Journey now to Galveston, Texas, of 1880...
Where is Mrs. Smith’s granddaughter? Who is the mysterious Mrs. Smith?
Pinkerton agent Jonah Cahill is hired by the mysterious widow to find her lost granddaughter, rumored to be living in Galveston, Texas. Though Jonah prefers to travel alone, Mrs. Smith insists that she and her companion accompany him. Madeline Latour, investigative reporter, has been acting as Mrs. Smith’s assistant for several months, and Madeline will not allow anyone—even a Pinkerton agent—to ruin the story of a lifetime. The pair forges an uneasy truce as the investigation grows dangerous.
Is there a bigger story beyond a missing girl to be revealed?
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About the Author
Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than eighty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the 2014 Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine. Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and a tenth-generation Texan, who recently moved back to cheer on her beloved Texas Aggies. Connect with her through social media at www.kathleenybarbo.com.
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New Orleans, Louisiana March 14, 1880
Of all the assignments Jonah had been given since he joined the agency almost ten years ago, this one had to be the strangest. Though his career thus far had included putting his life on the line to bring in murderers, thieves, and con men, here he sat sipping tea in the fancy New Orleans parlor of a woman old enough to be his grandmother.
Or at least pretending to while he studied the distinctly feminine rose-scented room. His gaze landed on the mantel where mismatched crystal vases were filled with the pink blossoms. Larger vases on the bookshelves opposite the fireplace vied for space among the leather-covered volumes.
Given the fact it was early March, Jonah wondered if she had a greenhouse to grow the flowers all year, but he didn't ask. In fact, there was much he wondered about this room, but with the goal of getting out of this place as quickly as possible, he remained silent.
The only space that did not show some evidence of the owner's penchant for pink roses was the window seat that looked out through lace curtains onto Prytania Street. As if to make up for that grievous transgression, the seat had been wrapped in the same rose-strewn fabric that covered the walls and the two chairs where he and Mrs. Smith now sat.
When Jonah returned his attention to his hostess, he found Mrs. Smith, a tiny woman who had obviously once been a great beauty, watching him carefully. Her dark eyes twinkled as she regarded him with what appeared to be equal parts assessment and amusement.
Though she'd only yet offered him a polite greeting and settled him into this parlor, Jonah couldn't help noticing this elderly woman had the smile and graceful movements of a much younger person. And her voice, when she spoke, held the slightest trace of an accent. Whether it was the familiar Acadian French of his grandfather's people that he recognized in her tone or something else entirely, he couldn't say.
"So, you think I've lost my mind, don't you?" she said as she lifted the teapot to pour more of the fragrant brew into his cup.
He did, and he'd told the captain as much. However, the woman sitting across from him had apparently paid dearly for the privilege of hiring a Pinkerton man to solve her case, and she had requested him specifically.
"Ma'am," he said in the reverential tone he'd learned from his mama back home in Texas, "I take every assignment seriously."
A smile rose and then she chuckled, lighting her wrinkled face as she set the teapot back in place. "Well done, Detective Cahill. You've answered my question without actually giving me your opinion of my sanity."
"Begging your pardon, Mrs. Smith," Jonah said, "but I don't believe you hired me to determine that."
"True, I most certainly did not." She sat back and gave him an appraising look. "Yes, I believe you'll do."
Unsure how to respond, Jonah merely nodded. Whether she liked him or not was of no difference to him.
He shifted positions and tried to pay attention as Mrs. Smith abruptly changed the subject and picked up her teacup then began to tell yet another story about tending her roses. Though he kept his gaze attentive and focused on his host, Jonah couldn't help but wish she would move on to the topic he had come to discuss.
"I do hope you don't mind me prattling on," his hostess finally said. "I shall miss my roses once we've all relocated to Galveston, and good listeners are hard to find these days. You, Detective Cahill, are a good listener. I applaud either your parents or your superiors at the agency for training you well."
