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Love in Disguise

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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
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Bethany House
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Alejandro
A fair reading but it wasn’t all that I expected.


GOD IS EVERYWHERE

I wasn’t sure what to expect about this novel on the angle of being “historical Christian romance”, due the “Christian” part of the genre. I am a religious person, but I don’t think that we should bother the Almighty for anything or even mentioned him if you really don’t need him at that moment. But, I didn’t mind all the kinda forced-in comments and references to Bible, church, God, etc...

Since while I certainly I am very ope
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 transfor
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Hannah
Here I go again with a review I forgot to give! It's a good thing the book made enough of an impression that I can still remember what happened...

So, our heroine is fired by the actress she works for as ladies' maid and makeup artist. She is job-hunting and desperate when she learns of the Pinkertons. She goes to great effort to convince them they must hire her, novice or not, and gets a job with a seasoned agent. Only problem is, the seasoned agent gets married and doesn't show for the job. So
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Rachel Brand
GENRE: HISTORICAL ROMANCE
PUBLISHER: BETHANY HOUSE
PUBLICATION DATE: JUNE 01, 2012
RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5 – EXCELLENT

PROS: Plot is entirely original and unlike anything already present in the genre; perfect blend of romance and mystery

CONS: Spiritual sections felt disjointed and didn’t add much to the story

When Ellie Moore finds herself alone and jobless in Chicago after spending her whole life working for the theatre, she has no idea where to look for work. All she has is a trunk full of costumes a
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Faye
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Every bit as wonderful as I hoped it would be!


Ellie Moore is an aspiring actress on the verge of poverty, so when she overhears two Pinkerton agents talking about their need for a woman to do a job in Arizona, Ellie knows that this might be the chance of a lifetime.

Stephen Pierce is the owner of a potential rich silver mine, in Arizona. He would be well on his way to success if only robbers wouldn't take every shipment...

Can Ellie catch the theives without blowing her cover?


Snagging my full at
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Nicole
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical-fiction lovers, mystery
This was such a cute story. I really enjoyed that I got halfway through the book and wasn't asking myself "What else can they possibly do? Everything's happened already!" There was still plenty of story and mystery yet to be unraveled!

On her first assignment as a Pinkerton Detective, and desperate to keep her job, Ellie Moore finds herself in a small mining town surrounded by plenty of mystery and eventually danger. Her efforts to uncover a theft ring while disguised as an old woman (and also th
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Teya Peck
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! So good, fun, clever, and my favorite girl power. I loved the way he saw her, and loved her in that way. I like how it did have a love story yet stuck to the plot and just kept on. So glad I was challenged to read it. Not a challenge at all.
Mayda
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, romance
In this exciting tale, Ellie Moore aspires to be an actress, but makes her living as the wardrobe mistress to a self-serving theatrical performer. Then suddenly, she finds herself unemployed when the actress leaves for Europe. Alone in the world and desperate for any job, she used her knowledge of the theater and disguises to work for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Assigned to investigate the theft of silver ingots from several mines, Ellie, as an undercover agent, is soon targeted for trouble. ...more
Haley S
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I loved how and where it was set. How it was a mixture of romance and her job. I fell in love with Steven immediately! Especially when he (view spoiler)
Abigail
I LOVED this book! This book made me realize how much I really do love a good Christians romance mystery! This book had amazing characters and a great plot! I instantly feel in love with Steven and my love for him in this book kept on growing the more I got to know him. The main lead character Ellie/Jessie/Lavina (you would understand if you read the book) was a great strong female lead. It took me longer then I thought it would for me to finish this book because lately I haven't been in the rea ...more
Hanny
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Good book. Sweet, funny and I enjoyed the whole investigation. A couple things that didn't row my boat was that I thought Steven lacked depth. Yeah sure, the guy is a honest man with brown eyes... anything else? No.
And there were just other things throughout the book that I found all to convenient.
So all in all it was defiantly enjoyable, however not all to memorable.
Natalie
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
A charming historical mystery with a bit of romance. I really enjoyed this one!

Ellie was a great character - she's smart and sweet and very easy to relate to. I enjoyed the sections about her managing to disguise herself as two completely different women.

The mystery was pretty good too - not the best one I've ever read but interesting enough to keep me guessing.
Kara
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Love in Disguise by Carol Cox
Review by Kara Grant
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My Review
I give this book a rating of 3.5
While reading this book I thought of the movies Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman and One for the Money with Katherine Heigl. Carol Cox manages to mix the wild west and the theater with small town characters and one young woman determined to find her independence. Ellie has just lost her job thwarting her plans to become a big theatrical star in England and now must find her way without any family o
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Dawn
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ellie Moore finds herself down to her last pennies and out of a job. In desperation, she seeks a job with the Pinkerton Agency. The only reason they hire her is because of her acting ability. When things quickly go wrong on her first assignment, Ellie's only course of action is to rely on her acting skills and play the roles of both elderly widow and her beautiful, vivacious niece. Steven Pierce is one of the mine owners who have asked the Pinkertons to come and investigate into the silver robbe ...more
Cindy Huff
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ellie Moore is desperate to find a new job—any job—after the actress she has worked for heads to Europe without her. Left with her few possessions and a basket full of costumes she finagles her way into a job as a Pinkerton Agent. Using her acting skill, she creates not one but two characters to roam the streets of Pickford Arizona to gather clues on who is robbing the silver mines. Stephen Pierce and the other miners are desperate to find out who is leaking information to the thieves highjackin ...more
Karen
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Spunky, Feisty, Determined. Three good adjectives to describe main character, Ellie Moore. Insecure, Stubborn, Desperate. Also three good adjectives to describe Ellie.


