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The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper (Women of the West #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  340 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper is a fast-paced story full of fun, action, drama, and love.??Mary Connealy, author of Calico Canyon, Petticoat Ranch, and Gingham Mountain
Paperback, 344 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by WaterBrook (first published May 27th 2009)
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Aug 14, 2009 Melissa rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
The cover and description did not sound entirely great to me, but I signed up for the "first reads" drawing on here, and won a copy. I gave it a try, but though it was an easy, fast read, I had to shake my head at nearly the whole thing. Here are some things I noted as I read. Do the ends justify the means? Would we want our daughters going off somewhere far away without even asking? Eugenia was quite deceitful in her exit, selfishly longing for adventure with a mere question about doing God's w ...more
Eugenia Cooper is the daughter of a wealthy New York City socialite, and as such she is expected to do her part and marry the man of her family's choosing. This means banker Chandler Dodd, who by all accounts isn't bad, just a bit boring. She secretly dreams of a Wild West adventure, like the ones she reads about in her favorite series of dime novels, titled Mae Winslow, Woman of the West. When she gets the chance to secretly take over the post of governess for a wealthy silver baron's daughter ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Brandi rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Interesting story. Despite that I read (accidentally) the second book, Anna Finch and the Hired Gun, before this one, I believe I liked this one more.
There was an enjoyable amount of romance, adventure, humor, and faith. Less on the faith though, unfortunately.
I neither laughed (though I was certainly amused at times) nor cried.
2.5 stars for the book cover. It's fine, though not especially interesting, and I don't picture Gennie to resemble the model.
Gennie – She wa
graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper was an enjoyable foray into the adventures of Miss Eugenia "Gennie" Cooper. She was a thoroughly likable character with plenty of spunk and personality. When I requested this book, I didn't realize it was Christian Fiction and more romance than purely historical fiction. The latter doesn't matter much since I like romance, but since I'm neither Christian nor religious in the traditional sense, I hoped it wouldn't be too preachy a book. Luckily for me, the ...more
For me, this book falls into the "Meh" category. One on the one hand, I found the main characters to be entertaining, especially Eugenia whose enthusiasm for adventure is contagious. What I found annoying about the book, however, is how contrived some of the scenes were. For example, I literally cringed during the whole "we have to get married because the town passed a "good morality" clause" bit. The citizens came off as being purely tyrannical and very un-Christian, which I don't think that wa ...more
Aug 08, 2009 Kathleen rated it really liked it
I won this book last month. This book takes place in the "Wild West. This is not your normal Cowboy and Indian book. Eugena Cooper is a New York socialite and a very wealthy one with a true zest for life. She realizes before she gets married that she wants one more exciting adventure in her life. Eugena makes a switch with another woman that is hired to be a governess. I think being in her situation I may have done the same thing. What is life with out some excitement. She had fire in her blood ...more
Aug 28, 2009 Nely rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
Gennie is one of those characters that are so full of life that you can't help but want to know her in real life. Her story is very entertaining and fast-paced and just brimming with romance and adventure. A mix of everything that I like in a book. I did find that the Mae West excerpts were a bit distracting from the story but in the end it all came together nicely. Although, I did find that at times it was predictable, I couldn't help but wonder where the next chapter would lead. This is catego ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Wow! It's been a while since I managed to read a book so quickly! My first book by this author, it won't be my last. There were some elements to the story that would cause me to recommend it be read by mature readers, however the story was fun and delightful. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Apr 21, 2015 BlueJeansAndTeacups rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of Christian Historical Fiction (western)
ALL 3 BOOKS IN 1 REVIEW (4star, 5star, 4star)

The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper– Women of the West #1 of 3

•°• A Wild West Adventure •°•

Gennie Cooper is a fine New York, young lady of the late 1800s, destined to marry a respectable banker of admirable acquaintance, but she is looking for adventure like she reads in the popular (although not to be shared or discussed in proper society) dime novellas about Mae Winslow.
Daniel Beck is a businessman who splits his time between Denver Colorado
May 16, 2017 Lori rated it it was amazing
What a great story about love, adventure's in the wild west and learning to live your dreams. Eugenia Cooper is a very strong female who sets out to the wild west of Coorado to be a short term nanny for a bratty child named Charlotte. During her time there she encounters some difficult and trying times. And falls in love with Charlotte's father Daniel. This book was fast paced and full of hilarious moment's that you'll never forget. I highly recommend this book!
Jun 21, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I'm going to be reading 'The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck' soon, so I decided to read 'The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper' by Kathleen Y'Barbo first and then I plan to read 'Anna Finch and the Hired Gun' by Kathleen Y'Barbo.

