The Noble Guardian

Griep, Michelle. The Noble Guardian. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Publishing, 2019.

The Noble Guardian Cover

Summary from Net Galley

The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time in coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, it’s finally her time for love. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentlemen in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.

Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.

Abby pleads with him to escort her for the rest of her journey. He refuses—until she offers him something he desperately needs to achieve his goal. . .money. Delivering her safely will give him more than enough to buy property.

So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.

My Review:

I have not visited England, although my children have. I enjoy reading books about places I may never visit – The Noble Guardian provided that field trip for me. 

Set in 1815 at a time of arranged marriages and highway robbers, The Noble Guardian, contains both danger and romance. Michelle Griep has given the reader characters to hate as well as characters to love. Watching the relationship grow between Abby and her guardian leaves the reader with speculation as to how this developing love will be resolved once Abby has been delivered to her betrothed.

I always appreciate it when authors provide some historical background for their novels. Michelle Griep does that with historical notes at the end of the book. She includes information about highwayman, the magistrates of Bow Street, physicians vs. surgeons vs. apothecaries, coaching inns, and about two health ailments mentioned in the story: croup and putrid throat. She also includes a bibliography which would be helpful for readers who want to do some research of their own. 

I would not hesitate to add The Noble Guardian to my K-12 Christian School library. The book is appropriate for high schoolers and maybe some middle schoolers. 

I received a complimentary e-copy through Net Galley.

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