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Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves--or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he's been sent to track down? After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name--and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors' threats leads her to st Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves--or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he's been sent to track down? After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name--and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors' threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn't all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home--and the truth. After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiancée is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career--but that's better than failing her twice in one lifetime. They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there's no question they're both still keeping secrets--and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival. Combining rich history, danger, suspense, and romance, Crystal Caudill's debut novel launches this new historical series with a bang. Fans of Elizabeth Camden, Michelle Griep, and Joanna Davidson Politano will be thrilled to find another author to follow!


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Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves--or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he's been sent to track down? After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name--and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors' threats leads her to st Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves--or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he's been sent to track down? After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name--and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors' threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn't all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home--and the truth. After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiancée is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career--but that's better than failing her twice in one lifetime. They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there's no question they're both still keeping secrets--and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival. Combining rich history, danger, suspense, and romance, Crystal Caudill's debut novel launches this new historical series with a bang. Fans of Elizabeth Camden, Michelle Griep, and Joanna Davidson Politano will be thrilled to find another author to follow!

30 review for Counterfeit Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Let me start out by saying: There are a select few debut authors that have made me positively giddy for more of their books – Crystal Caudill is one such author. Reading Counterfeit Love was a riveting story that kept me glued to the pages, swept up in the intrigue & the romance as well as the history. Writing style, character development, historical research – all of it – it’s hands-down one of the best debuts I’ve ever read, and I didn’t want it to be over. There were several elements that init Let me start out by saying: There are a select few debut authors that have made me positively giddy for more of their books – Crystal Caudill is one such author. Reading Counterfeit Love was a riveting story that kept me glued to the pages, swept up in the intrigue & the romance as well as the history. Writing style, character development, historical research – all of it – it’s hands-down one of the best debuts I’ve ever read, and I didn’t want it to be over. There were several elements that initially attracted me to the story – the Gilded Age setting, the Secret Service angle, and (of course) the romance. Each of these aspects combine to create a tangibly charged atmosphere that draws you in and keeps you invested in how things play out. I wanted to hug Theresa more than once (and do some purse whomping on her behalf!), and Broderick…. blissful sigh. I fell for him the moment he shows up on the page, and I have a feeling he’ll be showing up on some book boyfriend lists in the near future. And check out this quote from the advanced copy I read: Six years of missed moments couldn’t be satisfied in a single kiss, but this one was a masterful attempt. I’m a swoonified puddle. Definitely a strong contender for the next KissingBooks 101 post I do! And tucked seamlessly among the other layers to this masterfully-drawn story is a gentle faith message that touched my heart. Theresa and Broderick have both been through some really tough stuff, and their honest struggles are relevant to all of us. I so appreciated the authentic faith questions that the author addressed as well as the reminder that “even if our lives aren’t like we planned” God is with us & He will fight for us. The author’s call to not abandon hope no matter what ‘even if’ is on the horizon is something that I needed to hear precisely when I read it. And I think, as I said, that it’s relevant to all of us especially after the last two years. Bottom Line: With swoony romance, intriguing history, gripping plot twists, and strong characters, Counterfeit Love is one of the strongest debut novels I’ve ever read! Caudill’s writing voice is pitch-perfect and draws readers immediately into the heart of the story, holding them in thrall until the end. And did I mention the swoony romance?? I couldn’t put it down, and I am already eagerly waiting for the next book! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) Read for endorsement. Full review first appeared at

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    DNF at 17% / about 50 pages (right before the start of Chapter 5). While this book was one of my “chance books” (books that look interesting, but I’ve never read another by the author, hence I’m taking a chance on it) from of my anticipated releases of 2022, I will be making it as DNF for a few different reasons. I typically would give a book a bit of a longer try, but there were certain things I struggled with. Maybe one day I’ll try it again, but I honestly doubt so. I felt very thrown into the DNF at 17% / about 50 pages (right before the start of Chapter 5). While this book was one of my “chance books” (books that look interesting, but I’ve never read another by the author, hence I’m taking a chance on it) from of my anticipated releases of 2022, I will be making it as DNF for a few different reasons. I typically would give a book a bit of a longer try, but there were certain things I struggled with. Maybe one day I’ll try it again, but I honestly doubt so. I felt very thrown into the story, I was confused. It feels like I should already know these characters and their history together, but it’s the author’s debut book. I think a prequel or at least a few of the first chapters should have given us more of the backstory. I know that he’s undercover and having to gain the trust of the criminals, but I can’t say that I had a positive opinion of him in the fifty+ pages I read. There were also a few comments or details that I found to be unnecessary and I thought that it would be better to quit before anything else is said. Personally, I just wasn’t feeling this story, the writing style, or the characters as much as I hoped. Content from what I read: Spiritual Content- A few Prayers & Praising God; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Broderick has a faith, but Theresa is bitter towards God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; A couple mentions of Heaven; A mention of a godsend; *Note: A couple mentions of someone being an “all-around deliverer of evil” and called a she-devil; A mention of spirits in a cemetery; A mention of a man that scares ghosts to death; A mention of a man’s defense being as “impenetrable as Lucifer’s heart”. