Book and Cover Review of “Love In Disguise” by Carol Cox

 

Book Review

This was the first time I had read a novel by Carol Cox. I found “Love In Disquise” to be quite different from the standard girl meets boy Christian romance novel. For one, the heroine has three very distinct personalities within the confines of one storyline. Ellie Moore is flat broke when she learns about a position with the Pinkerton Detectives Agency. She manages to convince them that she is much more qualified than she really is … and it only gets more dodgy from there. Readers are left turning page after page, wondering if the heroine can keep everyone convinced that her alias’s are true and also uncover the information needed by the Pinkerton Agency to uncover the secret behind a strong of thefts to local Arizona silver shipments.

Set in the 1880s, this story is full of mystery, humor and a bit or romance. I feel it will appeal most to women, but anyone interested in 1880s Arizona, silver mining, or the history of the Pinkerton’s would find it particularly interesting – especially if they have a good sense of humor.

 

Cover Review

The only negative thing I have to say about the front cover … is that if the heroine is meant to be as homely as described in the book … I definitely want to hire her to do my makeup. Though that is somewhat the point, since our heroine, Ellie Moore, is supposed to believably pull off being both an elderly busy body widow, and her young and winsome niece. Rather than the preceding tendency for many covers to feature headless bodies in period dress, this cover is rather the opposite. The entire cover is taken up by an extreme close up of the heroine. The jaunty slant of her hat, and beautiful auburn curls are a perfect match for our heroine’s disguise as the dazzling, Jessie Monroe.

 

The back cover gives us an even clearer picture of Jessie within her 1880s Arizona mining boom town surroundings. The cover artist has even managed to capture the setting of the full moon which ties greatly into a critical scene of the novel. Yet they have also kept the marketing copy clearly readable and maintained an interest-capturing back cover design that fits the novel well.

 

* This novel was received from the publisher for review.  More information about the book and its author, courtesy of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, can be found below.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

 

A word from Carol:

As a native of Arizona, I have a longtime interest in the Southwest and its history. My family shares my love of the Old West, as evidenced by this photo taken back in the halcyon days before my son turned to a life of crime and started robbing trains for a living…

ABOUT THE BOOK

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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love in Disguise, go HERE.

 

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About Suzanne Wesley

Suzanne lives in Indiana with her husband and their two girls. In May of 2009 she began freelancing from her home office, using a combination of writing and graphic design skills to create professional-level, marketing materials for individuals and businesses at affordable rates. She has a BS degree from Indiana State University (1996); and completed majors in both English, Liberal Art and Fine Art, Graphic Design. Suzanne also completed the Apprenticeship writing program of the Christian Writer's Guild and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). View all posts by Suzanne Wesley

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