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The Innkeeper's Daughter

(The Bow Street Runners #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,729 ratings  ·  483 reviews
A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown
Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.
All Johanna wants is
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Published March 1st 2018 by Shiloh Run Press (first published February 2018)
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Deanne Patterson
Well you could probably knock me down with a feather right now. You see I am always willing to try a new to me author for the first time. After all with the odds 50-50 I'll like them it's worth the effort to me. I've tried this author in novella form before but a full book no, not until now!
Michelle,I need to read more of your books! I have my new favorite author right here!
I am so impressed with the scenes in this book that I swear I was there seeing,hearing,tasting, all of my senses came aliv
"From now on, you are no longer a Moore, but a Morton… You are a dealer in fine wines, a buyer and seller for your father."

The Innkeeper's Daughter (2018, Barbour) by Michelle Griep is a Christian Regency romance/mystery set in Dover, England in 1808. The novel is a standalone story and second in The Bow Street Runners series, the first being Brentwood's Ward. I jumped at the chance to obtain a NetGalley copy of this one because Griep is on my list of my favorite six authors!

Rating: 5 stars

Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Although this book is one of the most historically accurate books I’ve read, I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters and the plot felt kinda loose to me. 🤷🏼‍♀️
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I loved all the elements in this book! A hardworking innkeeper, a British spy, smugglers, gamblers, musicians, puppets... the unique details made it stand out from others with a similar theme. Johanna's circumstances are desperate, and she keeps coming up with ideas to bring in more funds, only to find that when her plans fail, the Lord has things in hand. The spiritual message is to trust God even when there seems to be no hope left- especially then. Both Johanna and Alex find themselves in sit ...more
The Innkeeper's Daughter has a lot going for it. Griep's writing is as lovely as ever; her descriptions are vivid and help the reader envision the setting and the way the story takes place. Despite this the story didn't resonate with me like I had thought it would. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did Brentwood's Ward. For me, there is a lack of cohesion in the way the plot unfolds for the lead characters, Johanna and Alex. Much of the meat of the story takes place with them not together. Then whe ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Innkeeper's Daughter" by Michelle Griep is a riveting, fast-paced Regency you won't want to miss! This is the second book that I have read by this author and I am just in love with the way she writes. The first book I read by Ms. Griep was "12 Days at Bleakly Manor."

Ms. Griep is a master of characters. The way she writes her characters is very Dickens-esque; she makes the traits and quirks of some characters almost over-the-top. Some of the characters are so eccentric and quirky; I had a bi
Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

This book was very entertaining and had a great story. It contained Griep's usual mix of quirky characters. Johanna Langley, the heroine, has low self-esteem yet at the same time is fighting with every breath to save h
Karen R
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Any fans of BBC dramas will enjoy this tale of intrigue, adventure and romance! A sequel to Brentwood's Ward, loosely connected by a few mentions of other characters, but easily reads as a standalone. A cast of characters worthy of a Dickens novel, this well written story has a quick pace and a bit of humor to counteract the dark side of 1808 Dover. Villains and heroes, ladies and gentlemen of all parts of society mix it up. Some big plot twists and action towards the end kept it engaging until ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book of The Bow Street Runners Series (Brentwood's Ward), I wasn't nearly as enamored by The Innkeeper's Daughters. There were positive elements to the novel, but overall it was just an o.k. novel. ...more
Chautona Havig
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 Compelling (if Ridiculous) Reasons to Avoid This Author
1—She’s a copycat.
Well, sort of. You see, when you read Michelle Griep’s work, she transports you into the past, down cobblestone streets, and into quaint shops with patrons wearing cloaks, muffs, and all the other Dickensesque finery—but this time before Dickens was even born. Oh, yes. In Ms. Griep’s work, you’re transported to another world—one Dickens beckons us into—or rather, this time its grandmother’s world.

But she’s more than a cop
I'm a bit conflicted with this review.

The writing is beautiful. The author did a great job of describing the setting and characters in such a way that I felt I was there. I even found myself cringing my nose when the goal and smells were described!

The plot about the subterfuge was intriguing in the beginning. But somewhere it lost my interest and it was the mystery around Alex's father and Johanna's mother knowing him and her history with Ford which grabbed my attention again. The final 30% was
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

“God stamps His value on everyone – on you – by virtue of His grace.”

An undercover Bow Street Runner with a bit of rogue in him. A hardworking young woman with the weight of her family’s inn on her shoulders. A quirky puppeteer (quirky may be an understatement here). A mischievous young boy. A mother with a few secrets of her own. You will fall in love with each of these characters in turn, as well as the myriad of other eccentric and intriguing characters who cross your path on these p
J. W. Garrett
Treason, lies and intrigue… Oh My!!

“Tales of power and ambition and intrigue and betrayal and desire – when you’re telling those in a big way, you automatically want to go to Shakespeare.” –Beau Willimon

I loved this story that was set during the early 1800’s when Regency England battled Napoleon and his quest to conquer the world. It was full of intrigue, spy networks, treasonous characters, smugglers, and the agents of the Crown trying to thwart their nefarious plans and being them to justice.
This author, I have a love- hate relationship with.Sometimes I love her books sometimes I don't. I don't get it. This one was entertaining and had a good story line. The leading lady and her very low self esteem and a belief that God tortured her and it got old. She went so far as to say that God held her sin of lying against her and it was just as bad as the guy who whips people who work for him! What the crazy, in what world is our God so awful that he doesn't see the gravity of each sin and s ...more
This Regency adventure/romance has pretty much everything. The writing grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go, with well-rounded characters and a taut plot that just keeps adding layer upon layer of intrigue.

