Returning from a little vacation, schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell finds herself in a bit of a bind when her luggage opens up before her train ride home and hr belongings end up strewn all over the ground. Her only recourse is a gruff looking stranger, who to her embarrassment, helps her gather her unmentionables so she can catch her train home.
While on her train ride to her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie notices that two children accompany the man who helped her and she is curious as to the circumstances as the children appear to be heartbroken. Once back in her hometown, she finds herself in charge of those two lovely children and in close quarters with the gruff stranger, who happens to be their uncle, William Benton. William is an undercover Pinkerton agent working at the lumber company as foreman to investigate a theft.
Keeping the secret of who he is and what he is doing is a difficult task with the very observant Elsie. It becomes so much more difficult when he begins to yearn for the ragtag family to be a real family. William had no idea how he was going to keep it together with his dangerous job and caring for his twin niece and nephew, who because of the sudden loss of their parents and being shifted around to relatives have their own issues to overcome.
Elsie is a Godsend when it comes to keeping it all together and she quickly becomes the glue between the children, William and even the community. Could they both open up their hearts to one another as they have for those around them? Read A CHANGED AGENT to find out.
I hope that author Tracey J. Lyons continues to write stories like this one, because I am now hooked. This well written historical set in the Northeast opens a whole new realm for this reader and I crave more. This pair from different backgrounds and circumstances come together with two seven-year old children as the catalyst for a bright future and their journey there is an intriguing one.