Book Review

‘Brentwood’s Ward’ by Michelle Griep

bw mgSTORY: Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get?

More trouble than Brentwood bargains for.

She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.

REVIEW: London 1807

Mr. Alistair Payne has summoned Nicholas Brentwood, age 27, to look after his daughter while he is away for a month.  While Nicholas has always worked as a Bow Street runner, he is taken aback at essentially “babysitting” a young lady.  Skeptical and ready to refuse, he quickly agrees when he hears the amount of money Mr. Payne offers him.  Nicholas has a sister who is quite ill and he needs an influx of money to be able to move her to the country where he is convinced the fresh air will cure her.

Emily Payne is a beautiful young lady with blond hair and big brown eyes.  As she is in her early 20s, she resents Nicholas right away.  He is determined to keep an eye on her every minute even, as he threatens, he has to lock her up.  She is concerned that with his sticking so close to her, it might hamper her chances to attract a husband.  In addition to her father’s unexpected absence without telling her, she also has a bossy person telling her what and what not to do.  Emily is not a happy person.

Reginald Sedgwick is a business partner to Mr. Payne and when he comes the Payne home to speak with him, he is infuriated that Mr. Payne has gone away without telling him.  A man drawn to strong drink, he becomes belligerent and threatening necessitating that Nicholas insists he leave.  As it turns out, an American, Captain Norton, is after Sedgwick for payment from him and Payne.  When Sedgwick is found shot in his home, things become dire and worry for both Nicholas and Emily increases as they wonder where Mr. Payne has gone and if he is in danger.

Emily continues to try and keep up her social life which poses a constant irritation to Nicholas. However, when he finally convinces her of the danger that surrounds her, she finally chooses to listen to him.

As Nicholas searches some of the more grimy areas of London for Mr. Payne, he takes the reader through some truly gritty areas with characters and descriptions that may make you cringe. But, I cannot help but feel that these people and places truly existed.

I admit that I prefer romance novels with a little less intrigue thrown in, however, if you like that, you are in for a great read.

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Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


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