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: 1 ‘confound it’, 1 ‘drat’, 1 ‘shove off’, 1 ‘what the devil’; A few mentions of curses or almost cursing (one by Broderick); Being held at gunpoint, being shot at, & threatened; Being attacked & fighting back (up to semi-detailed); Pain & Injuries (barely-above-not-detailed); While he’s undercover, Broderick drinks alcohol and gambles (to gain the trust of a suspect); Many mentions of a counterfeit ring, illegal actions, & criminals; Mentions of wars & loyalties to one side; Mentions of illnesses, deaths, & a near drowning (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of weapons, being shot at, gunfire, injuries, blood/bleeding, & threats (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of jail & arrests; Mentions of gambling, debts, & cheating; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, drunks, & bars; Mentions of cigarettes, cigars, & smoking; A couple mentions of lies; A couple mentions of rumors. Sexual Content- Touches, Embraces, Warmth, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing (Broderick with Theresa’s curves, lips, & ankles, border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); A man tells Theresa that she could make what her grandfather owes him if he forces to go spend a few nights on a certain street (prostitution); Broderick stays at a brothel while undercover (he calls it a necessary evil but avoids the place other than to sleep); A couple mentions of kisses; *Note: Theresa knees a man in his groin in self-defense; A couple mentions of an older barmaid’s low-cut dress and her wrinkled bosom (noticed by Broderick, not in a sexual way, but mentioned nonetheless).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    I can count on one hand the number of times I've deliberately NOT read a book because I wanted to draw out the experience for as long as possible. Counterfeit Love is one of those books. I wish I could explain why I wanted it drawn out so much. I can't quite explain it. Was it the feisty way Theresa insisted on doing her own thing regardless of... pretty much anything? Was it because I had to know if my suspicions were correct? Could it be that I liked the constant undercurrent of suspense? I sus I can count on one hand the number of times I've deliberately NOT read a book because I wanted to draw out the experience for as long as possible. Counterfeit Love is one of those books. I wish I could explain why I wanted it drawn out so much. I can't quite explain it. Was it the feisty way Theresa insisted on doing her own thing regardless of... pretty much anything? Was it because I had to know if my suspicions were correct? Could it be that I liked the constant undercurrent of suspense? I suspect all these and more. For a debut novel, Crystal Caudill has written a book that kicks off a series I know I'm going to love. I mean, I loved this first one, right? And well... I know who the next one is about, so I am dying to know what's going to happen there. Highlights? How about the fact that Caudill doesn't pull punches. Her characters suffer--a lot. There are no convenient happenstances that miraculously save the day before anything difficult occurs. Instead, she even made me doubt that what I wanted to happen even could for a little while. Readers can often tell when an author not only loves writing but loves that particular story with those particular characters. When that is evident, we're taken along the story's journey as if kidnapped and end up fighting to stay with those characters until the last second in a sort of bookish Stockholm Syndrome. Well, I'd say I've got it. Because waiting until next year to read the next? Is it a crime to sneak into someone's house if you just want to read a book when they're not looking? Asking for a friend...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Life without him in any form would leave her unable to function.' It's always a pleasure to discover a new author. And even more when her debut novel is so very good. Crystal Caudill has written one for the keeper shelf here. There's so much to like about this book. There are well done characters-two great main protagonists-memorable secondary ones, even the ones I couldn't stand were well done. The plot was also very well thought out and done up with some very interesting historical events and 'Life without him in any form would leave her unable to function.' It's always a pleasure to discover a new author. And even more when her debut novel is so very good. Crystal Caudill has written one for the keeper shelf here. There's so much to like about this book. There are well done characters-two great main protagonists-memorable secondary ones, even the ones I couldn't stand were well done. The plot was also very well thought out and done up with some very interesting historical events and practices. I especially liked that because I love history. The spiritual thread was one that deeply resonated within me and based on one of my most favorite chapters in the Bible. Trust is paramount to the believer, but will we continue to trust when everything goes wrong? When we must pass through deep waters and painful events? This was such a great spiritual lesson here and one that blessed me. So, there you have it. Great characters, great plot, great spiritual thread and very well written. Highly recommended. Well done! My thanks to Kregel Publications for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion here is my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    From endorsement: Crystal Caudill creates a world of intrigue in Counterfeit Love that will thrust readers into a Secret Service investigation paired with a romance that will have you cheering for second chances.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    Characters: Broderick and Theresa were both well-developed characters. I didn't connect all that well with Broderick, but his position as a Secret Service operative was quite intriguing, and I appreciated that he recognized when he'd messed up. Theresa was one of those stubborn characters who tend to throw caution to the wind. I found that a little frustrating, but I liked how she stood up for what she believed. Nathaniel and Mrs. Hawking were complex, entertaining side characters. Language: Clea Characters: Broderick and Theresa were both well-developed characters. I didn't connect all that well with Broderick, but his position as a Secret Service operative was quite intriguing, and I appreciated that he recognized when he'd messed up. Theresa was one of those stubborn characters who tend to throw caution to the wind. I found that a little frustrating, but I liked how she stood up for what she believed. Nathaniel and Mrs. Hawking were complex, entertaining side characters. Language: Clean. Moral/theme: The theme of trusting God even if things don't turn out how you expect or want was probably one of my favorite parts of this book. I thought Theresa's struggle to trust was quite realistic and human. Plot: I loved that this book was a historical romantic suspense. I haven't read many books in this genre because they're in short supply in Christian fiction, but I'm a big fan. And Counterfeit Love had plenty of suspenseful moments as well as plenty of romantic moments. I also really appreciated how accurate the historical details seemed. I must admit I got a tiny bit lost at the end, but that could've been because I was reading with a cold. Random comments: Theresa was engaged to another man for a lot of the book, but she was really in love with Broderick. This wasn't presented as good though. Broderick also spent some nights at a brothel for the purpose of gathering information. Nothing happened (he just had a rented room there), and it was presented as a wrong decision. Romance: Clean. Just kissing. Writing: Crystal Caudill's writing style worked great for this novel, and I'm looking forward to reading more by her in the future. Overall: