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A Heart Deceived: A Novel by [Griep, Michelle]
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Length: 390 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog Writer off the Leash or visit michellegriep.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2845 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (June 20, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CM0O3EA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for my review when I finished it. After having read it and letting it sit for a week or so I still don't know what to say about it.

I liked it but I can't say I loved it. It felt like I was reading Edith Wharton's House of Mirth again. It just kept going from bad to worse and then on to horrible. It was hard to read about how awful things got for Miri and Ethan. Even with the Christian themes that ran through the book it still felt somewhat hopeless. And as far as the romance goes... I didn't see it. Ethan falls in love way too quickly and Miri is so caught up in all her craziness that it was a little bit of a stretch for me to believe that they were that much in love.

I did read the whole book. I didn't enjoy it a whole lot and it didn't leave me with a really happy feeling. What more can I say?
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I rarely write reviews but this book won me over so completely I have to post one. FRESH is the first word that comes to mind in describing A HEART DECEIVED. EXTREMELY WELL WRITTEN is another. The characters were not at all cookie cutter or formulaic but unique and interesting and relatable, making me root for them and wince at the many twists and turns I didn't foresee. The use of historical detail and language was exceptional, as well, making me wish this was a series or had a sequel - or something! Hard to put down and hard to say goodbye to. I am now a huge fan!
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Welcome to England in 1795. King George III has already suffered from an episode of mental illness, but the Regency era has not yet begun. The king, once he was declared permanently insane, was able to live out his life in seclusion at Windsor Castle, but ordinary Englishmen and women weren't so fortunate. The mentally ill, whether merely depressed or severely deranged, were harshly treated. They were sent to the nearest insane asylum, from which they seldom returned. Conditions were deplorable, as were the treatments the patients received. The Bethlem Royal Hospital, better known as Bedlam, was one of the most notorious asylums during this time.

It's no wonder, therefore, that Miri wants to keep her brother Roland from there. The former headmaster contracted brain fever and was sent to recuperate in the home of a Bedfordshire vicar. But the vicar has gone missing, and Roland is abusive toward his sister both physically and mentally. Today, Miri could have left him and sought assistance, but not in 1795. Ethan's arrival brings light to her life but just when happiness seems within reach, forces conspire to bring heartbreak and despair to all. What follows are extensive descriptions of life in an asylum and at Newgate Prison in London.

A Heart Deceived is a good though often brutal novel. There are several scenes of violence, and the descriptions of life in the London slums, the asylum and the prison aren't exactly pleasant. But there are expressions of faith, and the inclusion of John Newton shows that there is always hope that a person's heart can change. I did, however, have unanswered questions and I felt that some events were a little convenient or easily resolved.

Thank you to David C Cook for my free electronic copy of A Heart Deceived, which I downloaded from NetGalley. No review was required.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I've long been a fan of Michelle Griep's time travel novels, so I knew already that she does a historical well, or not at all. Painstaking detail to setting and accuracy. The treat with this one is that the story's tone harks back to some of my old favorites by Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Griep, however, writes with a modern pacing--no draggy, topheavy description here.

If you're looking for historical romance with depth, authentic faith, and a bit of a twist, this is the one for you!
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You want this book. Trust me when I tell you that I was not expecting this book to be as completely incredible as it actually is. It wasn't for any particular reason I thought this. I hadn't heard of the author before this and the romancey-feel to the description made me wonder if I would enjoy it. Wow!

This book has some of the most beautiful description I have seen in any novel. I actually had to try not to continually highlight passages every few paragraphs. There are some fantastic quotes in this book, such as "If men's heads were roses, she'd lop them all off." and "Better to have lunch with a madman than suffer dissection by the town."

Really, there is no particular thing that makes this such an amazing book, it is just an overall lovely experience. I struggle to find a single thing that I don't like about it, other than that I am finished with it and now the next book I read will have to work really hard to impress me this much.

I have certainly found a new author to add to my list of favourites.

This book has a lot of things to love. I will spare us all from me listing them individually. What I will say, is that the plot is compelling, the characters and setting are rich and lively and the ending is so well done there is a solemn feeling of having to leave this novel behind when you finish.

I would recommend this book to anyone. Love it.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and Netgalley.
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