Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 25, 2019

Three short stories of romance, mystery and intrigue

intrigue  Michelle Griep’s “Ladies of Intrigue” contains three short stories created to entertain and intrigue readers with stories of smuggling, treating the sick under strenuous circumstances and, last but not least, cleaning up a brothel.

“The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady” is the story of Helen Fletcher, a governess who has returned to England to care for her ailing father.  While aboard a ship heading for home, smugglers attack the ship.  Helen is swept away by one particular smuggler.  She later meets him and falls in love with him. Can she keep his secret and reform him at the same time?

In “The Doctor’s Woman”, Emmy Nelson is called to work alongside Dr. James Clark during the Dakota uprising.  Even though he finds her methods unusual and not likely to work, Dr. Clark must admit that Emmy’s heart is in the right place and her love for others and willingness to try new methods is an asset to him.  Will they embrace their attraction for each other or go their separate ways when Dr. Clark receives a new assignment?

“A House of Secrets” is the story of a young woman, Amanda Carston, who wants her father’s approval and acceptance more than anything in the world.  As chairwoman of the Ladies Aide, she has an opportunity to make him proud but one woman stands in her way.  Amanda wants to renovate a dilapidated house and turn it into a schoolhouse for underprivileged and undereducated children.  However, she soon learns that her fiance holds the title and will not let it go even to save her from embarrassment.  His one mission in life is to save girls from the infamous brothel down the street.  Will his secret keep them apart?  Will Amanda learn to forgive him?

Griep’s tales are entertaining and leave you wanting more.  I loved all of these stories, but her story about the smuggler was my favorite.  I really wanted to learn more about Helen and Isaac’s future story.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

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