Counterfeit Love was an entertaining read, and I'd recommend it to those who enjoy Christian fiction and historical romantic suspense. Disclosure: I received this book free from Kregel through Interviews & Reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    A promising debut filled intrigue, set against the backdrop of the great floods of Cincinnati. A historical read filled with mysteries, and unanswered questions that kept me reading to the end. The story is fairly backstory heavy, and I wished that Teresa and Brody had been able to have more time in the present together. I liked how the plot kept me guessing as the secrets were revealed, as well as the elements of faith woven into the storyline. Teresa wants to help her family get out of debt, A promising debut filled intrigue, set against the backdrop of the great floods of Cincinnati. A historical read filled with mysteries, and unanswered questions that kept me reading to the end. The story is fairly backstory heavy, and I wished that Teresa and Brody had been able to have more time in the present together. I liked how the plot kept me guessing as the secrets were revealed, as well as the elements of faith woven into the storyline. Teresa wants to help her family get out of debt, but she doesn't know what she is getting into with the print shop. I liked that she and Brody got a second chance at love, as well as how it all came together for a well executed ending. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I enjoyed this tale, which featured two people, once engaged, who had been separated for six years. I did struggle at times to understand the reasoning behind decisions that both of the main characters made, some in the past and some in the present. I still liked Theresa and Broderick, yet found myself shaking my head and wanting them to communicate with each other. Some problems could have been avoided with communication. However, both still had a lot to contend with and communication alone wou I enjoyed this tale, which featured two people, once engaged, who had been separated for six years. I did struggle at times to understand the reasoning behind decisions that both of the main characters made, some in the past and some in the present. I still liked Theresa and Broderick, yet found myself shaking my head and wanting them to communicate with each other. Some problems could have been avoided with communication. However, both still had a lot to contend with and communication alone would not have solved the tangled web of intrigue these two found themselves in. Theresa had a problem understanding the depth of depravity that her grandfather had looped her into with his associations. She was headstrong and charged forward without the full understanding of the situation. One of the characters described her perfectly by saying, “She’s independent with a false sense of invincibility.” Theresa also continued to remain engaged to a man she did not love, simply because she thought he would offer stability. I kept wondering why she thought he would be the person she should spend her life with. Broderick was a good man and still loved Theresa with his whole heart. I really enjoyed the interactions between the two of them. Their chemistry was definitely strong and I felt badly for all the years they had lost while separated from each other. I thought the author did a good job of showing the ways that both of these characters had pulled back from faith in God and instead turned to faith in themselves to solve their problems. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Sheppard Gidge

    This was a marvelous story! kept me quite intrigued and wanting to continue, had encouraging spiritual elements about trusting God, realizing he alone is in ultimate control even when we can't nor probably won't understand, here in this life. The characters were genuine enough for me as well. I think a prologue explaining some of the back story situation would have been helpful but the matters were explained as it went along at least. Overall, a very satisfying book and another author that I wil This was a marvelous story! kept me quite intrigued and wanting to continue, had encouraging spiritual elements about trusting God, realizing he alone is in ultimate control even when we can't nor probably won't understand, here in this life. The characters were genuine enough for me as well. I think a prologue explaining some of the back story situation would have been helpful but the matters were explained as it went along at least. Overall, a very satisfying book and another author that I will certainly read more by.( I have stopped bothering more lately to even try another book by the same author if I wasn't enjoying it/found it more annoying with a lack of communication etc/disagreeable or "inappropriate" topics I shall say)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    1884 Cincinnati, Ohio This debut delivered an engaging story line with the backdrop of historical details. What I love most about reading historical fiction is learning new things and learn I did! Fascinating to learn how the Secret Service operated during the time period. And it's a mystery! There are very few historical mysteries in Christian Fiction so glad to have a new author on this scene. While I figured out who the primary villain was very early on, there were several other details that I 1884 Cincinnati, Ohio This debut delivered an engaging story line with the backdrop of historical details. What I love most about reading historical fiction is learning new things and learn I did! Fascinating to learn how the Secret Service operated during the time period. And it's a mystery! There are very few historical mysteries in Christian Fiction so glad to have a new author on this scene. While I figured out who the primary villain was very early on, there were several other details that I didn't guess until they were revealed. Main character Theresa is a spunky character and she'd have to be growing up with her militant grandfather and housekeeper. My favorite though was main male character Broderick's brother Nathaniel. Well done introductory novel by the author. Look forward to her next release! My gratitude to publisher Kregel and the author for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    It is hard to believe this is a debut novel. It is packed with information about the Secret Service in 1883. The characters are richly drawn and the story moves at a fast pace with danger at every turn of the page. The romance was complex and the villains were crafty. I so enjoyed this story with well researched facts about the Secret Service. Agent Broderick Cosgrove is tracking a counterfeiting ring which leads him to a very interesting lady, Theresa Plane. Theresa is doing her best to cancel It is hard to believe this is a debut novel. It is packed with information about the Secret Service in 1883. The characters are richly drawn and the story moves at a fast pace with danger at every turn of the page. The romance was complex and the villains were crafty. I so enjoyed this story with well researched facts about the Secret Service. Agent Broderick Cosgrove is tracking a counterfeiting ring which leads him to a very interesting lady, Theresa Plane. Theresa is doing her best to cancel the debts that her grandfather accumulated. But he is keeping things from her and that puts her in danger. Broderick, in agent mode, trusts no one and tries to separate lies from the truth. There in lies the conundrum when Broderick and Theresa start to favor each other. In addition, Theresa is having a crisis of faith but she finds support in her friend, Lydia: “I know you have been struggling, but no matter what happens or what you think you’ve lost, you cannot lose God... if you have nothing left, turn to the One you do have. He is there waiting.” Interesting, also, were references to other characters and their back story. I hope that Ms Caudill will favor us with a prequel. I am anxious to read the next book, Counterfeit Hope. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becka

