Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Heart of an Agent

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LYONS, TRACEY J.
THE HEART OF AN AGENT

A mountain town gives Lily a new home and a new love. But will her past ruin her future?

Former Pinkerton spy Lily Handland has always dreamed of a quiet, safe life, free from chasing criminals and putting herself at risk. S when the opportunity to invest in a failing Great Camp in the Adirondacks comes to her attention, she quickly umps at the chance.

Filled with grief, widower Owen Murphy wants to run away from it all. Though he's worked hard to forge a future for himself, his grief has kept him mired in the past. But all that changes when a headstrong, mysterious woman shows up at Owen's door. Together, as Lily and Owen restore the beauty of the Great Camp, he begins to finally see a future. But will learning about Lily's past destroy it all?

The author of A Changed Agent returns to the Adirondack Mountains of the 1890s in a novel of love, faith, and secrets...

My Review:

An endearing mix of bittersweet and funny. Owen's grieving is heart-wrenching...but I'll admit to being a wee bit impatient with him too. I know that sounds awful - it's just that he has been wallowing for a long time with disastrous  results. He hasn't turned away from God, but he doesn't take hold of Him either so he's living in a grief-stricken vacuum.

And then Lily happens. She's vibrant and opinionated and ready to take her life in a new direction. One that doesn't require lying for a living. Only in order to move forward she finds herself lying about her past to the person who has come to matter the most.

She's impulsive. He's cautious. She's exuberant. He's quiet. She's a go-getter. He's wait-and-see. These two lead readers on a delightful dance of angst and humour as they strive to work together. And then the magic happens -- sweetly, tenderly, ever so hesitantly, a spark fans to life and Owen and Lily find themselves falling in love. Cue the happily ever after --- well, not quite yet. Because Lily will need every scrap of her indomitable spirit and Owen will have to find the courage to come fully back to the land of the living before we get that HEA.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Heart of an Agent, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstreadATyahooCA. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 29 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

41 comments:

  1. oh this is on my to buy list. thank you for your review and posting.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. It was a recommend from the last Reader's Choice Week and I asked my library to get it and they did. Woot! Good luck, Lori.

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  2. They always say, opposites attract! I think this might be a good one to read. Thank you for a great review and opportunity, Kav. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes - I totally see how these two will compliment each other in business and marriage...they just had to work their way there. lol Good luck, Melanie.

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  4. I'm not entering for this as I have it. But, have you read the first one "A Changed Agent"? If not, you should put it on your radar :-)

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    1. No, I haven't read A Changed Agent, though some of the characters from that book are in this one. From the talk I've heard it has a suspense thread as well which would be exciting. I'll check into it for sure.

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  5. New author for me. Nice review. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. This is the first book I've read by Tracey Lyons too. Good luck, Kim.

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  6. "THE HEART OF AN AGENT" sound like a great story of two unlikely people thrown together to find out that they were made for each other. The exact kind of story that warms your heart while reading. I love stories with the time frame the story is told in too.

    Thank you for your review and the opportunity to win a copy of the book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. And the setting is exquisite as well. Good luck, Kay.

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  7. This is a new-to-me author and her book sounds delightful. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance to do so! ��
    gobersATembarqmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, VanG. Good luck.

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  8. I don't think I've heard of this author! Sounds intriguing :)
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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  9. I haven't read anything by this author but for some reason, I'm always drawn to books featuring Pinkerton agents. The Heart of an Agent sounds quite intriguing. Thanks for letting us know about it and for the giveaway.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It looks like this series is the first in the Christian Fiction genre so we're all getting to know her. Good luck, Pam.

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  10. Sometimes I like your reviews more than I think I'd like the books. It took me a few seconds to figure out what HEA meant.

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    1. Bwahahaha! Sorry about that, Dianna. Good luck!

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  11. I like stories about Pinkertons. This one looks good. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. She's a retired Pinkerton so there isn't a suspense but it's interesting to read about her adjustment to 'civilian' life. Good luck, Paula.

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  12. I enjoyed A Changed Agent and have this on my wish list. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(At)aol(dot)com

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    1. I still have to read the first one. You'll be happy to meet up with characters from it in this one. Good luck, Lucy.

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  13. I'm not familiar with this author but this book sounds really interesting. Sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for your review and the chance!
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. Good luck.

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  14. Sounds like a very interesting read. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  15. Oh my, this sounds like a MUST read! Thank you for bringing it to my attention and the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. We can both thank Reader's Choice Week for bringing this one to our attention. Good luck, Wendy.

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  16. Not on my radar until you review. I really love historical romance with shades of humor.
    tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Humour makes everything better, including historicals! Good luck, Terrill.

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  17. Romance and Mystery. What a great combination.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. THis is the first time I heard about this book. Sounds interesting. On your reading list this week, the lacemaker is my choice pick, but I thinK I would enjoy this one too! :-) THankyou for sharing something new. amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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    1. You're welcome,Aimee. Good luck.

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  19. I've never gotten to visit the Adirondack Mts but I love to read about them!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I haven't been either but the pictures are beautiful. And such a fascinating history. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladysnowangelphotos(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Great review, KAV! I'd love to read this one!

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