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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Love in Disguise

About the Book

Book: Love in Disguise

Author: Penny Zeller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: February 22, 2022

Love in DiguiseWho 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?


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About the Author

author photo 2Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics.

Today Penny is a multi-published author of several inspirational books. She is also a homeschool mom and a fitness instructor.

When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, cycling, gardening, and playing volleyball.

She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website and her blog, random thoughts from a day in the life of a wife, mom, and author, at


More from Penny

In Love in Disguise, the two main characters, Emilie and Thad, are both fond of pie a la mode. It plays a prominent part in the book, especially during Emilie and Thad’s courtship. My inspiration behind the dessert? My aunt’s famous, old-fashioned pie a la mode recipe, which is a family favorite.


If you are looking for a fun read about two people who each have a secret this is the perfect story to read. I found the book to be funny at times with Emile and Thad both hiding their identities from each other. The way they meet is awkward but made me laugh. Trying to not fall down when bumped goes astray and Emilie  finds herself in quite an embarrassing situation. It was only fitting that Thad replace her hat after it was ruined by him. What an uncomfortable time he had in the  store trying to replace it. Not many men would find themselves in this particular store and the ladies who worked there seemed a little dramatic about his presence. The ladies  do judge him in a rude way and I wanted to tell them to mind their own business,  My how the ladies gossiped while he was in the store. Where did this story come from about him being married and it being  a special day for him? The author does create a great illustration of how gossip starts and causes undue accusations that get out of hand. 

Emilie is a woman who misses her husband who has passed. Meeting Thad brought a new spark to her eyes. When she finds out he is a Christian she is a little uncomfortable. She has wandered away from God and maybe Thad inviting her to church will open her heart to a renewed relationship with God. I loved how she was  invested in the service and appreciated the pastors words. 

I had a feeling I knew who the pesky cows belonged to who kept coming on her land and couldn’t wait to see how the author would handle this little dilemma. As Thad and Emilie begin to see each other more, the  secret that they are hiding from each other is sure to cause a problem. Will they learn a valuable lesson about not telling the truth? They each try to convince themselves they are doing it to protect themselves from unwanted suitors who only are interested  in their wealth. 

I did like that the author included sone historical facts that made me feel like I was back in the early 1900s. How exciting  it was to experience the characters driving their motor cars and the cost they paid for them. Wouldn’t it be nice to pay only nine hundred-fifty dollars for a brand new car? The author touches on women’s suffrage and how important it was for women to be able to vote. The town is the perfect setting for this western themed story with stores that are quaint and the beautiful landscape that surrounds it. 

The book has a mix  of misunderstandings, jealousy  greed and secrets. I liked how the author used faith as a great illustration of how God loves each of us and forgives us of our sins. Thad and  Emilie find that secrets can destroy a relationship and need to take responsibility for their lies. As the story concludes readers will find out what happens when you follow God’s direction and not allow pride to hinder you from making amends. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

Blog Stops

lakesidelivingsite, June 8

Labor Not in Vain, June 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 9

Texas Book-aholic, June 10

Inklings and notions, June 11

Of Blades and Thorns, June 11

For Him and My Family, June 12

deb’s Book Review, June 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 14

Mary Hake, June 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 15

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, June 16

Connie’s History Classroom, June 17

Pause for Tales, June 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 18

Bizwings Blog, June 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 20

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, June 20

Splashes of Joy, June 21


To celebrate her tour, Penny is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. Happy Friday-take some time to Read!

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    1. Hello Rita! Thank you for stopping by and joining us for the blog tour. Have a great weekend!

  3. Thank you for the super review. Now that I know there are moments in the book that will cause me to smile and laugh, I want to read it even more.

    1. Hello Roxanne! Thank you for your kind comments. I love infusing humor into my books. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Hello Deana, thank you for participating in the blog tour for "Love in Disguise" and for your review. I appreciate your support!

    1. Hello Deana, thank you for participating in the blog tour for "Love in Disguise" and for your review. I appreciate your support!

  5. Hello Tracie, Thank you for stopping by the Texas Book-a-holic blog and for your comment.

  6. Thank you for sharing your review of Love in Disguise, this sounds like a great read and I am looking forward to it

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Debbie. I'm excited to see who wins the book and giftcard!