Friday, June 14, 2019

Review: "The Noble Guardian" by Michelle Griep

Michelle Griep's Bow Street Runners series concludes with The Noble Guardian.

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.

Genre: Christian Historical
Release date: June 2019

I always enjoy reading a new Michelle Griep novel, and this one is no exception. It's the final book in her Bow Street Runners Trilogy, but the connection to the other two books is loose, and each book functions as a stand alone novel. (That said, Nicholas Brentwood [Brentwood's Ward] and Alexander Moore [The Innkeeper's Daughter] do make appearances, and fans will enjoy checking in on them.)

Abby and Samuel are a reluctant pair in the beginning—she hires him to escort her to her fiance's estate, and they end up the reluctant guardians of his friend's baby Emma on the journey. Their relationship slowly develops as they get to know one another on the journey, which keeps getting extended due to all manner of road troubles.

The aspect that kept me most curious and anxious to read was the unknown of Abby's fiance Jonathan. What would happen once they got to him? How would she get out of the engagement? Or would they even get to him? Griep's answer was not at all what I expected—but it fit the novel perfectly and gave Abby an opportunity to exhibit her spunk and determination.

While this novel didn't captivate me in the way that some other Griep novels have (I didn't reach the "can't put it down" point until about 3/4 of the way through), I couldn't read the final chapters fast enough!

Fans of regency romance will find much to enjoy in this novel—as well as in the others in the trilogy! 3-1/2 stars.

Buy the book.

Read my reviews of Griep's 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (3-1/2 stars), A Tale of Two Hearts (4 stars), The Captive Heart (4-1/2 stars), The Innkeeper's Daughter (4 stars), Ladies of Intrigue (4 stars), and The Captured Bride (4 stars).

Follow the blog tour:
Fiction Aficionado, June 8
The Power of Words, June 8
Ashley’s Bookshelf, June 8
Inspiration Clothesline, June 9
With a Joyful Noise, June 9
Locks, Hooks and Books, June 9
Back Porch Reads, June 10
Among the Reads, June 10
Captive Dreams Window, June 10
Genesis 5020, June 11
Inklings and notions, June 11
Blogging With Carol, June 11
The Christian Fiction Girl, June 12
As He Leads is Joy, June 12
Connie’s History Classroom, June 12
Carpe Diem, June 13
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, June 13
Abba’s prayer Warrior Princess, June 13
Christian Chick’s Thoughts, June 14
Wishful Endings, June 14
Stories By Gina, June 14
Through the Fire Blogs, June 15
Just the Write Escape, June 15
Blossoms and Blessings, June 15
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 16
Texas Book-aholic, June 16
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 17
For Him and My Family, June 17
Hallie Reads, June 17
Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, June 18
janicesbookreviews, June 18
Moments, June 18
Bigreadersite, June 19
Godly Book Reviews, June 19
A Good Book and Cup of Tea, June 19
Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 20
Remembrancy, June 20
Daysong Reflections, June 20
A Reader’s Brain, June 20
All-of-a-kind Mom, June 21
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 21
Pause for Tales, June 21

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! Click the link below to enter.

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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. This book sounds like a really fantastic read.

    1. It's good, Debbie! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I really enjoyed The Innkeeper's Daughter! I'm planning to read this one soon.

    1. Yes, I loved that one, too! I hope you enjoy this one when you get to it, Emma.


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