Tuesday, December 13, 2022

ENGAGING DECEPTION by Regina Jennings, Reviewed by Paula and Winnie #ReleaseDay

Joplin Chronicles #3

Back we go to Joplin, Missouri and the mis-adventures of yet another quirky Kentworth cousin. Olive, arguably the most practical, has a secret passion that is unusual for a lady: she is a self taught architect and has designed two buildings for her family. While looking for a change of pace, she becomes a nanny for famed architect, widower, Maxfield Scott. Now she is keeping another secret. She is beginning to fall for Max and his children.

Lots of fun to be had in this quaint historical with deception, misunderstanding, and a contest between business owners wanting to have the largest house in town. Never fear, the meddling cousins are back.

Well plotted, informative and romantic, this book will have you chuckling and rooting for Olive to be brave and reveal her artistic talent. With characters who try their best to live out their faith, this is a worthy conclusion to this series.

* A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bethany House through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a solid faith thread

It was such a treat to travel back to Joplin again and see what shenanigans the Kentworth cousins have been up to. Engaging Deception stars Olive Kentworth who seems to be a little more sedate and diligent than some of her other cousins. Now that doesn’t mean her life isn’t going to have some turmoil thrown into it. Author Regina Jennings is a master at creating amusing situations in which to embroil her characters. Olive has been a caretaker for her mother during her terminal illness, but she also has been hiding her budding architectural talents. When she takes a position as a nanny for her idol, famed architect and widower Maxfield Scott, things get a little complicated. 

I enjoyed seeing the relationship between these two characters change and grow. A fantastic cast of secondary characters make the tale even more delightful. Cousin Amos is the best, and I’d love to see a story about him.

With lots of intrigue, adventure, wit and humor, and a dose of romance this story has much to recommend it. I absolutely adore this author’s sense of humor and fun. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but to get the full effect of this delightful family, the reader will want to read the first two books also. I recommend this to those who enjoy clean and wholesome historical fiction with a light faith element.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:

A lively competition draws her into her rival's blueprints--and maybe even his heart.

Olive Kentworth has spent her life hiding her interest in architecture, even though she pores over architectural books and sketches buildings. When she accepts a job on a home expansion, it's only because her cousin Amos agrees to pose as the builder. To further hide her involvement, Olive takes a position as a nanny--not knowing that she'll be working for her idol, Joplin's leading architect, widower Maxfield Scott.

Maxfield is intrigued by his new nanny--she makes his home and his life bearable again. His work, on the other hand, is a disaster. An untrained builder is remodeling a completed project of his. What's worse, Maxfield's current client wants changes to his plans because of that builder's work.

As the architectural one-upmanship heats up, Olive's involvement becomes harder to hide. Will the relationship between her and Maxfield survive, or will they both miss out on building something for their future?
Bethany House Publishers, December 13, 2022
Available in digital ebook, and paperback


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