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 coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentleman bachelors 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 to him 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 on the rest of her journey. He refuses until she offers him the thing he desperately needs to achieve his goal: money. Delivering her safely will earn him more than enough to settle into a quiet life.
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.
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Talk about tall, dark, and dangerous…Samuel Thatcher deserves his own hashtag! Years of hunting down marauders have left indelible marks on Samuel, literally and figuratively. His goal is to earn enough to leave the Bow Street Runners and buy a piece of farmland, retiring to a life of solitude. He’s seen and done too many horrible things to ever hope for love.
Abigail Gilbert lives a pitiful life among a step mother and step sisters who despise her, and a father who is only looking to wed her off so he can go about his business with his ‘new’ family. He sends Abby away to join her fiancé, the supposedly upstanding and wealthy Sir Jonathan Aberley of Brakewell Hall. With no protection provided by her father, Abby, her maid, and driver must cross through dangerous territory, rife with thieves and the murderous Shankhart Robbins.
Due to unexpected circumstances, Samuel agrees to protect and deliver Abby to Sir Jonathan. Along the way they face much adversity and danger, bringing a level of complexity to their relationship neither one expected and opening each to the heart of the other. This story delves deep into restoration through Christ alone and offers hope to the most bone weary and burdened soul.
With an assemblage of some pretty amazing supporting characters, The Noble Guardian is a fine finish to Griep’s Bow Street Runners series. This is one for the keeper shelf that I highly recommend.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.