Friday, June 17, 2022

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Love in Disguise by Penny Zeller

About the Book

Book: Love in Disguise

Author: Penny Zeller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: February 22, 2022

Who knew concealing one’s true identity could be so disastrous?

Who knew asserting one’s independence would cause such embarrassment? If only Almira “Emilie” Crawford Wheeler hadn’t insisted upon carrying her own stack of parcels, she wouldn’t have landed in an unladylike heap on the boardwalk. And what about the half-truth she told the handsome stranger who came to her aid? The stranger she never expected to see again?

Thad Alexander Evanson should have been paying closer attention to the boardwalk, rather than the newfangled automobile motoring down the street. Had he been more astute, a collision with the beautiful parcel-laden stranger might never have happened. And if it never had happened, he wouldn’t have told a partial-truth he figured wouldn’t matter.

Before long, Emilie and Thad are arranging to meet for a noonday meal each weekend in Missoula under the guise of different names. But what happens when their true identities are revealed? When half-truths are exposed? Could God have a plan even in the midst of a tangled web of lies?


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My Thoughts:


Love in Disguise was a cute, oftentimes humorous, sometimes serious read of two neighbors who have yet to meet but certainly have an animosity towards one another. Emilie Crawford, lately widowed, loves her gardens and her flowers but the pesky neighbor, Mr. Evanson will not keep his cattle in his own field and those said cattle are determined to destroy her property.

Thad Evanson doesn't like his neighbor too much either since the accusations her late husband made against him previously. Those accusations were of a serious nature that could have seen him in dire straits.

However, through a series of comical errors, Thad and Emilie do meet. They just don't know who they are really meeting. And as time goes by their stories become deeper and more entangled and a little bit harder to straighten out. Especially now that these two unfriendly neighbors have their hearts on the line. Neither of them really lied about anything, as you will see, but nonetheless their courtship becomes a comedy of errors due to misconceptions, some of them quite ridiculous.

This was a fun read with some serious topics and I enjoyed watching these two stumble and bumble out of the mess they both inadvertently caused. Their path towards true love was paved with painful lessons and some outright hilarious situations.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. 

About the Author

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

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

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

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


More from Penny

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

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

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


  1. Thank you so much for joining the Love in Disguise blog tour! I really appreciate your review and am thrilled you enjoyed reading Emilie and Thad's story. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! Love in Disguise sounds like one not to miss.

  3. Love in Disguise sounds like it will make me laugh out loud at times. Definitely TBR…