Love on Assignment

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The chance to break the big story is all Charlotte needs to secure her future. But when the truth comes out—it may cost her the love of her life.

Newport, Rhode Island, in 1900—a glamorous resort town where the rich and famous go to see and be seen.

Charlotte Hale isn't part of that world. She's a working girl, a secretary for a local newspaper, who dreams of becoming a real reporter. When her boss offers her an assignment, she jumps at the ...

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Overview

The chance to break the big story is all Charlotte needs to secure her future. But when the truth comes out—it may cost her the love of her life.

Newport, Rhode Island, in 1900—a glamorous resort town where the rich and famous go to see and be seen.

Charlotte Hale isn't part of that world. She's a working girl, a secretary for a local newspaper, who dreams of becoming a real reporter. When her boss offers her an assignment, she jumps at the opportunity. She'll go undercover as a governess to investigate a scandal about her new employer, Daniel Wilmont, a young widowed professor of religion who writes a controversial column in a rival newspaper.

Charlotte's qualms about misrepresenting herself to Daniel soon morph into a deeper quandary. How can she get the goods on a man who turns out to be so honorable? How can she plot the downfall of a family that has inspired her to rediscover her faith? And how can she protect the man she now loves from a scheme she's been part of since the beginning?

A fascinating tale of love and faith in the Gilded Age . . . from the author of Love on a Dime.

"James uses carefully described settings and characters . . . to dramatically contrast life in the Gilded Age in Newport, Rhode Island, between the working class and the wealthy." —Booklist

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Rhode Island newspaper reporter Charlotte Hale accepts an undercover assignment during the summer of 1900 to work as a temporary governess to Daniel Wilmont's children. She has been instructed to find dirt on the rival columnist, who's outspoken in his Christian faith. But over time Charlotte discovers Daniel is not as she has been told, and she sets about clearing his name. VERDICT James's second series historical (after Love on a Dime) is a tired tale. There is nothing new here to recommend it despite the nice enough story and the likable characters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595546807
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Series: Ladies of Summerhill Series
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cara Lynn James is the author of several novels includingLove on a Dime. She's received contest awards from Romance Writers of America and the American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in Florida with her husband Jim.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Excellent love story.

    This is a wonderful love story, containing family dimensions, betrayal and forgiveness. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

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    This book took me a little while to get into, but one I did, I c

    This book took me a little while to get into, but one I did, I couldn't put it down! The characters in this book are believeable and the romance is sweet. Charlotte Hale is not like anyone Daniel Wilmont has ever met. She is independent, outspoken, and completely lovable. It was interesting to see her journey from knowing little to nothing about God, to believing and learning to trust in Him. Daniel is a rare male character who has a strong faith in the Lord. And he lives out that faith in his every day life. Of course, he has his faults, but I really loved Daniel.

    The plot developed somewhat slower than the first book, but it was still interesting. The message of the book is learning to put all your trust in the one who created you. Here is a quote I particularly enjoyed:

    "We're creatures designed by God, for God. He has a purpose and a plan for each and every one of us, which He wishes us to follow. But first we must place Him first in our lives, confess our transgressions, and ask for forgiveness. Then we must place the needs of others before our own. This is almost always a difficult and often a painful task. But with the Lord's help, it is possible, and it's what He wants from us and commands of us.
    I think this sums up the message of the book clearly.

    Cara Lynn James created another wonderful story, with likable characters, a plot and story line everyone can relate to, and an amazing message without being overly preachy. I recommend this book, as well as the first one, Love on a Dime.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Really good read

    Charlotte goes on an assignment as a governess. While there, she has to find evidence against a professor name Daniel and report back. But she learns that the professor is actually a nice guy. What will Charlotte do and will Daniel find out eventually? I like how Charlotte befriended Mrs. Finnegan and Grace. Her aunt and Becky were really supportive. This was a really good book with some character development.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Love this book!

    I think this is the first book I've picked up by Cara Lynn James, but I after reading "Love on Assignment" I will definitely be picking up more books from her in the very near future.
    Charlotte Hale's one time success or fail journalism assignment has her balking at the moralistic issues that come tied with it. She has to spy on professor Daniel Wilmont, masquerading as the new governess for his children. It gets complicated for Charlotte when it starts getting personal- she falls in love with the children, and the professor himself. Her guilt gets in the way though, and I loved reading to find out what Charlotte was going to do about the assignment and her predicament with Daniel. I confess that I got so into the book and the plot, that I cheated and peaked ahead :P I won't spoil the ending here, but I did love the book :) You should definitely pick it up!

