Sure to provide some well-spent hours of entertainment: My review of "Love in Disguise" by Carol Cox @bethany_house

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Can she solve the crime before they uncover her true identity?

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?


An absolutely delightful read, Love in Disguise is sure to provide some well-spent hours of entertainment to the reader fortunate enough to spend time in its pages. I found myself thrilled by the unique plot, smiling and laughing at the antics of the heroine, and completely swept up into the adventure that was created by Ellie's crazy scheme to go undercover as not one but two spunky women! The plot has plenty of action to keep the story unfolding at a quick pace, and I guarantee that you are not going to want to put this book down until you see how everything resolves, especially when it comes to the relationship that Ellie develops unexpectedly with Steven! The historical setting is a wonderful one, and provides the perfect environment for Ellie to develop her sleuthing skills, all while unraveling the mystery of her own heart at the same time. Best of all, the story reveals a truth that almost sneaks up on you, a reminder that it's not our outer selves that matter, no matter how plain or beautiful, but rather the hidden treasure of our character that is important. That, indeed, is the stuff of romance.

The end will no doubt leave you smiling and even perhaps heaving a sigh of contentment as you come to the end of Ellie's adventure. I don't know about you, but those are my favorite type of endings! 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Carol Cox Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and antelope really do play--within view of the family's front porch. Visit her website at