    It’s hard to believe that Counterfeit Love is a debut novel. I really struggled to put it down, the suspense was such a constant! I love the spunkiness of the main character, Theresa, and I actually really enjoyed the romance element of this book. And I RARELY feel that way! Now if only I didn’t have to wait until 2023 for the second book in the series to be released!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    An awesome debut novel that I very much enjoyed! There was something going on at every twist and turn to make it exciting and hard to put down! I finished this one in a day. My favorite thing about this book of course was the inspirational messages. They are definitely uplifting. The writing was fantastic and the characters were well rounded out. These I loved getting to know. There's definitely not so savorable characters. However; in my opinion it's what makes a great story. This new to me author An awesome debut novel that I very much enjoyed! There was something going on at every twist and turn to make it exciting and hard to put down! I finished this one in a day. My favorite thing about this book of course was the inspirational messages. They are definitely uplifting. The writing was fantastic and the characters were well rounded out. These I loved getting to know. There's definitely not so savorable characters. However; in my opinion it's what makes a great story. This new to me author sure left me feeling full and satisfied! In my opinion I believe this author has potential and already I look forward to seeing her next story! Well done! 5 stars. My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becca Rae

    WOW. Umm... Occasionally there are reads where I feel at a loss for words because I don't have the right ones to do it justice. This is precisely one of those occasions. Never would I have believed that Crystal Caudill was a debut author, because this novel was masterfully written! WOW does she have a way with words! The plot was intriguing, the characters well developed, and the captivating intensity kept the pages essentially turning themselves. One thing about me is that I am VERY picky about WOW. Umm... Occasionally there are reads where I feel at a loss for words because I don't have the right ones to do it justice. This is precisely one of those occasions. Never would I have believed that Crystal Caudill was a debut author, because this novel was masterfully written! WOW does she have a way with words! The plot was intriguing, the characters well developed, and the captivating intensity kept the pages essentially turning themselves. One thing about me is that I am VERY picky about romance threads in novels because it drives me nuts when they are rushed, forced, and/or unrealistic. This tends to make me more of a fan of reads where the characters have some type of past together, which was true in this case. Theresa and Broderick's backstory made them the perfect couple for this story, and how the author fleshed it all out was quite incredible. (Nope, not spoiling, you'll have to read yourself to find out how). I LOVED that this novel was able to have such a strong faith element organically from the foundation without being "fluffly". There's no question the characters deal with some pretty tough stuff, and yet it's through that tough stuff that their hearts are most desperate to hear from God and seek His guidance. The heart cry is truly a powerful thing.  There are SO many things I loved about this read. There is absolutely no doubt that this one will be included in my favorites for the year. I honestly cannot recommend it enough!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    I had never read a book by this author before and the story was unique, too. Theresa Plane had no family except for her military grandfather. He called her his "Little Soldier." Her grandfather did not show her much love, but Theresa loved him very much. Theresa had to sell precious items from her home to pay off her grandfather's debts and one time when she met a villain in a cemetery, danger and a long lost love were nearby. Theresa was engaged to be married to Edward Greystone. She did not love I had never read a book by this author before and the story was unique, too. Theresa Plane had no family except for her military grandfather. He called her his "Little Soldier." Her grandfather did not show her much love, but Theresa loved him very much. Theresa had to sell precious items from her home to pay off her grandfather's debts and one time when she met a villain in a cemetery, danger and a long lost love were nearby. Theresa was engaged to be married to Edward Greystone. She did not love him and he was always putting pressure on her to be married. I felt terrible for Theresa that Edward really did not seem to put Theresa first in his life. He always seemed too ambitious to me. One day Theresa discovered a very tragic event in her home. This really devastated her. And, Theresa's life was in danger. Her grandfather had a secret life. Villains were out to destroy Theresa and her home. She felt that God let her down because she had no family left. It took me a while to really get into the book, but I think I didn't understand what was happening. Towards the end of the book, I suspected who was the mastermind behind all the threats to Theresa. There was a sweet romance towards the end of the book. I am looking forward to books 2 and 3.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Counterfeit Love is a debut novel by Crystal Caudill. I really enjoyed the story with the historical details of a secret service agent and also counterfeiting. I also learned a bit about route ciphers. There is danger, suspense and mystery. And of course romance. The characters are likeable, and relatable. One moment I wanted to hug them and then the next I wanted to shake them. But, it's all good because I was rooting for them the whole time. *I was given copy by the publisher and this is my hon Counterfeit Love is a debut novel by Crystal Caudill. I really enjoyed the story with the historical details of a secret service agent and also counterfeiting. I also learned a bit about route ciphers. There is danger, suspense and mystery. And of course romance. The characters are likeable, and relatable. One moment I wanted to hug them and then the next I wanted to shake them. But, it's all good because I was rooting for them the whole time. *I was given copy by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    This debut novel by Crystal Caudill has everything that I love in a book. Historical facts woven into fiction, intrigue to feed my love for mystery, romance that makes my heart happy, and a strong faith message to nourish my soul! It also has wonderful multi-dimensional characters, both primary and secondary, that seem to leap off the pages. If you're longing for a captivating story that keeps you turning the pages, this is the book for you! Counterfeit Love is a fantastic debut novel, and I can This debut novel by Crystal Caudill has everything that I love in a book. Historical facts woven into fiction, intrigue to feed my love for mystery, romance that makes my heart happy, and a strong faith message to nourish my soul! It also has wonderful multi-dimensional characters, both primary and secondary, that seem to leap off the pages. If you're longing for a captivating story that keeps you turning the pages, this is the book for you! Counterfeit Love is a fantastic debut novel, and I can't wait to read more of this author's writing. Crystal Caudill, you've "got a fan in me!" I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publishing via I Read with Audra Blog Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review. I am voluntarily sharing my own thoughts. My full review can be seen at https://connie-oldersmarter.blogspot....