"Thank you, ma'am," he said for lack of any other response.
Mrs. Smith leaned forward, still balancing her teacup. "Do you have any questions for me, Detective Cahill?"
He paused. "I confess I have only skimmed the information you provided, but from what I recall, you wish me to find a young relative of yours, one Trésor Smith who was born in 1855 and who you believe is now residing in Galveston, Texas."
"Trésor is my granddaughter. And I believe you will find her in Galveston, Texas, yes," she said. "Indianola was the city of her birth, but as you know, most of the city was lost to a storm some five years ago."
"So you believe she is in Galveston?"
"I know she will be," she told him.
Jonah shifted positions. "Again, without consulting the full file, I must prepare you for the fact that as an adult, she may not want to be found. Or worse ..."
"Yes, dear," she said gently. "I understand what you mean, and although I am quite confident you will succeed, I do lay this all at the feet of Jesus for His ultimate solution."
"Very well, then. I will give the file my full attention and be ready to begin the search when we meet again."
She leaned forward. "Am I correct in understanding you will not require lodging during our stay on the island?"
"You are correct."
She took a sip of tea and then regarded him with an innocent look. "Because you have family there?"
His brows lifted. "Yes," he said carefully. "I do."
"And you wonder how I knew this?" Mrs. Smith smiled as she set her teacup down.
"The thought did occur to me."
Even those he was closest to within the Pinkerton Agency had no idea of his connection to this city. Jonah's father had severed connection some twenty years ago for reasons unknown to anyone but himself and Grandfather Cahill. They remained estranged until the day Father died. Even now, he had no idea if his grandfather still lived.
"The answer is simple," she said. "I knew your grandfather."
Knew. Past tense. A smidgen of grief arose.
"You wonder of my use of the term knew."
"I did wonder, yes."
She waved her hand as if dismissing the statement. "Truly, I cannot tell you whether Monsieur Cahill still draws a breath or not. Our acquaintance goes back many years but does not extend to the present."
Mrs. Smith sat back and awaited his response. For a moment Jonah had none.
Finally he found the words. "I see."
Mrs. Smith seemed to have sensed his ambivalence in regard to the old man. "He was a difficult man, but God has His ways of dealing with difficult men. Go and see for yourself."
Jonah let the comment pass with nothing more than a brief nod.
"Detective Cahill, I know there was much trouble under that roof while your grandfather lived," she continued, obviously not waiting for his response. "And apparently your father has overcome that trouble by finding a good life in Galveston."
"Yes, I believe he had," Jonah said.
"Had? So he is now deceased?"
"He is," Jonah said. "Lost to the fever some two summers ago."
"My deepest condolences, Detective Cahill. I remember him as the most precocious child. Please know your father was a very good man."
Jonah managed a smile as he tried to imagine his father as a boy. "I know he tried to be. I was blessed to be his son."
"Well, that is all the Lord really asks of us poor flawed humans, isn't it? That we try our best. The trick is to continue trying even once we've failed. That is the reason you are here and the whole purpose of my search for my granddaughter. You see, I failed in keeping her close. I wish to remedy this."
"Yes, ma'am," he said. "I will do my best to find her."
Mrs. Smith stood and so he did the same, their meeting obviously at an end. "Well then, I do appreciate you humoring me by paying a visit to me here in New Orleans," she said as she moved toward the door. "I look forward to seeing you again in Galveston when your assignment begins three weeks hence."
"About that," he said as he decided to raise a concern he hadn't known how to voice until now. "You know, you do not have to feel obligated to go along with me. I can easily send updates to you here."
Iron-gray brows rose. "You believe I will hinder your investigation?"
"No, ma'am, not at all. It's just that I wonder about the wisdom of a sea voyage, albeit not a lengthy one, at your ..."
No. He wouldn't say it. To complete that thought aloud was to accuse a lady of being elderly, and although all evidence pointed to that fact, he'd been raised far too well to bring it up.