We start with the very harried title character, Johanna Langley, fretting over money she doesn't have in order to keep the failing Blue Hedge Inn in business. It's just Johanna, her mother and her 10-year-old brother Thomas trying to keep the place afloat, as Mr. Langley has been
Julie Carpenter
4.5 stars rounding up

Peril, intrigue, hidden identities, shady inns, Magistrates, smuggling, danger, beating hearts, family, loss, love, hope, Dover, musicians, lost minds, puppets, friendship, death, seaside, caves, balls, gambling, trust, time and healing.

From the beginning of the book to the end, I did not want to put it down. I was very intrigued by the characters and knew there were lots of interesting backstories waiting to be revealed to the reader. All was not what it appeared to be. Esp
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m quickly becoming a huge fan of Michelle Griep’s books!!! I’ve read 2.5 in one week! You cannot beat Griep’s romantic storylines and her chivalrous leading men. All her characters have such depth.
I’ve enjoyed both Book 1 & now 2 of the Bow Street Runners series. Though I didn’t love the female character in this book...and it stressed me out that there was a big secret involved that a character was yet to find out about the was still an awesome story with plenty of twists and turns.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this and this is my third book by this author and I love the way she tells a story. It had mystery, adventure and romance which is my favorite!
I loved the references to Brentwood... and I want to mention I received this as a Goodreads giveaway (first ever for me) YAY! And I promise this was an honest review. If you love the Lord and love a good story then you’ll love this one. Happy Reading! 💕
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Squeep! (that's when a book is so good your ecstatic bibliophile screams of joy mesh squeals and eeps into a particularly piercing squeep of delight.) My heart's all aflutter and my fainting couch has had a workout after reading The Innkeeper's Daughter. Think Regency with a Dickenish flare and a twist of sinister intrigue. I mean...I can't even....

A bow street runner who will go to any lengths to get his man? That's Alex -- dedicated professional until Johanna catches his eye...and his heart. T
Giving Ms. Griep another read. :)

My final verdict: I don't think Michelle Griep is my kind of author. Sometimes an author manages to transform something that's normally very serious into something lighthearted and witty, all without diminishing the seriousness of it. I end up educated, engaged, interested, and awed all at the same time. However, there are also some authors who manage to take a perfectly fine plot and unintentionally make it into an silly tidbit. In my opinion, this is what the a
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"There is nothing more - nor less - than trusting God. Therein surrender, and you will find rest."

Innkeeper Johanna Langley is bone tired; tired of trying to make ends meet, tired of chasing down her errant brother, tired of carrying the burden of her family's livelihood on her young shoulders. The old dilapidated Blue Hedge Inn stands just one payment shy of foreclosure, which would send all three members of her family to the poorhouse, when Joanna literally falls into the arms of an handsome
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this tale of intrigue and danger. The attraction between Johanna and Alex was clear from the start, yet it seemed an impossible situation. There were some characters in The Innkeeper’s Daughter who were easy to spot as “good guys” and others who clearly had nefarious intentions. Then there were those characters that I couldn’t quite pin down. The author did a good job of keeping me guessing about exactly who was behind the subterfuge.

There were some frustrating decisions made by both A
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another author to add to my list! This is the first book by Michelle Griep that I have read, but definitely will not be the last. The Innkeeper's Daughter has everything I look for in a book: excellent plot, memorable characters, well-researched historical detail and a spiritual message that can relevant to the reader as well. This is a regency filled with political intrigue, smuggling and a wonderful eclectic cast of characters. Although there are references to a previous book, Brentwood's Ward ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very researched dialog, likable characters and captivating scenes pulled me right into this book. Alex is an undercover Bow Street runner (cop). He's quite charming. I love how the author gives us a look into Alex's thoughts. These added descriptions are as entertaining as the actual plot. "Alex hesitated, unsure if he ought file the conversation away under Curious, Inconsequential-or Threatening. He opted for Risky as he strode to Thomas's door." -quote pg. 193. Johanna, the hard working Innkee ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad Alexander got his turn. We had a glimpse of him in Brentwood's Ward, and I really liked him.

Alex is man of duty and he doesn't say no to his assignment, even though it's fraught with peril. When he meets Johanna at the inn, he becomes a friend to her young brother, and to her as well.

Johanna is a strong character, but everything rides on her shoulders and she's tired. Sometimes, she makes bad decisions and Alex comes to her rescue.

I really liked how their relationship developed an
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Dover, England - 1808

Romance, history, intrigue and espionage … a book by Michelle Griep is simply not to be missed, and reading The Innkeeper’s Daughter is sheer delight. Griep does British settings, my favorite sub-genre, so very well. Along with romantic suspense, I always learn something new from the historical detail and delightful humor adds to the charm. Without going into detail, there’s a historic gem that gave me new insight into a l
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Downtown Abby and Regency novels are sure to love this latest by Michelle.
I enjoyed Johannas feisty temper and the strength that she displays throughout the story. Even though she's runs things and tries to keep her brother in line most times it doesn't hurt to let someone else step in for awhile.
Even the strongest needs a little TLC!!! One person just can't handle all!!
I like Johanna cause at times, she's headstrong just like me and stubborn too!! It's a shame we women can multitask a
This sounds so dang good.

Kristine Morgan
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Griep's The Innkeeper's Daughter is a stand-alone sequel to Brentwood's Ward. I found this book to be very entertaining. The setting is Dover England in the Regency period. The characters were definitely unique and I enjoyed the romantic, suspenseful plot. I loved the way Michelle wove the lesson of trusting God for all of our needs through the character's lives. The lesson was gently taught but was a natural fit with the plot. I sincerely hope she will write a sequel as there are a few ...more
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I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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