Monday, January 6, 2014

Book Review Monday: Gunpowder Tea

Hello, everyone!
Sadly, for me today I go back to school, and a lot of people go back to work. :(

**Update** school was cancelled today. Yay!!!

Anyway, today I have a review for you because I got a fair amount of reading done over break.

Here's a little bit about Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

"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 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 have to wait."

My Thoughts:
The Characters:
I absolutely loved the characters. Miranda is a very strong young woman who is used to taking care of herself. She is brave during all of her Pinkerton assignments. I really admired her!
Jeremy was also a lovely character. He is a dashing Wells Fargo detective, working on a case that he has personal ties to.
I loved seeing these characters interact with each other, and how their interactions changed over time.
The Plot: 
The plot was great. There was never a dull moment, and I kept turning the page. I loved the whole idea of two detectives from different agencies looking for the same thing. I kept wondering throughout the whole book who the mysterious Phantom was!
The Setting:
The setting was fabulous. I'm a sucker for westerns. I loved the whole idea of Miranda pretending to be an heiress to a ranch. The secluded setting raised the stakes and made the dangers seem much more dangerous. 
Overall, I adored this story. It was the third in a trilogy, and I have not read the first two. I think that it stands alone just fine, but there were references to the past two that made me want to read them. I think that in the future I will be reading those two.
This was a story filled with mystery, danger, and romance, and I loved every bit of it. 

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.


  1. It sounds cool! I'll have to look at the series.

  2. This cover hooked me into putting this on my TBR list. :) I love this review. Makes me want to read it more. Thanks!

    1. I adore this cover, Natalie. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Ooh, sounds interesting, I like stuff with the Pinkerton Detective Agency

  4. Ooh. This sounds very good. HAHA. And I love the guy's expression on the cover...


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