"Oh child," she said with a chuckle. "Your concern is touching. If only you knew what I know about sea voyages and ..."
Then she seemed to have her own trouble finishing her statement. Instead, Mrs. Smith shook her head and then placed her hand atop his sleeve.
"Look here. Don't you worry, Detective Cahill. I'll get there just fine, and I assure you I will not be traveling alone. I'll be bringing a few of my staff along with me as well as my assistant. She has proven invaluable in helping me to write down my memories, and I am certain she will make an excellent traveling companion."
"If you wouldn't mind, I wonder if I might take a look at your assistant's notes. There could be information contained in them that will help my search for your granddaughter."
"Of course," she said with a nod. "I will arrange it as soon as we are settled in Galveston. Now do take care on your journey. I know I am very much looking forward to mine. It will be wonderful to be back on the island."
"So you've been before, then. Perhaps anything your assistant has recorded in relation to your previous visits will be of help in this investigation."
"Oh child," she said gently, "you'll find nothing in those notes about such a thing. Some memories aren't to be shared."
He paused before responding. "While I understand, I do hope you'll keep in mind that I have been charged by you with uncovering secrets." At her raised brows, he continued. "I have found, Mrs. Smith, that people do not go missing without secrets being part of the equation."
Her surprised look turned to one of satisfaction. "Yes, of course. Rest assured, young man, I will neither hinder your investigation nor hide any information I believe might prove helpful."
Jonah exchanged parting words and then left with a wave to his hostess and no doubts that Mrs. Smith would arrive just as fit and fine as she said she would. As to whether she was hiding something he might later need to know, that was yet to be determined.
He stepped out onto the banquette that ran alongside Prytania Street and checked his pocket watch. It was early yet, still several hours away from his appointed time to leave the city. Fitting the watch back into his vest pocket, Jonah gave brief thought to his dilemma.
He frowned, recognizing that nudge. Rather than stand outside Mrs. Smith's home and argue unsuccessfully with the still, small voice that had never steered him wrong, Jonah sighed and headed toward Esplanade Avenue.
He found the address easily enough. The white two-story home with three columns running across the front and a balcony that spanned the upper floor was now bracketed between two smaller dwellings that had been built since Jonah's last visit.
Three windows marched evenly across the second floor, their tops curved and their dark green shutters open to allow the midday sun. Two more windows matched their upstairs twins along the columned porch with the third spot held by a painted wooden door of deepest black.
Upstairs, a white lace curtain moved, but was it the breeze that caused it to shift or someone studying him as intently as he studied the stately residence?
Jonah paused for a moment, one hand resting on the smooth metal of the iron gate. To his right and his left a black iron fence, topped at intervals with the fleur-de-lis design that also appeared in his family's coat of arms, stretched to the edges of the property. The entrance for carriages must have been moved to the back alley when the property on each side was sold off.
Or perhaps those who resided behind this fence had no need for carriages any longer. Again Jonah sighed. Again the still, small voice said go.
Just as he was about to reach for the lever that opened the gate, he caught sight of a young woman walking toward him while looking down at something in her hand. Her cloak was made of fine green velvet just a shade darker than shamrocks, and her dark hair had been tucked up beneath a fashionable hat of a similar color.
She appeared so engrossed in whatever she held that she did not notice Jonah or act as if she recognized him until she was almost upon him. Oh but he knew her.
Even now as she appeared deep in thought, the old feelings rose. It had been the better part of a year since he'd seen her, longer than that since he trusted her.
And yet a small part of him knew if he wasn't careful, he could fall in love with her all over again.
The gate swung open beneath his hand, but Jonah did not step inside. Rather, he stood his ground and prepared for the next skirmish in what had become quite a battle with the frustrating female.
The woman walking toward him, a local journalist for the New Orleans Picayune, had ruined more than one Pinkerton investigation with her relentless snooping. She had also very nearly cost him his job and his freedom last summer.
