Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Love in Disguise By Carol Cox

I received this novel from Bethany House Publishers Blogger Program for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

When costume-maker Ellie Moore suddenly finds herself out of a job in the middle of a bleak Chicago winter, she uses her knowledge of theatrical disguise to secure a position as an undercover operative with the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Her assignment: find the culprit behind the theft of silver shipped from the mines near Pickford, Arizona.

Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie begins her investigation. Soon she finds she must also pose as the dazzling young Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.

Mine owner Steven Pierce is about to lose his business after the theft of several bullion shipments--until hope arrives in the unlikely form of Lavinia Stewart, who offers to invest in Steven's mine. In his wildest dreams, Steven never expected to be rescued by an inquisitive gray-haired widow...or to fall head over heels for Lavinia's captivating niece, Jessie.

But then the thieves come after both Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn't safe no matter which character she plays! Will she be forced to reveal her true identity before the criminals are caught? What will Steven do when he discovers the woman he loves doesn't exist?

My Thoughts: 

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. 

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