Celebrate Lit Tour – The Bride of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep

About the Book

Book: The Bride of Blackfriars Lane

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre: Christian/Romance/Historical

Release date: September, 2022

Detective Jackson Forge can hardly wait to marry the street-sly swindler who’s turned his life upside down. Kit Turner is equally excited to wed the handsome detective, and what better way to show her love than providing him with a gift any man of the law would love? She determines to bring to justice the men who years ago maimed his brother—despite Jackson’s warning to leave the past in the past. As she digs into the mystery of what happened, she unwittingly tumbles into her own history and endangers her future happiness with Jackson.

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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. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at http://www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

And guess what? She loves to hear from readers! Feel free to drop her a note at michellegriep@gmail.com.

More from Michelle

A Visit to Borough Market

Whenever I skip across the pond, I make it a point to stop at the Borough Market for some great meals. This area was—and is—a popular place to shop and an absolute must-see for food lovers. From grocers, fishmongers, cheese sellers, and butchers to all kinds of ethnic eats, it’s hard not to want to sample everything. My personal favorite are the buddha bowls.

Believe it or not, Borough market has been in operation for the past thousand years. Yes, you read that correctly. It actually began as a bridge, constructed in 990. But let’s fast forward to the Victorian era, shall we?

In the nineteenth century, a railway viaduct was constructed through the middle of the market, which brought in more people—but also brought in more noise, soot, disruption, and crime. In such a hotbed of activity, it’s easy to imagine cutpurses and pickpockets of all sorts.

And that’s the perfect scene for a certain con-artist turned investigator to meet with an informant. In The Bride of Blackfriars Lane, Kit Turner is up to her old shenanigans, much to Jackson’s chagrin. You can visit Borough Market along with her in this wild ride through Victorian London. It’s just one of the many stops in a city that never gets old.

My Thoughts

I was so excited to read more about Kit and Jackson after greatly enjoying the first book in the series and this novel did not disappoint!  I do recommend reading the series in order, as the characters and even some of the mystery in this book continues seamlessly from the first one.  Kit is stubborn but I love her deep compassion and heart for others.  Jackson, too, has his bull-headed moments, but beneath it is a man who cares deeply for Kit.  I loved reading about the realistic conflicts they face in this novel as it made their relationship even more genuine to me.  The mystery has several twists and turns; just when I thought I had it figured out, it twisted again!  It easily kept my attention and made me want to read more.  I also like the spiritual reflections that both Kit and Jackson have during the novel.  I really enjoyed this novel and I cannot recommend it enough!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Remembrancy, September 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 30

Christina’s Corner, September 30

A Baker’s Perspective, September 30

She Lives to Read, October 1

Inklings and notions, October 1

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 1

For Him and My Family, October 2

Blogging With Carol, October 2

Daysong Reflections, October 2

Hallie Reads, October 2

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 3 (Author Interview)

Where Faith and Books Meet, October 3

deb’s Book Review, October 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 4

Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 4

Holly’s Book Corner, October 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 5

Bizwings Blog, October 5

Back Porch Reads, October 5

Connie’s History Classroom, October 6

Books I’ve Read, October 6

Blossoms and Blessings, October 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 7

Splashes of Joy, October 7

Simple Harvest Reads, October 7 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

The Write Escape, October 8

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 8

Vicky Sluiter, October 8

Through the Fire Blogs, October 8

Pause for Tales, October 9

Cover Lover Book Review, October 9

Labor Not in Vain, October 9

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, October 10

Melissa’s Bookshelf, October 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 10

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, October 10

And now… A Giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a copy of The Bride of Blackfriars Lane!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/21aab/the-bride-of-blackfriars-lane-celebration-tour-giveaway

To Win a Prince by Toni Shiloh

About the Book

Iris Blakely desires for her talent for fashion to help the impoverished, hoping to start a business to fulfill this dream.  However, when she learns that the arrogant and irritating Ekon Diallo will be her business consultant, she is less than thrilled about the prospect.  Ekon has lost everything and he is determined to win it back, even if it means pleasing the prickly Iris.  As he and Iris work closely together, he realizes that he may have much to learn from the intriguing beautiful woman who has a heart as big as the islands.

