I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley
Published by Shiloh Run Press Pages: 320
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Also by this author: Petticoat Detective
Pinkerton detective Maggie Cartwright is tasked with going undercover as a mail order bride. Her “fiancé” is widower Garrett Thomas, aka the suspected Whistle-Stop Bandit. No sooner does Maggie arrive in Arizona Territory when she's confronted with an early wedding date—the clock is ticking on her detective work or she may end up a criminal's wife! As the day of the wedding draws near, Maggie begins to panic. The problem is that the more she gets to know Garrett and his two adorable children, the harder it is to keep up the deception. Can a man as kind and gentle as Garrett really be the Whistle-Stop Bandit?
Maggie Taylor spotted the thief the moment she stepped off the Southern Pacific train and onto the open-air platform.
What I thought of this book
Though I haven’t read this author in a while I have always been a fan of her books. I really enjoyed book one in this series so I figure it was a safe bet I would enjoy this one as well and I wasn’t wrong.
Maggie is a detective with the Pinkerton Agency and they have been trying to track down the Whistle Stop Bandit. They are pretty sure it’s Thomas Garrett because of the description and so when he puts an ad in for a mail order bride they devised a plan. Maggie would summit a reply to his ad and to their luck Thomas picked her.
Only one small problem when she gets there she finds out that his Aunt has decided to up the wedding date and there is no vacancy at the hotel so she has to stay with Garrett and his two kids, even though he has a guest bedroom his aunt doesn’t think it’s decent. So she really wants to up the wedding date and Maggie is in a panic. She needs to find where he has stashed the money before she finds herself married.
The thing is Garrett doesn’t act like a criminal, though she knows criminals can act normal there is just something about him that just doesn’t scream criminal. He loves his kids and he is really nice to her. Slowly she starts to like him and he even lets down his guard with her as well.
But if he isn’t the robber then who is and she is going to need to hurry up and find out and hope things will work out for the best in the end.
I love Maggie because she is an independent woman in the wild west, but she can still be vulnerable. She is tough and never thought she would want a family as she likes her job, but hanging out with Garrett’s two kids has an affect on her. Garrett is a great family man and really sweet. He was wounded in the war and has a scar on his face but also on his soul. When is wife died he didn’t think he would want to love again but Maggie makes him feel again.
The two little kids are so adorable, though I loved Toby the most. He always had his head in the clouds and trying to invent things, some times that got him into trouble. Aunt Hetty was also a great secondary character and a lot of fun. She was always about to die but I don’t think anything was wrong with her but just being a bit lonely.
Undercover Bride was a fun historical Christian romance and it wasn’t in any way preachy or anything. Just a nice clean romance. It made me laugh it made me smile and to me that is a good book.
If you enjoy this type of novel then you will really enjoy this one and even though it’s part of a series it can be read as a stand alone as the only thing they have in common is the fact that the ladies work for the Pinkerton Agency.