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    This is a perfect YA romance. It's sweet and cute.

    There aren't many employment options available for a woman who supports her family. Charlotte Hale, however, is on her way to a job she loves. She's always wanted to be a reporter and is finally given the opportunity to work undercover with the promise of a promotion if she does well.

    Except, the situation just doesn't feel, well, honorable. Not that she has much of a choice. She has her sister's hospital bills to pay and the new roof still isn't paid. But is it really worth lying?

    What makes her feel even more deceitful is that she's to go undercover as the governess for Daniel Wilmot. The Daniel Wilmot who writes articles against the exploitation of workers. The Daniel Wilmot who teaches religion at the local university. The Daniel Wilmot who not only preaches the Word but sincerely believes what he preaches.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Good book

    During the summer of 1900 Charlotte Hale, a native Newporter and secretary for the Rhode Island Reporter, accepts an undercover assignment as temporary governess to Daniel Wilmont's children in order to secretly gather evidence against him. As he helps her rediscover God, Charlotte learns that Daniel is an honorable man. They unexpectedly fall in love despite their different backgrounds and social positions. Charlotte soon realizes she must defend Daniel against the forces set against him-a willful student with a romantic crush and the newspaper editor determined to destroy his reputation.

    My thoughts...
    This book was an enjoyable one, well written and it kept my interest. There is intrigue, the characters are endearing, very likeable although Mrs. Wilmont doesn't fit into that category. While I did not read the first book I would very much like to. Charlotte has a decision to make, being the only member of the household that is employed she must choose to make a better living for them.
    The romance between Charlotte and Daniel is charming. The setting is enchanting, the whole book was delightful. I give it 4 stars.

    I received an e-copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


    Title: Love on Assignment

    Publisher: Thomas Nelson

    Pub Date: 01/11/2011

    ISBN: 9781595546807

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    Heartwarming romance

    Cara Lynn James has written another winner. Love On A Dime, her debut novel and first in the Ladies of Summerhill Series was wonderful. I am thrilled that book 2, Love on Assignment is as well written and as delightful a read. Her characters are well developed and she brings to life the era of the early 1900's. I love how her heroine explores new territory for a woman of her day and finds love on the way. Another great read and I'm waiting expectantly for book 3 in the series.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    AN INSPIRING INSPIRATIONA HISTORICAL ROMANCE STORY OF LOVE AND KEEPING YOUR CONVICTIONS!LOVE ON ASSIGNMENT BY CARA LYNN JAMES

    LOVE ON ASSIGNMENT by Cara Lynn James is an interesting inspirational historical romance set in 1900 Newport,Rhode Island. It is the second in the "Ladies of Summerhill series" and can be read as a stand alone. Book One,"Love on a Dime".It is written with depth and details. It has romance, love, faith, hope, forgiveness,making decisions to do the right thing,sticking to your convictions,religious beliefs,finding renew faith and love.This is a story with Christian values,beliefs doing what is right instead of what is expected and keeping your convictions. It shows the contrast between the wealthy and the working class. It is the story of a young secretary,(Charlotte)who works for a local newspaper and has big dreams of becoming a newspaper reporter. And a young widowed religious professor(Daniel),who is seeking a governess for his two young children. Charlotte is sent to Daniel's residence,by her editor in hopes of finding a scandal or something to discredit him.Daniel writes a controversial column with a rival newspaper. What transpires is a renewal of Charlotte's faith and her finding love enough to make a decision that would effect her hold family.This is an inspiring story of faith,love, forgiveness and keeping to your convictions through everything.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and details can be found at Nelson,Thomas Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

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    Caught between a rock and a hard place, what will she do?

    Charlotte Hale's caught between a rock and a hard place. When her editor, Mr. Arnold Phifer, presents her with a request to become one of the first female reporters for the Rhode Island Reporter, she jumps at the chance. However what Mr. Phifer is asking of her was to become a spy on a religious fanatic, an enemy of the American way of life. This was indeed a worthy endeavor for herself and for the publication.

    If she could pull it off, she'd would make an instant name for herself. She'd have a career. A future. But as appealing as a journalism career might be, it didn't compare to the importance of paying off bills. She needed that peace of mind. With her sister's disability requiring expensive doctor visits for which she struggled to pay, she needed the job. All she needed to do was become a governess for Professor Daniel Wilmont of the Newport Gazette and search for evidence against him, find his Achille's heel.

