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A Changed Agent

(The Adirondack Pinkertons #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  85 reviews
When schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell meets rugged William Benton on a train platform in Albany, it appears they have nothing in common. He isnt the sort of fellow a proper young woman of the 1890s would ever speak to, much less become involved with. But when she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver for this mysterious ...more
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Published July 19th 2016 by Waterfall Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A CHANGED AGENT is a slow burn historical story that I was pulled in to from the very first page. To be honest, I fell in love with the cover the minute I saw it. I knew I would read it anyway, but the cover really pulled me in. While on her train ride to her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie notices that two children accompany the man who helped her and she is curious as to the circumstances as the children appear to be heartbroken. Once back in her hometown, she finds herself in ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A Changed Agent by Tracey J. Lyons is number one in her Adirondack Pinkertons series. Schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell agrees to help William Benton with the care of his niece and nephew. Posing as a lumber-company foreman, Will, an undercover Pinkerton agent, is there try to find a thief. As Elsie grows to love the kids her heart grows closer to their uncle. But he seems to be hiding something from her. This is one of those stories where when the heroine finds out what the hero has been hiding from ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the turn of the first page, readers will become sucked right in to this adventure filled undercover Pinkerton agent story. From a mysterious and unsuspecting lawman and the man he is hunting, to the sweet and adorable children, to the unexpected romance, this story will capture the heart of readers. This story is exciting and will keep readers wondering what will happen next with the development of the characters and their stories and the authors beautiful storytelling. Readers will not ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
William Benton is a Pinkerton agent charged with finding missing railroad bonds--but who also has recently taken responsibility for his orphaned niece and nephew, seven-year-old twins Minnie and Harry. He has no idea how he can do both, especially when his job often requires late nights and overnight trips. His boss suggests he hire help in the form of Elsie Mitchell, the violet-eyed schoolteacher in their small update New York town.

Elsie turns out to be perfect for the job except for the fact
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
Returning from a little vacation, schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell finds herself in a bit of a bind when her luggage opens up before her train ride home and hr belongings end up strewn all over the ground. Her only recourse is a gruff looking stranger, who to her embarrassment, helps her gather her unmentionables so she can catch her train home.

While on her train ride to her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie notices that two children accompany the man who helped her and she is curious as
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I was drawn into this story from the beginning. The sparks between Will and Elsie kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed their story and you will too.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of change, family, and faith.
I love seeing Will slowly start to change . He wasn't a family man until Elsie and the children came along. I laughed in some places, and I loved Elsie for her determination to change Will into what he ought to be instead if who he actually is.
Elsie doesn't know that he's a Pinkerton agarnt hired to help find the railroad bonds that came up missing! !
Elsie is afraid to trust after what Virgil did to her. She doesn't want to give into Will for fear of
Fran McNabb
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Lyons has written another enjoyable story set in a simpler time in our history. Elsie and Will come together out of the need to care for two orphaned children from Will's family. I loved the children and the author's attention to their development. The love story between Will and Elsie is skillfully done with Will's secret life of a Pinkerton Agent standing between them. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys sweet, clean romances.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I believe this is the first book I have read by this author and I really liked the story. I found it entertaining and intriguing. I don't know much about the Adirondacks or the Pinkertons, so I did learn a little about both.

Elsie Mitchell is a school teacher on a short vacation in Albany, New York and is on her way back home in the Adirondacks of New York. She meets our hero, William Benton, an undercover Pinkerton agent, at the train station when her luggage is overturned and he tries to assist
Yvette - Bookworlder
A Changed Agent isn't ground breaking, but takes familiar elements and combines them well to make an enjoyable, comfortable read. William Benton's slow transformation from hardened undercover Pinkerton agent to loving family man is precipitated by one of his sisters foisting their deceased sister's two children on him, forcing him to take them with him on an assignment in Albany, New York. As Elsie Mitchell, the local schoolteacher, cares for the children and insists on his developing a more ...more
Ashley Nikole
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
For a handful of reasons, this book did NOT float my boat. Firstly, the MC is not simply "prime & proper". No. That, I might be able to take in a character and still find some positive feelings for as a reader.
Instead I found Elsie to be priggish, condescending, judgemental and rude- which, considering her faith- is the stark opposite of what she should be. Not to mention she thinks she is the one ruling the world, and will cram her religious beliefs down her housemates throats. So
Rebekah Gyger
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

I started reading this book as part of a "blind book tour", where I didn't know what author or book I was getting. And I haven't read anything by this author before (that I can remember), so I don't know how indicative this is of her normal work. However, I didn't find this one particularly enjoyable.