This is the first book that I've read by Kathleen Y'Barbo, but it reminded me of 'A Lady Like Sarah' by Margaret Brownley which I've recently read. Both books have a historical/western theme.

'The Confidential Life of Eugenia "Gennie" Cooper' is a historical ro
Aug 02, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it
The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper gives you two stories for the price of one. No, it isn't one of those volumes which has one story at the front, and another than starts halfway through the book; rather, the two stories in one is a writing technique used by the author, Kathleen Y'Barbo. The heroine of the main story, Eugenia, likes to read what were called "dime novels" at the time this story is set, 1880. Dime novels were cheap, plot-driven stories that utilized the same characters over m ...more
Bruce Judisch
Jun 21, 2010 Bruce Judisch rated it it was amazing
This is a fun read, especially for those who, like myself, are blessed with a touch of the Walter Mitty syndrome.

Eugenia “Gennie” Cooper is a high-bred debutante of New York City with a secret affinity for dime-store novels—particularly those of her favorite heroine, bounty hunter Mae Winslow, Woman of the West. Spurred on by Mae’s exploits (pun intended), Gennie dreams of having a “Wild West” adventure. Her chance comes when a servant’s sister, destined to become nanny to a precocious child in
Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it
In 1880 America, socialite Eugenia Cooper’s life is all mapped out, including a marriage to rich banker Chandler Dodd. But this lover or western dime novels longs for an adventure of her own. When the opportunity arises, she jumps a train to Denver, Colorado to pose as a governess for ten-year-old Charlotte Beck. What she discovers in Denver, however, can hardly be called a girl. The grubby thing not only wears britches and refuses to bathe, she stole Eugenia’s pocketbook before Eugenia even lef ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing
The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper
Kathleen Y'Barbo
WaterBrook Press
Christian Fiction

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

A pampered daughter of a well to do man, Eugenia Cooper loved dime store novels. Despite the fact, that they were not considered proper reading for young lady of her standing. They made her yearn for a Wild West Adventure, similar to the ones Mae Winslow, her favorite heroine is always involved in.

A planned visit to relatives in Boston, suddenly takes a sharp turn, to the Wild West
Aug 28, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Every time I read a novel taking place in the untamed Wild West, I am more and more enamored with that time. Kathleen Y'Barbo's book is no exception!

Gennie is a woman who I could totally relate to. Her father has made plans for her life, and as a young respectful woman she is to comply, but her heart longs for adventure just like her favorite heroine Mae Winslow of the dime-novels she loves. Gennie makes the leap to one adventure before she becomes the wife of banker Chandler Dodd. Gennie takes
Aug 20, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it
"The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper" is a humorous, fast-paced Christian romance set in 1880 in America. The romance was a predictable "lust at first sight" storyline, but the Wild West adventure parts added fun and unpredictability.

I generally found the characters engaging, though not very deep. Gennie comes close to being more than just the "rich girl" cliche, at least at the beginning, so I was disappointed when she lost this as the story went on.

The historical details were likewise rath
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Apr 02, 2012 Valerie (Val's Vicinity) rated it really liked it
I was never able to completely "click" with Gennie, but as the story progressed I did become accustomed to her. Her love of all things Wild West seemed maybe a bit overdone, however it definitely made things more fun. There were things I liked and others that I questioned as they seemed a bit drawn out (particularly the situation that occurs when Daniel takes Gennie and Charlotte to Leadville), but overall I enjoyed the book. The author certainly has a nice handle on the time period and dreaming ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper
Book 1 of The Women of the West Series
Eugenia Flora Cooper “Gennie” is a fan of Mae Winslow – Woman of the West. The heroine of a dime novel. Before she settles down into marriage, Gennie would love an adventure. When opportunity knocks, she answers and heads to Denver to be a temporary governess for a young girl.

