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The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper
by Kathleen Y'Barbo

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"...a rollicking jaunt from start to finish....a charming romance with a western flair."

Boston socialite, Gennie Cooper, longs for more than her structured life and endless balls and soirées. What she truly wants is a Wild West adventure like her favorite heroine in the dime novels she covertly devours. When the opportunity arises to pretend to be someone else and work as a governess in Denver, Gennie doesn’t hesitate.

But Denver proves to be far more civilized than she hoped it would be, and Charlotte Beck, her ward, far less cultured than expected. Why, the eight-year-old tomboy virtually runs wild like a New York street orphan. When Gennie realizes that part of Charlotte’s problem is her absentee father, she sends him a scathing letter, demanding his return.

Daniel Beck is seething. He boards the first train home, fully intending to dismiss his daughter’s governess as soon as he arrives, but he is quite taken off-guard. Eugenia Cooper is not your average governess, and the feisty, outspoken woman intrigues him like no female has in many years. When he learns of Gennie’s desire for adventure, Daniel decides to give her one. But when their trip to the mining town of Leadville proves disastrous, Daniel soon finds himself fighting to keep his silver mine and to protect Gennie and Charlotte from vile men and pushy citizens.

Will Daniel realize his past is keeping him from the future God has planned for him before it’s too late? Will Gennie’s desire for adventure be her undoing?

The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper is a rollicking jaunt from start to finish. Gennie is headstrong and determined to have her adventure before settling down to marry the lackluster man her parents picked for her. Daniel is a great hero, wounded from past events, and a perfect match for Gennie. From the first time they meet, there’s a strong mutual attraction and loads of witty banter. Watching them spar with one another is a delight.

Award-winning author, Kathleen Y’Barbo, tosses in an additional story of Gennie’s dime novel heroine, Mae Winslow, which appears in vignettes at the beginning of each chapter. Mae’s adventures parallel Gennie’s. Mae battles whether to quit chasing outlaws and living free to marry the man she loves and to settle down, just as Gennie wrestles with staying in Denver and performing as Charlotte’s governess or traveling further west for more excitement and adventure.

For a charming romance with a western flair, check out The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper. I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating book and trust you will too.


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Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.