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. The stunning cover and excellent premise had all the earmarks of being a solid, emotional, right-up-my-alley read for me, but the story itself turned out to be anything but my cup of tea. My favorite things about it were that Nathaniel was a fantastic second-chance fellow and the history shared was an accurate depiction of what really happened in the past. I highly appreciate historical accuracy in fiction FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. The stunning cover and excellent premise had all the earmarks of being a solid, emotional, right-up-my-alley read for me, but the story itself turned out to be anything but my cup of tea. My favorite things about it were that Nathaniel was a fantastic second-chance fellow and the history shared was an accurate depiction of what really happened in the past. I highly appreciate historical accuracy in fiction stories, so the author gets brownie points for that, definitely. What I struggled with the most was the antagonists. Both of the main bad guys read as two-dimensional brutes rather than the nuanced, sophisticated men they were supposed to be. I found them unrealistic and unbelievable, and I wasn’t sure why they were trusted to be in charge of anything. They made it impossible for me to enjoy the majority of this novel. I also struggled to understand why the leading lady couldn’t see the obvious abuses and cruelties her fiancé threw in her face and against her person when she could so easily see through everyone else. She readily excused his behavior as her fault, becoming even more a victim to his tyranny, but she was always bold and independent with everyone else. She was a conundrum I couldn’t figure out, and that made it difficult for me to root for her. Why did the leading man have a pet rock in his pocket? I get the reason he tried to give me toward the end, but throughout the whole story, it just came off as immature for a Secret Service agent to be dependent upon clenching his fist around a rock in order to cool his temper. Maybe he wasn’t cut out for the career path he chose. I did like that somebody was called to task about “compromis[ing] [their] convictions” at one point. This is something I don’t see often enough in most Christian fiction books I read today, so it was really refreshing to see that play out here. I’m sad that I couldn’t enjoy this one, as the first chapter hooked me in and many of the plot twists were well delivered and surprising. The author’s voice was pretty solid and quite expressive, so I’m sure she’ll gain lots of fans in her career. I hope there will be better character development for future bad guys so that they will be a lot more realistic than these ones turned out to be. And do please keep that historical accuracy coming! Content: bullying (excessive), skimpy clothing, prostitutes, gambling, brothel, tobacco, saloon, alcohol, replacement profanity, one profane word, derogatory terms, swearing “by all that is good and holy”

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gina Holder

    Even if… I couldn’t get over this line. What a powerful message! And Caudill made it come alive through these characters. Just when you thought all hope was lost—when a way out seemed impossible—God came through for them. He answered their prayers in unexpected ways. He challenged and tested them to see if they would love him, if they would serve him, even if things didn’t work out the way they wanted it to. And isn’t that just what we need in real life. The ability, the desire, to trust God, eve Even if… I couldn’t get over this line. What a powerful message! And Caudill made it come alive through these characters. Just when you thought all hope was lost—when a way out seemed impossible—God came through for them. He answered their prayers in unexpected ways. He challenged and tested them to see if they would love him, if they would serve him, even if things didn’t work out the way they wanted it to. And isn’t that just what we need in real life. The ability, the desire, to trust God, even if… Caudill’s debut novel will not be one I easily forget. From the beautiful spiritual message to the flawed characters with so much to learn about God and each other, to the well-crated historical setting that creates a wonderful backdrop to this page-turning suspenseful story. One of my favorite characters was Lydia (maybe because that’s my daughter’s name) but she was both friend and mentor to Theresa. It is her faith that causes Theresa to see a lack in her own life. And the things Theresa put that poor woman through! You could tell the author did her research both about the city of Cincinnati and counterfeiting money. Another thing I appreciated is that the author didn’t detract from the deplorableness of sinful man but at the same time, she didn’t excuse it, and consequences were dealt out accordingly, all while keeping things tactful and PG. I highly recommend this book for lovers of historical romance, and for those who want more than entertainment from their reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Teresa Plane feels indebted to her grandfather. He took her in after she lost her parents, and she will do anything for him. As he begins racking up debt after debt, Teresa does what she can to pay them off as quickly as they come. Things are not easy. In fact, Teresa soon learns that her grandfather has even more problems - and seccrets. Meanwhile, Secret Service agent Brodderic Cosgrove is determined to break up a very lucrative counterfeit ring. When Broderick's fight for justice runs him rig Teresa Plane feels indebted to her grandfather. He took her in after she lost her parents, and she will do anything for him. As he begins racking up debt after debt, Teresa does what she can to pay them off as quickly as they come. Things are not easy. In fact, Teresa soon learns that her grandfather has even more problems - and seccrets. Meanwhile, Secret Service agent Brodderic Cosgrove is determined to break up a very lucrative counterfeit ring. When Broderick's fight for justice runs him right smack into Teresa, he is devastated. Why is his search for the counterfeiters bringing him back into contact with her? The pair nearly married, but that fell through years ago. Actually, Teresa is now engaged to another man. Broderick really hopes she is not tied into the counterfeit business, but things are not looking good. In this fast-paced debut novel by Crystal Caudill, romance, action and danger all come together as Teresa and Broderick join forces to right the many wrongs that are spinning out of control. What an enjoyable book and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Many thanks to Kregel Publications and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    So, that cover caught my eye first. Striking! And atmospheric with the heroine looking behind her and the mysterious gentleman standing further down the way. Friend or foe? I just had to get the book to find out! Don't you love a cover that tells a story and lures you in? Extremely hard to believe this is a debut novel! I'm a forever Crystal Caudill fan now and -- eeeeepppp!!!! -- Counterfeit Love is the first in a series! Super excited about that. I go into a near swoon at the prospect of two of So, that cover caught my eye first. Striking! And atmospheric with the heroine looking behind her and the mysterious gentleman standing further down the way. Friend or foe? I just had to get the book to