Book Reviews

The Heart of an Agent

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

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

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

4 Stars

Sometimes, I wish books would come with disclaimers when they really should be read in order. Ah well, I’ll just have to accept that I may have enjoyed The Heart of An Agent just a tad more had a read the previous book. With that said, I was able to follow this story enough to still enjoy it. But there were enough mentions of things that had happened previously that it did get a bit bothersome.

Overall, I did like this story, although it is one that didn’t feel as historically rich as it could have been. The novel focused more on the main characters and their budding relationship with each other. For a novel involving an ex-Pinkerton agent, I was hoping or expecting a bit more excitement than what this book contained and I think that left me a bit disappointed.

This book was a quick and easy read, and someday I may go back to read the previous novel. But if you are looking for a new light historical fiction read, it may be one to look into.

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