About the Author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. Her novel Grace Restored was a 2019 HOLT Medallion finalist, and Risking Love was a 2020 Selah Award finalist. As a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Toni loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media and at tonishiloh.com.

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My Thoughts

Having enjoyed In Search of a Prince, I was delighted to read this second book.  I think the author does a great job of writing characters that you learn to care about!  I really liked Iris as she possess a huge heart and has great compassion and empathy.  Ekon is arrogant and entitled and yet even he grew on me as Iris’s good nature slowly wore off onto him.  I love the way the author incorporates many spiritual themes and truths into the growth of the characters, the development of their relationship, and the formation of the plot.  They truly are a central part of the story.  I also liked the way the author did not shy away from writing about deep cultural and social issues.  It made the plot seem more authentic and realistic.  And the setting is something I wish I could visit!  I really liked this book and look forward to more from this author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Entrusted by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Princess Birgitta, brave and fierce, leads the Dark Warriors to assist her brother in taking the throne of Norvegia, only to be captured by Kristoffer Prestegard, a warrior whose father and uncle have determined should be king of Norvegia.  Kristoffer decides to trade his prisoner Birgitta for the coveted Holy Lamp, possessed by her brother.  Yet as he journeys to bring Birgitta to exchange her, he begins to learn more about Birgitta and cause, causing his heart to suddenly be torn between his family and this fascinating princess.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!). When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate. Find out more at jodyhedlund.com.

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My Thoughts

A fantastic finish to a fabulous series!  Each book has been even better than the last as the action grows and the plot deepens.  Of course the romance in this novel is just as wonderful as the first five; I loved reading about the growing relationship between the feisty Birgitta and stalwart Kristoffer.  I really like how the characters are flawed to make them realistic, but they satisfactorily grow and mature as well.  This book grabbed my attention and kept me captured from beginning to end, causing me to read late into the night as I immersed myself into the fascinating, creative world.  I really liked how everything from the first five books came together; therefore, although this novel can stand on its own, I highly recommend reading the entire series in order.  This book may be marketed to young adults but I promise readers of all ages will greatly enjoy it.  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Worthy of Legend by Roseanna M. White

About the Book

Betrayed by her family, Lady Emily Scofield must hide treasures she found during the summer, causing a rift between her brother and herself.  Bram Sinclair, a lover of the tales of King Arthur, is eager to piece together a diary that could unearth a secret artifact.  He teams up with Emily to find the secret artifact, racing against her family and archeologists.  And as they work together, Bram and Emily discover that treasures lie in more places than buried beneath the earth.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-winning 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. You can learn more about her and her stories at roseannamwhite.com.

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My Thoughts

This whole series has been so good!  I have really loved the setting on the Isles, it serves as a fascinating backdrop for the stories.  In this novel, we get to follow Emily and Bram, who we met earlier in the series, and I loved reading more about their relationship.  Bram’s declaration of love was just so perfect!  I enjoyed reading about the growth of both Bram and Emily in the story and I think the author does a fantastic job of highlighting some incredible spiritual truths, including the truth that we are worthy to God, no matter what.   This can be applied to my own life and makes the characters seem more real and personable.  There is intrigue in the novel that kept my attention and I was eager to know the conclusion.  I am a bit sad to leave the Isles behind as I have really enjoyed this series.  I highly recommend this novel!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Honor Bound by Hallee Bridgeman

About the Book

It may seem odd to seek peace by moving to a war-torn African country, but for medical missionary Dr. Cynthia Myers, it provided a way to escape a shallow life of unearned wealth, a philandering fiancé, and a father now square in the public eye as vice president of the United States. At least here she knows her work and life have meaning. But all that is thrown into chaos when she fails to save the life of a local warlord’s mortally wounded son.