What he would never tell her was that she had also broken his heart.
Though it appeared from Madeline Latour's lack of attention to anything other than whatever was in her hand that their meeting here today was pure accident, Jonah was skeptical. With this one, he was always skeptical.
He stepped into her path. "Hello, Madeline."CHAPTER 2
Madeline jolted at the use of her first name, dropping her notebook in the process. Catching herself by grabbing the iron fence, she looked up into familiar eyes.
She sighed as she pushed away those old feelings that swirled around his memory. Of all the men to see today, it would have to be Detective Jonah Cahill of the Pinkerton Agency. What was he doing in New Orleans?
Gallant as always, the Pinkerton man reached for her notebook first. She couldn't help noticing his dark brows rising as he obviously spied the initials engraved on the notebook's leather cover: M.W. for Maggie Winston, the identity she had assumed in order to complete her investigation.
Each time Madeline took on a new identity in her role as an investigative journalist, she always added a few personal touches to give that persona the image of reality. The notebook had been the perfect accessory, so perfect that it had practically secured her the job that would give her access to an eyewitness that no one else had been able to interview.
"This can't be yours, can it?" he said with an infuriating quirk of his dark brow.
"Thank you," she said as his fingertips brushed her palm. "It's lovely, isn't it?"
"Quite," he said as his eyes raked the length of her. From any other man, the gesture might have seemed impudent, rude even, but this was a man with whom she had some history. Good history until she ruined it.
Had he chosen that life instead of this one, Detective Jonah Cahill might have made a daunting outlaw. He was of imposing height and build with eyes of silver gray and pitch-black hair that curled at his neck.
Jonah wore his ability to decipher people and stop them cold with a casual air. His face was perpetually fixed with an expression that seemed to assume he had already won the war before the battle began.
It had been almost a full year since she'd last seen the handsome Pinkerton. The last time they met, outside the courthouse after the McRee case concluded, she had made Jonah so mad he swore he'd have her arrested.
Worse, she'd broken his heart and she knew it. What he didn't know was he had also broken hers.
At this very moment, his expression told her he'd lock her in jail and throw away the key if given the chance. Not that she blamed him.
"Thank you, Jonah," she said as she carefully tucked the notebook into her pocket. "I would ask what brings you to New Orleans but I assume you'd tell me you couldn't answer the question."
His lip curled into what almost passed for a smile. "That was always your trouble, Madeline. You assumed."
Madeline forced herself not to allow Jonah to see that the truth of the hurtful comment had reached its mark. Instead, she nodded toward the house nearest them. "I was sorry to hear of your grandfather's death. Yellow fever, I believe it was?"
She could see by his expression that Jonah hadn't known. "Oh, I am so sorry. No one told you, did they?"
Any remnant of civility disappeared. "Goodbye, Madeline," Jonah said as he stormed inside the fence.
The gate slammed behind him, leaving her to decide whether to respond with a polite goodbye or just gather up the remains of her pride and walk away. Madeline chose the latter.(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ve read several of the books in the My Heart Belongs series and enjoyed them all. This one, set mostly in Galveston, Texas in 1880 involves a plucky, quirky newspaper reporter named Madeline Latour and a Pinkerton detective, Jonah Cahill, who are hired to solve the mystery of a missing granddaughter. Mischief and mayhem are the result as the two embark on their mission and encounter all sorts of adventures along the way. Kathleen Y’Barbo has created some fun, entertaining characters for this story. I enjoyed their witty banter and the odd predicaments they found themselves in. I was impressed with the research that the author obviously did and the facts/fiction section in the back of the book. 3 ½ stars rounded to 4. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed Madeline's Search. I have not been disappointed with any of the My Heart Belongs series. They are all well written and have a nice bit of romance and suspense to keep you engaged. In Madeline's Search, Madeline is a reporter who is recording the memories of Madame Smith. Madeline is doing this because she is hoping to uncover secrets to a treasure she has been in searching of. Madeline's family is the Latour family and they have quite a reputation for finding people. Madeline does not give Madame her real name because she fears her family's reputation will stop her from getting the job. Jonah Cahill is a Pinkerton that has been hired by Madame Smith to find her granddaughter that was lost as an infant. Madame teams up Jonah and Madeline on this task. Jonah and Madeline have a history. They were engaged but Madeline chose her career over Jonah and it broke both of their hearts. Now they are working together and bickering back and forth every chance they get. Jonah does not trust Madeline and knows she is only working with Madame to uncover secrets that lead to treasure. As Jonah and Madeline work together, the old feelings return. Madame pairs them up whenever she can. Jonah gets to see the free spirited side of Madeline along with her curiosity that draws him to her. In the end, they both learn what the greatest treasure really is and find out that Madame had Madeline's best interest at heart all along. I was honored to receive this ARC and am giving my honest feedback.
