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My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas: Madeline's Search

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Dodging bullets takes a simple missing person case to a new level as Jonah Cahill, a Pinkerton agent, and Madeline Latour, an investigative reporter, form a tentative truce in Galveston, Texas, 1880. Are they on to a much bigger story when their best witness is suddenly kidnapped?
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 2018 by Barbour Books
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Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Pinkerton Agent Jonah Cahill and Investigative Reporter Madeline Latour are both hired to search for Mrs. Smith's grandchild. The grandchild is presumed to have been born during a hurricane and there is little else to go on initially. Jonah and Madeline work together on Galveston Island to solve the mystery.

After having adored my first novel by Kathleen Y'Barbo, The Pirate Bride, I didn't find this release to be as enchanting or amusing to read. I look forward to trying other novels by the autho
Deanne Patterson
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the My Heart Belongs series. In this one it takes place in Galveston,Texas and I loved the research the author did for this book and the factual information she included in the back of the book. Galveston sounds like a beautiful place I'd love to go visit.
This historical is set in 1880. This was a quick fun read with a mystery and a sweet budding love. The character development was there and it was hard to put down. Looking forward to reading more in this serie
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for several reasons: 1) I lived for 30 years just north of Galveston Island and spent many visits there. 2) Kathleen Y'Barbo's historical research is always well done. 3) It was a quaint combination of history, romance, and a bit of cozy mystery.

It is 1880's in Galveston Texas. Joshua Cahill, a Pinkerton Detective, and Madeline Latour, a newspaper writer now working as a memoir writer, have once again reconnected. This time they are both working on solving the myst
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“A Storm of Danger and Romance Brews on Galveston Island.
Pinkerton agent Jonah Cahill is hired by the mysterious widow to find her lost granddaughter, rumored to be living in Galveston, Texas. Though Jonah prefers to travel alone, Mrs. Smith insists that she and her companion accompany him. Madeline Latour, investigative reporter, has been acting as Mrs. Smith’s assistant for several months, and Madeline will not allow anyone—even a Pinkerton agent—to ruin the story of a lifetim
Maureen Timerman
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
We are embarking on a mystery with a bit of romance in 1880’s Texas, and we are with a reporter Madeline Latour, and a Pinkerton Agent Jonah Cahill.
Wow, what a ride from our beginnings in New Orleans, traveling around in the Gulf of Mexico, but mainly our story takes place in Galveston, Texas.
I was surprised when the bombshells started to drop, and never saw a lot of them coming. In fact, some I am still wondering about.
In hindsight, I can see what Mrs. Smith was doing, and what she was trying t
Third star added for Jonah, Madeline, and the gorgeous cover.

Honestly, though, it was predictable to me as to who the granddaughter was in the mystery, and there were so many things going on toward the end that the story got really messy and unfocused, as well as being wildly unlikely. The two main characters were likable and vibrant, but the other characters were more or less unpredictable shadows (perhaps thanks to the shorter length, but content editing would help with that) and the love stor

I've made it a goal to read every one of these type of series, trying to do better than I had with the Love Finds You... books. Reading this gets me caught up on the series to date, but man, did I have to slog through this one!

I had a har
Beth Erin
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A Pinkerton investigation into a missing person case over two decades old is the clever backdrop of this often quarrelsome second-chance romance. Familial devotion, secrets, and hidden dangers with the added intrigue of rumored pirate treasure create an engaging storyline for these genuine characters.

Madeline Latour is relentless in her pursuit of the next big story and occasionally misguided in her methods. Jonah Cahill is a dedicated Pinkerton agent and devo
Dana Michael
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. This historical story was set in 1880 in Galveston, Tx. I felt the characters were very likeable. The story line was mysterious. And the romance was sweet.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading My Heart Belongs in Galveston TX, Madeline’s Search. The history of the area was fascinating and I appreciated Y’Barbo including detailed author notes in the back of the book.

Jonah Cahill, Pinkerton agent, and Madeline Latour, an investigative reporter who has an interest in finding lost treasure—not necessarily of the human kind—team up to find a widow’s long lost granddaughter. The two have a history causing a lack of trust between them but find themselves still d
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This historical tale was just interesting enough to keep me reading. Except for that, I did not really like this book.

Jonah can't stand Madeline. Not after what she did that nearly cost him his job and breaking their engagement. But when the two of them are pushed together to uncover Madame's lost granddaughter, Jonah and Madeline must put aside their differences....and maybe find love again.

This book is appropriate for all re
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs in Galveston Texas is another wonderful book in the “My Heart Belongs series.” If you haven’t started reading this entire series by various offers, I highly recommend that you do! For starters, I loved this novel by Kathleen Y’ Barbo. I could not put it down. It was a quick and great read. The characters were amazing and I loved the back and forth between Jonah and Madeline. Don’t miss Madame though, she’s an interesting character. The characters surprised me in a good way. The ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A Pinkerton detective and an investigative reporter who were once engaged, but now can't stand each other? Pair those two with an older widow who wants answers about her long lost granddaughter and the treasure of a dead pirate, what have you got to lose? Mystery and mayhem abound in this latest from Kathleen Y'Barbo. From New Orleans to Galveston to Indianola and back, readers are sure to be captivated to learn the surprise ending to this romantic mystery.

