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Love In Disguise (2012)

by Carol Cox(Favorite Author)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 4
0764209558 (ISBN13: 9780764209550)
Bethany House
review 1: Ellie Moore is desperate after the loss of her job at the theater company. With no family to turn to, she aggressively pursues a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency, thinking it will be an opportunity to use her acting skills and to have a grand adventure in the Wild West of Arizona. Her plans quickly go awry when her partner, a seasoned detective, bails out and Ellie is forced to play two roles: Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, and Jessie Monroe, a young and adventuresome flirt. Keeping up such an act is difficult enough, but then Steven Pierce, one of the mine owners that hired the Pinkertons to solve a mysterious string of silver robberies, is terribly attractive and he seems to feel the same way about Jessie! As Ellie edges closer to finding the thieves,... more both Lavinia and Jessie become targets. Can Ellie thwart the thieves before they strike again? If her identity is revealed, will she lose the love of a lifetime? Read more in Love in Disguise by Carol Cox.I love it when a book is better than I expect. Love in Disguise by Carol Cox was such a book. The mystery kept me hooked throughout the story. The clues were there, but I didn't know who was behind the silver thefts until the climax. Truly, the mystery was the heart of this book. There was adequate romance between Steven and Jessie/Ellie, but it wasn't emphasized like the mystery was, nor did there seem to be any romantic tension until the very end. I liked Ellie's development throughout the story. Her surrender of herself – just as she was – to God was a hidden gem of a theme that played out in other areas of the story. I recommend Love in Disguise to fans of Christian fiction who love mystery. I'm sure I'll read it again, but for the moment, I'm passing it along to my mother-in-law to enjoy.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
review 2: Love in Disguise is the first novel by Carol Cox I have read. This novel takes place in 1881 where Ellie Moore loses her job in the theater. Ellie finds herself desperate for a job and uses her knowledge of acting and theater to get a position with Pinkerton Detective Agency. Ellie finds herself in Arizona to investigate the theft of silver from the mine there. Ellie finds herself in over her head and has to find a way to fix all of it. Love in Disguise is a good novel. I enjoyed the characters, especially Ellie having to be pose as not one person but two. I enjoyed watching the characters evolve throughout the book with their faith and relationships. Carol Cox writes with authority about 1880's time period, the states at that time in our history, theater components, and the ins and outs of being a detective. I found myself laughing in many spots in this novel, Carol Cox definitely has a wonderful sense of humor. For me the story was hard to get into and I had a hard time connecting completely with this novel. Also felt the story moved slower than I like. This novel may not have been for me, it is well written and I did enjoy many aspects of it. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Historical Christian Fiction that is looking for a light read.I look forward to reading more from Carol Cox. I give this book 3 Stars. I received this novel from Bethany Publishers for no charge in exchange for my honest review. less
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This definitely was different! I liked it though, kept you in a mystery the whole time.
Cliché. I read for humour, Wasn't much though.
Great story! Very mysterious and intriguing!
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