A lovely romance, a mystery with reporters and detectives, in New Orleans and Galveston, and an 1880's Southern culture society make this novel an interesting read. Lots of action, unusual characters with strong personalities and very few mild individuals, so there's much challenging conversation and investigating, plotting and scheming. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading My Heart Belongs in Galveston TX, Madeline’s Search. The history of the area was fascinating and I appreciated Y’Barbo including detailed author notes in the back of the book. Jonah Cahill, Pinkerton agent, and Madeline Latour, an investigative reporter who has an interest in finding lost treasure—not necessarily of the human kind—team up to find a widow’s long lost granddaughter. The two have a history causing a lack of trust between them but find themselves still drawn emotionally to the other despite giving it their best effort to tamp it down. Their interactions are humorous and at times keen, exhibiting a snappy rhythm throughout the story, along with several other mysterious elements that add to the intrigue of the missing granddaughter. Needless to say, Y’Barbo is an highly acclaimed author who never fails to provide me a few hours of lighthearted entertainment through accomplished wit, savory characters, sweet romance, and a gentle faith theme. Fans of Christian historical fiction will especially enjoy this story. I was provided a paperback copy of the book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received.
My mother and I both enjoyed this book. Though it was a romance, there was enough intrigue to keep me guessing. It was an interesting setting in 1880 on Galveston Island; complete with a bit of history. Y'Barbo was a new author for me. I wouldn't hesitate to read her again.
A Pinkerton investigation into a missing person case over two decades old is the clever backdrop of this often quarrelsome second-chance romance. Familial devotion, secrets, and hidden dangers with the added intrigue of rumored pirate treasure create an engaging storyline for these genuine characters. Madeline Latour is relentless in her pursuit of the next big story and occasionally misguided in her methods. Jonah Cahill is a dedicated Pinkerton agent and devoted to caring for his mother and sister. Y’Barbo has included several memorable secondary characters such as the quirky Mrs. Smith, Jonah’s spunky sister, and Madeline’s mysterious father. The attraction and buried affection between the two main characters had me cheering them on to forgiveness and a future. I recommend this story! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Set in 1880 in Galveston, Texas. The main characters were always at odds with each other but with a romantic background that takes the story into so many interesting areas. The search for the "Treasure" was dangerous as well as mysterious. Loved the ending! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. My review is voluntary*
The My heart belongs in series has been an amazing collection of stories. Each written by a different author, each set in their own setting and time period. I was excited about this one since it featured a Pinkerton Detective. ( I love reading about Pinkertons and spies : ) ) The characters are well written, the storyline moves at a perfect pace. The author did great research to make is as historically accurate as she could. Wonderful story. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas - Madeline's Search by author Kathleen Y'Barbo is 256 pages of Christian fiction that will pick you up and take you on a journey to 1880’s Texas. That is a place in time none of us have ever been, but after reading this novel we will all feel as if we had. That, my friends, is the result of a good book! Author Kathleen Y'Barbo has a unique style of writing but I find it to be to my taste. Her descriptions are on point and characters are well defined. The dialog is plentiful and flowed easily between characters. That makes a book more interesting for me. The story had been researched well so that each detail would put me in 1880 Galveston. I learned so things which I find to be a bonus in historical books. This is the tale of Pinkerton Agent Jonah Cahill and investigative reporter Madeline Latour. Jonah is employed by Mrs. Smith to find her granddaughter. Madeline is the illusive Mrs. Smith’s traveling in hopes of obtains the story of a lifetime. Jonah normally travels alone but Mrs. Smith insists that she and Madeline accompany him in his search for her granddaughter. Who could refuse Mrs. Smith? Certainly not Jonah. In this book a secret about Madeline and Jonah is revealed. It adds an extra layer of tension and conflict which heightens readers interest.to keep me invested in their lives. There are many things included for readers - intrigue, mystery, secrets, romance, twists, life lessons, and encouragement. I found lost treasures, lost loves, and a wealth of historical information. I highly recommend this book. It is a delightful historical Christian mystery romance. There is something for everyone within its pages. Read it in a group or with friends so that you could discuss the “can you believe that just happened” moments. It turns into quite the page turner after reading a few chapters. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own honest opinions.