Daniel Beck is a father with a handful of a daughter, unhappy workers and business travel from Denver to his silver mines in Leadville. And now h
Apr 27, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it liked it

The future is clearly mapped out for New York socialite Eugenia “Gennie” Cooper, but she secretly longs to slip into the boots of her favorite dime-novel heroine and experience just one adventure before settling down. When the opportunity arises, Gennie jumps at the chance to experience the Wild West, but her plans go awry when she is drawn into the lives of silver baron Daniel Beck and his daughter and finds herself caring for them more than is prudent–especially as she’s supposed to go back to
Aug 15, 2009 Wrighty rated it liked it
The future is clearly mapped out for New York socialite Eugenia “Gennie” Cooper, but she secretly longs to slip into the boots of her favorite dime-novel heroine and experience just one adventure before settling down. When the opportunity arises, Gennie jumps at the chance to experience the Wild West, but her plans go awry when she is drawn into the lives of silver baron Daniel Beck and his daughter and finds herself caring for them more than is prudent–especially as she’s supposed to go back to ...more
Christy Lockstein
Jul 21, 2009 Christy Lockstein rated it it was amazing
The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y'Barbo is the most fun I've had reading a romance novel in a long time! Eugenia "Gennie" Cooper wants just a little adventure in her life before getting married to her father's choice, so when the opportunity for a trip to Denver posing as a governess arrives, she can't help but take it. Working in the Beck household is a little more adventure than she had bargained for however. Charlotte, her ten year old charge, has been allowed to run wild ...more
Aug 13, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it
A very entertaining, fast-paced read for those in the mood for fluff. I actually loved the Mae Winslow excerpts at the beginning of each chapter. It was a great way to remind me that this isn't a book to take too seriously. The characters were a little cheesy and predictable, but somehow they still always seemed sincere. The plot was pretty unbelievable most of the time (especially during and after the trip to Leadville), but I think that comes with the romance/adventure territory.

I could get re
Jul 06, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it
I won this book in the first reads giveaway and really enjoyed it. It was a very fast read as I read it in one day. I just couldn't put it down once I started it. I had to find out what happened to Gennie and if she ended up with Daniel or back in Manhattan with Chandler. I loved the ending! Even though I suspected they might end up together it was a creative ending that kept me guessing as to how it would work out that way. It was a little distracting to have the Mae West excerpts before each c ...more
Lauren Miller
Nov 08, 2011 Lauren Miller rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the dual story lines between Eugenia Cooper and her own personal Wild West heroine. The not-quite-perfect life she falls into, becoming a temporary governess for Daniel Beck, a mine owner and his daughter. The story is reminiscent of "Love Comes Softly"and is enhanced by the Biblical values present throughout the book, particularly in Eugenia's rival. This book made me a fan of Kathleen Y'Barbo's work. I would recommend this book to a friend and I just learned (thanks Amazon!) t ...more
I decided to read this book because it is about a governess, and I like that type of plot.

This is the first book I have read by this author. I think I will read more of her.

This had a good plot. I am not sure every minor detail was tied up at the conclusion, but otherwise I am satisfied.

Very humorous, paralled with the dime novel plot that the main caracter read at the begining of each chapter.

Eugenia Gennie Cooper is the daughter of a very rich New Yorker but when she gets the chance she goes o
Jul 05, 2009 Marsha rated it liked it
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Shelves: first-reads
I'm so excited I won another FirstReads book! I almost quit reading the book on the first page when I read, "Mae made to turn when a shot rang out," but soon realized this cringe-worthy writing was part of a cheesy dime-store novel that runs throughout the other story. Glad I realized that and kept reading. Finished this in a single sitting. Although it was predictable, it was fun and a great way to escape for a few hours. If you like romance and adventure--think Joan Wilder in "Romancing the St ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Noemí rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Ambientada en el oeste en 1880, es una novelita romántica, corta y sin demasiadas pretensiones. Lo único destacable es el componente cristiano. Últimamente me estoy encontrando novelas románticas en las que se incluye la cuestión religiosa (sin que, evidentemente, sea ese el tema del libro), con protagonistas que rezan, consideraciones morales y ausencia de escenas tórridas. La verdad es que, en algunos casos, resulta más gratificante leer este tipo de libros "seguros" que otro tipo de novela fe ...more
Becky R.
Sep 11, 2009 Becky R. rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this cute, romantic novel. It was clean, sweet, and a had a western flare to it that reminded me of Dr. Quinn (a TV series from the 90's), or a romantic John Wayne movie (minus the extra testosterone). Honestly, I found it to be a charming novel that mixed Old New York style and class, with the bits of the 'Wild West' that many sought out. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this quick escape read.
Aug 17, 2009 Caroline rated it liked it
This was a cute, quick fluffy book. The romance was adorable and slightly precocious. Many mentions of God throughout the novel, not my cup of tea but did not detract from the book as a whole. If you enjoy sweet, quick romance novels sans explicit sex scenes this is a great choice.

I won this book through Goodreads; I would not have bought it on my own but would have read it at the recommendation of a friend or through the library/paperbackswap.
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