The Innkeeper’s Daughter is set in Dover, England in 1808. It is about Johanna Langley, a 25-year-old girl who manages a crumbling inn to support her family, and Alexander (Alex) Moore, an undercover detective staying at Johanna’s inn under the alias Alexander Morton.
Alex is staying at Blue Hedge Inn—Johanna’s inn—in Dover where he is on a mission to catch a gang of smugglers. There is a dearth of customers at the inn and Johanna is struggling to keep it afloat. Alex has been ordered to court Vicount Coburn’s daughter, Lousia, to get close to the Viscount, who is a suspect. But Alex is attracted to Johanna and is always there for the Langley family when there is a problem—paying off debtors when there is a shortfall, motivating Thomas, Johanna’s 10-year-old brother, when he has an accident and is bed-ridden—though Johanna is proud and doesn’t appreciate his help. Alex also manages to earn the good graces of Viscount Coburn—a painful process which involves a stay in the gaols—and as a result, gets the information he needs to catch the smugglers. There are so many other twists in the plot that cannot be included in this review without spoiling the entire story, but I can tell you this: Griep has crafted the perfect action-packed ending to such an exciting story.
This is the first book that I have read by Michelle Griep and I absolutely love it. I love Johanna, she is a strong and independent girl and stands strong in the face of adversity, and Alex is the perfect counterpart to Johanna. The story is fast-paced with a totally captivating plot and well-developed characters. If you like a historical romance filled with suspense and intrigue then this is definitely the book for you!