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“Unforgiving moorland stretched farther than the eye could see. Desolate. Dangerous. Whoever thought to put a prison in the middle of this godforsaken terrain was a genius.”

Running from her past as an opera singer and hiding under an alias in the moors of Southern England seems to be working out for Maggie—that is, until she discovers a critically injured man not so far from her home. Taking him in may well save his life, but will it endanger hers?

Oliver Ward is an escaped convict, by the grace of God. Wrongfully accused and framed by a political rival, he has suffered nine months of torment at the hands of a brutal gaol guard and the English prison system. Now he is a hunted man. Taken in by a mysteriously familiar woman and her maid, he discovers the very jewels he was convicted of stealing in her home.

Oliver and Maggie hatch a dangerous plan to return the jewels to their rightful owner and clear Oliver’s name, but both are being pursued relentlessly, Oliver by a cruel constable who thinks he is offering a service to God with each criminal he captures, and Maggie by her sadistic former manager. Is vengeance a worthy goal? Is any kind of redemption even possible?

Author Michelle Griep writes with wit and skill. Her blend of nail-biting suspense, heart-warming romance, and dangerous adventure kept me at the edge of my seat throughout this book. Surprising twists and turns made it anything but predictable. Realistic and gritty, sparkling and sharp, the book’s overarching theme of forgiveness and redemption infuses hope and truth while telling a story that ranges from England’s desolate moors to the city of Bath. The House at the End of the Moor is a read you won’t want to miss.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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