I couldn’t put this one down! I loved how it started with a bang and kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The mystery and suspense mixed with a dash of danger made this unique story line a page turner. I adored Madeline and her stubborn, spunky, jump head first into danger personality! Jonah was swoon-worthy and made a perfect-yet-flawed, dashing hero. These two have chemistry that sends sparks flying when they are thrown together! Full of twists and secrets, wonderfully lovable secondary characters, and plenty of history and scenery thrown in to make it a favorite story. Definitely a bookshelf keeper! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Kathleen Y'Barbo is a talented author. This book is definitely evidence of her talent. The first thing that catches your attention in the lovely cover. Her writing is good in this book. The only thing that was a little bothersome was that it took me almost three-quarters of the book to finally feel interested and intrigued by the story. I enjoyed learning a little bit of the history of that area of Texas as well. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas - Madeline's Search has you searching for Mrs. Smith's granddaughter with Madeline and Jonah. Madeline, an investigative reporter, and Jonah, a Pinkerton agent, are hired by Mrs. Smith and meet again after breaking off their relationship and find much more than they bargained for during their search for her elusive granddaughter. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
We enter the story as a Pinkerton Operative is having an interactive conversation with Madame Smith in New Orleans regarding a granddaughter that she wishes to locate. The Prologue has already given us a little hint about the individual Trsor Smith; therefore, I am already conjuring up a plot that is a mystery to be discovered by Jonah Cahill, our Pinkerton detective. As Jonah ventures out in New Orleans, he sees his ex-fianc, Madeline Latour. Madeline is a reporter with detective skills of her own who works for the local newspaper. It seems that Madame Smith has hired Madeline to help her with her memoirs and in parsing her journals to find details regarding her granddaughter Trsor. And so the plot thickens. Jonah discovers that his investigation will take him to Galveston, Texas where his family lives in a house built over the remains of the home of Pirate Jean Lafitte. As he arrives, his sister tells him of holes being dug in the yard and in the basement due to an individual searching for the treasure hidden by Lafitte that has been rumored. There is a key to this little detail and it is up to the reader to ferret out. I love reading Kathleen Y’Barbo’s stories with their many sidebars that keep the reader investigating every character. Even as I have finished the book, I wanted to go back and check out how all the characters contribute to the plot and the discovery of Trsor. I also liked the Historical Bent Facts at the end of the book. I highly Recommend the entire series of My Heart Belongs....as I am up to date now on reading them and have enjoyed every one. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My Heart Belongs series is such a great series and this newest one set in Galveston, Texas does not disappoint. What a fun book. With a stowaway cat, a surly maid, the heroine knocking over tea cakes, falling out of trees, and witty dialogue, the author has infused humor all throughout this story! There's a mystery to be solved and Madeline and Jonah, formerly engaged but now estranged, are now hired to solve it as a team. Can they forget what has gone before and concentrate on the task at hand? The characters are strong and evocative. Madeline--intelligent, witty, curious. Jonah--handsome, gallant, obstinate. The supporting characters are colorful and riveting and add so much to the story. The writing style flows smoothly and the descriptive imagery is such that the reader can almost smell the roses in the garden, hear the gulls screech and hear the clip-clop of the horses. Secrets to discover and lots of pieces to fit together and of course, the wonder of whether or not Madeline and Jonah's romance will be rekindled keep the pages turning. I can't wait to read more from this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