find out! Don't you love a cover that tells a story and lures you in? Extremely hard to believe this is a debut novel! I'm a forever Crystal Caudill fan now and -- eeeeepppp!!!! -- Counterfeit Love is the first in a series! Super excited about that. I go into a near swoon at the prospect of two of my favourite genres -- historical and romantic suspense -- colliding so that was another draw for me and Caudill handles both brilliantly. Danger and suspense and romantic entanglements...even a bit of a love triangle (gasp!) but I could handle it because it's obvious who the best man is. :-) The story is rich in historical detail which contributes to the overall ambience of the suspense and makes certain parts more chilling. Make sure you have some comfort chocolate on hand to get you through the tough spots. At least that's my excuse for indulging. :-) A solid suspense plot kept me riveted, even though I figured some key parts out early on. It was still fun to be 'in the know' when the characters weren't. And I might have screamed dire warnings a time or two (which Theresa and Broderick ignored. Gah!) But I could never in a million years predict exactly how everything would play out in such stupendous nail-biting glory! I'm thrilled to report that there's a solid faith thread woven through out the entire story as our hero and heroine grapple with the kind of struggles any reader can relate too -- trusting that God has a plan even in the midst of difficulties and sorrow. And that forgiveness isn't an option, it's a sacred opportunity. Caudill is never preachy -- she quietly speaks with conviction through the lives of Theresa and Broderick. So, romance + suspense + faith = sublime reading bliss! Please tell me book two is due out soon! P.S. I enjoyed the audible edition narrated by Stephanie Cozart.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK It wasn’t until after I read Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill that I found it was her debut novel. And wow, I am impressed! This story reads as someone who is well seasoned in writing books. I love that Caudill immediately hits on several genre’s with a historical background and lots of mystery and flowing through the pages. And I can’t forget the oh so sweet romance!! Actually when I saw this cover I was so intrigued! It’s beautifully stunning and the colors are outsta MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK It wasn’t until after I read Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill that I found it was her debut novel. And wow, I am impressed! This story reads as someone who is well seasoned in writing books. I love that Caudill immediately hits on several genre’s with a historical background and lots of mystery and flowing through the pages. And I can’t forget the oh so sweet romance!! Actually when I saw this cover I was so intrigued! It’s beautifully stunning and the colors are outstanding. I knew I had to read this one, even before I knew what it was about. I loved every minute it was in my hands!! The characters are masterfully created and I love how they grow so much as the story unfolds. I think Teresa is my favorite, and maybe Broderick coming in for a close second? I really like Teresa’s spunk and feisty spirit because she won’t back down from anyone. And that’s what I like. I did feel for both characters as they dug deeper and deeper into Teresa’s grandfather’s secrets. That was a tough blow. I also love that Caudill wasn’t afraid to weave the Christian life into the lives of her characters. And it’d done in such a beautiful and subtle way. I am so intrigued about this book. And I can’t wait for the second book in this series to release. Yes! A second book, what fun! If you are interested in any of these genre’s here, you will surely love this book. I encourage you to check out Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill. A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mline alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars "When death haunts you, the nightmares become real, and you feel there is no escape, God is with you. . . . . Don't abandon hope. Even if our lives aren't like we planned." Not like we planned? . . . the understatement of Theresa Planer's young life. Who would choose tripping through a graveyard in the dead of night only to meet up with some despicable characters, on the off chance such a rendezvous could grant her a better life? Even the heavy ring on her finger was a symbol of second c 4.5 stars "When death haunts you, the nightmares become real, and you feel there is no escape, God is with you. . . . . Don't abandon hope. Even if our lives aren't like we planned." Not like we planned? . . . the understatement of Theresa Planer's young life. Who would choose tripping through a graveyard in the dead of night only to meet up with some despicable characters, on the off chance such a rendezvous could grant her a better life? Even the heavy ring on her finger was a symbol of second choices, her first choice having abandoned her, much like God Himself had seemed to do after her near-death experience. But that was then, and this was now, . . . . . and now was not turning out to be much better. Undercover Secret Service Agent Broderick Cosgrove had finally managed to infiltrate a dangerous Cincinnati counterfeiting ring. When the woman he had once planned to marry, six years prior, turns up at a reconnaissance mission gone bad, Broderick is almost certain that her grandfather is involved, but the confounding woman appears to be up to her pretty neck in the business as well, but . . . "had the woman he loved become one of the criminals he hunted?". What a stunner of a debut! With its questionable characters and frustrating heroes, one must trust no one and everyone at the same time. Much of the action is spent running in circles leaving Theresa at the mercy of those who want to help her; granting her no option but to help herself . . . right back into the trouble she was in, in the first place. And the romance . . . heaven help us; it's obvious that years apart hasn't dulled the attraction between these two. Yet, it's the faith elements that steady this story from beginning to end. For, "ye shall not need to fight in this battle; set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you." - 2 Chronicles 20:17

  24. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Counterfeit Love drew me in from the first chapter and held my attention to the very end. And what an exciting ending it was! The historical aspect was well done, I felt immersed in the time period and I enjoyed learning all about counterfeiting. However the story relied very heavily on backstory that's explained in dribs and drabs throughout so it felt like reading a sequel. The story would've flowed a lot better if there was a prologue or a couple of "six years earlier" type chapters. I can't Counterfeit Love drew me in from the first chapter and held my attention to the very end. And what an exciting ending it was! The historical aspect was well done, I felt immersed in the time period and I enjoyed learning all about counterfeiting. However the story relied very heavily on backstory that's explained in dribs and drabs throughout so it felt like reading a sequel. The story would've flowed a lot better if there was a prologue or a couple of "six years earlier" type chapters. I can't say I was super enamored with Theresa. I like a strong, independent woman but not stubbornness to the point of foolishness