Counterfeit Hope

Counterfeit Hope

Trapped in their past, is there hope for a future?

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When Secret Service operative Andrew Darlington is brought in to support a US Marshal case involving counterfeiters in rural Indiana, he thinks it's simply the next rung on his climb to the top of his career. But liars can only climb so high--and Andrew is keeping a dangerous secret he doesn't ever want to get out. When he clashes with the criminal family that took over the town of Landkreis and killed the Marshal he was sent to assist, his past life is in danger of being exposed.

Widow "Lightning Lu" Thorne has only one goal: escape the clutches of the Thorne family with her son. Her decision to be an informant and testify against the Thornes looked like the perfect answer. Until the Marshal ended up dead. Now the tether keeping her tied to her felonious family is tightening, and a forced marriage to someone else in the Thornes' clutches threatens to kill any hope of escape.

Andrew and Lu find themselves on the same team--unwillingly. They each believe the other to be the enemy to their future plans. And even if they could learn to work together, the secrets they hold could shatter all hopes and dreams. Despite the encouragement of the local preacher, they're not even sure God can be trusted--much less other humans. Can either of them escape their past--and the family that is willing to kill their own when they smell betrayal?

On the heels of her smashing debut, this second entry in Crystal Caudill's historical series maintains the excitement that readers of Michelle Griep, Liz Tolsma, and Elizabeth Camden will love.

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About the Book
Series: Hidden Hearts of the Gilded Age, Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Year: 2023
Format: Print
Length: 304 pages
ASIN: 0825447410
ISBN: 9780825447419
List Price: 15.99
Audiobook Price: 24.99
“A gripping story of pain, forgiveness and hope. I had a hard time putting this book down! Though Counterfeit Hope is reminiscent of Francine Rivers’s Redeeming Love, I appreciate the Crystal Caudill's gentle handling of such sensitive topics. I was thoroughly moved through out the tale and highly recommend this story and series!”
– Angela K. Couch, author of A Rose for the Resistance and Where Wild Roses Bloom
“A round of applause for Crystal Caudill and the fabulous story she penned. The rich, well-developed characters, the plot twists, and Crystal’s unique voice made it a very enjoyable read and kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning, just waiting to see what would happen. I would highly recommend it for any lover of historical fiction.”
– Liz Tolsma, best-selling author of What I Would Tell You and A Picture of Hope
“Caudill has penned a riveting sophomore novel in Counterfeit Hope. From the first page, the story draws you in with characters who engage all your emotions and a fast-paced plot that carries the story just right. Another novel for the keeper shelf!”
– Misty M. Beller, USA Today best-selling author of the Call of the Rockies series
“Crystal Caudill’s debut novel captivated me from word one, and her follow-up offering did exactly the same. Even if all it offered was a swoony romance and riveting historical suspense, that would be enough to keep readers glued to the pages. And yet . . . Full of emotional depth, complicated family dynamics, and tender redemption, Counterfeit Hope does more than entertain—it wraps the reader in grace. A fantastic sophomore novel from a fresh voice in the genre!”
– Carrie Schmidt, and author of Getting Past the Publishing Gatekeepers
“With a unique premise and astonishing twists, Crystal Caudill’s Counterfeit Hope is an impressive sequel expertly penned that will leave readers eager for the next book from this fresh voice!”
– Grace Hitchcock, award-winning author of My Dear Miss Dupré, Her Darling Mr. Day, and His Delightful Lady Delia
“A stirring novel of second chances and redemptive choices set amid the pulse-pounding backdrop of counterfeiters in Gilded Age America. Counterfeit Hope shines light on little known history brought to vivid life through the finely tuned characters of Andrew and Lu. A delightful blend of danger and romance!”
– Laura Frantz, Christy Award–winning author of The Rose and the Thistle
“Crystal Caudill once again dazzles with a thrilling tale of intrigue, danger, and redemption. Andrew and Lu’s story is a page-turning adventure flooded with hope and the God Who rescues the broken.”
– Tara Johnson, author of Engraved on the Heart, Where Dandelions Bloom, and All Through the Night
“Be prepared—this book grips your heart and won’t let go. Caudill pens a captivating story of redemption and second chances in the midst of a fast-paced plot rife with danger. Counterfeit Hope is the kind of book that stays with you long after the final page and leaves you with a satisfied sigh and an enduring sense of hope.”
– Stephenia H. McGee, award-winning author of The Secrets of Emberwild
“Crystal Caudill shines in this new story of hope and patient love, all delivered with a hefty side of thrill. Settle in with your coffee or tea and get ready to fall in love with hero who will top the list of your bookish heroes and a heroine whose tenacity will inspire and intrigue you. If you love a good historical romance served up with adventure, this should be moved to the top of your TBR pile!”
– Jaime Jo Wright, author of The Souls of Lost Lake and Christy Award–winning The House on Foster Hill
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About the Author
Crystal Caudill

Crystal Caudill is the author of "dangerously good historical romance," with her work garnering awards from Romance Writers of America and ACFW. She is a stay-at-home mom and caregiver, and when she isn’t writing, Caudill can be found playing board games with her family, drinking hot tea, or reading other great books at her home outside Cincinnati, Ohio. Find out more at

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