*I received a complimentary copy of thi
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas is a fabulous addition to the My Heart Belongs series. I think it is among my favorites so far from the series. Madeline and Jonah were so fun together. I could not help but to laugh out loud at those two. I loved and enjoyed the mystery and suspense with the story.
I give My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas five plus stars. I highly recommend it for those who love a good, clean historical.
Leslie M.
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May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting story of Galveston Island and Jean Lafitte. I was drawn to it because of a very close friend who lives there. He was as to send me photos of the historical sites mentioned.
May 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
I absolutely loved this inspirational romance. The book is well written with a great plot. If you are a fan of inspirational/historical romances I recommend this one.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
First impressions are always important to me, especially in books. So obviously the first thing I notice right off the bat, is that gorgeous cover! I love Madeline's sky blue dress and the wistful look on her face. It makes me wonder what she's looking at on the horizon. Since I live on the Oregon coast, I also love that she's standing on the beach with a fog shrouded pier in the background. Such a cover draws the eyes right away and makes my reader taste buds water for the story in the pages! S ...more
My heart belongs to Galveston, Texas is part of a series called “My Heart Belongs”. It can be read as a stand alone, I had no trouble understanding the story even though I haven’t read any of the 9 before (and one is still to be released).

I daresay I fell a bit in love with Galveston. The descriptions are lovely, especially the parts about the beach. But don’t be fooled, this is a very fast paced story with lots of mysteries. Of course that can be expected when one of the protagonists is a Pink
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Christian romance and mystery set in 1880, mainly in Texas. Mrs. Smith hires a Pinkerton detective to find her missing granddaughter and insists that he work with her assistant, who happens to be an investigative reporter that he once nearly married. They have to forgive old hurts as they spend time together while investigating.

The answer to the mystery came as no surprise as I suspected that ending from the very start. However, it was interesting to watch the characters piece the story
Suzie Waltner
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I love a plucky and capable heroine, and Madeline Latour is both. An investigative report from a family known for their ability to keep secrets, Madeline is tenacious when she scents a story. When she’s partnered with a Pinkerton Agent she’s well acquainted with, arguments ensue, trust must be won, and sparks fly.

Kathleen Y’Barbo entrenches readers into the tight-knit island of Galveston, giving insight into its beginnings (and how fun that you can look at a map of Galveston today and see some o
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Madeline’s Search was a unique read and had me turning pages rather quickly. What I liked was that there was a 25 year old mystery that needed to be solved. That is how the prologue started and I was hooked. Next we have a Pinkerton agent, Jonah Cahill, and a reporter, Madeline Latour, who have both been sent to work on this case. Unfortunately for both of them, they were once engaged to be married and both are carrying around broken hearts. Fortunately for me, I liked seeing them working togeth ...more
3.5 stars

"And then I released my granddaughter to the waves and the wind and the care of God. Most certainly and especially the care of God."

And once again, the search for the missing granddaughter continues . . . decades later, when Madame Smith hires a beautiful young journalist and an experienced Pinkerton detective to find her greatest treasure. How could she have known (or did she) that the two already knew each other, and knew each other well; having been madly in love, before each of the
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Interesting read! I've enjoyed Kathleen's writing in the past, and I truly enjoy her plots and ideas! There were some times when I would have liked a little less detail in descriptions, but I think the readers that have actually been to the places she's talking about might enjoy the added detail. I also would have personally preferred the overall story to be a tad shorter. Some things seemed a little drawn out and then the end was really quick. That said the mystery in the beginning was GREAT an ...more
A.M. Heath
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
My Thoughts: Galveston, a Pinkerton agent, partners at odds, romance, and mystery: There was every reason for me to pick up this novel!
The setting really came to life, so I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Galveston. The book opens with a mysterious letter and a life-altering storm. I was hooked from the start and the mystery unfolded at a nice pace and kept me engaged.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to fully connect with the main characters so that hindered my enjoyment. But the mystery was a delightful puzz
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story of a Pinkerton detective and a female reporter working together to solve a mystery in 1880's Galveston. Kathleen Y'Barbo demonstrates her expertise with research, filling the story with historical details that brings the setting to life. Can Madeline and Jonah overcome a broken relationship to solve the mystery of a missing granddaughter? Family secrets and pirate legends abound in this fun-filled mystery. While the romance was predictable, I found the chemistry betwe ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars: A light, entertaining read. I enjoyed learning more about Jean Lafitte and Galveston, and Pinkertons are always a fun addition. I did especially enjoy the predicaments Madeline gets herself into, granting Jonah ample opportunity to rescue her (be it her life or her dignity). The author developed such an intricate backstory that it felt like there could have been a book before this one following the case that caused the rift between Madeline and Jonah (while not pertinent to the curren ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down, I was so excited for Jonah and Madeline to find Madame Smith’s granddaughter! The characters were wonderful! I loved the flirty banter between Jonah and Madeline. Then there is Madame, she was my favorite, she is always one step a head! The story has several mysteries to be solved and many surprises. You will not want to put this book down! Kathleen YBarbo does not disappoint!
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbies-2018
This was a fun look at Galveston, Texas back in the late 1800's. A Pinkerton detective and a reporter with a romantic history join forces to solve a decades old mystery. The story was interesting and the kept me wondering how the threads of the mystery would all tie together. Add the romance thrown in and it made for a fun Sunday read.

I received this book through Net Galley and was not required to post a review. All thoughts are my own.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery and Romance!

Loved it! Possible pirate treasure, a Pinkerton detective, an intriguing reporter, and family secrets. Add the search for a long lost grand-daughter and a few other mysteries and you have a great story! The romance is light and very sweetly told.
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Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than eighty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad.

A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.

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