which was often the case with her. I did really enjoy reading about her struggle and journey to faith. I like Broderick, he was a very likable character and I loved how his steadiness and logic balanced out Theresa. The romance was 50/50 for me. On the one hand I hate love triangles but on the other hand I really love second chance romances! Either way there were plenty of kisses to keep this romance lover happy! I was gifted a copy of this book but all views and opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    So, the cover reeled me in to begin with! I absolutely love it! I also liked the synopsis. The story turned out to be so much more than I expected! I can't think of any other books I've read about counterfeiters. This one was definitely an adventure and towards the end, I chewed about six fingernails down to the quick! lol I also learned some new things from this story. First I didn't know there as a "first" Great Depression, which was renamed the Long Depression. And while I knew what an "inclin So, the cover reeled me in to begin with! I absolutely love it! I also liked the synopsis. The story turned out to be so much more than I expected! I can't think of any other books I've read about counterfeiters. This one was definitely an adventure and towards the end, I chewed about six fingernails down to the quick! lol I also learned some new things from this story. First I didn't know there as a "first" Great Depression, which was renamed the Long Depression. And while I knew what an "incline" was visually, I didn't realize they were used in Cincinnati so I was confused when I initially was reading that part. Let's talk about the cast of characters! So many to love and despise. First there was Theresa. I loved her spunk, but boy was she hard headed. She drove me about as nuts as Darlington! Edward had me waffling between liking him and not. lol And then of course there's Broderick who was easy to like, but had me facepalming more than a few times. Honestly, aside from a few of the characters, I didn't feel like I could trust anyone. I kept waiting for the shoe to drop on each person I liked or thought was part of the counterfeit ring. Each time I "knew" who was the head person, I was proved wrong. Hence, the chewed fingernails! I most definitely loved how faith in the Lord was infused throughout this story and with several of the characters. I liked how the author didn't allow Theresa to just blindly accept God being with her and trusting Him. She really struggled with it and I think readers will really relate to that, especially when going through hard times. There are a lot of twists and turns throughout the story and kept me riveted to each page until the end! I was secretly hoping Darlington would get his own story because he was such a hard nose fellow. He needs a woman to soften him and bring out his gentle side. lol *I received this book for review. This is my personal opinion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Goshorn

    Wowza, what a debut! I've been looking forward to reading Counterfeit Love and I wasn't disappointed. Caudill has written a spell-binding historical mystery filled with plenty of conflict, danger, and intrigue that made it an impossible to put down. As a lover of all things history, I was thrilled with the historical accuracy of this novel. The author brought the neighborhoods and people of 1880s Cincinnati to life with vivid descriptions and realistic dialogue. The story was impeccably research Wowza, what a debut! I've been looking forward to reading Counterfeit Love and I wasn't disappointed. Caudill has written a spell-binding historical mystery filled with plenty of conflict, danger, and intrigue that made it an impossible to put down. As a lover of all things history, I was thrilled with the historical accuracy of this novel. The author brought the neighborhoods and people of 1880s Cincinnati to life with vivid descriptions and realistic dialogue. The story was impeccably researched and filled with rich historical details about law enforcement, counterfeiting, and the Secret Service during the Gilded Age. Although I purchased a paper copy, when I saw the audiobook narrator was Stephanie Cozart, one of my favorites, I decided to listen to the book as well. As I expected the narrator did a fabulous job setting the mood of the story and bringing the characters to life. If you enjoy historical fiction with strong faith elements and a villain you won't see coming, then I highly recommend Countefeit Love!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grace Hitchcock

    Endorsement!! “A thrilling romance, a gallant Secret Service operative, and a courageous heroine—Crystal Caudill’s Counterfeit Love is an exceptional tale of tragic loss, healing, and redeeming love.” Grace Hitchcock, author of My Dear MISS DUPRÉ, Her Darling MR. DAY, and His Delightful LADY DELIA.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Agnes-Crockett

    https://stephaniesninthsuitcase.com/2... Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Audra Jennings publicity. Opinions expressed are my own. Scripture Connection There are two key verses repeated throughout the book: You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you… 2 Chron. 20:17 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecc. 4:12 Sp https://stephaniesninthsuitcase.com/2... Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Audra Jennings publicity. Opinions expressed are my own. Scripture Connection There are two key verses repeated throughout the book: You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you… 2 Chron. 20:17 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecc. 4:12 Spiritual Themes Caudill’s novel is rich with spiritual content, with a strong and personal emphasis on trust in God. I so appreciate seeing this, especially in a historical fiction (Oftentimes, books with historical settings seem to adopt more general messages, with less emphasis on the character personally talking to and hearing from God). I reference a lot of spiritual content below. Trust in God is huge, regardless of circumstances. There’s also emphasis on commitment to God, which goes hand-in-hand with trust. In this way, the novel raises some excellent points about spiritual purity. What I Liked This is a novel with a lot of content that is worth endorsing! The plot is fast-paced and engaging. I had no trouble getting into the story, which is saying a bit since historical fiction isn’t typically my favorite genre. The characters’ relationships with God are integral to the story and to their development, as people. While some narratives simply toss in a prayer here or there, Counterfeit Love places a strong emphasis on what it looks like to walk with God on a day-to-day basis, trusting Him in big and small things. Caudill combats the idea of individualism and “pursuing your dreams,” depicting a love that is sacrificial. Caudill does a good job of observing and relaying nuance: the nuances of the characters–who are not simply black-and-white, good/evil— as well as the nuances of relating with God. For instance, when one character makes a sweeping claim about trusting God, the author notes that the character is not making the statement flippantly, but draws from experiences of learning to trust God in spite of deep hardship. Overall, Caudill is skilled in her craft. The action, itself, is entertaining, but Caudill demonstrates her artistry in the way she conveys the plotline to the