Sunday, December 19, 2021

PROPOSING MISCHIEF by Regina Jennings, Reviewed by Paula and Winnie

Just the chuckle I needed!

“She thought she could sneak away from the consequences of her actions for just half an hour, but consequences and bad decisions were not finished with her.”

Farm girl Maisie is cute as a button and can do most anything including get into trouble. After choosing the wrong beaux, she realizes his character and is forced by her family to keep out of his way. But she feels cooped up on the farm. Out fixing fences near a mine, she gets snoopy and removes boards from a nailed up entrance to a mine shaft to go exploring. Not only does she find a beautiful hidden cave, she finds the owner, Bragg Boone. They both marvel at God’s handiwork and agree that this discovery must be shared. Boone asks her to strike a deal to help him save his failing mine. A marriage of convenience for these two Christians makes for some interesting interactions. Lots of funny scenes, especially when Maisie and Boone play such games as hide the crystal, arm wrestling or walk on stilts. They grow closer and Boone has found in Maisie: “A rich treasure hidden beneath a rough surface. He was growing fonder of that type of treasure day by day.”

Funny and heartwarming, the mischief was refreshing and an all around good time.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
5 stars and an underpinning faith thread

“Loving isn’t foolish. Only in loving the wrong things is a person foolish.”

I loved Maisie Kentworth in the first book in Regina Jennings’ Joplin Chronicles series, and I adored her even more as the star of Proposing Mischief. She is such a quirky, spunky, fun heroine who usually leaps before she looks and is the perfect match for the sometimes clueless Boone Bragg. I chuckled, snorted, and laughed out loud at these two main characters. Jennings is a master at creating colorful, endearing characters and plopping them down in hilarious situations and places. A fantastic cast of supporting characters makes this a favorite read of this year. I enjoyed returning to Joplin, Missouri and learning more about the history of the area while reading a delightful tale.

With plenty of intrigue, suspense, adventure, and a dash of romance, this story kept me turning pages and smiling. Regina Jennings is a favorite author of mine. Her historical romances are such fun, and I love learning more about little slices of history and geography. I can’t wait to see what the next book in the series brings. This one has earned a spot on my keeper shelf. 
 *4.5 stars. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own. 

BackCover Blurb:
Only one person can give her the freedom she seeks--but is it worth the risk?

Maisie Kentworth is being forced to stay on her parents' ranch. After a short-lived relationship with the wrong man, she's worried about inflaming things further between her former beau and her protective family. Left to rue her mistakes, she keeps busy exploring the idle mine at the edge of their property, where she discovers a great treasure.

Boone Bragg is also stuck. With his parents on vacation, the management of Bragg Mining falls on him, and one of his advisors wants him as a son-in-law. One wrong move, and Boone will end up either offending an associate or marrying a woman he can't endure.

While closing up a spent mine, Boone gets two surprises. One is a spitfire farm girl who's trespassing with a pickax, and the other is the amazing crystal cavern that she's discovered. Suddenly Boone sees a way to overhaul the family business. With part of the cavern on Kentworth land, Boone makes Maisie a proposal that he hopes will solve all of their problems. Instead it throws Joplin into chaos, and it will take all of Maisie's gumption to set things right. 

Bethany House Publishing, December 2021
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