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The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep | Book review by Loraine Nunley #bookreview

What is this book about?

All her life, Maggie Lee has defied the odds, rising from poverty to become one of Victorian England’s most accomplished opera singers. But fame opens the door to demons she never expected to face. Forsaking the limelight, she flees to the rugged countryside of Dartmoor, where she can live in quiet anonymity.

All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man lying on the moor.

Convict Oliver Ward escapes the infamous Dartmoor prison—barely. Wounded, he is taken in by a mysterious woman who’s as much an enigma as himself. It’s only a matter of time before the authorities find him, but how will he be able to prove his innocence?

In a world of vice and deception, Oliver and Maggie must learn to trust each other—and God.

My review:

This story was a page turner for me. The characters were well done from the good to the evil. The theme of justice and redemption was deeply woven through the story which made it very inspirational but not in a way that I felt preached to. Great job by the author on that.

I found the structure of storytelling in this book very interesting as I don’t read many novels written in this manner. The heroine’s point of view was in first person and the hero’s point of view was in third person. While I wasn’t sure at first if I would like it, I found that it really didn’t affect my feelings on the story. It was also interesting to have one of the villain’s viewpoints. Having all three of these really deepened the theme of the story.

Oliver and Maggie meet under stressful circumstances and most of the story is full of suspense and danger. Yet, they draw close together and the romance that springs between them feels right. I loved their strength of character and their determination to do right by others.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The almost constant drama in the pages. Even when there was a breather from danger, other tension would be apparent.

What I didn’t like about this book:

I did find myself skimming some descriptive paragraphs in the last few chapters because I was anxious to find out how the story would end.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. There is good romance and driving conflict throughout the story. Plus the inspirational thread is deep but not preachy. This is a standalone story.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Michelle Griep, author website

-Loraine Nunley

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