Book Review: For the Record by Regina Jennings

"Rather Than Wait for a Hero, She Decided to Create One"  (back cover)

Title: For the Record
Author:  Regina Jennings
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  December 6, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

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.

"Only a limited patch of Earth could claim the privilege of belonging to Texas."  (7)

I love the opening of For The Record by Regina Jennings. Such a visual opening that draws you straight into the setting, the character, Deputy Joel Puckett's mind and the beautiful writing of the author. Ahh. This may very well be my favorite of Regina Jennings' books. Why? I think the beautiful cover have a little to do with it.  Why do I feel a personal connection with Betsy from that cover? I just do. From her look of curiosity, to her rather "bookish" demeanor, it just captured me. How about you?

The characters each brings a little something to For the Record. The romance is sweet, but infuriating at times. Truly, both Betsy and Joel are not typical inspiring heroine or the dashing hero one would expect. Betsy is obnoxious at times, and somewhat nettlesome, and Joel is stubborn and a stickler of all things! Yet, Betsy's also a dreamer and Joel is broodingly handsome which makes them stand out in your mind, and make you root for them.  Their start may not be the most romantic or easy to love, but you wait.

With a little humor (Betsy's creative story), great historical backdrop (especially with the Bald Knobbers keeping the new Deputy busy and Betsy intrigued), a little suspense and a message of acceptance and love, For the Record will keep you interested and looking forward to the author's next book.  Did I also mention that you'll find a connection in the author's previous stories through the characters? If you've read Regina Jennings' other stories, you won't want to miss this one.

Before we leave, I also want to tell you to drop by tomorrow for an interview with Regina Jennings! She's going to share a little more about her favorite characters in her books!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Photo courtesy of Ginger
Murray Photography
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.

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