When you pick up a Regina Jennings novel, you can expect a delightful historical story with a good taste of romance and fair amount of fun. That is exactly what I found in her latest, For the Record.
Betsy Huckabee is a fantastic main character -- full of hopes and dreams to make a name for herself while stuck in her tiny town, working for her uncle's small
newspaper. When the charming Deputy Joel Puckett arrives, she sees a chance to put her creativity to work but is not prepared for all the repercussions of her fantastic ideas.
Betsy and Joel are characters full of life, and their adventures bring excitement to the Missouri Ozarks just after the Civil War. A great cast of other characters fill out the story with the thrills, historical setting, and humor needed for an awesome story.
For those who are interested in history, there is an interesting element woven throughout the story. If you think the Bald Knobbers are just a music and comedy act in Branson, Missouri, you may find the actual background of that name intriguing.
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy of For the Record. It was my pleasure to share my thoughts about the story.
About the Book
Rather Than Wait for a Hero, She Decided to Create One
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.
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
About the Author:
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, 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 and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.