    However what she finds isn't what she expected when he turns out to be honorable and inspires her to rediscover her own faith in the process. Will she use this information to move her forward in her career or will she in turn find the love and faith she felt was lost in Daniel Wilmont?

    In the second novel by Cara Lynn James, Love on Assignment, once more takes us, the reader into the difficult decisions that her main characters are challenged and faced with in the early 1900's in Newport, Rhode Island. Sometimes in the process what we search for isn't what we find after all.

    I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and loved this book as much as her first novel. The strong, yet soft female characters that Ms James uses to convey her story provides women with a true self of what it is to become a woman of God and faith. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

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    This one I'm keeping on my permanent shelf!

    If you enjoy a romance then you would love this book. The author tells an exciting tell of a reporter and a Professor, who also writes for a local paper. The reporter then has to go undercover and tries to find evidence that goes against his "Christian" column.

    From the beginning of the book, I was hooked. You knew from the beginning, something was bound to happen but wasn't sure what. I was even tempted to look at the last page - first. I purposely had to make myself not look ahead and behave like a good reader.

    This book is one I will keep on my permanent shelf.

    I enjoyed this book but due to the older and more mature issues, I would not recommend for the younger eyes.

    Blessings to you! You are loved!

    Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Predictable but highly recommended!

    I was so excited to have the chance to review this book! I was on a book tour for book 1 in the Ladies of Summerhill series, Love On A Dime, and LOVED it, so I jumped on the chance for this one. And, like with book 1, Cara Lynn James certainly didn't disappoint! Once again, she has used her wonderful talent to immediately capture her readers and take them on a whirl wind of a ride back into history. She introduces us to new, sweet characters and to a few that we could just yell at along the way. But, that doesn't take away from the wonderful messages in this book!

    In Love on Assignment, we get a glimpse into the life of the wanna-be ladies reporter, Charlotte, who has to go "undercover" on assignment as a governess for a rival columnist Daniel Wilmont. Along the way,there are some places in the story that could be a bit predictable, however, that doesn't stop Cara Lynn James from incorporating God's grace and love into the story. With a strong, clean message from Him, Charlotte takes on the roll of the governess, with all intents on discovering the truth and exposing Mr. Wilmont for who he is......or so she thought. God has other plans for that sweet lady! I'm not quite sure how to describe Mr. Wilmont with out giving away the plot lines,though. Can I just say this: he's definitely a man that I would want to work for!

    I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a good Historical story filled with God's messages. It gets 4 strong stars from this reader, along with 2 thumbs up. While it is book 2 in Cara's series, it is easily read as a stand alone novel with out any confusing points. I can't wait until book 3, Love By The Book releases in July 2011!!!

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Easy Read--Great Story

    Charlotte Hale is more than a secretary for the Rhode Island Reporter. Yes, she can take dictation. Yes, she can get what her boss Mr. Phiefer needs. However, Charlotte yearns for more. For as long as she can remember, she has dreamed of being a reporter. Mr Phiefer is finally going to give her an assignment.

    Going undercover as a governess for the Mr. Daniel Wilmont, Charlotte is tasked with the job of digging into Mr. Wilmon's personal life. As a writer for a rival newpaper, Mr. Wilmont's views on the business practices of the early 1900s made him very unpopular among other business owners. Charlotte was determined to dig up the dirt on Mr. Wilmont.

    Despite the fact that she was the "hired help" and that she was there to discover any skeletons in his closet, Charlotte soon realizes that there is more to Daniel than she was led to believe. When her heart gets involved, she finds her job much more difficult to do.

    Part of the Ladies of Summerhill Series, Cara Lynn James transports you back in time to the days of mansions, horse drawn carriages, governesses, and women who were fighting for equal rights. An easy read, I am excited about reading the other books in this series.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Love on Assignment...sexy, mysterious...

    I found this book taught a very good moral lesson. Do you prize yourself on accomplishment and wealth? Or do you take the higher road and do what's morally right? It did have a bit more of a religious tone than I would have liked although I did go in expecting at least some amount of religion owing to the fact that Daniel Wilmont is a professor of religion. Overall, it is a good read and I would recommend it to others looking for a mix of romance and religion. I would give this book 4 stars out of 5.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Love on Assignment

    Love on Assignment by Cara Lynn James is one of the novel in the Ladies of Summerhill Novel. This is the second time I read and review a book by this author: Cara Lynn James.

