For the Record by Regina Jennings Review

Review of: For the Record
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Regina Jennings

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On February 23, 2017
Last modified:March 2, 2017


Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle's newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don't seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies' pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She'd be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know.

Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.

For the Record, Regina Jennings’ newest historical Christian novel, is a book I’ve been waiting for. I’ve been a fan of Regina Jennings’ novels since Book 1: Sixty Acres and a Bride (which I reviewed here). Suffice it to say, I do my best to keep up with her writing because her books are that good.

Building Great Characters and Scenes

Regina is remarkable at fleshing characters, and heroine Betsy Huckabee and hero Joel Puckett in For the Record are no exceptions. Betsy Huckabee is not a typical 20-something late-19th Century Ozark gal. She has steadfastly remained single, in spite of her family’s attempts to marry her off. Heavily involved with her uncle’s newspaper, Betsy fills her time writing and helping with her uncle’s children.

Joel Puckett, the new deputy in town, has left Texas in shame. In search of a new life in Missouri and dreams of becoming sheriff one day, Joel is determined to make a name for himself. What he didn’t know was that Betsy Huckabee was about to bring a lot of challenge to his new job.

In addition, Regina isn’t just good at creating unique characters. She also is very successful at painting realistic scenes, dialog, and memorable situations that leave her readers entertained. . . .

“I don’t know why you’re here,” he said. “I’m not enticed by your beauty, or charmed by your manners, and personally I’d rather fall off a cliff and land on a cactus than listen to a woman talk.” ~Joel Puckett

If you are a fan of inspirational novels that have a historical romantic twist, I strongly encourage you to find your local library or purchase one of Regina Jennings’ novels. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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