Monday, February 6, 2017

Review (+ Tour Giveaway): The Outlaw's Secret

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Outlaw's Secret
by Stacy Henrie
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
February 7th 2017 by Love Inspired Historical

Lawman in Disguise

Getting taken hostage by a gang of train robbers wasn't in dime novelist Essie Vanderfair's plans, but interviewing these men could make her career soar. Especially since the gang includes legendary outlaw Tex Beckett, better known as the Texas Titan. Tex is famed for his protection of women and children, so she'll be fine…right?

Keeping the gang in line was hard enough before a stubborn, beautiful writer interfered. Now Tex is scrambling to keep Essie safe, to gather evidence against the gang and most of all to hide his dangerous secrets. First, that he's a detective working undercover. And second, that he's not the Texas Titan at all, but Tex's twin brother, Tate Beckett.

My thoughts

There’s nothing typical about Stacy Henrie’s newest release and she has become one of my favorite writers in the Love Inspired line. The Outlaw’s Secret has it all – character depth, humor, romance, suspense, and rich historical detail. It’s well written, entertaining, and refreshingly unusual in storyline.

The story starts off in a somewhat humorous fashion, with the heroine orchestrating something that I can’t imagine doing in a million years – and it works. Essie and Tate are extremely appealing characters. Essie is intelligent, insightful, and a quick study who uses knowledge gained from research to help in tricky situations.

As Essie begins interviewing the gang members, the feel of this story changes subtly. Wanting to delve into the outlaws’ pasts and explore the people and circumstances that contributed to their current way of life, she gradually uncovers a hidden complexity in these characters. “Outlawing wasn’t the adventurous, carefree career she’d imagined or unknowingly penned into her novels … They were people with feelings, regrets, hopes and fears. Just like her.”

The romance between Tate and Essie is sweet, and there’s a real chemistry between them.  Spiritual gems are a natural part of the story as Essie and Tate learn some valuable life lessons.

The Outlaw’s Secret is a fun and entertaining read. Recommended.

I was provided a free copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids. You can learn more about Stacy and her books by visiting her website at

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive print copies of LADY OUTLAW and THE EXPRESS RIDER'S LADY + $10 Amazon Gift Card (US only)
- 1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
- Ends February 18th

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  1. This is a new author to me. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!

  2. Thank you for your lovely review, Carole! So glad you enjoyed the book. I don't think I'd do what Essie does either - maybe that's why it was so fun to write her character. :)

  3. The book sounds exciting and enticing. I'd love to read it.

    1. Thanks, Susie-Q! Hope you have a chance to read it.

  4. Thanks for the featured book, I've had my eye on this one :-)