FOR THE RECORD
Genre: Historical Romance / Christian
Publisher: Bethany House
Date of Publication: December 6, 2015
Number of Pages: 336
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Rather Than Wait for a Hero,
She Decided to Create One
Betsy Huckabee has big-city dreams, but nobody outside of tiny Pine Gap, Missouri, seems interested in the articles she writes for her uncle’s newspaper. Her hopes for independence may be crushed, until the best idea she’s ever had comes riding into town.
Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to Pine Gap his only shot at keeping a badge. Worse, this small town has big problems, and masked marauders have become too comfortable taking justice into their own hands. He needs to make clear that he’s the law in this town–and that job is made more difficult with a nosy reporter who seems to follow him everywhere he goes.
The hero Betsy creates to be the star in a serial for the ladies’ pages is based on the dashing deputy, but he’s definitely fictional. And since the pieces run only in newspapers far away, no one will ever know. But the more time she spends with Deputy Puckett, the more she appreciates the real hero–and the more she realizes what her ambition could cost him.
PRAISE FOR FOR THE RECORD:
“Jennings creates a perfect blend of love, mystery, and wit in this 19th-century romance.” —Publishers Weekly starred review
“Jennings’ latest is a delightfully entertaining historical romance featuring charismatic humor, unpredictable thrills, and vigilante justice. The plot is tense and exciting, and the novel sparkles with the wit and charm of its spirited heroine. It is more romantic and less stuffy than your average inspirational, and Jennings uses classic western touches like six-shooters, spurs, and white Stetsons to land readers squarely in the Ozark Mountains of 1885.” —Booklist
“This is such a delightful read with an adorable romance and a fun and entertaining story line. . . The interactions and dialogue between the main characters are sheer perfection. The mystery and drama with the hero’s backstory and the masked marauders keep the momentum of the story going at a nice pace and allows for no dull moments. There is so much to love here in this little gem, it is easily one of Jennings’ best.” —RT Book Reviews
If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a big fan of historical romances. This may not be a typical “western”, but it does have a Texan hero and a plucky heroine. Which was enough to spark my interest in reading For the Record.
In the spirit of Little House on the Prairie and Love Comes Softly, Jennings has built a town of realistic characters that I could connect with emotionally. A Hallmark-worthy story for sure. From the beginning of the book, I fell for Deputy Puckett, proving himself as the deputy in a town that finds strangers untrustworthy. And Betsy, living under the roof of another woman, trying to figure out a way to support herself in 1885, no easy feat for sure. The motivation Betsy finds in Deputy Puckett to write fictional stories inspired by a “local author’s work titled The Adventured of Huckleberry Finn” was insightful. At least until it backfired.
What I really enjoyed best about For the Record was the tension between the two main characters, The two characters have no intention of marrying. Ever. Much to the consternation of both of their families. Both are stubborn, and of course knock heads. Especially when Joel is trying to keep Betsy out of trouble. (See this week’s That’s What He Said
for some great Joel quotes!) But Joel and Betsy need each other. I was glad to read that Joel understands the importance of a strong woman standing beside him, and not at the stove.
I didn’t realize that For the Record is the third in the series. I thouroughly recommend it. And will definitely be checking out the other books in the series!
I’d like to thank Lone Star Book Blog Tours, author Regina Jennings, and Bethany House Publishing for providing a copy of For the Record to me to review. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of Sixty Acres and a Bride, Caught in the Middle, and At Love’s Bidding and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children.
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