As part of the Army Special Forces “A-Team” on a mission to capture and subdue the warlord, Captain Rick Norton is compelled to use deadly force to save Cynthia’s life. Enraged at the violence she witnessed and riddled with guilt that men died because of her, Cynthia tries to hold on to her anger–but an unwanted attraction is taking hold.

With two members of his team badly injured and rebels in hot pursuit, Rick will have to draw upon all his strength and cunning to get her out alive . . . because he’s beginning to think they just might overcome their differences and be able to make a life together.

About the Author

Hallee Bridgeman is the USA Today bestselling author of several action-packed romantic suspense books and series. An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee and her husband finally settled in central Kentucky, where they have raised their three children. When she’s not writing, Hallee pursues her passion for cooking, coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. An accomplished speaker and active member of several writing organizations, Hallee can be found online at http://www.halleebridgeman.com.

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My Thoughts

This is my first novel by this author and it will certainly not be my last!  Action, suspense, and romance are all packed tightly into this exciting novel. I had a hard time putting it down due to wanting to find out more about the twists and turns that the novel frequently takes from beginning to end.  I was also impressed that there was such deep character development even with all the action in the novel.  The romance grows realistically, which I liked as well.  The writing is very well done and I found it easy to read this novel quickly.  I cannot wait for the second book!  Recommended to those who enjoy romantic suspense.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson

About the Book

Christmas should be celebrated with family. But for Vera Swanson, that’s not an option this year. Widowed and recently relocated, she is lonely in her condo-for-one–until little Fiona Albright knocks on her door needing help. With her mother seriously ill and her father out of town, Fiona enlists Vera’s help, and when she finds out her new neighbor is a quilter, she has a special request–a Christmas quilt for Mama.

Vera will have to get a ragtag group of women together in order to fulfill the request. Between free-spirited artist Tasha, chatty empty nester Beverly, retired therapist Eleanor, and herself, Vera has hopes that Christmas for the Albright family will be merry, after all–and she may find herself a new family of friends along the way.

About the Author

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 250 books with sales of more than 7.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice, and her novel All Summer Long was made into a Hallmark movie. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

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My Thoughts

I look forward to these fun Christmas novellas by Melody Carlson every year because they always put me in the Christmas spirit!  Charming and cozy, this novella is the perfect read by a fireplace with your favorite hot beverage.  Vera is such a dear soul and I really liked reading about her generous spirit.  I also loved dear little Fiona.  I was encouraged by many of the spiritual truths in this novella as the characters themselves grow in their faith.  Friendships and community abound as the ladies come together for Fiona and you cannot help but smile at the wonderful ending to the story.  I really liked reading this novella, so full of heart, and am already eagerly anticipating the next one!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Beneath the Bending Skies by Jane Kirkpatrick

About the Book

Mollie Sheehan has spent much of her life striving to be a dutiful daughter and honor her father’s wishes, even when doing so has led to one heartbreak after another. After all, what options does she truly have in 1860s Montana? But providing for her stepfamily during her father’s long absences doesn’t keep her from wishing for more. 

When romance blooms between her and Peter Ronan, Mollie finally allows herself to hope for a brighter future–until her father voices his disapproval of the match and moves her to California to ensure the breakup. Still, time and providence are at work, even when circumstances are at their bleakest. Mollie may soon find that someone far greater than her father is in control of the course of her life–and that even the command to “honor thy father” has its limits.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of 40 books, including The Healing of Natalie CurtisSomething Worth DoingOne More River to CrossEverything She Didn’t SayAll Together in One PlaceA Light in the WildernessThe Memory WeaverThis Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California. Learn more at http://www.jkbooks.com.

