About the Book
Book: The House at the End of the Moor
Author: Michelle Griep
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Release Date: April 1, 2020
What Can a London Opera Star and an Escaped Dartmoor Prisoner Have in Common?
Opera star Maggie Lee escapes her opulent lifestyle when threatened by a powerful politician who aims to ruin her life. She runs off to the wilds of the moors to live in anonymity. All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man near her house.
Escaped convict Oliver Ward is on the run to prove his innocence until he gets hurt and is taken in by Maggie. He discovers some jewels in her possession—the very same jewels that got him convicted. Together they hatch a plan to return the jewels, clearing Oliver’s name and hopefully maintaining Maggie’s anonymity.
I love Michelle Griep’s novels. They are filled with so much action and adventure that pages fly by. They always contain well-crafted and dynamic characters who are not only endearing but also relatable. And, Griep’s novels deal with important and timely themes that allow readers the ability to look within and perform a bit of soul searching. All of this is true for The House at the End of the Moor, Griep’s latest novel due to release on April 1, 2020. I found this book one adventurous ride that I simply could not put down. I highly recommend this novel to historical fiction aficionados everywhere.
We Christians love our causes, so much so we sometimes lose track of God’s Truth and His path for us. Our hearts may be well-meaning, but our focus becomes myopic and lost. Such is the case for not just the hero of The House at the End of the Moor, Oliver, but for his nemesis as well, Sebastian Barrow. What a truly fantastic dynamic — BOTH men wholeheartedly believe they are fighting for God, but BOTH men are off a bit in their fights. Because of this, BOTH the hero and the villain are guilty of no longer obeying God’s will. There is so much to love about The House at the End of the Moor, but this unique discussion — that the hero and the villain are both wrong in their causes — is my favorite. Griep beautifully and poignantly illustrates through her hero and villain that once we take ourselves off God’s path we are all capable of being the villains in our own stories. WHOA! What a powerful statement of truth — one I had to really think upon as I read this amazing story.
When we become so focused on what we think is right by God, when we forget to check in with Him and see if our actions match His will, we often run the chance of walking straight off His path and onto one of our own making. We must never forget God. Fighting causes in God’s name, whether it be helping the poor, the abused, the innocent, the widows, the orphans, etc., is a good thing as long as we remember to involve God. We need to make it a habit to regularly check in with God and make sure our actions are part of His will for us. Both Oliver and Constable Barrow, on the surface, fight noble causes. Oliver wants desperately to save the poor and downtrodden. He wants to give them a better life. Sebastian Barrow wants to put the guilty where they belong — in jail. But BOTH men lose sight of God’s Truth and His path, and in the end, have to learn this lesson the hard way. I, myself, greatly appreciate Griep’s lesson. It is a reminder I needed myself — to always check in with God BEFORE I do things to make sure I’m doing His will for me. As with Oliver and Sebastian, I certainly do not mean to ever be the villain in my own story.
There is so much more that can be said about The House at the End of the Moor. One review will never be enough to illustrate just how good and complex this story is. I implore you to purchase a copy today. You will not be disappointed that you did!
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author, Michelle Griep, via NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.