The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

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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 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.

About the Author

Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog “Writer off the Leash” or visit

My Review

"Numbers would be the death of Johanna Langley." The first line instantly made me love the main character, who I could relate to. After all, can't we all? Even if you like numbers (which I don't), you've likely struggled to balance your checkbook when there are more bills than there's income. This connects you to her, but the problems in the story keep you hooked and caring. The hero and heroine are both flawed, realistic characters, that make you cheer them on.

The romantic tension in the story is tangible from the beginning. My favorite part of this book is the beautiful descriptions of the characters, done in such a way that you can picture the character. The cast of characters are quirky and enchanting, while you wonder who is the villain.  The twist and turns keep you guessing as to what will happen next.  

In my opinion, this is an incredible book that you will love. Intriguing characters, suspense, history, romance--it has it all. 5+stars. I was given a complimentary copy of this book, which I chose to review. All opinions are my own. 

Guest Post from Michelle Griep


Celebrating Oak Apple Day

Spring is just around the corner, or maybe it’s in full bloom in your neck of the woods. Regardless, by this time of year, everyone is ready to celebrate. . .and nothing new is under the sun. For centuries people have been eager to welcome budding greenery and warmth.

In my recent release, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, I incorporated a spring holiday that’s been around for over 500 years in England, one you may never heard of.

Oak Apple Day.

This ancient celebration dates back to the year 1651. At the time, Charles II escaped the Roundhead army by taking cover in an oak tree. Everyone loved ol’ Charlie and was glad he lived, so in his honor, a new national holiday was born—one that in some parts of England is still celebrated today.

Another name for this annual event is Royal Oak Day and the festivities occur every May 29th. Celebration traditions vary from parades to the ringing of bells, but one thing that is standard is that it’s a day to pin an oak leaf on your lapel. If you fail to wear one, you could end up getting pinched.

The hero in my latest release is kind enough to remind the heroine that she forgot to pin on her leaf, thus saving her from untoward pinches.



To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a signed copy of The Innkeeper’s Daughter and a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!



    1. momentsdippedinink

      I loved reviewing your book! I can’t wait to read more of your books.

  1. Kara Vaughan Marks

    This sounds really good–I’d love to read it!

    1. momentsdippedinink

      I can’t recommend it enough!

  2. Becky Smith

    LOVE the first line! And with “Intriguing characters, suspense, history, & romance”, how could anyone NOT want to read it! I can’t wait to read this!

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Right? Such a great book!

  3. Becky Richardson

    Enjoyed your review. Can’t wait to read this.

    1. momentsdippedinink

      I hope you enjoy!

  4. Marilyn R

    Nice review for Innkeeper’s Daughter.

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Thank you for stopping by!

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