About the Book
Book: The Noble Guardian
Author: Michelle Griep
Genre: Christian Historical
Release date: June 2019
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.
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.
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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.
The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep is a FANTASTIC page-turner. I loved every minute of this book. The settings are vivid, the characters are tremendously endearing, and the action is non-stop. I truly could not put this book down!
Watch out ladies, Samuel Thatcher has arrived, and what a swoon-worthy hero he is! Nothing is sexier than a man who does all he mentally and physically can to protect others. Everyone knows Ephesians 5:25: Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. In The Noble Guardian, Samuel is Ephesians 5:25 personified. He literally puts his life on the line for others day in and day out. Watching Samuel do all he could to protect Abby and sweet little Emma truly made my heartstrings zing!
Both Abby and Samuel make reference to Esther 4:14 (ESV): For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? At different moments in the story, Abby and Samuel ponder this question that Mordecai poses to Esther. Have Abby’s and Samuel’s paths crossed because of God’s Will? I fully believe that God purposely puts people into our paths for a reason. Some of these divine appointments are obvious — we know why our husbands, wives, children, co-workers, and friends meet us on our paths daily. But what about the strangers we come across every day? The man you pass on the sidewalk, the mail carrier you said hello to as she dropped off your mail, the kid you saw in the aisle at the grocery store — are these people who randomly happened to cross your path, or did God put them in your path for a reason? Abby and Samuel have plans. They really work very hard to achieve their plans, but the more they spend time together, the more they struggle with the paths they thought they were supposed to travel. Did God put them together for a purpose? The fun in this story is breathlessly waiting for both of them to realize God’s true purpose for their meeting. God does not bring them together in a conventional way, but God’s purpose is perfect no matter what. And what a great reminder for me — God’s purpose truly is perfect no matter what!
The Noble Guardian is an excellent story. I had so much fun reading this book. If you are looking for a novel full of edge-of-your-seat adventure, well written and endearing characters, and timely themes then I highly recommend The Noble Guardian.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via NetGalley and Celebrate Lit. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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