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Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery

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3 Page-Turners Under One Cover from Reader Favorite Michelle Griep!
Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear?
 
The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
Cornish Coast, 1815
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?
 
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Barbour Books
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    Julie Carpenter
    Overall 4.5 *

    I love Michelle Griep's writing style. She's a favorite go to author for me. Whenever I see that she has a new story for me to read and enjoy, I jump on the chance to read it! This is a collection of three of her novellas that were included in three different anthologies. I actually had read one of the anthologies but not the other two. So let me just say I was pretty excited with the chance to have the other two that I had missed put into a collection of just Michelle Griep's. Wooh
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    Lucinda
    Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A great compilation of 19th century novellas with compelling characters and great settings. These were previously published in multi-author anthologies.

    The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady
    What a delightful little story! I'm utterly convinced Michelle Griep can't write a bad story.
    For being short, it sure packed a punch. The main characters are strong: Helen and Isaac don't meet under the best circumstances, and he doesn't leave a good impression on her. But then Helen finds out he's the landowner ove
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    Dana Michael
    Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Three great reads in one book. Each story can be read in one sitting. Sweet romances with suspense that left a satisfying happily ever after.
    *I was given a copy of this book by Barbour publishing. I was not under any obligation to leave a review. This is my honest opinion.
    Jen.
    Feb 17, 2019 added it
    Ladies of Intrigue is a collection of three novellas by award-winning author Michelle Griep. Each novella has been published in previous Barbour collections and are now repackaged under a pretty, new cover!

    Included in this collection:
    The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
    The Doctor’s Woman
    House of Secrets

    Michelle Griep has a beautiful way with words! This collection was nice introduction to her style!

    Ladies of Intrigue is available now!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing
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    Megan
    Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    “Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery” by Michelle Griep has been a much anticipated read for me as I love Ms. Grieps’ books! This particular book is a collection of three of her novellas. Each novella can be read as a standalone, but you might as well read them all since each one is amazing!

    The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady

    Fans of “Poldark” will swoon over this novella that takes place on the Cornish Coast and deals with smuggling. I love the main character, He
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    Susan
    Michelle Griep has penned three engaging novellas in Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery. These are all previously published novellas that have been compiled in one collection. In the last year or so, Ms. Griep has become one of my favorite authors, so I was thrilled to read some of her earlier work. In my humble opinion, it is more difficult for an author to excel at world building and character development in the shorter length stories, but I find that Mi ...more
    Sarita
    I discovered Michelle Griep in 2018 and since then found that I enjoy her stories. She has a unique entertaining way of bringing characters to life and her characters are unique and interesting.

    This was the same with this set of novellas. Each novella brought interesting characters, some mysterious event and a sweet love story. The three female characters were quite independent, feisty characters who found themselves in interesting situations where they needed a dashing hero. The plot of each no
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    Karen R
    Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A wonderful collection of well written novellas! Some of my all time favorites from previously published collections, gathered into their own book. I loved revisiting Regency era Cornwall, an army outpost in Civil War era Dakota territory, and 1890's St. Paul, Minnesota. Great characters, some action and adventure, and a romance in each one with some sighworthy moments. "I love you more than life and air." Oh my. Major sigh.

    These all have a bit of faith inserted into the plot, worked naturally
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    Deon
    Love this cover!!
    Mary
    Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Let’s take a journey through the nineteenth century with this collection of tales each with a hint of intrigue. Three settings, three heroines, and their three equally captivating counterparts make for a delightful read.

    The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
    1815. Cornwall. Helen Fletcher, a young governess, returns from Ireland to Cornwall only to find herself spirited away from the ship by a mysterious smuggler. When the mysterious smuggler turns up again, will Helen be able to figure out exactly what
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    Lynda Edwards
    Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: keeper-shelf
    Michelle Griep has quickly risen to the top of my list of favorite authors. Her stories are romantic, intense, and quickly transport me far away from the mundane. This collection of novellas is no exception, proving that whatever time period or location she’s writing about, or even how long the story is, it will surely be outstanding.