reader (What I mean by this is that, sometimes, a book can be interesting without being particularly well-written. That is not the case with Counterfeit Love). The novel is both truthful and encouraging. There were a few key principles that stood out to me. First, God DOES pursue us. At the same time, walking with Him really is a relationship, and that means investing in spending time with another person. This is yet another example of Caudill’s skill with nuance. So many books (and so much preaching) will embrace only one half of this truth, to the detriment of the other half. Either, “God loves you, so do whatever you want with that grace,” or “Work, work, work because of all God has done for you.” The balance in Counterfeit Love is so beautiful and refreshing! The second truth that stood out to me was about praising God. There’s a great passage about praising in the context of prayer. Romantic Content While there is a little bit of romantic content that I’ll note, as usual, by way of warning, there’s also a generous amount of romantic content that I REALLY appreciate! On the “Reader’s Discretion” side, the main characters were previously engaged and reunite at a time when one of them is now engaged to someone else. Nonetheless, the main characters have a good many romantic thoughts about one another and even share a kiss while Theresa is engaged. The novel includes multiple kissing scenes, which are generally passionate– albeit not as “gross,” overall, as many kissing scenes I have encountered. Onto the positive romance! This might be a teensy bit spoiler (so skip this, if necessary)… THE CHARACTERS’ WALK WITH THE LORD COMES FIRST! There is actually a scene where Theresa has to confront her fears and the Lord asks her if she will continue to trust Him, even if things don’t go as she hopes in her relationship with Broderick. And she does! There’s also honesty with God as the characters seek His will, while also wanting their own. They’re real, not hyperspiritualized. Overall, I am quite pleased with the romantic content of the book. While there is some physicality, the message is one of purity in putting Jesus first. And that is, in my opinion, a cause for rejoicing– and a strong recommendation in its favor. Other Content Broderick is staying, undercover, at a brothel. Women make advances at him, which he repulses. There are a few untoward comments made toward/about Theresa, at various points in the book (The innuendo is apparent, although the suggestive language of the time sounds milder than its contemporary counterpart). I recall one use of the Lord’s name, apart from prayer. Recommendation Status With only minor Reader Discretion, this is a book I would highly recommend for adults or even young adults. This is a fantastic book because it is not only interesting, but also packs a powerful, truthful message. Counterfeit Love is a debut novel and I am so excited to read future works by Crystal Caudill.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    How is this Crystal Caudill's debut novel? My word, I have to say right off the bat that I felt like I was reading a seasoned author's novel. It was so well written, the storyline perfectly put together. The character arcs happened at just the right speed. There was mystery, romance, interesting facts, and so much more in the pages of this novel. And it's only the beginning! Let's talk about Theresa Plane. She did not back down from anything, and while her stubbornness may have irked Broderick a How is this Crystal Caudill's debut novel? My word, I have to say right off the bat that I felt like I was reading a seasoned author's novel. It was so well written, the storyline perfectly put together. The character arcs happened at just the right speed. There was mystery, romance, interesting facts, and so much more in the pages of this novel. And it's only the beginning! Let's talk about Theresa Plane. She did not back down from anything, and while her stubbornness may have irked Broderick a time or two, I actually found it quite charming. She just wasn't afraid, and you don't see that too often in that time period. I will admit that sometimes it got her in trouble, but for me it just made the story much more fun to read. And Broderick? What a guy. I mean, he's still so protective of the woman he loves, even though she is engaged to another. He was proper, decent, and a gentleman, but also had some moments where he made his point of protecting her quite clear (even to her betrothed!). I loved it. Every single moment. But then you have this interesting storyline of the counterfeiters. I have been in banking for over 21 years, and so this really intrigued me. In fact, it spurred me to investigate and learn more on my own time once I was done reading. Even today with how technology is, it can still be difficult to track counterfeit money. I couldn't imagine back then! Caudill's research just fascinated me. Honestly, I wanted more, but there wouldn't have been enough pages to give it to me lol. If this is Caudill's debut novel, I cannot even imagine what is coming down the road. Nothing but greatness. This story was amazing. Fantastic. A must read for all historical fiction fans. I cannot wait to see what's next in the series. I don't want to be pushy, but I need it in my hands now! I purchased my own copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Trust is in short supply so faith will be key... I'm usually up for a good debut novel. Sometimes they kinda miss the boat for me but many other times I find an author to add to my must read list. This book was one of the latter as I was quite impressed by Counterfeit Love from the very start. Crystal Caudill's storytelling skill is definitely not that of a beginner. She's good! One of the best things about Counterfeit Love is its flawed characters. While that term is definitely overused it can st Trust is in short supply so faith will be key... I'm usually up for a good debut novel. Sometimes they kinda miss the boat for me but many other times I find an author to add to my must read list. This book was one of the latter as I was quite impressed by Counterfeit Love from the very start. Crystal Caudill's storytelling skill is definitely not that of a beginner. She's good! One of the best things about Counterfeit Love is its flawed characters. While that term is definitely overused it can still be very true. Crystal Caudill's characters can sometimes be naive, temperamental, slow to forgive, stick their feet in their mouths, and make decisions that in hindsight might have been a little on the stupid side. But, it's all of those things that made them seem a little more real and a lot more relatable. And because of those things I liked them all the more. With elements of historical romance, mystery, and definite Gothic overtones Counterfeit Love may have been a 300+ page read but it went pretty fast – mainly because I didn't feel much like putting it down. I just kept being drawn back in all while telling myself just one more page or just another chapter, I'm sure you know how well that went... Crystal Caudill successfully kept me interested, engaged, and intrigued from beginning to end. According to the cover Counterfeit Love is only the first book in the Hidden Hearts Of The Gilded Age series and based on this debut effort from Crystal Caudill it's a series that I will be following with anticipation. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

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