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Publisher's Note:

FINALIST: In National Readers Choice Awards 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 dan…

Gunpowder Tea

by Margaret Brownley

Overall Book Review:

New York Times best-selling author Margaret Brownley delivers a wildly entertaining tale in her latest book, Gunpowder Tea. Set in Arizona Territory during the late nineteenth century, Brownley expertly captures the lively look and feel of the Old West. Main character Miranda is a well-developed and relatable character as she struggles throughout the book with both her career and her relationship with God. Miranda’s romantic counterpart, Jeremy, is charming and mysterious in his role and the scenes with the two lovebirds were some of the best. In addition to romance, the story is action-packed with train robberies, bank heists, and suspicious characters that will leave readers guessing just who’s responsible. The numerous plot twists and turns kept the story suspenseful until the very end. Gunpowder Tea is fun historical fiction!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Thomas Nelson

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations; 2 mild obscenities.

Violence/Gore:  Several secondhand reports of violence involving gunfire, death and a physical blow to the head; destruction of property by fire with no casualties; a character discharges a gun, shooting a corpse; a fistfight occurs between characters. 

Sex/Nudity:  A few incidents of kissing and touching; a few sexual references and an implied incident of sexual activity. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family members, robbery and theft, racial discrimination.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters drink, smoke and chew tobacco.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.