A Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep

A Heart DeceivedA Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep

MIRI BRAYDEN teeters on a razor’s edge between placating and enraging her brother, whom she depends upon for support. Yet if his anger is unleashed, so is his madness. Miri must keep his descent into lunacy a secret, or he’ll be committed to an asylum—and she’ll be sent to the poor house.

ETHAN GOODWIN’s been on the run all of his life—from family, from the law…from God. After a heart-changing encounter with the gritty Reverend John Newton, Ethan would like nothing more than to become a man of integrity—an impossible feat for an opium addict charged with murder. When Ethan Goodwin shows up on Miri’s doorstep, her balancing act falls to pieces.

Both Ethan and Miri are caught in a web of lies and deceit—fallacies that land Ethan in prison and Miri in the asylum with her brother. Only the truth will set them free.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts:


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.


52 thoughts on “A Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep

  1. This looks really good (actually, all the books you review and like look really good, so I think you may be the reason I eventually invest in a kindle, thank you!). Am I wrong in thinking it has a bit of a gothic feel? I’m a sucker for Barbara Michaels/Elisabeth Peters type books and this strikes me as something similar (or am I way off base… more than usual? 😉 )


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