A Grand Ruse Historical fiction and romance meets the reader in "My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas: Madeline's Search" by Kathleen Y'Barbo. Madeline Latour has been hired by Madame Smith to write her memoirs and help Pinkerton agent, Jonah Cahill, find Smith's missing granddaughter. As the investigation plods along the danger that surrounds the pair seems to increase. Nothing is adding up or is all a ruse? Is their mutual attraction a ruse or is it genuine? A light mystery for a summer read. I found the plot to be of interest but the dialogue and characters were lacking depth at times. Madame Smith is a pivotal character but the reader is not presented with much substance. Still enjoyable! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Madeline’s Search was a unique read and had me turning pages rather quickly. What I liked was that there was a 25 year old mystery that needed to be solved. That is how the prologue started and I was hooked. Next we have a Pinkerton agent, Jonah Cahill, and a reporter, Madeline Latour, who have both been sent to work on this case. Unfortunately for both of them, they were once engaged to be married and both are carrying around broken hearts. Fortunately for me, I liked seeing them working together, getting to know each other, and getting a sneak peek into their past. And this was a delightful romance. This is not a long read but it certainly is full of much family drama and secrets, buried treasure, lost children, and rumors of pirates. This was a fun one and a hard one to put down. I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All views and opinions are my own.
"My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas: Madeline's Search" by Kathleen Y'Barbo was really good! I read it in one sitting! I felt like I was apart of the investigation. I loved the Romance and the Mystery of it. I loved Jonah and Madeline and all of the characters! I laughed and cried. Kathleen Y'Barbo did an amazing job! Thank you! I would love to read a prequel to this book about Jonah and Madeline. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
I really enjoyed this story of a Pinkerton detective and a female reporter working together to solve a mystery in 1880's Galveston. Kathleen Y'Barbo demonstrates her expertise with research, filling the story with historical details that brings the setting to life. Can Madeline and Jonah overcome a broken relationship to solve the mystery of a missing granddaughter? Family secrets and pirate legends abound in this fun-filled mystery. While the romance was predictable, I found the chemistry between the two charming. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This was a delightfully written book. The banter between Jonah and Madeline was adorable. They new each other a year ago and now they meet again and have to forgive and forget the past. This has everything I love about historical romance..love, mystery and history! Loved it. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
Mystery and romance all in one book. I love how the author kept you in suspense. Highly recommend. I received this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Buried treasure, a long lost granddaughter and the mystery of family secrets unite both Jonah and Madeline when Mrs. Smith hires them. Having a past romantic history that ended years before, they reluctantly agree to put aside their differences to find what happened to her granddaughter. Reading the authors notes in the back, I learned what parts of history were true and which she took fictional liberty to write the story. Her research is impeccable and it shows! I think anyone who is a history buff and an arm chair sleuth will enjoy this. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review