    The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady

    There is so much packed into this novella that I’m not even sure where to start. The swoony hero, the tenacious heroine who pretends
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    Annette
    Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: books-read-2019
    Three stories with mystery and romance! My two favorite things! I enjoyed all the stories but think the first one was my favorite! A fast quick read! Thanks for the early copy!
    Emily Yager
    Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Three well written novellas filled with mystery and each wrapped up in a different historical timeframe. An excellent read that is hard to put down once you start.

    I received an ARC copy from the publisher via netgalley. A review was not required, but appreciated.
    Rosanne Lortz
    Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book was a lifesaver for me. I have been staying up way too late every night of our three-week Christmas break because it's impossible to go to sleep before finishing my book of the day. (Once you pop, you can't stop, if you know what I mean...) But this book is actually three books, a collection of three novellas all set in the 19th century. Disconnected novellas. Novellas that can be read separately. I thoroughly enjoyed each one over the course of three days and was able to go to sleep b ...more
    Kristina
    Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep contains three 19th century romance novellas. The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady takes us to the Cornish Coast in 1815. Helen Fletcher is rushing to Cornwall from Ireland to be by her ill father’s side. As Helen is preparing to depart the ship, a band of renegades’ attack and liberate a shipment of gunpowder. When Helen meets her father’s patron, Isaac Seaton, she is shocked when she is recognizes him as one of the smugglers. Seaton likes Helen’s fiery spirit, but ...more
    Monique
    Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Ladies of Intrigue is a book with three short stories by Michelle Griep. I actually am very fond of short stories, they are my favorite because they are fast paced and usually have a unique premiss, so I was very happy to receive an e-arc from Netgalley! And there is some serious cover envy going on. That blue is spectacular! Anyway, let’s get to the main feature: the words itself ;)

    The Gentleman Smuggler starts of with a bang, where our two protagonists meet at opposite ends of a robbery. Thou
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    Maureen Timerman
    Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    Three different stories by the same author, with each being a third of the book, and each quickly drawing you in.
    Whether we are in old England, the city of St. Paul or in a U.S. Military Fort, we are offered a story that includes a strong woman as the main character.
    Of course, you can sit down and read one, and they save the next for later, but like the candy it is hard not to turn the next page.

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour and was not required to give a posi
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    Crystal
    Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This collection of novellas has something for everyone!

    The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady was a fun story for me! Isaac and Helen seem so opposite, yet make the perfect match. Although they go from "hello" to "I love you" in sixty seconds flat, their chemistry is catching. A hero who is super protective of his lady always warms my heart, and Isaac definitely excels in this area!

    The Doctor's Woman was my least favorite of the three. There wasn't much action and the romance was flat in my opinion. It i
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    Linda Klager
    Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book was 3 short stories. I enjoyed them all. The cover of the book was intriguing also. Thank you Goodreads for the free book!
    Trixi
    Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Gentleman’s Smuggler’s Lady
    Resplendent of a great Poldark episode, The Gentleman’s Smuggler’s Lady will have your heart palpitating as you ride along the Cornish seaside with Isaac Seaton and win the heart of his lady love Helen Fletcher. Meeting under less than ideal circumstances, he must untie the knot of secrets and mystery in order to impress the young lady. No easy feat when she only sees him as a scoundrel and smuggler! Ah, but you will find true love wins in the end. I loved this o
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    Sandra
    Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Fans of Christian historical romance will not be disappointed with Michelle Griep's collection of short stories. This is a collection of three different stories, about three intriguing women, all from three different time periods.

    The first story The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady, written about the Cornish Coast in 1815. The book starts out with intrigue and suspense. Helen Fletcher is sailing from Ireland, where she worked as a nanny. She is coming home to care for her ailing father a pastor. She g
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    Laura
    Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    If you are a Michelle Griep fan you will want to make sure you add Ladies of Intrigue to your "must read" list. This book, which comes out February 1, 2019, is a quick read because it's hard to put down.