Author, Carol Cox, did an excellent job in creating the character, Ellie Moore. Ellie is someone who desperately wants to be acknowledged for being good at something. She has always been in the background, but desperately wants to stand out. Some people are comfortable being in the background and never being noticed. Ellie is comfo
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Cornelia
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Gentlemen, that young woman and I are one and the same.” The heroine of Love in Disguise, Ellie Moore, tells two Pinkerton detectives in interview for a job in which she can use her acting and makeup skills . She get’s the position and is soon on a stage to a wild west town in Arizona. There she disguises herself as two people, an elderly aunt and her beautiful, vivacious niece for the purpose of investigating robberies of local silver mines.

As she puts her life on the line to solve the myster
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Casey
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pinkerton detective agency? Undercover agents? Romance? History? Dastardly deeds? Hmm, yes please!

From just a little bit of the book’s plot, I was eager to get my hands on this novel. It has those qualities to the story structure and characters that set it apart, especially in today’s historical fiction genre. I wasn’t disappointed.

There is much to love about this book. Ellie is a rookie Pinkerton detective, playing not one, but two operatives. The quirky and funny things that happen to her onc
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Gwendolyn Gage
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
A very entertaining and delightful read, even if it the romance doesn't start cooking until the latter half of the story. Ellie's guilt over her necessary deception, and her tendency to dig herself deeper into a hole gave her a refreshing human element, and made her fun to watch. I really enjoyed her love/talent for acting. The hero was okay, but I didn't connect with him as well as Ellie. I didn't understand his attraction to "Jessie" since he didn't spend much time with her "on screen", and it ...more
Melanie
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

Love in Disguise is one of those books where I'm not sure if I should give it 4 or 5 stars - so I decided to give it 4.5 stars. At times I loved the story (especially towards the end) and the whole book was entertaining/enjoyable.

I loved the characters! Ellie was probably my favorite because of how she juggled being "Jessie" and "Lavinia" - and all of her struggles made her very personable.

The mystery of who was behind the thefts was interesting and I was kinda surprised about who one o
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Jodie Wolfe
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love in Disguise by Carol Cox depicts a fascinating time period in history - the era of the Pinkerton detectives. I liked the twist in the story in that the heroine was the lead detective through a chance of circumstances. When Ellie Moore found herself jobless, she never contemplated a career in sleuthing until, an overheard conversation and a trunk of costumes and wigs inspire her to start on the track as a detective.

Steven Pierce is on the brink of ruin unless he can find out who has been ste
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Carrie Daws
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Growing up I loved two things: Cinderella and detectives. Good triumphs over evil, the law steps in and puts the bad guys away, and Prince Charming gets his girl. Great stuff! So imagine my delight when I found a Christian romance where the girl gets to go undercover!

Love in Disguise by Carol Cox is a wonderful story set in 1880s Arizona. Ms. Cox obviously did quite a bit of research into the mining community as well as the time period. And she skillfully transports the reader back 130 years wit
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Beth Withers
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ellie may have hoped for a life on the stage, but circumstances dictate otherwise, and she finds herself without a job. She lands a position as a Pinkerton operative with an assignment in 1880s Airzona, identifying silver thieves. She uses her acting skills to disguise herself as two different people to seek out the clues she needs to find in order to keep her job. I won't give away the ending, but I will say that it's quite a surprise. This novel may be considered Christian fiction, but it's no ...more
Sheenamy
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Toni
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another super book. I enjoyed it and found the plot both different and spellbinding. Ellie played three characters and made you fall in love with all three. I couldn't wait to find out how the author could possibly bring it all together. She did to my great satisfaction. I will be glad to recommend this book to all my friends and family.
Amanda
I was wrong! wow, good book. page turner to the end!
Chrissy
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. It was a cute, fun read. A little slow in parts, I thought. But a clean read with a happy ending.
ChelC
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Love in Disguise by Carol Cox promised romance, suspense, history, and humor; and sadly, left me a little disappointed. Yes, there was a little romance and some suspense, but both were very downplayed from what I was expecting. I had already figured out who was responsible really early in the story, which meant everything after that point wasn't as intriguing because I knew; and the romance was lacking. And I didn't really find any humor at all throughout the novel.

In Love in Disguise, a young w
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Rachel Wilderman
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a pretty average Christian Romance. Nothing really special about it.

Something I liked was Ellie's inner monologues. She was more intelligent than many females heroine I have read about recently.

Something I disliked was how easily Ellie's disguise fooled everyone. It was about as unrealistic as Clark Kent taking of his glasses and being unrecognizable.

Cute book, but I would not read it again.
Herman Fassett
I had read a good bit into the story before I realized I'd started the very same at another point; however, for some reason I had dropped it... It started off a bit drab for me but I came to enjoy it. Probably because I love a good (albeit guessed) mystery and MCs in disguise. Honestly, I felt like the MC in the beginning of the story wasn't the same person we came to see her to be and I didn't feel any progression to the new state. A bit abrupt.
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