My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas Madeline's Search By Kathleen Y'Barbo Madeline Latour has taken employment with an older lady - Mrs. Smith, working as her assistant while at the same time working as an investigative reporter for the Picayune out of New Orleans. Mrs. Smith has decided that the time has come to find her long-lost granddaughter and to that end she has hired a Pinkerton agent to help her with this search. To Madeline's delight, she will be accompanying Mrs. Smith to Galveston in her search. Not so great Mrs. Smith expects Madeline to work with the Pinkerton agent who turns out to be none other than Jonah Cahill the man Madeline expected to marry before she put her career ahead of her heart. Mrs. Smith is convinced that her granddaughter is in Galveston though Jonah and Madeline find no evidence to support this. And worse someone seems determined to stop their investigation. Why anyone would be determined to keep the whereabouts of a young woman a mystery is creating questions of its own. Meanwhile, Jonah is dealing with a situation of his own that has his mother and sister in potential harm. Legends and rumors of a long ago hidden pirate treasure have once again targeted his family's home. And knowing what he does about Madeline he wouldn't put such activity beyond her if she thought she'd get a story out of it. As Madeline and Jonah team up on this case, they work through the issues that stand between them, but neither is quite willing to risk their heart again. But will their hearts agree to such a plan? This is an enjoyable book set in 1880 Galveston, Texas, with a couple of mysteries at play within its pages. This isn't a nail-biting mystery but rather a search for family and identity. The conclusion has a few surprises but there are a few clues that allow the reader to have a small inkling of a few possible outcomes. This overall is a Historical Romance fiction that those looking for clean reading will enjoy. This is a perfect weekend read and another great addition to the My Heart Belongs In series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
This story takes us to the 1880’s in Texas. We meet Jonah Cahill and his mother and sister, Madame Smith and her maid Gretchen and Madeline LaTour and her family along with a few others. The story starts out mysteriously with an event in 1855, then immediately moves to 1880 when Jonah is hired by Madame Smith to find her granddaughter, and Madeline enters the picture shortly thereafter. A line of suspense/mystery keeps the pages turning to find the answers in this one. All is nicely wrapped up by the end of the book. A great read and one that is hard to put down, as well as being a great addition to the My Heart Belongs series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I have read all of the books in the My Heart Belongs series. I really enjoyed the current book taking place in Galveston. I liked the mystery & search for the treasure. The main characters were likable & had great chemistry. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing & was under no obligation to post a review.
First impressions are always important to me, especially in books. So obviously the first thing I notice right off the bat, is that gorgeous cover! I love Madeline's sky blue dress and the wistful look on her face. It makes me wonder what she's looking at on the horizon. Since I live on the Oregon coast, I also love that she's standing on the beach with a fog shrouded pier in the background. Such a cover draws the eyes right away and makes my reader taste buds water for the story in the pages! Secondly, I'm so thrilled for the main character to be a male, and not only male, but a Pinkerton detective. I adore stories involving Pinkerton's because you know it's going to have a bit of a mystery in it to solve! Thirdly, both Madeline & Jonah have a past romantic history between them. It adds an extra layer of tension and conflict to keep me invested in their lives. I'm finding this book ticks all my favorite things about a story I love! Lastly, Kathleen is a new-to-me author. Of course I've seen her name on many other books, but this is the first one I've read by her, so I'm equally thrilled to discover a new writer. It's like making a new friend, at least in the literary world! Buried treasure, a long lost granddaughter and the mystery of family secrets unite both Jonah and Madeline when Mrs. Smith hires them. Having a past romantic history that ended years before, they reluctantly agree to put aside their differences to find what happened to her granddaughter. Following the clues they find, there seems to be more questions than answers and many pieces to put together. But for a Pinkerton agent & an investigative reporter, it’s what they’re best at! I liked trying to solve the case along with them and watching the romance develop between them. Forgiveness plays a big role and a united front helps them to overcome their past. Reading the authors notes in the back, I learned what parts of history were true and which she took fictional liberty to write the story. Her research is impeccable and it shows! I think anyone who is a history buff and an arm chair sleuth will enjoy this. Be sure to check out the rest of the My Heart Belongs In series…all stand alone novels by different authors set in various times in history! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. *