“Death prowled the cellblock like a dark animal seeking prey—especially the weakest. But Oliver Ward would be hanged if he’d let the beast devour the man in the cell beside him. It wasn’t fair. It wasn’t right.”Opening lines of The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep
The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep starts off with Oliver escaping his horrific jail and arriving in the home of Maggie Lee. Neither knows what to make of the other but both have plenty to hide. Under the watchful eye of the law, they start unpacking their stories and find they have more in common than they thought.
Maggie is a wonderfully strong leading lady, determined to make her way in the world. She is full of empathy, compassion and kindness. I so enjoyed her. Oliver is intelligent and generous, interesting and complex. They set off on an adventure in an effort to solve their mystery and set wrongs right. Soon they are working through their past problems to fix the current day ones. Michelle shares Christian wisdom on trust and forgiveness. It’s gently worked into every aspect of the story.
The book keeps a swift pace and I read it straight through! It has lovely twists and turns! It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended to those who enjoy a historical mystery with a touch of romance!
From the back cover:
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 received a complimentary copy of the book from Shiloh Run Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.