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Archived Group Reads - 2018 > July's Group Buddy - The Innkeeper's Daughter by Michelle Griep

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message 1: by Beth, Head Librarian (last edited Jul 01, 2018 10:58AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Beth (bbulow) | 2341 comments Mod
Happy Sunday! July's Group Buddy is The Innkeeper's Daughter by Michelle Griep.

GR Summary:
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 to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

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Chime in with a comment if you think you'll join in. Remember, that with a group buddy there is no formal discussion, so feel free to share you thoughts and/or pose your own questions starting about mid-way through the month.


Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 867 comments I'm going to try. :)


message 3: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 3 stars

Staci | 1941 comments Mod
I'm in! I read Brentwood's Ward in June and thoroughly enjoyed it.


Donna Tulip | 11 comments I'll be reading this. I think I got this as a freebie at some point and never read it. At least I don't think so.


Carissa | 179 comments I'm in


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Kristen | 18 comments i am going to try. Will add it to my list.


Sarita | 1404 comments I'm currently reading this :-)


message 8: by Beth, Head Librarian (new) - rated it 3 stars

Beth (bbulow) | 2341 comments Mod
Awesome, everyone! :) I'm hoping to start it this weekend.


message 9: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim | 8 comments I'm reading it now!


message 10: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 3 stars

Staci | 1941 comments Mod
For those also participating in the July challenge, are you considering The Innkeeper's Daughter Regency? It is a few years prior (1808) than the Regency time period shown in the challenge (1811-1820).


Sarita | 1404 comments @staci - I’m counting it. Cheryl said in the first post of that thread if it is just before or after that period we can count it because she wasn’t sure of the exact years etc


Sarita | 1404 comments Finished this last night.


message 13: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 3 stars

Staci | 1941 comments Mod
Excellent! Thanks Sarita!

I noticed you didn’t love this book. Have you read other books by the author? Did you enjoy them?


Sarita | 1404 comments Staci wrote: "Excellent! Thanks Sarita!

I noticed you didn’t love this book. Have you read other books by the author? Did you enjoy them?"


I read the first one in this series, Brentwood's Ward and really liked that one, so I was expecting to like this one. But for some reason it just didn't connect with me.

I saw everyone else who read it really liked it or loved it.

This is only my second Michelle Griep, but will definitely try her again.


message 15: by Beth, Head Librarian (new) - rated it 3 stars

Beth (bbulow) | 2341 comments Mod
So far, at about 15%, I can say that Brentwood's Ward is still winning between the two. It's too early to call for certain, but that's how I feel now.

I've read Brentwood's Ward, The Captive Heart, and 12 Days at Bleakly Manor. Enjoyed the first two, the last was a miss for me.


message 16: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 3 stars

Staci | 1941 comments Mod
I've read The Captive Heart, The Captured Bride and Brentwood's Ward.

The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3) by Michelle Griep Brentwood's Ward (The Bow Street Runners #1) by Michelle Griep

I didn't love The Captive Heart, but enjoyed The Captured Bride and really liked Brentwood's Ward.


message 17: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 3 stars

Staci | 1941 comments Mod
Just finished and ready to discuss. If I remember correctly, there are no official discussion questions and we are to pose our own. Is that right Beth?


message 18: by Beth, Head Librarian (new) - rated it 3 stars

Beth (bbulow) | 2341 comments Mod
That is right! :) And as it's mid-month, any and all discussion is now welcome.


message 19: by Beth, Head Librarian (last edited Jul 15, 2018 12:45PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Beth (bbulow) | 2341 comments Mod
I finished it last night. I liked it but was not nearly as enamored of it as I was Brentwood's Ward.

I liked the characters of Mam (she seemed to really know what was going on the majority of the time). I also though Thatcher was an intriguing character and wonder if he needs his own story.

As for our leads...I definitely empathized with Johanna and her propensity to do what was needed for her family and their livelihood. Just like Alex was willing to do what was needed for his job.

I think what stumbled me up was how the plot for each of them seemed to lack cohesion, until the last quarter of the story, which was probably my favorite part. I also wasn't sure the purpose that Mr. Nutbrown served. I didn't really care for the parts from his point of view, but maybe I'm missing something and should've been more into it.

Anyone have any different feeling about Mr. Nutbrown's character?

I definitely like Griep's writing on the whole and found there to be some lovely phrasing that reminded me of why I look forward to her books.


Sarita | 1404 comments I really liked Brentwood's Ward and expected to also really like The Innkeeper's Daughter, but it was just ok.

