Sadie's Secret is a very satisfactory ending to The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series. We find in this book that there are two Will Tuckers, twins who seem identical except for their eye color and middle names (the middle initial is the same). This presents all sorts of problems, many of which are left to Sadie to sort out. William John Tucker, the Will Tucker who is the charming swindler we've met in the prior books, likes to assume the identity of his brother, William Jefferson Tucker, a Scotland Yard detective whom we meet in this book. Sadie Callum is the Pinkerton agent who is called on to sort out their identities. She and Jefferson then work together to solve a case involving stolen antiquities, while the capture of John is also pursued. There is adventure and romance along the way, plus interference from Sadie's very protective family (besides her parents, she has five older, unmarried brothers) who want her to stay home and find a good husband.
I liked the way the author resolved Will Tucker's storyline. It was a bit sad, but fitting. I'd highly recommend this entire series (including Flora's Wish and Millie's Treasure) to those who like a bit of mystery, adventure, and some romance.
Sadies Secret The Secret Lives of Will Tucker #3 of 3
I thoroughly enjoyed the final installment in this series, filled with: mystery, romance, faith, historical settings including Key West, and a bit of danger.
Opening scripture: The LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brothers keeper. Genesis 4:9
British detective William Jefferson Tucker is off to visit his twin brother William John Tucker in the Louisiana State Penn, where his brother promptly switches places with him and he loses a year of his life!
Sarah Lousie Sadie Callum, a well-trained Pinkerton agent (unbeknownst to her family), is assigned to review the case, and if possible, right the wrong done to Jefferson.
The premise of the twins was a grand one, and there is wonderful, twisting adventure in this story, as the two characters work closely on the same side of the law making them highly compatible with one another.
I loved learning about the mangrove trees in Key West, where the crabs crawl. I felt like I was in the little row-boat. There is wonderful redemption at the end of the story that brought me to tears, and book three finally had a bit more danger, which was lacking in the first two books (in my opinion).
I purchased this copy. My opinion is my own and without compensation. I give it a 5 star rating.
2014 Harvest House Pub
340 pages + discussion questions (which I never read)
Kathleen YBarbo in her new book, Sadies Secret Book Three in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Sarah Louise Sadie Callum.
From the back cover: Two men, one a hero and one a villainOnly a secret agent can tell the difference
Louisiana, 1890Sarah Louise Sadie Callum is a master of disguise, mostly due to her training as a Pinkerton agent but also from evading overprotective brothers as she grew up. When she takes on a new assignment with international connections, she has no idea her new cover will lead her on the adventure of a lifetime.
Undercover agent William Jefferson Tucker is not looking for marriagepretend or otherwisebut his past is a secret, his twin brother has stolen his present, and his future is in the hands of the lovely Sadie Callum. Without her connections to the world of upper-crust New Orleans, Jefferson might never find a way to clear his name and solve the art forgery case that has eluded him for years.
Only God can help these two secret agents find a way to solve their case and uncover the truth about what is going on in their hearts.
William John Tucker is a swindler, a cad and an all-around bad guy. His twin brother, William Jefferson Tucker is a London detective. It is amazing that these brothers work on both sides of the law. Because they are twins John can get Jeff in lots of trouble which is how it begins as Jeff is placed in the cell occupied by John and John is let go. Then it ramps up from there. Sadie is a Pinkerton agent given an art forgery case. How Jeff and Sadie come together to join forces to break this case is the hum of the story. And Sadies Secret really hums along at a remarkable pace. How John is involved just makes this story even more exciting. Sadies Secret is quite a story. It has everything: a lady detective, twins on either side of the law and art forgery. And it is a romance too. This book is a lot of fun and it entertains you as you keep flipping pages as you try to find out what is going to happen next. Ms. YBarbo has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace. Her characters are wonderful and she gives them life and unique voices. A really enjoyable read.
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Will the notorious Will Tucker ever be captured? As we have followed his elusive trail from the beginning, it all reaches a breaking point in Sadie's Secret, the third and final novel in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker Series. We pick up with Sarah Louise Callum, whom her family fondly calls "Sadie" as she is about to be assigned her biggest case ever as a Pinkerton detective. Not exactly the model agent with her being a female but each of her successes have established her as a true professional. Now if only she could find a way to tell her family, who believes she has been accompanying her Uncle in his travels while working as a Pinkerton. To say that her family is a bit overprotective is an understatement. There only goal in life for Sadie is to find a suitable husband and settle down to begin a family. But she has other plans.
British Detective William Jefferson Tucker has made a promise to his mother to stop by and check on the welfare of his twin brother, William John Tucker. Just when he felt everything was going along as planned, his twin and a guard in the prison make arrangements for Jefferson to finish out the term of John's prison sentence. Something he believes Jefferson can handle much better than he can. So while an innocent man is in prison for crimes he didn't commit, his twin brother is assuming his life outside the prison walls. Only one person will be able to save him from a fate worse than death, but will she be willing to do it?
Sadie is the only one who is able to figure out the subtle differences between Jefferson and John Tucker with the slight variation of colors to their eyes, something a woman has no problem noticing. She has been tasked with finding a way to convince a judge that they are holding the wrong man, getting him released from prison and escorting him to town until another Pinkerton agent can meet her to take over. They believe only Jefferson can lead them straight to John. But even thought they may look alike, they are far from being different. Jefferson has no idea just where John would be headed and he can only hope someone else finds him before he does.
I received Sadie's Secret by Kathleen Y'Barbo compliments of Harvest House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. I have thoroughly enjoyed each addition to this series and think Kathleen has nailed it with the conclusion. It is great to see some of the previous characters in the series make an appearance in this one and love the way it is all resolved in the end. Truly a historical return of the prodigal son and well worth 5 out of 5 stars. If you love historical romances with strong female characters, you will want to pick up this series from Kathleen Y'Barbo.
In this book, Pinkerton Agent, Sadie Callum has to decide whether the right twin brother is in jail. From there, she has to untangle the threads to find the real Will Tucker, all the while keeping her overprotective family at bay. Sadie is this delightful mix of a fun character who has spunk, verve, and a desire to honor her family while avoiding stifling. It's an almost impossible balancing act, but such a fun read. The romance is sweet and delightful. And the redemption of Will Tucker almost brought me to tears. All in all a very satisfying conclusion to this fun historical mystery/romance series.