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Thursday, March 16, 2017

For the Record


For the Record by Regina Jennings is a fun and inspirational novel set in 1885. This historical romance features the spunky Betsy Huckabee, who lives in the town of Pine Gap Missouri, where she writes for her uncle's newspaper.

Deputy Joel Pucket leaves his home in Texas and moves to Pine Gap, and he finds that the small town is rife with lawlessness. As Betsy creates a hero based on Deputy Joel to star in a serial for the ladies' pages, she realizes it would cost him. As the story progresses, she grows to admire him.

I like the light-hearted tone of the book, and the way the characters are shown, flaws and all. There are laugh-out-loud moments and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

For the Record transports readers back to the late 1800's through nice detailed descriptions and period dialogue:

"Doctor Hopkins entered and fell into his wife's arms. She sobbed as she inspected him from his soot-covered head to his scorched feet." (167)

The characters are easy to like, and the story demonstrates how faith and grace get us through difficult circumstances. Though the story is set many years ago, the lessons it teaches are still very applicable today. And the heroine, Becky, proves that a woman can be independent and tough, yet still have a soft side. The mild suspense of the plot kept me up at night wanting to read 'one more' page.

The publisher provided a review copy of For the Record.