Jerome, Arizona Territory, 1899
When Andromeda Barr left her colorful past behind in pursuit of a normal—albeit solo—life, she didn’t exactly settle for the mundane. Performing is in her blood, and right now she has to believe she’s lying for all the right reasons—justice for the excluded, the overlooked of society—a debt she owes to the two unusual people who raised her.
Pinkerton Agent Connell O’Brien is on the trail of a wanted murderer holed up in ‘the wickedest town in the west.’ Hiding his identity is part of the job, but when he meets the surprising Miss Barrington, he begins to wonder how many secrets are too many.
Two close calls with disaster seem to suggest it’s time they both stop running from the guilt of the past and let mercy catch up, but will these two solo acts join forces before the danger of discovery becomes a matter of life or death?
From the very beginning, I was blissfully swept away into the dusty, wild-west town. This story comes vividly to life with rugged buildings, dusty streets, and a variety of colorful characters. You won’t want to miss a moment of this rousing adventure!
I enjoyed the lively characters, exciting banter and plenty of action to keep you on your toes! Sparks are sure to fly with a Pinkerton agent hot on the trail of a wanted murderer and a circus performer turned singer, with a secret identity all her own. Will they let their secret identities hide their truth?
At the core, this story reminds us that we all sin and fall short. Forgiveness is bigger than our sin. God has given us grace that we don’t deserve, how can we give anything less.
This fun, action-packed novella is sure to sweep you off your feet and into the action in the wild west town of Jerome, Arizona. I give this story 4 stars. If you enjoy vivid stories with action and a touch a mystery, this is the story for you!
(I purchased a copy for my personal collection in e-book format from Amazon. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
About the Author:
Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She’d like to live a wee bit closer to her grandchildren, but is thankful that God is in control, that He chooses to bless us despite ourselves and that He has a sense of humor.
Other than writing light-hearted romances and gritty gothics, she has rather normal obsessions such as fabric, peanut butter, vacations, British dramas, and whatever mystery series she’s currently stuck on.
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A Dangerous Deception