The plot is simple, revolving more around the characters' interactions than it does Will's case. And many of the characters' discussion are centered around either taking care of Will's
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I was enjoying the story premise but, once again in a Christian novel, everything is tied up in a pretty bow and they live happily every after. I get it, but the cookie cutter approach to fiction has become tiresome and I do like Tracey Lyons writing style and yet it's so formulaic. Girl meets guy, with two children, moves in to help raise said children against all social conventions of the times. Everyone in town is okay with this with some grumbles from her father? Quickly falls in love. But ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is Christian historical romantic suspense; however, it is not overly preachy and the first time reading this author. This is the story of a young schoolteacher in the Adirondack mountains. She is asked by the town's largest business owner to help a man care for his niece and nephew as he has just been given custody when their parents died. They are residing in the same household but with separate quarters. She agrees to help believing the man is working in the lumber business but ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Review based on Kindle and Audible editions of this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I love Elsie's strength and her rules. She is a bit stubborn though.
Will is an undercover Pinkerton agent suddenly in charge of his orphaned twin niece and nephew. Elsie is not only their teacher she has also entered into an arrangement to be their caregiver. Feelings grow between Will and Elsie much to their surprise.
After much danger and many tense moments, there is one exchange that I loved. "Mr.
Crystal Caudill
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great break from the chaos of life and, for me, was easily read in a night, but I tend to binge read. 

The hero, William, was a strong and focused agent, but really fumbled with his responsibilities for his sudden family. Elsie really does become a necessary part of their family. I love the inner struggles to try and stay aloof from the trio living under his borrowed roof. 

Elise was a great teacher with a heart for children, which leads to the predicament of being almost forced into
Ms. Reader
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review...

This book shouldn't have taken me as long to read, as it did. It was very written in a very simple and plain fashion and should've been a quick and easy read. Yet, it failed miserable on keeping my interested. It often getting annoyingly repetitive on the details in regards to the characters feelings and thoughts, and the story-line was weak and common. The plot was very boring and frequently felt like it was
Jun 18, 2019 added it
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School teacher Elsie Mitchell meets William Benton on train platform in 1890. When she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver to Benton's niece and nephew, who have been tragically orphaned. Unknown to Elsie William is an undercover Pinkerton agent posing as lumber-company foreman.
Elsie struggles to accept the challenges and secrets to come with her new job. Love, mystery and faith are all part of the story.
Patricia Bradley
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Im not much of a historical reader, but really enjoyed this story about a schoolteacher and a Pinkerton agent. Elsie was independent and adventurous and quite a match for William Benton. I loved it when she tore into him for leaving his twin niece and nephew outside a saloon. I thought that was just like a man whod never been around children!

If you enjoy romance mixed with a light mystery, you will love A Changed Agent by Tracey J. Lyons!
Anita Hayes
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the best thing in life is doing nothing for a day with a real good book. This book hooked me from the beginning and my butt did not leave the couch except to get tea and food until it was done. Well written, amazing characters, great plot and story line. I can not wait to read the next one either (within next few days). Highly recommend this book.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was curious to read a book written by Tracey J. Lyons, an Amazon #1 best selling Christian romance author. This book was enjoyable, comforting, and easy to follow. The narrator of the audiobook, Lauren Ezzo, was wonderful. She brought life to the characters and an Elsie Mitchell protagonist who was adorably sweet.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Too religious.

Tiring. I don't read novels for being evangelized. And the plot is simple and plain, there is no intrigue. The actitud and behavior of the characters don't make too much sense.
Judy Ann
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A nice family novel. I liked the story expecially the kids. It was pretty predictable but I enjoyed the book. I wish they had 1/2 stars in the rating system. I would give this a 3 1/2 rating. I won this in a goodreads contest.
Sarah Larson anderson
Predictable yet enjoyable

I wish the author would have expounded more on Will's lack of faith and solidified whether he has a personal relationship with God. To me it wasn't clear about Will's salvation or not.

It was an easy read and I enjoyed it.
Cindy Nipper
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The storyline for this series is brilliant! I love the fact that she felt the calling from God immediately! I also love the fact that this series takes place in the Adirondacks where I recently moved to! The narrator was outstanding!!
Frances Dimples Morrow
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book

From the beginning, book is interesting. I couldn't put it down. Good storyline and and it makes the reader want to keep on reading to find out what happens in the end.
Marlene  Moore
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A unique story. I enjoyed the storyline and characters very much. A sweet story with a happy ending, but, with an interesting turn of events.
A Nice Light Romance

A quick, light romance that was a bit predictable, but a nice break from a reading diet often heavy on mysteries and suspense novels.
Debbie LaFollette-Sanders
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Loved this book. Very heartwarming. All in all just a good heartwarming story. Easy to read and perfect for a cloudy day.
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Tracey considers herself a small town gal writing small town books. An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author, Tracey sold her first book on 9/9/99! Traceys books have been translated into several languages. She has appeared on the award winning Cox Cable Television show, Page One and at the famous Lady Janes Salon in NYC. She holds membership in Romance Writers of America, American ...more

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