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Heart Of An Agent – Tracey J. Lyons


About the Book:

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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?

My Thoughts:

The story was nice, but kind of a typical “cookie cutter” romance type story.  The setting was interesting and sounded beautiful, certainly sounded like a place I’d love to visit.  I read so much fiction, I sometimes don’t know if related seeming historic parts are real or not. But the setting, the Adirondack Great Camps did and do exist, as did the Pinkerton Agents.  The Pinkertons were known for having foiled an assassination plan against president elect Abraham Lincoln, too bad they didn’t foil the later plan.  They tracked other well-known criminals and outlaws such as Jesse James, the Wild Bunch (which included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).

I liked Lily, the leading lady, she was quite assertive and I could see how she survived living as an agent doing some very difficult tasks.  It was hard reading about the leading man, Owen’s loss of his wife, as my sister recently lost her husband.

There was some tension with some characters, which kind of helped the story along.  I really liked the older couple who worked with Owen, Mrs. Cuddieback was a sweet heart.

As I said, it was a nice story, nothing too exciting, nothing too dull, kept my interest, because I really liked the setting.  I realize I am coming a little late to the party, because this is a second book in a series, so maybe I’ll play “flashback” and read the first one. I’m hoping it’s a bit more about her agent days, maybe a bit more exciting and not such a typical romance.

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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