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.
More from Michelle
What comes to mind when you hear the word moor? For some, images of Jane Eyre spring to life. For others, The Hound of the Baskervilles starts barking. But for most, it’s a big fat goose egg. The fact is that most Americans don’t have a clue what a moor is, but never fear, my friend…after you read the next few paragraphs, you’ll never again go blank-minded when you hear the word moor.
Last summer I skipped across the pond and tromped around Dartmoor with my daughter and husband. What an awesome experience. I learned first-hand just how windy this vast stretch of land can be, for that’s really what a moor is at heart: a vast stretch of land. Webster’s defines it as an expanse of open rolling infertile land. Sounds rather desolate, eh? Yeah. Kind of. But it’s oh so much more.
In spring and summer, green does abound. Gorse bushes. Scrubby grasses. Lambs and sheep and goats. All these animals roam free so there are trails worn into the dirt that you can hike along. But I hear you…where could you possibly go if there’s nothing besides some farm animals roaming around the place?
You could hike to a tor, which is a “high, craggy hill.” Some of them can be a little treacherous to climb, but sweet mercy, what a view! The earth stretches out like a green and brown quilt. As I hiked that day last spring, whispers in the wind inspired me to wonder a lot of what-ifs, and those what-ifs came together in a story of intrigue and betrayal.
What would you do if you found a half-dead man bleeding in the middle of nowhere? Find out what heroine Maggie Lee does in The House at the End of the Moor.
Ok, this book was awesome! I am having trouble even putting into words how much I enjoyed this novel. The characters are so raw and real that I instantly connected with them. They face personal struggles of trusting God in uncertain times, forgiveness for past wrongs, and allowing God to dictate justice instead of taking revenge. The author does such a wonderful job of crafting sentences that contain such rich descriptions and I found myself completely immersed in the story after only a few pages. I think this author has a special gift for writing and I felt like I was transported to the boggy moors of the nineteenth century with ease. Her ability to describe scenes, landscapes, facial expressions, and emotions that characters are experiencing is truly remarkable. I loved learning about the various aspects of the historical time period. I also really enjoyed the surprising mysteries to the story and the different twist and turns. I will admit that I read the book in one day and did not accomplish anything else at home – laundry piled up, dishes sat dirty, and tasks went undone as I lost myself in the story. The author also did a great job of packing a lot in the novel; I felt like the story was deep and had plenty of time to develop the characters fully and still have an interesting and complex plot. I loved the way the romance had time to grow and deepen too. There honestly was not anything that I did not love about this story! I most highly recommend this novel!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Batya’s Bits, April 18
The Avid Reader, April 18
Life of Literature, April 18
The Power of Words, April 18
For Him and My Family, April 19
Texas Book-aholic, April 19
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 19
Among the Reads, April 20
My Devotional Thoughts, April 20
As He Leads is Joy, April 20
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 20
Just the Write Escape, April 21
Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 21
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 21
Where Faith and Books Meet, April 22
deb’s Book Review, April 22
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 22
Inklings and notions, April 22
Remembrancy, April 23
Hookmeinabook, April 23
Christian Bookaholic, April 23
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 23
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 24
Britt Reads Fiction, April 24
Emily Yager, April 24
Betti Mace, April 25
Stories By Gina, April 25
Adventures of a Traveling Wife, April 25
Blossoms and Blessings, April 25
Splashes of Joy, April 26
Simple Harvest Reads, April 26 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Vicky Sluiter, April 26
Locks, Hooks and Books, April 26
Blessed & Bookish, April 27
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 27
Pause for Tales, April 27
Through the Fire Blogs, April 28
Hallie Reads, April 28
Faery Tales Are Real, April 28
To Everything There Is A Season, April 28
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 29
Bigreadersite, April 29
Older & Smarter?, April 29
Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 29
Genesis 5020, April 30
Read Review Rejoice, April 30
By The Book, April 30
For the Love of Literature, April 30
All-of-a-kind Mom, May 1
Bookishly Beverly, May 1
Daysong Reflections, May 1
Artistic Nobody, May 1 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)