By Kelly Bridgewater
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. (Image comes from Goodreads.)
Courting Misfortune by Regina Jennings is a novel about a female Pinkerton Agent in Kansas City, KS. The cover was beautiful. Hints of mystery. Hints of history. Eye-catching. The main issue that I had with the story is the romance. While a preacher and an agent can find love with each other, it bothered me that for the first 62% of the novel sparks didn’t blossom at all, but then all of a sudden, they were touching each other and feeling these growing emotions. I didn’t buy it. I know it is a historical romance, but it just didn’t ring true to me. As for the plot, the whole purpose of the heroine being in Kansas City was to hunt for a missing woman. But the heroine did mention her search a number of times, and she went to seedy places looking for her, BUT she got distracted a lot too. Joined a Baby Raffle. Found ways to bump into Matt, the preacher. Met with her Kansas City family. Helped a nearby family. The hunt didn’t seem to override or drive her actions. While the writing was wonderful, I believe the delivery of the story was not on point. Overall, Courting Misfortune by Regina Jennings has a beautiful cover, but the story fell flat for me.
I received a complimentary copy of Courting Misfortune by Regina Jennings from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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