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  1. Sandra Burson
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    What a Great Read
    October 3, 2021
    Sandra Burson
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Loved this first book in Regina Jennings new series The Joplin Chronicles. It was a pleasure to read, love her humorous romantic stories. There are several twist and turns that will keep you guessing. You will absolutely love Calista York's family. Like family, they stick together and are very helpful. But sometimes she found them a little too helpful.
  2. DMP
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet & Clean "Who-Done-It" Mystery
    January 4, 2021
    DMP
    Calista York is in Joplin as an undercover Pinkerton agent to find a missing person. She knows that a successful outcome means that she will be offered a permanent position in the agency. Unfortunately, she has lots of family in the area who keep thwarting her plans.

    Matthew Cook feels led by God to start a ministry in Joplin to help the local miners avoid the mistakes of alcohol and women. He also wants to provide encouragement to the struggling families in the mining community. Therefore, when he sees a woman deliberately putting herself in harm's way, he struggles to understand why.

    Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me. I struggled to get through it and can only think that I failed to connect with the characters. I really didn't like Calista. I understand that she has to pretend for her job, but she comes across as fake and careless. She has to be rescued multiple times, but doesn't want to acknowledge that she was in trouble and needed the help.

    I also struggled with so many characters. There seemed to be stories within the story - especially involving Maisie. But, it was as if everyone related to Calista had to have their part to the point of distraction.

    However, if you are interested in a sweet and clean who-done-it mystery, you will likely enjoy this. There is humor and a sweet HEA at the end. The author is very talented and I normally love her stories. This, sadly, was not one that connected with me.

    Romance - PG / kissing

    Language - PG / clean

    Violence - PG / a character is attacked in a scene

    My rating - 3 stars

  3. Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    start of new series
    December 31, 2020
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    This is book one in the Joplin Chronicles series, what a great place to start. Calista York comes from a unique, loving and involved family. While she tries to hid her true job, it may be harder than she thinks once she is assigned a job near family. Matthew Cook was a little harder character for me to connect with, but when I did I liked him. This book is full of misunderstanding, mystery, history, family and romance. I look forward to reading book two in this series. I look forward to learning more about the characters that we met in this series.
  4. Just Jennifer Purcell
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Entertaining historical romance
    December 5, 2020
    Just Jennifer Purcell
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With Courting Misfortune, Regina Jennings has once again crafted a book with a great cast of characters and plenty of incentive to keep turning pages.

    I love a good Pinkerton story, and Courting Misfortune did not disappoint. Calista*s determination makes her a great detective, and I enjoyed watching her go about the city trying to find Lila. Matthew*s presence not only provides a distraction but also conflict that threatens to keep Calista from her goal. The resulting tension is delicious and keeps you turning pages.

    And the secondary characters definitely provide comedic relief. The antics of Calista*s cousins had me laughing out loud, and I loved their interactions with both Calista and Matthew.

    I loved the reminder that not everything is as it seems. Matthew assumes Calista is a sheep gone astray, not realizing she has a deep faith that sustains her. A lot of this issue stems from Calista*s willingness to enter a gray area in order to progress in her investigation. I think this definitely gives Christians some food for thought. Is it important how we present ourselves to the world? And does our conviction to witness to lost souls sometimes lead to an inflated sense of self-importance? Matthew*s frustration that his mission wasn*t going the way he wanted definitely made me wonder about this. Do we want to serve God or create a name for ourselves? I think it is an easy line to cross.

    I think Matthew*s zeal and the lessons he learns also deepened the romance with Calista. Their determination to help others is what makes them a great couple, even if it sometimes creates conflict between them. But all that conflict made the ending that much sweeter.

    I could say so much more, but I want to avoid spoilers. Let*s just say Jennings takes you on an adventure filled with misunderstandings, mishaps, and an unexpected twist.

    Overall, Courting Misfortune is an entertaining read historical romance readers will love.

    (Note: I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
  5. ae2
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Pretty good
    November 29, 2020
    ae2
    I really liked the last third of this book, but the first two-thirds dragged for me somewhat. I just didn't enjoy Calista or Matthew as characters; Calista's constant lies, while perhaps necessary for her job, made it hard to really connect with her--and the lies she tried to pass off about being a nurse, when she obviously couldn't even handle anything remotely connected to nursing didn't make her seem like the most competent of detectives. It made it hard to see why Matthew would even want to put up with her at all. I also found myself more irritated than endeared by Calista's extended family. So, I struggled through the first two-thirds of the book, but I did like the remainder. There were some good messages about how God works in people's lives as well as some really nice romantic lines.

    I read an ARC provided by the publisher via #NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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