When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, June 24, 2012 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I review below. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. (You can read details about my book giveaways here.)
Love in Disguise by Carol Cox
Author of nearly 30 novels and novellas, Carol Cox has an abiding love for history and romance, especially when it's set in her native Southwest. As a third-generation Arizonan, she takes a keen interest in the Old West and hopes to make it live again in the hearts of her readers. A pastor's wife, Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where the deer and the antelope really do play--within view of the family's front porch. You can visit her at her website.
From the book's back cover:
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.
Cox does a fantastic job with her invention of two non-existent characters, Lavinia and her niece, Jessie. She gives Ellie Moore a great juggling act to convince the town's people of the existence of the two but yet always seems genuine in her reasons why the two characters never appear together. Cox gives the reader memorable characters and a strong plot--a gray-haired widow is a Pinkerton detective and her "niece" visits from back East. There's enough humor thrown in to give you a few chuckles.
Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, June 24, 2012 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Love in Disguise. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. Winner will be announced in Monday's blog.
Till next time ... keep on smiling.