Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Love in Disguise by Penny Zeller [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:
This is a totally clean, Christian read set in Montana in 1911. The automobile is the trend of the times and ranching is the mode of living. The protagonists in the story are Mrs. Wheeler, widowed and wealthy, and Mr. Evanson, wealthy young rancher. Their two families have a feuding history from when the deceased Mr. Wheeler accused rancher Evanson of cattle rustling shenanigans and other crooked endeavors.

Both of these wealthy individuals who did not know each other have to fend off frequent intrusions from potential spouses who simply want to connect with them for their wealth alone. They'll have none of that!

By chance, the two literally bump into each other in a town nearby and a friendship begins to grow. They both give "doctored" names so their wealthy identities are not forthcoming. The friendship grows and then their true identity is discovered.

Unwanted suiters pursue both Emilie and Thad and their friendship and budding romance with each other is in danger because of their covert doings.

A fun, clean, totally Christian read. One you won't be afraid to hand over to a young teen or your grandmama.

About the book: Who knew concealing one’s true identity could be so disastrous?

Who knew asserting one’s independence would cause such embarrassment? If only Almira “Emilie” Crawford Wheeler hadn’t insisted upon carrying her own stack of parcels, she wouldn’t have landed in an unladylike heap on the boardwalk. And what about the half-truth she told the handsome stranger who came to her aid? The stranger she never expected to see again?

Thad Alexander Evanson should have been paying closer attention to the boardwalk, rather than the newfangled automobile motoring down the street. Had he been more astute, a collision with the beautiful parcel-laden stranger might never have happened. And if it never had happened, he wouldn’t have told a partial-truth he figured wouldn’t matter.

Before long, Emilie and Thad are arranging to meet for a noonday meal each weekend in Missoula under the guise of different names. But what happens when their true identities are revealed? When half-truths are exposed? Could God have a plan even in the midst of a tangled web of lies? Read first few pages on Amazon - click here.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the author to facilitate a review. Opinions expressed are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided and shipped directly to the winner by the author. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


  1. Thank you so much for your review, Vera. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed reading Emilie and Thad's story. Thank you also for hosting the giveaway. I'm excited to see who wins!

  2. Penny writes tender, heartfelt romances that are sweet.

  3. Hello Sunnymay! Thank you for stopping by Vera's blog and for your kind words. Have a wonderful day!

  4. I found out from Penny's website that she published a children’s book titled Hollyhocks.

    1. Hello Susan, thank you for visiting my website and for stopping by Vera's blog!

  5. Penny caught the writing bug at seven years old.

  6. Hi Merry! Thank you for stopping by Vera's blog. I'm excited to see who wins a copy of "Love in Disguise". Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

  7. Love Under Construction is her new release.


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