Author: Carol Cox
Review by Grace Olson
Love In Disguise synopsis taken from Bethany House Publishers’ website:
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?
After discovering new-to-me author Carol Cox in A Match Made In Texas, I wanted to read more of her novels. So when I had a lull in my reading schedule, I picked up (read: turned on my Kindle) Love In Disguise.
From the first time I read the back cover copy of this book, I was hooked. What a great idea for a story. The question was, could Ellie pull it all off? It was so fun to read about Ellie’s misadventures as the prying Lavinia and the flirtatious Jessie, two characters who are very different from who Ellie truly is. I had to laugh out loud several times when Ellie had to perform almost impossible balancing acts, especially when unwanted suitors came into play.
This story also had a good dose of mystery involved that I enjoyed. I had an idea of what was going to happen, but I was surprised by who the real villain was in the end.
I loved how Carol wove in the principle of character, of who a person really is, not who they act like or even who they perceive themselves to be. Ellie isn’t even sure of who she is, with all the parts she’s been playing. It’s only when she gives all of herself to God that she finds the peace she’s been missing. My favorite quote from this whole book was this line: “A trained eye knows how to look below the surface to see the treasure that lies beneath.”
All these elements, along with a sweet love story, combined to create a satisfying read.
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. Find out more about her here: www.authorcarolcox.com