Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Book Review: For the Record by Regina Jennings
So it's taken me like five years to write this book review. Because I kind of really didn't want to. I tried to like this book. I tried to get into it, I just couldn't.
The premise of this book is set back in the day, and is about a girl named Betsy Huckabee who wants to be a big time writer. She wants to write newspaper articles more than the girly things.
A new Deputy, Joel Puckett, comes into town and she decides to start basing a series of writing on him, because he is the epitome of the dashing hero.
Add to that, there is a mystery and nefarious things happening around her town.
My issues with the book were two fold.
One. I didn't feel like it was believable. This book was written in a time period that was much different for women. If you were woman you couldn't just come and go as you pleased. It just wasn't proper. Yet, the heroine of this story, comes and goes whenever and wherever at whatever time of day or NIGHT that she pleases. In the first few chapters she goes off gallivanting around while the man of the house, her guardian, tries to stop her. And she just ignores him. That isn't realistic for how life was during that time.
Two. The other issue was the pace. I thought for a story with mystery and intrigue that it would flow a little quicker. But it seemed really slow. I wasn't expecting it to be a non stop pace, but at least a horse trot would have been helpful. The horse was lame, in the pace of this book.
And because I don't want to end this review on a negative note, I will say that the one thing I liked was the Cover Art! I thought it was really cute and very well done!
Thanks to Bethany House for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.