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* Pinkerton detective Maggie Cartwright poses as a mail order bride in order to catch the man they suspect is the notorious Whistle-Stop Bandit. But the more Maggie gets to know him, the more unsure she becomes that Garrett Thomas is the crook they're after. Are either of them what they appear to be? 320 pages, softcover from Shiloh Run.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 0.50 X 8.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1628366273
ISBN-13: 9781628366273
Series: Undercover Ladies

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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?

Author Bio

Bestselling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than forty historical novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers' Choice Award of Excellence. She's a former Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence. 
 

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Once again Brownley brings the ladies of the Pinkerton Detective Agency to life with the fun character Maggie Cartwright. Her keen intuition and observations make her a capable woman who holds her own amongst dangerous outlaws. The insight Brownley gives readers into Maggie's thoughts and feelings allows them to fully understand the dilemma she faces. This story moves at just the right pace, allowing readers to get to know the characters while progressing quickly to keep their interest.

This delightful take of the Old West has it all: witty dialogue, engaging characters, deceit, betrayal, and redemption. Brownley reins the pieces into a highly satisfying conclusion.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Undercover Bride
    July 18, 2016
    gracie
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I can honestly say this author is great at pulling it all together the problems and personal struggles between duty and believing in what your heart tells you. Thank goodness she listened to her heart and what she knew of the accused.
  2. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Cannot wait for another book!
    September 9, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Maggie Cartwright is 26 years old and has just answered an ad for a mail-order bride. Her husband-to-be is the number one suspect in a train robbery that happened two years ago. The Pinkerton Agency never gives up on a case and has been working this case for two years. Now, with Maggie on the scene, they hope to finally wrap this one up. Maggie has created a fictional past in her letters to Garrett Thomas during their previous months of correspondence. She has arrived in the Arizona Territory under the pretense of marrying Garrett, but what she is really been assigned to do is learn where he has hidden the money from the train robbery and who is partner in crime is.

    She moves in with the family, searches the house and begins taking care of Garretts two young children. As time progresses, she finds no evidence of the money anywhere and begins to care for the children and Garrett. She tells herself to stay on task, to not get emotionally involved and finish her assignment, but the wedding date looms closer and closer. She finally stumbles onto a clue, but will it be enough to prove who the criminal is to solve the case?

    After reading the first book in the series and finding it just so-so, I wanted to give the series a second chance before writing it off. Im glad I did. I enjoyed this second book in the series much more. I thought the story flowed well with a good plot, the characters were likeable and the faith of Maggie very evident. I loved the character of Aunt Hetty! The mystery portion of the story was not much of a challenge, but the journey to discover the answers was entertaining. Im now looking forward to book three in the series to see what interesting situation the next Pinkerton lady detective finds herself in and how she will solve the case.
  3. U.P Mi
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Read
    August 12, 2015
    weatherlover1
    U.P Mi
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    What I liked: I have read a few books about Pinkerton detectives and they are quite enjoyable and this book does not disappoint. Maggie has done her research yet she is caught of guard by Garrett. She finds herself drawn to him and his kids as well as his crazy aunt. I loved all the characters. The supporting characters such as Aunt Hetty and Maggie's partner Rikker(and all his funny crazy disguises) made this a well rounded and fun book to read.

    What I didnt like: Not much to complain about in this book.

    This book did a great job of mixing romance and suspense. This is the 2nd book in the series but very much stands alone and I am excited to read the final book in the series when it is released.
  4. Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Great characters!
    August 11, 2015
    BookLover
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Undercover Bride is the second book in Margaret Brownleys, Undercover Ladies series, though they each stand alone quite well. Ive read a few of Margarets books, though I have to be honest and say that while Ive enjoyed all of them, she isnt on my must-read list. Her books are generally cute, engaging, and make me laugh. I can say the same of this one.

    The historical details are well done and I had fun peeking into the life of a Pinkerton operative. Unfortunately, it took me almost half of the book to become really interested in the story. The pacing was so slow, that I kept checking to see how much I had left, hoping it would pick up soon. It did about half-way through and I didnt want to put it down as I was quickly coming to the climax. I confess, I wondered for a while if this was a novella and I had become confused. Her writing style reminded me of one I had read. Days are passed over with little comment and the writing is very surface, if that makes sense. Just when it seemed something important was about to happen in Maggie and Garretts relationship, the scene would end. This frustrated me more than anything. I wanted to see something happen between them, rather than just having them think about it. Im more of a show, than tell kind reader.

    Characters are definitely her strong suit. I adore the quirky secondary characters she creates, as well as the main characters that are so realistic. This book is no different. I loved Maggie and was cheering for her the entire story. She is kind and sweet with the children, while also being strong and stubborn. Garrett was also a compelling character, though the story doesnt come from his point of view that often. Which I actually found rather frustrating. Im assuming she wrote it like that because he is suspect, but as everyone knows how its going to end, I really found leaving him out unnecessary.

    The mystery was interesting and probably one of the main things that kept me reading. I enjoyed following Maggie and her fellow operative as they attempted to piece together the evidence and find the real criminal. It definitely upped my appreciation for modern technology and the pioneers in the field of law enforcement. I hadnt considered how much more difficult it would have been, until reading this book.

    Another part of the story I enjoyed was the spiritual aspect. This is a Christian novel and reflects those beliefs. I appreciated the emphasis on how important church is and Maggies desire to teach the children about God. I also appreciated that Maggie and Garretts individual struggles with faith were not glossed over. On the contrary, there is no swift conversion, but rather at the end, were still left with Maggie working toward forgiveness. That realism is sometimes rare to find, as most of us love all of the loose ends neatly tied up (I do).

    I will end by saying that I did enjoy this book, though I doubt I will ever read it again and it will not receive a place on my keeper shelf. Sorry. I would recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance and is looking for a nice, easy read for a few hours.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Made me laugh out loud and nervous! A great read!
    August 5, 2015
    Jaquelyn
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Undercover Bride is so much fun to read! I found myself thinking about it when I wasnt reading, and I was dying to find out what was going to happen next. Undercover Bride is book two in the Undercover Ladies series. I read the first book, Petticoat Detective and loved it. That being said you dont have to read book one to love book two. Undercover Bride follows Maggie, a Pinkerton detective, to the Arizona territory in 1882. Maggie is there on a mission from her boss to uncover proof that they found the Whistle-stop Bandit. But she didnt count on how handsome Garret Thomas was.

    Garret Thomas has been through a lot in his life, and doesnt want to take a chance at falling in love again. Hes done that once, and is now a widower. Knowing that Toby and Elise, his children, need a mother figure in their lives, he placed a mail order bride ad. When Maggie arrives he finds her in a unexpected situation. Maggie is prettier than he planned on, and Garrett wonders what hes got himself into. Can Garrett get past his hurts and take a chance at love again? Will he find out who Maggie really is? Will they accept Gods plan for their lives? Or be too scared to reach for it?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. It had me laughing out loud and nervous at other times. I really enjoyed getting to know Maggie and Garrett and know you will too. I cant wait to read the next in this series knowing how much I enjoyed the first two. I received a copy of this book from Shiloh Run Press, a division of Barbour Publishing, and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
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