Regina JenningsBethany House / 2022 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$12.994.5 out of 5 stars for Engaging Deception, #3. View reviews of this product. 36 Reviews
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Pamela M.Memphis, TNAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Laughed Out Loud!April 5, 2023Pamela M.Memphis, TNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Engaging Deception is a delightful story that had me laughing out loud frequently as I read it. The heroine, Olive Kentworth absolutely loves architecture and has learned quite a bit about it through reading. Turns out that although self-taught, she is very talented at designing homes. Unfortunately society is not yet ready for women architects. Her solution is to design homes while her cousin implements the plans for her and also takes all the credit for them.
Maxfield Scott is the award winning architect who Olive most admires. When she finds herself acting as nanny to his children, she is thrilled to have access to his extensive library. Maxfield soon discovers that he is drawn to his home when Olive is there. Could this be a romance in the making?
Several hilarious scenes are in store as two prominent men compete to have the biggest, most elaborate house in town and Maxfield is baffled at how the seemingly inept contractor can possibly be responsible for the designs.
Loved this story but I will leave further details to the reader. I will say they will not be disappointed at the outcome.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
elle5 Stars Out Of 5engaging deceptionMarch 2, 2023elleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5enjoyed it very much
null5 Stars Out Of 5amazing novelJanuary 28, 2023nullQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was the first novel I read in this series. It can totally be read as a stand-alone novel.
I love books with a strong female lead. Especially ones where the woman does a mans job. She had to hide it, which is totally explainable for that time period. But what I really liked was that she taught herself. The persistence and the dedication to something she was passionate for is really inspiring. No matter what society says you can or cant do, you have to strive to do what you are good at.
Maxfield is a widower with two young children. He starts to see this woman, but he is drawn to Olive.
I loved Olive and Maxfields relationship. I loved the romance that grew between them even though he was seeing someone else. I liked how it all unfolded. I am really sad to see it end.
This is also my first novel by Regina Jennings. I liked how the characters developed and how the story progressed.
This was a clean read.
I requested and received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Life Isnt SafeJanuary 25, 2023eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There is a lot to love about this book. The extended family, the quirks of normally level headed characters, the architectural flavor, and the sweet romance are just a few of the things, but there were a couple that stood out to me more than these.
I especially enjoyed how the author emphasized that life should be lived rather than hidden from. Different characters approached this in their own ways, but they were still trying to avoid getting hurt. But, as one character pointed out, life isnt safe.
One of the other parts that resonated with me was being resistant to change. Even when I do not particularly like how things are at the moment, change is difficult and I would almost prefer to stay as I am rather than deal with the discomfort that comes with a chance to make things better. I could definitely relate to the characters in this.
This is a wonderful story that both entertains and touches on a deeper level. I highly recommend it for those who enjoy historical romance, historical home architecture and design, or those who have an interest in historical Joplin. I would caution those who have suffered a recent loss that some of the content may be difficult, but also healing, depending on where a reader is in her journey.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
JordannReneeAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Engaging Read!January 15, 2023JordannReneeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Engaging Deception by Regina Jennings is the third book in The Joplin Chronicles!
The story follows Olive Kentworth and Maxfield Scott who have both suffered great loss in their lives. Through their loss they find each other and hope for a brighter future begins to emerge. However, it is not always smooth sailing and these two characters face many different secrets that will either tear them apart or bring them closer together.
If you enjoy historical fiction books, then you will absolutely love Engaging Deception.
*I received a complimentary of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review.
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