Book Review: Love in Disguise by Carol Cox

   Love in Disguise

   Carol Cox


About the Book:

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?

Set in 1880s Arizona, Love in Disguise blends romance, humor, and mystery for a can’t-put-down read.


My Review:


This was a pretty good book.  I’ll be honest, the title turned me off a bit initially…I was afraid that it would be nothing but annoyingly cheesy material, but I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case.  The book is well-written, and although it had the predictable “girl gets the guy” ending, the story line itself provided fun twists and turns, and it definitely kept my attention.  This is a novel that I can happily claim appropriate for all readers!  Clean language, no sexual scenes, and I’ll tell you, any book that I can say that about scores big points with me.

The main character, Ellie, starts out a bit immature and worldly in the book, and it’s enjoyable to see her character evolve into someone extremely likable and sweet.  She is thrown into an uncomfortable situation, but cleverly makes the very best of it, and it’s fun to read about.  Another character, Steven Pierce, is someone instantly likable, as he is an honest, kind-hearted man who treats everyone he sees with the utmost respect.  The ending made me extra happy, simply because I wanted to see Steven have his moment.


I give this book a rating of 3 stars.  I liked it.


*I did not receive any compensation for this book review.  I received a copy of the book free of charge from Bethany House  in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.

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