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Publisher's Note:

What Can a London Opera Star and an Escaped Dartmoor Prisoner Have in Common? Opera star Maggie Lee escapes her opulent lifestyle when threatened by a powerful politician who aims to ruin her life. She runs off to the wilds of the moors to live in anonymity. All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man near her house. Escaped convict Oliver Ward is on the run to prove his innocence, until he gets hurt and is taken in by Maggie. He discovers some jewels in her possession—the very same jewels that got him convicted. Together they hatch a plan to return the jewels, clearing Oliver’s name and hopefully maintaining Maggie’s anonymity.…

Overall Book Review:

The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep has beautiful artwork for the cover.  It is very intriguing.  This piece of historical fiction is filled with all the pain and brutality that one could imagine being part of the Dartmoor Prison.  Both of the leading characters have been victims of circumstances that unite them.

As Mr. Barrows focuses his misguided justice and vengeance on Oliver Ward, it becomes clear that he is haunted by his past and not completely sober of mind.  In fact, his mental feebleness leaves readers in a quandary – should they sympathize with his plight or hate him for his cruelty?  Read this book and decide for yourself.

A great deal takes place in this story and so as not to give anything away, suffice to say that the focus of the story is on the twists and turns of the main plot.  As the plot develops, so too does the relationship between Oliver and Maggie Lee.  The best part of the book though is seeing how characters are changed by their relationship with God.  In spite of the violence and craziness of it all, hope, love and redemption prevail.

Review of a digital Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shiloh Run Press

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Several scenes in which a prison guard savagely beats a prisoner with both fists and objects, broken bones and blood are mentioned; a guard threatens to shoot a prisoner; a man is shot in the arm; a man threatens to strangle a woman as he holds a gun on her; man punches a child and sends him sprawling; a man breaks a boy’s wrist; report of a man striking a servant who dropped something; a man elbows another; a man stabs an ice pick into a woman’s arm, blood flows; report of a man using an ice pick on another’s face; a character is bound and beaten; it is implied that a person killed someone on purpose, but no details given. 

Sex/Nudity:  Report that a married man threatens a woman’s family if she doesn’t warm his bed; report that a man shot and killed a man who “sullied” his sister, this is mentioned twice.

Mature Subject Matter:

Estrangement from family, fraud, marital infidelity.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters drink bourbon and other alcoholic drinks.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.