Friday, 1 November 2013

Review - Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder Tea
The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series
By Margaret Brownley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: October 8, 2013
ISBN: 978-1595549723
Pages: 328
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In the third installment in The Brides of Last Chance Ranch series, Gunpowder Tea finds the Pinkerton agent Miranda Hunt taking on one of the biggest cases of her career - tracking and capturing the notorious outlaw called the Phantom, who has been spotted near the Last Chance Ranch.

Luckily, she finds a way to sneak onto the ranch when she discovers a classified ad for an heiress at the Last Chance Ranch! This is the prefect cover she has been waiting for. She takes the identity of Annie Beckman and begins her investigation, which isn't as easy as she first thought. She doesn't know exactly what the Phantom looks like, so every man she comes across is a suspect.

Unknowing to Miranda, a Wells Fargo detective, Jeremy Taggart, is also undercover, using the name Branch and he is also searching for the Phantom. He is unaware of whom Miranda is and that he is on her suspect list.

Miranda and Jeremy may not know each others' identities, but that doesn't stop them for falling in love.

Despite being 328 pages, the book was a quick read for me; reading it in just one sitting and one cup of coffee. I have read a few novellas by Margaret Brownley, but this is the first full book I have read of hers. The book cover is a little silly to me, but once I read it, I felt better about the cover. The overall plot is interesting and the characters are well-written, and I was hooked from page one. It didn't feel like the typical historical romance novel, as it felt more like a Hallmark movie. Gunpowder Tea is a fun and exciting read and I highly recommend it to others.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Gunpowder Tea Margaret Brownley

About 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.

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  1. Billy, When I looked at the cover, I said-oh, the lady is holding a gun, it's not just a romance novel. I enjoyed reading about Margaret Brownley.
    Too bad, the book is Gunpowder Tea, but then the coffee addicted writer drank a cup of coffee as he read it. So, Gunpowder Tea is fine.
    Enjoyed it.

    1. It is a romance, but one glance at a cover you 'll think it is about something else. Yeah, I'm not a big tea drinker.


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