1. Engaging Deception, #3
    Regina Jennings
    Bethany House / 2022 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Butterflyreview
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Engaging Deception
    February 2, 2023
    Butterflyreview
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Olive Kentworth has spent her life hiding her interest in architecture, even though she pores over architectural books and sketches buildings. When she accepts a job on a home expansion, it's only because her cousin Amos agrees to pose as the builder. To further hide her involvement, Olive takes a position as a nanny, not knowing that she'll be working for her idol, Joplin's leading architect, widower Maxfield Scott.

    Maxfield is intrigued by his new nanny. She makes his home and his life bearable again. His work, on the other hand, is a disaster. An untrained builder is remodeling a completed project of his. What's worse, Maxfield's current client wants changes to his plans because of that builder's work.

    As the architectural one-upmanship heats up, Olive's involvement becomes harder to hide. Will the relationship between her and Maxfield survive, or will they both miss out on building something for their future?

    My review: This is book three in the Joplin Chronicle Series. It's not necessary to read the first two books in the series to read this book. I enjoyed reading Olive's story. There's not a great mystery in this book. It's just a nice easy read. The characters have flaws. But strive to overcome them.

    I recommend this book to all who want a nice clean romance story.

    I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
  2. null
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    amazing novel
    January 28, 2023
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    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
  3. eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life Isnt Safe
    January 25, 2023
    eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There 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.
  4. The Artist Librarian
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lighthearted Historical Romance Fans Old & New Will Enjoy!
    January 17, 2023
    The Artist Librarian
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4.5 Stars!

    A decade after her author debut, Regina Jennings' twelfth novel, Engaging Deception is a lighthearted historical romance perfect for fans and new readers alike. Though the final book in "The Joplin Chronicles", Engaging Deception can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel as well. Olive Kentworth and Maxfield Scott were likable protagonists and easy to root for. Though preferring to stay at home with her comfortable routine, Olive has a compassionate heart and wants to help others. Meanwhile, Maxfield is a conscientious and involved father who is still recovering from the loss of his wife. Seeing their growth over the course of the story was very satisfying. The side characters were also well done. Ruby Dennis was also likeable and could be appreciated beyond being "just a rival" and Olive's family were-well meaning meddlers (also Amos was a riot whenever he showed up).

    Based on the existence of the Joplin Public Library, it can be surmised the story takes place in the early 20th century, but I don't recall the specific year explicitly mentioned or listed in the book, which I felt was a bit unusual for a historical. But other than that hiccup, I'd recommend Engaging Deception to any Christian historical romance fan who is looking for a unique story premise. As someone who's followed her career from the beginning, I look forward to seeing what Regina Jennings dreams up next!

    [Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher via Just Read Tours]
  5. JordannRenee
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Engaging Read!
    January 15, 2023
    JordannRenee
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Engaging 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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