    I could see a pattern here in the ladies of The Summerhill novel series. It seems that though most of the ladies in the series are not related to one another, they resembles one another in many ways. One of it is that they all live in a time where women are expected to stay home and bear children and yet the awareness towards liberation, anti-oppression and independence started to brew among the educated ladies during that time.

    When I picked up this book, i was transported into another time where everything is different from the time I'm living in. The author's description on the settings are so vivid that it is hard to forget, and I could imagine the socio-politics during that era through her writings.

    Excellent book by Ms. James I must say. This book have an intriguing storyline, and therefore, I will not reveal any of the plot over here except that the characters in this story, Charlotte is indeed admirable, and as she rediscovered the real meaning of God's love and promise, she too learned that nothing is what it seems to be on the surface.

    Good read, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received this Advance Reader Copy free from Thomas Nelson Publisher, and I did not received any monetary benefit for writing this.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    A fun, light read

    This one is set in Newport, Rhode Island, back in 1900 - when it was quite the resort town. Charlotte Hale is the main character, and she's the secretary for the local newspaper, the Rhode Island Reporter. Her dream is to become a real reporter, a rather hard to accomplish goal back then. One day a carrot is dangled in front of her - she is given the opportunity for a "real" assignment - to go undercover as the new governess for Daniel Wilmont, who happens to write a very controversial column for the rival newspaper, the Newport Gazette. It turns out Daniel is a young widowed professor of religion, and Charlotte begins to question her "job" as she rediscovers her faith in God and begins to fall in love with him. (Daniel, that is - not God. lol) Will she be able to complete her assignment, and bring Daniel down, or will she help protect him, and turn her back on her dream? I read this book in one evening - it was a fun, light read, and the kind of romance book I enjoy - it's appropriate without page after page of play by play, if you catch my drift. ;) I found myself intrigued into Charlotte's character, and enjoyed reading her thoughts change as the story progressed - the story clearly shows her wavering between what was right and what she needed to do to finish her assignment. (On this, it was a pleasant thing to see someone doing the right thing - unlike so many in today's society - sigh!) This book does have a little more mentioning of religion into it than some of the books I have reviewed in the past, so take that as a heads up if you're not into Christian fiction. There were a couple of parts that seemed a little drawn out, but overall, I liked this book - even if it's not a permanent addition to your personal library, it's worth borrowing from your local library. (Please note I received a copy from the publisher for free in order to share my opinion with others - all opinions are my own)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    Loved

    I received a copy of LOVE ON ASSIGNMENT by Cara Lynn James, from Thomas Nelson. It is the second novel in the "Ladies of Summerhill" series. I read the first book, LOVE ON A DIME, and absolutely loved it. This second novel did not disappoint. Cara Lynn James is one of my new favorite authors. Her characters are realistic and catchy, as well as endearing. I loved the whole thing, except the last chapter. It left me wanting more, but not in a good way. Rather, it left me feeling like something had been cut.

    This story, LOVE ON ASSIGNMENT, involves Charlotte Hale, an aspiring journalist. Her paper's editor asks her to go undercover and discover the dirty secrets behind Professor Daniel Wilmont, who writes a controversial column for a rivaling newspaper. Charlotte agrees, hoping it will bring her prestige, and becomes the governess for his two children. While in his house, she learns he is a wonderful man who follows his religion strongly. His children, a boy and girl, become close to her, and the girl, Ruthie, wishes Charlotte could become her new mother. Things get rockier when the professor's mother returns to the home and dislikes Charlotte. She also does not have any evidence of Daniel's amoral deeds - because there are not any. Her editor decides to take her off the case and replace her with another of his secretaries. Charlotte does not want Daniel, or his family hurt, so she quits the newspaper, even though she is the breadwinner for her sister and aunt. Through Daniel, she has renewed her faith and she knows God will see her through any perils.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

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    A nice romance novel with a good Christian message

    I thought this book was an easy read and was a good Christian romance novel. The book contains a number of important messages in the romance story, like holding on to faith during hard times, sticking to your convictions and beliefs even when it would be easier to do something else, and forgiveness. The main characters of Charlotte and Daniel were well written and I found myself hoping for things to turn out well for them in the end! I only wish there had been a little bit more development of secondary characters and a few more historical details. Otherwise, I thought this was a fun vacation read.


    If you're looking for a nice, happily-ever-after novel with a strong Christian message, this book is worth considering. The author has another book in this "Ladies of Summerhill" series, called Love on a Dime, and third book, Love by the Book will be coming out in 2011.


    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of the Booksneeze book review program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

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