About the Book
Delightfully Engaging Blend of Romance, Suspense, History, and Humor 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?
Love in Disguise is a fresh and unique take on western historicals. To have a woman in the starring role in a spy themed storyline set in the wilds of Arizona in the 1880s is a bold and intriguing move. Ellie (aka Lavinia, aka Jessie) is a destitute and optionless personal assistant that transforms from an anonymous face in the crowd to a master of disguise sleuth and Pinkerton ingenue in the time span it takes to eavesdrop on an ill-concealed conversation. Her quirky personalities (yes, plural) encompass the spirit of a young Judy Garland meets Lucille Ball, lending the story a wonderful feeling of nostalgia. The mystery plot line is flushed out with twists and turns that will keep readers guessing and keeps a steady pace from start to finish. An enjoyable story about finding your identity and living with authenticity amidst the pressures to lose your true self in various pursuits or to maintain appearances. Move over Annie Oakley because the West has a new rising star!
**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**