Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Curse of Misty Wayfair Two Day Event: Interview with Jaime Jo Wright, Giveaway and Reviews


Inkwell Inspirations Reviewer Paula Shreckhise asks:
Have you always been interested in the mysterious?

Jaime Jo Wright answers: Always!!! From a young age I was fascinated with anything unsolved, anything secretive, anything treasure-like waiting to be discovered!

Paula: What made you decide to write dual-time novels?

Jaime: Honestly, my friend and mentor, Colleen Coble suggested it to me one night while we were chatting. It was almost a side comment, but it obviously hit home!

Paula: Did research on this book take you on a road trip?

Jaime: Yep! My family went with me to the town Pleasant Valley is based on in Northern Wisconsin and to the lodge where Heidi’s family’s business is also modeled after. It’s always fun to take research trips with the family!

Paula: What interesting thing did you find in your research that didn’t make it into the story?

Jaime: Lots of horrific treatment of asylum patients. I discovered it wasn’t uncommon for people to be admitted for reasons such as grief, scandal, or misbehavior. I also studied many of the so-called “treatments” and how brutal they were to the patients. Some doctors were genuine in their drive to find a cure, others most assuredly seemed more like scientists with a guinea pig than someone passionate to find relief for their patients.

Paula: What genre do you enjoy reading?

Jaime: All kinds, truly. But I do love the gothic mystery or for lighter reading, I’ll gravitate to a cozy historical romance.

Thanks for visiting, Jaime! 

Professional coffee drinker and Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at

Paula's Review: 
The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright is phenomenal and profound.
If I could give it more stars I would. This is one of my top reads of 2019.

Pleasant Valley, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, connects Thea Reed and Heidi Lane across the decades as does the legend of Misty Wayfair. Thea and Heidi have been searching for acceptance and identity and their journeys intersect in the unlikely place of an insane asylum.

The dual-time story is rich with the mysterious. The narrative is elegant, evoking a setting that pulls you into the story. The characters Ms. Wright pens are flawed, human, and relatable. She aptly portays each time period and connects them seamlessly. The heroes are supportive of the heroines and they are the strong silent types but have their own personalities.

The spiritual truth within these pages is something we all need to ponder: “We weren’t created to find our identity in life. We were created to discover our Creator. In doing so, our identity is defined.”

I love that Ms.Wright starts where the Bible starts: with a Creator and His creation. For Jesus was revealed in Genesis!
Ms. Wright handles the topics of mental illness and autism with finesse and sensitivity. How she presents the contrasts of 1908 and the present shows how far we have come in the care of these disorders.

How could this baffling saga impact a lady from 1908 and one from another century? I had a delightful time as the stories unfolded. This is the kind of Christian Fiction I adore: suspenseful and historical.

Although the book comes to a satisfying conclusion, I am glad not all the threads were tied up at the end. It gives you something to ponder. This story will linger.

This is the third novel I have read by Jaime Jo Wright and she just keeps getting better!

I recommend this novel to those who are looking for an exceptional, thought provoking, engrossing and intense Christian book.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

Susan’s Review:

"Why do people dismiss the dead so easily? Once you're passed, you're no longer important?'
Jaime Jo Wright has brought us another extremely intriguing novel, this one a bit creepy, too. Written in her signature dual time line, it held me completely enthralled. Here's why:
Thea Reed----photographer of the dead, orphan, searching for her story
Simeon Coyle---groundskeeper of a mental asylum, photographs the patients for the records
Heidi Lane---unwanted, anxious, always looking for somewhere to belong
Rhett Crawford---rescuer of those who don't realize they need rescuing.
Misty Wayfair---wrongly murdered, still trying to punish those responsible?
With a character cast like this, how can the reader not be captivated with what lies within the pages of the book? Thea Reed was left on the steps of an orphanage as a small child and has come to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin in 1908 desperate to find her mother. Everything she hears leads her to a mental asylum, where, if truth be told, all is definitely not well. She agrees to help Simeon Coyle, groundskeeper, photograph the patients for record keeping purposes. It doesn't bother her because her job is to photograph the dead.
The legend of Misty Wayfair has been brought to life again in both timelines. Misty, who was murdered and now haunts the area and death follows in her wake.
Present day: Heidi Lane gets a cryptic letter from her mother, a victim of dementia, that begs her to return home to Pleasant Valley at once. A letter that speaks of voices, ghosts and things that need to be fixed. Heidi sees a ghostly woman at her window shortly after settling in at her sister's lodge, and finds a hundred-year-old photograph album with a dead woman's photo who looks exactly like her. The woman at the window haunts the grounds of the now abandoned asylum. And the legend of Misty Wayfair is once again resurrected as Heidi now has reason to fear for her life.
Can these two women, over 100 years apart, find the answers they seek and disprove the original curse that link them?
Jaimie Jo Wright brought us her debut novel two years ago and it was amazing. Now she is proving that she is only getting better! This book completely captivated me! Completely intriguing, it was, and all through it, my mind kept casting about trying to figure out what was going on. Never once did I guess, either. Wonderful writing, engaging characters and a plot that just grabs the mind, this one is one for the keeper shelf. Highly recommended.

*My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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  1. okey dokey folks. There you have it! Lots of love all over for this one, and you'll be seeing it on a lot of favorites lists for 2019! But it's early in the year and we've got 300 reviews to go.

    Thanks so much to Jaime, Kristen and Paula for our two day event , and for Rebecca's, Paula, Susan's and Trixi's reviews. Check out yesterday's reviews and a link to an excerpt from The Curse of Misty Wayfair

  2. Thanks Susan and Paula for your reviews and author interview!! I've shared this giveaway on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you to Debra for posting this fun event!

  3. Wonderful reviews! I've read Jaime Jo's other books and loved them. Looking forward to reading this newest release! Will share on Facebook!


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