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A Heart Deceived: A Novel Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and crayons. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op.
- Publication Date : June 20, 2013
- File Size : 2696 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 392 pages
- Publisher : David C Cook (June 20, 2013)
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B00CM0O3EA
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #340,371 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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PG-13. Some mild sexual references (enough to annoy), but no overtly graphic sexual scenes. Some violence (written very well and not gory--I enjoyed the action). Mild British euphemisms. Some intense situations (I liked these too--it added quite a lot of interest to the story!)
It is 1795 in Bedfordshire, England and Miriall Brayden is hideously trapped in a rectory with her brother Roland, whose sanity is precariously hanging by a thread . Mourning the whereabouts of her younger brother, she is surprised one evening when a total stranger, sick and near death arrives at the back door, knowing her name and that of her missing brother. While innocently bestowing kindness, refuge and nourishment, Miri is inextricably drawn to the man, whose speech and mannerisms are that of a gentleman, but whose appearance is likened to someone who has lived a cruel existence on city streets.
"God works powerfully lad, but for the most part gradually and gently"; the Reverend John Newton's prophetic words to Ethan Goodwin. After Ethan experiences tragedy and finds forgiveness through salvation, he flees London desperate to find Will Brayden's sister. Never mind that his friend failed to mention that Miri was breathtakingly beautiful, wore a head of riotous curls, had porcelain smooth skin, or spoke words of kindness like an angel. Over time however, nothing at this rectory is as it seems. When Ethan's past comes knocking at the door and Roland Brayden is accused of unmentionable acts, Miri finds herself caught in a tight web of mystery and deceit which threatens her very existence and that of her newfound faith.
"Sometimes faith is a moment-by-moment thing"; Ethan's words to Miri just before their love and their future is nearly extinguished. What will it take to bring all things into the light of discovery? Michelle Griep has written an extraordinary story which deserves to be savored and quite possibly read over and over and over again.
The protagonists, Miri Braydon and Ethan Goodwin, face life-altering struggles. Miri deals with a mentally unstable brother jeopardizing their good names and their livelihood. Ethan battles an opium addiction and guilt from his previous unsavory choices.
Between misunderstandings, madness, and a campaign of lies waged against them, the poorhouse, the madhouse, and jailhouse all loom in the characters’ futures.
Under dire pressure, will love and truth prevail?
The writer has once again accomplished her trademark--creating fallible characters we root for, despite their imperfections.
Michelle Griep’s novels never fail to capture the essence of God’s faithfulness in the midst of the darkest situations. Even when the characters battle the fiercest opposition, when their situations seem utterly hopeless, God is working behind the scenes, strengthening them, and working their tattered lives into a beauty far surpassing their wildest imaginations.
Spoiler alert: I love happy endings. This book delivers a delightful one.
Top reviews from other countries
A Heart Deceived, is a brilliant book. I'm not quite sure the title fits the story, but that's of minor importance and only my opinion.
This book is so well written,with wonderful prose that truly expresses the hard and dark days of old England. I could almost see and smell the squalor...feel Miri's suffering as she is falsely accused of madness, and along with her truly mad brother, Roland, is dragged off to the Sheltering Arms Asylum. While Ethan, the man she loves is accused of murder and thrown into Prison.
For me, the Christian message of faith and hope, tempered the darkness of this exciting and moving story.
This is a book that if I loaned to a friend, I would want back after they'd read it. If it was a paperback and not on my kindle, it would be added to the shelves of my small library of favourite books.
A Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep, is excellent and one I can truly recommend.
I thought the theme of faith and trust in God, no matter what, was very well done. What both Miri and Ethan went through tested the very limits of that faith and trust. And so it is with life . . . faith isn't faith until it's tested. We come to know and trust in the Almighty in the depths of our extremity.