    My favourite story was the first one The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady. That one I could not put down and read it straight through. I loved the storyline and the characters and was disappointed it ended. I wonder how the author kept it to a short story as it has the potential to be a full-length nove
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    Elizabeth
    Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019-reads
    With acknowledgements of influence and support to other favorite authors like Julie Klassen, MaryLu Tyndall, and recently-added favorite Shannon McNear, Michelle Griep has done it again: Crafted 3 delightful masterpieces to add to my shelf! These stories focus on two main elements: intriguing characters, and the romance that is born and blossoms as a result. The mystery element is not so much part of the genre, except in the question of the character of Isaac in the first story, and an old "haun ...more
    Caitlyn Lynch
    I was about a quarter of the way into The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady, the first in this three-book collection, when I started getting an unsettling feeling of deja vu. A few more pages and I was sure I’d read the book before, though it took a close look at my Goodreads library before I figured out where. It was part of a box set called The Regency Brides Collection, published in 2017. Obviously a limited time run, that set is no longer available and the author has bundled this story with the othe ...more
    Liz
    Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    My free time is limited...no bland or predictable books allowed here. But Michelle Griep NEVER disappoints! Her novels are a delightful blend of good historical research, romance, comedy, and some unexpected plot twists - she regularly keeps me up past my bedtime for "one more chapter." This collection of three novellas is no exception. The stories are set in very different times and places, and revolve around strong young women struggling with the death or disapproval of their fathers as they f ...more
    Paula Shreckhise
    Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep is a trio of historical novellas in one volume.

    These were three entertaining, quick reads.

    The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady: 1815 Cornwall, England
    A governess, Helen Fletcher, comes to Cornwall to tend her ailing pastor father. She is welcomed by Esther and Isaac Seaton, the local gentry. Adventures ensue as Helen is pursued by an odious Revenue official who is after local smugglers. After her father’s death, who will come to Helen’s rescue? Full of local flavo
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    Nancy
    Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Three Romantic Tales Set in the 19th Century

    Each of the three tales is a love story with some mystery. One couple is engaged. The other two have just met, but each couple has a complete story.

    The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady pairs Helen, a governess returning to England to care for her pastor father, with Issac, a smuggler. However, the smuggler is also the owner of an estate who has given her father a cottage to live in and the sustenance to care for him in his illness. Helen doesn’t want to hide
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    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    This 3-novella collection is a delightful addition to my personal library. I enjoy reading anything written by Michelle Griep, and I was delighted to get my hands on this collection of her stories. Each story can be read in one sitting.

    Each story is a stand-alone, filled with page-turning adventure and vivid characters that you won't soon forget. These stories are filled with sweet romance a dash of mystery and plenty of witty dialogue. If I had to pick of favorite of the three it would be The G
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    Jeanne Alfveby crea
    Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I love Michelle Griep stories. Ladies of Intrigue has three lovely, sweet novellas that grab you and don't let go. The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady takes place on the Cornish Coast in 1815. The story takes off like a galloping horse which also literally happens in the story. Is Isaac a gentleman or a smuggler at heart? Love the journey on how Helen finds the answer to that question. The Doctor's Woman takes place at Fort Snelling in Minnesota during the Dakota Uprising in 1862. Will a doctor's daug ...more
    Brandi
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Three delightful stories from a very talented writer. The first story was probably my favorite, followed by the third. In the third story, Craven and Lillian are the kind of people you'd like to walk up to with a fly swatter (pop 'em a few times while complaining about imaginary flies), but I'll admit I wanted to pop Amanda with one a time or two, but that makes her more believably human, doesn't it?
    The second story was a wee bit more predictable, but still fun. I like the heroine (whose name I
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