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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Gunpowder Tea Review!!!

Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley 

Book Description:
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 at the ranch with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective 
Jeremy Taggart is working undercover as well. Their true identities may be a secret, but it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the sparks flaring between them.
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 get to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets---and no one on the ranch is safe.

The longer Miranda and Jeremy spend working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers-and their lives-depend on solving this case. Love will just have to wait.

"In the exquisitely intriguing finale to her Brides of Last Chance Ranch trilogy, Brownley blends faith and romance with a dash of mystery to serve up a cozy, fulfilling story set in the Arizona Territory of the 1890s . . . .This enchanting account of the hardships and wonders of the Old West features many delightful characters. The story stands on its own merits, independent of the first two in the series, drawing readers into a world that is difficult to leave." 
---Publishers Weekly
Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/pS1iy
Meet the author: Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this---except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter at the time. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction." So that's what Margaret did. She's now a New York Times bestselling author and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 25 novels to her credit. Her first non-fiction book Grieving God's Way: the Lasting Path to Hope and Healing has won much critical acclaim. She is currently working on the third book in her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.

Learn more at Margaret's website: http://margaretbrownley.com

My Opinion:
Better than I had even hoped!!!  I read and fell in love with this series with the First book Dawn comes Early so I REALLY wanted to read Gunpowder Tea especially after seeing the cover and reading the title (even though sadly I never got the chance to read the second one)!  I was not disappointed.  I really enjoyed all I learned about the Pinkertons as well as all of the twists in the plot; which keep popping up from beginning to end!!!  I love how the characters interact and the back stories Margaret came up with.  I still love the other characters revisited from the first book as a matter of fact I think this final addition to the series made me love them even more.  I just love the tough, hard exterior, but loving and caring interior of ranch owner Miss Walker and how she grows throughout this book, and this latest heiress is my favorite!  I love her background and personality!  I love the way the dialogue between characters bounces back and forth and the over all pace of the story!  I especially love the addition of tea!  I love tea and really enjoyed learning some knew things especially about the titled Gunpowder tea!  I REALLY want to get some of it and try it out, and the recipe in the back of the book sounds GREAT I need to try that also!!! :)  There are times in the plot that I think are just a little too far fetched at times, but the humorous scenes (that almost had me rolling on the floor I was laughing so hard) make up for them ten fold, and I do enjoy how Margaret brings it full circle by including things from the other two heiresses especially Kate.  I absolutely LOVE the way this book ends and how the whole series wraps up but I am sad because I wanted it to go on and on! :D  So I'm conflicted; I didn't want this to be the end but yet I loved how it ended.  From the great mystery to the humor laced scenes this is a great book and a must read!

Songs: "Rock Of Ages" by Chris Rice, "This Kiss (Album Version)" by Faith Hill, "We'll Understand It Better By And By" by Homeland Quartet, and "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin

John 9:25

~ASC

*I received a review copy of this book for free for the purpose of giving my honest opinion.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above is how I truly feel about Gunpowder Tea. ~ASC


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