Eugenia “Gennie” Cooper has a secret. She's addicted to dime novels. Not only that, but she wants to live out a Wild West adventure, just like her favorite dime-novel heroine. Her parents are equally determined to see Gennie married to a New York banker. But when Gennie’s parents and brother go abroad on tour, Gennie manages to slip away from her betrothed and catch a train to Denver — to pretend to be a nanny to a ten-year-old girl. And maybe, just maybe, have an adventure.
Daniel Beck’s young daughter Charlotte is not exactly what Gennie expects. After all, the child hates baths and loves getting into trouble. But then, Daniel Beck isn’t exactly what Gennie bargained for, either. The silver baron has a mind of his own and isn’t afraid to speak it.
But what happens when a man’s empire and a woman on a Wild West adventure collide? And does Gennie’s life belong in the rough and tumble west, or back home in civilized New York with the man she’s been promised to since birth?
The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper is a totally fun read, full of unexpected laugh-out-loud moments, and passion restrained. I loved this fast-paced story, and it kept my interest from page one until the end. I also enjoyed reading portions of the “dime novel” that kept Gennie entertained, though not as much as I enjoyed reading Gennie’s story.
Gennie is a realistic heroine, though she might have been born in the wrong time period for her adventurous spirit. I also enjoyed getting to know some of the other characters in the book, and I especially enjoyed the humor. The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper is a great read, and if you are a fan of Cathy Marie Hake or Deana Gist, you won’t want to miss The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper.