About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Courting Misfortune (The Joplin Chronicles #1) by Regina Jennings

Courting Misfortune (The Joplin Chronicles #1)ABOUT THE BOOK

Calista York needs one more successful case as a Pinkerton operative to secure her job. When she's assigned to find the kidnapped daughter of a mob boss, she's sent to the rowdy mining town of Joplin, Missouri, despite having extended family in the area. Will their meddling expose her mission and keep Lila Seaton from being recovered?

When Matthew Cook decided to be a missionary, he never expected to be sent only a short train ride away. While fighting against corruption of all sorts, Matthew hears of a baby raffle being held to raise funds for a children's home. He'll do what he can to stop it, but he also wants to stop the reckless Miss York, whose bad judgment consistently seems to be putting her in harm's way.

Calista doesn't need the handsome pastor interfering with her investigation, and she can't let her disguise slip. Her job and the life of a young lady depend on keeping Matthew in the dark.


This is a very entertaining book about a female detective trying to secure her position in the Pinkerton Detective Agency. I loved the mystery, danger, and adventure in the plot of Courting Misfortune and the addition of a possible romance certainly added to its delight.

Author Regina Jennings has filled her story with twists and turns, as Calista York finds herself dealing with shady characters, corruption, and a baby raffle that awards her a baby she doesn't want. She also finds herself being protected by a wanna-be missionary and there are many laugh-out moments between her and Matthew Cook, after he sees her entering a brothel and assumes that she needs to hear God's Word. She, of course, must keep her identity a secret while dealing with his persistent efforts to save her and this is where the fun begins! I especially loved Matthew, his attempts to keep Calista safe, and his desire to share the Gospel with her and the other people of Joplin, Missouri. Jennings gives Matthew some wonderful dialogue and uses his character to remind us that God puts us where He wants us to be and He often chooses a different path for us to take, if we trust Him and allow him to work in our lives.

I am labeling this book a keeper! It kept my interest, it kept me wanting more, and it kept me laughing! Courting Misfortune is an enjoyable historical Christian romance set in 1898 and I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review and these are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She 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 with her husband and four children.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

The In-Between Place: Where Jesus Changes Your Story by Kat Armstrong: Review & Giveaway

The In-Between Place: Where Jesus Changes Your StoryABOUT THE BOOK

Jesus’ journey to the woman at the well in Samaria offers insights and hope for women today to make peace with the past, find hope in the present, and step into the future.

God wants us to move toward the goodness He has planned for us. But what do we do when challenges stop our forward momentum? What’s the next step when we fall into a pit of despair with the determination knocked right out of us? 

On his way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus traveled through Samaria, a broken place everyone knew to avoid. In Samaria he stopped in Shechem, where evil had gained such a foothold of power that it eventually reigned. Yet the place once condemned as somewhere no one wanted to visit—let alone hang out in for a while—was the location of one Samaritan woman’s most hope-filled encounter with the Savior. 

The In-Between Place offers deeply important insights to anyone who feels stuck and can’t see a way forward. It is for the person who feels that if she looks left, her face will be scraped by an immovable boulder, and if she looks right, she’ll see nothing but hard to handle. It’s for the person who feels lost and is not sure she is worth the effort to be found, for the person who feels overlooked and unfulfilled. Because sometimes Jesus saves our greatest spiritual breakthroughs for our in-between places.


I've read the story of the Samaritan woman at the well many times but this new book has given me a deeper understanding of John 4. The In-Between Place reminded me that this woman who had been judged by so many and cast aside was actually a woman whose life had been altered by tragic circumstances. She was in an "in-between place', a place that certainly wasn't where she had hoped to be. Suddenly, a man who knew all about her, who seemed to understand her as no one ever had, was talking to her! He was telling her about His gift of living water and giving her a glimpse of what her life could become. Is it any wonder that she dropped her heavy water jug and ran to town to urge the people to come see this man?

Author Kat Armstrong encourages us to be like this Samaritan woman who was so anxious to tell others about Jesus and His living water. We women today also carry heavy water jugs: balancing our jobs and family, taking care of our physical health, and perhaps problems in our personal relationships. Are these water jugs weighing us down and keeping us from enjoying what He has given us? Do they prevent us from sharing the promise of God's Grace and Jesus's living water with others?

The In-Between Place
is enlightening, encouraging, and inspiring, and it is a book to read, absorb, and share with others. I believe that it would be a choice for a Women's Bible Study group.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher but there was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


KAT ARMSTRONG is an innovative ministry leader, sought-after communicator, and the cofounder and executive director of Polished (www.polishedonline.org), a network that gathers young professional women to navigate career and explore faith together. Kat and her husband, Aaron, live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb, and attend Dallas Bible Church, where Aaron serves as the lead pastor.

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