I have been a fan of Regina Jennings since I reviewed my very first novel by her. It didn’t take me very long to decide that I did not intend to miss any subsequent novels. Fortunately I have been blessed with the opportunity to review most of them. “For the Record” just reinforces my decision to place her on my must read list.
Newly appointed sheriff Joel Puckett finds himself just a bit out of his element in Pine Gap, Missouri. Used to the wide open spaces in Texas and straightforward law enforcement, it takes him awhile to become accustomed to the hills and valleys and woods of his new assignment. And then there are the Bald Knobbers, a local vigilante group who have taken things into their own hands. Betsy Huckabee helps her uncle with his newspaper but has aspirations of writing for a larger one.
Although this novel takes a bit of a detour from Jennings’ usual offerings, the high quality and her signature humor were intact. Characters were obviously lovingly crafted and the plot was inspired with just the right mix of drama, action, and suspense plus a sweet romance of course. Loved, loved, loved this book and am so looking forward to the next Ozark Mountain Romance.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Bethany House Publishers and the author. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Rather Than Wait for a Hero, She Decided to Create One
Betsy Huckabee has big-city dreams, but nobody outside of tiny Pine Gap, Missouri, seems interested in the articles she writes for her uncle’s newspaper. Her hopes for independence may be crushed, until the best idea she’s ever had comes riding into town.
Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to Pine Gap his only shot at keeping a badge. Worse, this small town has big problems, and masked marauders have become too comfortable taking justice into their own hands. He needs to make clear that he’s the law in this town–and that job is made more difficult with a nosy reporter who seems to follow him everywhere he goes.
The hero Betsy creates to be the star in a serial for the ladies’ pages is based on the dashing deputy, but he’s definitely fictional. And since the pieces run only in newspapers far away, no one will ever know. But the more time she spends with Deputy Puckett, the more she appreciates the real hero–and the more she realizes what her ambition could cost him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina 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, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.