I definitely agree that the author has a beautiful writing style, which is why I rated it 3 and why I would read more from her.

I didn't like Mr Nutbrown's character at all. The sections with him irritated me and I just skimped through it. But I think the reason for his character was for Johanna to learn to have compassion for other people especially those who doesn't fit the norm? She was quick to write him off but at the end found some understanding in him? I think there might be a lot of people we are quick to write off because we don't understand them or they don't fit our picture of normal?

I didn't totally agree with Johanna's decision to go work for Neely (can't remember his name). I feel she only did this because she had a bit too much pride to ask for help. I don't know why she would go back to abuse.

Where I also felt the plot fell short is why they thought the daughter was the traitor. I didn't pick up on any clues for this theory and came a bit out of the blue? Maybe I missed something.

I did wonder about Que/Quinn. Thought it was the same person and there was something more behind the bad music.

Hopefully there will be a third book in the series because I did feel there was a quit a bit of unfinished business in this story.


message 21: by Beth, Head Librarian (last edited Jul 16, 2018 10:55AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Beth (bbulow) | 2341 comments Mod
Sarita, I completely agree that it was a bad decision for Johanna to go back to that terrible work situation. I think she felt hopeless, and sometimes when people feel hopeless, they don't care if they come to harm or not. Were i in her shoes, I think I would have accepted Alex's money before I would have gone back to that mean man, but perhaps she was worried about what she might then "owe" him since she still didn't quite trust him.

I did not understand why he thought Louisa was the traitor either and pretty much dismissed the idea of the other man being the traitor instead. Especially when there didn't seem to be a lot of reasoning behind it. I wondered if I had missed something, too...


message 22: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new) - rated it 4 stars

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3227 comments Mod
I actually liked Mr. Nutbrown. I felt that through his puppet he was able to give a viewpoint of someone looking in from the outside of the circle. Many times people who are outside of a group or clique and are not accepted as part of the group may have insights that those within the group miss.


message 23: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 3 stars

Staci | 1941 comments Mod
As Sarita and Beth mentioned, I didn't enjoy this novel nearly as much as Brentwood's Ward.

I also liked Mam. She showed strength and also heart. Like Beth said, she seemed to know what was going on. As far as main characters go, I did like Alex and enjoyed the bits of humor from him as well as his show of both honor and heart. I loved the way he cared for Thomas.

Mr. Nutbrown didn't bother me. I saw him as a very shy person that felt comfortable speaking through his puppet (Nixie?). I felt sympathy for him because he was not only shy but gullible too.

I didn't find Johanna going to work for Neely again as unrealistic. She felt desperate to save the inn for her family and was willing to take drastic measures. I felt it was clear she had boundaries such as she wouldn't sell herself for the money.

I liked the whole idea of pretending to marry to gain information while being in love with someone else. Unfortunately, my interest waned pretty regularly throughout the pages.

I totally loved Brentwood's Ward and enjoyed the Captured Bride so do plan to read other novels by the author.


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Tanx (tanxx) | 28 comments I haven't read this book, but thanks for introducing me to this new-to-me author, I just finished the first book in this series and I enjoyed it!


message 25: by Beth, Head Librarian (new) - rated it 3 stars

Beth (bbulow) | 2341 comments Mod
Glad you liked the first book, Tanx! It's a very loose series, none of the characters from the first book have much to do with this book. :) Hope you enjoy this one when you get to it.


message 26: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim | 8 comments I finished the book earlier this month. I had some difficulty getting into it at first but I enjoyed the rest of it. This was a new author for me but based on other comments on other books I would read her other books and have added them to my list. Thanks so much for introducing me to a new author!


message 27: by Beth, Head Librarian (new) - rated it 3 stars

Beth (bbulow) | 2341 comments Mod
Glad to hear that, Kim! I definitely think you will enjoy her other books as well! Personally, I'd go with Brentwood's Ward next. :)


message 28: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 3 stars

Staci | 1941 comments Mod
Agree! Brentwood’s Ward has been my favorite of the four I have read.


Donna Tulip | 11 comments I didn't want to spoil the book for others,but now that July is over...
Mr. Nutbrown annoyed me until he had his puppet hitting his head, and then harder. If I remember correctly, he wanted her to agree. I lol'd there has been times a puppet could have been useful to bang in frustration.☺


message 30: by Beth, Head Librarian (new) - rated it 3 stars

Beth (bbulow) | 2341 comments Mod
Hehe, maybe it should be a new thing..."frustration puppets"...probably would be useful for me to hide under my desk when I'm having one of "those" days, ha! ;)


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