Monday, August 6, 2012

Love In Disguise by Carol Cox

   Ellie Moore wants to be an actress more than anything, but with no job and no money she is willing to take any opportunity that comes her way, or even create an opportunity herself. A job with the Pinkerton Detective agency seems the perfect place to put the skills she's spent her whole life learning to good use. Through makeup and costumes she becomes Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, as well as Lavinia's niece, the gorgeous Jessie Monroe. These two very different people give her the perfect means to investigate the disappearing Arizona silver. The nosy but loveable Lavinia quickly works her way into the lives and hearts of the townspeople, while the flashy and daring Jessie is able to gain a different perspective.
     Steven Pierce is desperate to prove to his father that his choice to run a silver mine was not a foolish one, however that will be impossible if he doesn't find out who is stealing his silver. He wanted help, he just never imagined it would come in the form of Lavinia Stewart. And when he meets Jessie it seems that more than just his business is at stake.
      As Ellie gets closer and closer in her investigation things become more and more complicated. Her questioning hasn't gone unnoticed and danger lurks in every corner. Worst of all is Steven, how can she tell him the woman he loves doesn't exist?
       I was really intrigued by the idea of this book, who doesn't love a good spy story? And I will say that this is definitely a good spy story. But I'm not so sure that it's a good love story. I really didn't feel much between Ellie and Steven, perhaps because so much of it was acting. Perhaps the love was just too well disguised, because I couldn't find it.
I received this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my review.
(The kindle version of this book is currently available free on Amazon, and for free this is a great choice!)


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