Saturday, March 15, 2014

Fantastic read - Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley (A Review)

Back cover summary

In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.

When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom – an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch.

But she isn’t the only one there with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggert is working the scene undercover as well. And although their true identities are a secret, it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the spark that flares between them.

But neither is about to let romance interfere with such a huge case. Besides, Miranda hasn’t removed Jeremy from her list of suspects yet. The closer they come to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets – and no one on the ranch is safe.

But neither are their hearts – the longer Miranda and Jeremy spends working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers – and their lives – depend on solving this case. Love will have to wait.

Why I would pick this book up again
This book is just so fun to read! Right from the first page. If you love anything detectivey (that should definitely be a word) or if you're a Sherlock Holmes fan then you'll love this. The culprit was unpredictable and rather original. Overall, I really enjoyed Annie and Taggert's story.

Annie is easy to understand and quite the likable character. Smart and witty with spunk. She definitely found her match in Taggert. And he, well...Taggert is one of those characters you cannot but like. The competition, paranoia, suspicion and chemistry between the two keeps you on your toes. They made it to my list of favorite couples in fiction ;) Yet they are not the only ones who make the story intriguing, Miss Walker for example, was pretty outstanding.
Annie has questions about her faith and about God. She is even accused of treating God like a suspect but it was interesting to see how she grows through out the story and the lessons she learns.
Favorite phrase/passage from the book:
The book is filled with great quotes:
"'How do you know what God's plan is?' She still remembered her pastor's answer. 'Follow the joy. You know God's plan by doing the things that give you great joy"
"People didn't only see what they wanted to see; they saw in others what they needed to see"
"Her papa once said that a person had only one important decision to make in life and that was whether or not to follow the Lord; everything else was secondary"
Why I recommend this book
I would recommend "Gunpowder Tea" to anyone. Quick paced, fun and just plain outstanding, I enjoyed every minute of it. Although its the 3rd in a series, its easy to follow as a stand-alone novel with a very satisfying ending. A fun read, yet a story of forgiveness, trust and maybe even self-acceptance (with Annie often feeling the need to prove herself). Definitely a 2014 favorite for me.
I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze® (Thomas Nelson) in exchange for an honest review. 

Have you read this book? If so, what did you like/not like? If not, would you?

1 comment:

  1. Always loved this cover (like, really, it's darling) but I skipped out on obtaining a copy of this as I'm a bit too picky for my own good about historical reads (normally westerns aren't my first choice) however I think your review has convinced me! This book sounds right up my alley as I'm a huge fan of Sherlock / detective stories. :)