the stern yet compassionate Lord Barric attempts to help them despite his better judgment. Soon he is torn between the demands of reputation and his increasing desire to capture Rena’s heart for his own.

The Formal Stuff: 

Thank you to the publisher for my complimentary electronic Advance Reader Copy of Shadow among Sheaves.

First Thoughts:

I’m always looking for new Bible-based fiction to read. I was drawn to this debut title because of its setting. Continue reading

The Number of Love, by Roseanna M. White (blog tour)

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author’s previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

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MY REVIEW

Welcome to Room 40 in the Old Admiralty Building, where visitors are informed via a sign that they are to announce their presence via a non-existent door bell. It’s where encoded messages are decrypted into plain language and, in Roseanna M. White’s latest novel, a 17 year old numbers prodigy from Belgium is holding her own against men twice her age. Into her life comes a wounded covert agent, upending everything she believes and forcing her to pit her emotions against the logic she understands.

The Number of Love is the first title in White’s new Codebreakers series. It follows the previous Shadows over England trilogy, which introduced some of the players here including lead character Margot. She first appeared in her brother’s story, A Song Unheard, and it’s worthwhile reading that first to understand Margot’s back story. And, if you’ve read White’s first series, Ladies of the Manor, you might recognize another character as well.

From covert operations in neutral Spain to a birthday celebration in London, The Number of Love looks at war from the perspectives of both those who served and the civilians who supported them. Fictional characters mingle with real life heroes and codebreakers. Margot is a complex character: she believes not only in logic and numbers but also in a God who speaks to His people. What her skills can’t solve, her faith usually can. But what happens when the two come into conflict?

As with other novels by Roseanna M. White, I enjoyed reading The Number of Love. Yes, it’s the start of a new series but there aren’t any cliffhangers. You can appreciate this book without feeling pressured into reading the next two books to learn how the story ends. But, if you like this one, why wouldn’t you want to read them? The next one already has a title and a cover, so surely it won’t be out before too long.

With thanks to JustRead Publicity Tours, Roseanna M. White, and the publisher for my copy of The Number of Love. The above review consists of my own thoughts and opinions on this title.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus “Mi Alma” necklace (Necklace is 24″ chain with a 1″ pendant that says “Mi Alma” Spanish for “My Soul”. A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway link below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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