Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Book review with a giveaway: The Heart of an Agent by Tracey J. Lyons

About the Book:

Name of book: The Heart of an Agent
Author: Tracey J. Lyons
Genre: Inspirational historical romance
Release Date: November 7, 2017

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?

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My Review:

This was a lighthearted, sweet romance that I enjoyed reading.  Rebecca, the main character, impressed me with her can-do attitude.  She also had refined tastes and a clear sense of propriety and etiquette.  The many experiences she had had as a Pinkerton agent had shaped her, but her desire to be settled and part of a community was a driving force in her decision making.  Author Tracey J. Lyons excellently portrayed Owen's grief and despair from his wife's untimely death.

This novel is the second in the Adirondack Pinkertons series, but it stood alone well.  References to the first book made me want to read A Changed Agent, because it sounded like a great book also.  

Fans of historical fiction and romance will enjoy this book, as well as anyone with a special interest in the Pinkerton agents, the Adirondack region of New York, or the Great Camps of the late 1800s.

I received this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:

An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author of the Adirondack Pinkertons and the Women of Surprise series, Tracey was a 2017 National Excellence Romance Fiction Award finalist. She sold her first book on 9/9/99! Her books have been translated into several languages and are available in print, digital and audio formats. A true upstate New Yorker, Tracey believes you should write what you know. Her historical romances are all set in the New York State area. Tracey considers herself a small town gal who writes small town romances. You can learn more about Tracey and her books by visiting her website at

Guest Post from Tracey Lyons:

My family and I spent a lot of time in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. When I came up with the idea for the Pinkerton series, I knew the books had to be set in a place that I loved. The Heart of An Agent, book 2 in The Adirondack Pinkertons series takes place at an Adirondack great camp. Imagine a time when people would travel from faraway places to hike the many trails or lounge on a porch in one of the famed Adirondack chairs. These intricate, grand structures, built during the latter part of the nineteenth century are part of the unique landscape and history that makes up the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. I enjoyed creating the fictional Murphy camp, the setting for Lily Handland and Owen Murphy’s story.

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To celebrate her tour, Tracey is giving away a Grand Prize Package of a tea-time themed gift box (Valued at over $75) and a $25 Visa Gift Card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. Nice review. Sounds like a good read.

  2. Sounds like a great book. Looking forward to reading this one. Thank you for the review and the opportunity to win such a lovely prize.

  3. I would love to read this book. This is a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity for such a sweet gift!

  4. I actually know nothing of the Great Camps. How much research did Tracey have to do? Looks like a great prize package.