Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Brentwood's Ward by Michelle Griep
1807 England. Enter hero Nicholas Brentwood and damsel Emily Payne. Reminiscent of the Thin Man stories, complete with steamy scenes and a dog. Add in the solid faith of our hero, and you have an excellent tale.
Nicholas has a sister who is dying. He needs the money from this job to pay for medical expenses and a better place to live. He's a Bow Street Runner, not that he'd call himself that. It doesn't pay the bills though, so taking on detective jobs is a must. The Judge really has a good one for him this time, one that no one else would take. But the large fee is one he can't afford to turn down.
Emily is the daughter of a very wealthy man. Her one goal for this season is getting herself a husband. Immature and careless of her staff, shopping fills her time as she looks for the perfect trappings. After disobeying her father, she slips back home only to find him gone and a guardian in his place. A very shrewd one at that, one whom she can't slip. Question was, why does she need a guardian, let alone a Runner?
Each of them face death and danger, as someone is out to make Emily pay for her father's business dealings. She has no one to turn to, including her so called friends in high society. Nicholas's faith is brought to front time and again, and is Emily's saving. They both learn that God is in control, and to place their faith in Him to bring them through. Excellent read! A bit tedious at first, then a page burner.
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