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My Thoughts

I am always drawn to books by Jane Kirkpatrick because they are based on true stories.  She pens novels with such fantastic historical research and depth that brings these stories to life.  The pace of this novel is a little slow, but that really allowed me to get to know the characters, history, and setting well, and I liked the detail the author provided.  I was also impressed with the great spiritual growth and truths in this novel and found my own faith strengthened simply by reading and reflecting.  The journey that Mollie embarks on with her romance instead develops her faith in a real and raw way.  The cover to this novel is gorgeous and is but a small reflection of the wonderful words that lie beneath.  I highly recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Enflamed by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Sylvi Prestegard has no desire to marry the evil man her father has picked for her.  Instead, she turns to Espen, a Knight of the Brethren and a dear friend, for help.  Espen is eager to help his childhood friend and agrees to aid Sylvi in escaping her father, deciding to bring her on his mission to locate the holy lamp.  Sylvi’s father is furious when he discovers Syliv’s duplicity and will stop at nothing to find her and Espen and thwart their plans.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over forty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards. She writes clean, sweet romances with plenty of sizzle. Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate. Find out more at jodyhedlund.com.

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My Thoughts

A wonderful addition to the amazing Knights of Brethren series, Enflamed is full of action, romance, and mystery.  I love friends to lovers tropes because the romance develops so realistically, and I really liked reading about the evolving relationship of Sylvi and Espen.  The quest for the holy lamp is packed with intrigue as Sylvi and Espen seek to find it.  There were twists that kept my attention and made it hard to put the book down.  The romance has a perfect blend of swoony chemistry characteristic of all of Jody Hedlund’s novels, yet is still clean enough for young readers.  I am always amazed at the author’s ability to consistently deliver creative plots, exciting characters, and fresh romance!  I have greatly enjoyed this series and cannot wait for the next book!  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold

About the Book

Aidyn Kelley is eager to prove her abilities to write serious pieces for the Kansas City Star, earning her an assignment interviewing Clara Kip, a spirited yet dying elderly woman who just entered hospice care.  During her interviews, Aidyn learns much about Mrs. Kip and her exciting life, hoping to get stories for her assignment.  Soon, however, Aidyn learns that Mrs. Kip has real life lessons that may be just what Aidyn needs to hear.

About the Author

Sara Brunsvold creates stories that speak hope, truth, and life. Influenced by humble women of God who find his fingerprints in the everyday, she does the same in her life and her storytelling. Sara’s recognitions include the 2020 ACFW Genesis Award for Contemporary Fiction. She lives with her family in Kansas City, Missouri, where she can often be spotted writing at a park or library. Learn more at http://www.sarabrunsvold.com.

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My Thoughts

Emotionally charged, this novel takes you on a delightful journey through past and present as characters recall entertaining and teachable stories and discuss deep topics.  I liked how even though the characters were fictional, the topics of conversation in the novel were very real and applicable to actual life.  Mrs. Kip is spunky and sweet and I really enjoyed reading her tales.  I also love the integration of spiritual truths effortlessly woven into the plot.  An inspirational tale of women’s fiction, this novel will grab your heart and not let go.  I really enjoyed this story and recommend it highly!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Deception by Patricia Bradley

About the Author

Patricia Bradley is the author of StandoffObsession, and Crosshairs, as well as the Memphis Cold Case novels and Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award; she was a Carol Award finalist; and three of her books were included in anthologies that debuted on the USA Today bestseller list. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at http://www.ptbradley.com.

About the Book

Investigative Service Branch ranger Madison Thorn is content to be working in the fraud and cyber crimes division after an FBI agent fooled her several years ago.  However, soon she is sent to investigate a violent crime in Natchez, Mississippi, teaming her with her former childhood enemy, Clayton Bradshaw.  Clayton is worried for Madison’s safety after her grandfather is shot and a woman who looks just like Madison is attacked.  Despite their past differences, Madison and Clayton need to work together to find answers before it is too late.

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My Thoughts

This series has been fantastic, and this final novel is a perfect ending!  You do not have to read the stories in order, as this novel stands well on its own, but as someone who devoured the first three books in the series, it was great to return to Natchez, Mississippi.  I really like Madison and Clayton individually and I really loved them together.  Their relationship is not forced but develops naturally and realistically.  The suspense is fantastic!  The action starts immediately, continues without lagging in the middle, and finishes strong.  I had a hard time putting the book down!  I also thought the author did a great job of incorporating spiritual truths among the pages.  I greatly enjoyed the story and highly recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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