Monday, July 9, 2012

Book review: Love in Disguise

I can't believe it's been a week since my last blog post! We've been super busy here with a family wedding- it went off without a hitch yesterday and everything was beautiful. So now it's back to regular life and blogging!  In the midst of all of last week's craziness, I did manage to find a bit of time to finish reading a new historical novel by Carol Cox called Love in Disguise. Here's a bit about it from the Bethany House website:

Jobless and down to her last dime, Ellie Moore hears about a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and believes it's the perfect chance to put her acting skills and costumes to use. Reluctantly, the agency agrees to give her one assignment, one chance to prove herself. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie travels to Arizona to begin her investigation. When the need arises, she also transforms into the dazzling Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.
Mine owner Steven Pierce is going to lose his business if he can't figure out who's stealing his silver shipments. In his wildest dreams, he never expected to receive help from a gray-haired widow... or to fall in love with her beautiful niece.
Then the thieves come after Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn't safe no matter which character she plays! Should she give up and reveal her true identity? What will Steven do when he realizes the woman he's falling in love with doesn't really exist?
I thought this was a solidly-written, highly entertaining novel. It has elements of faith, suspense, mystery and of course romance.  The main character, Ellie, is an enterprising young woman who pursues a creative way of providing for herself and ends up having the adventure of her life in the process. And she also finds love! I thought the love story between Ellie and Steven was nicely written and realistic. All in all, this is a fun book, particularly if you are a fan of romance novels set in the Old West.  

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.