I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley. All of my opinions are my own!The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep
Published by Shiloh Run Press on March 13, 2020
Genres: Historical, Fiction
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What Can a London Opera Star and an Escaped Dartmoor Prisoner Have in Common?
Opera star Maggie Lee escapes her opulent lifestyle when threatened by a powerful politician who aims to ruin her life. She runs off to the wilds of the moors to live in anonymity. All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man near her house.
Escaped convict Oliver Ward is on the run to prove his innocence, until he gets hurt and is taken in by Maggie. He discovers some jewels in her possession—the very same jewels that got him convicted. Together they hatch a plan to return the jewels, clearing Oliver’s name and hopefully maintaining Maggie’s anonymity.
I really enjoyed this read. I'm not sure it was one I would have picked, but my mom really enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give it a chance. Then I couldn't put it down.
I'm really impressed by Michelle Griep as a writer. In the first two chapters I was connected to the characters and rooting for them...and they're uncommon characters: an opera singer and an escaped convict.
Another impressive feat of writing in this book is that she presents the story from the first person point of view from the main character, Maggie Lee the opera singer, but then switches to third person to add in perspectives from the convict and the constable.
There are so many twists and turns in this book which kept me reading. I loved the themes of redemption and restoration of relationships woven throughout. Overall this is a great read with a very satisfying end - just what I'm looking for in relaxing reading.
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.