An entertaining start to the series: "Courting Misfortune" by Regina Jennings

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about the book....
Her trickiest case depends on keeping her motives--and her heart--in disguise.

Calista York needs one more successful case as a Pinkerton operative to secure her job at the agency. When she's assigned to find the kidnapped daughter of a mob boss, she's sent to the rowdy mining town of Joplin, Missouri. With extended family in the area, Calista must conceal her profession if she hopes to recover the missing girl.

When Matthew Cook decided to be a missionary, he never expected to be sent only a short train ride away to Joplin. 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 puts her in harm's way.

Calista doesn't need the handsome pastor and her nosy family interfering with her investigation, no matter their intentions. A girl's life depends on her. If she doesn't find Lila Seaton soon, the constant meddling could have dire consequences.
my review....

Written with wit and humour, along with some tender moments and bits of romance as well, Regina Jennings' latest novel is a great start to what is sure to be an entertaining series. 
"Courting Misfortune" is filled with a cast of colourful characters, and Calista York is perhaps the most intriguing of them all. Eager to find her own way in the world and cement her purpose in life, Calista is determined to prove to the Pinkerton agency that she's worthy of working for their agency - with some interesting results along the way! What she doesn't know is that God has a slightly different plan in store than the one that she had in store. Enter Matthew Cook, missionary/pastor extraordinaire who is determined to win the rowdy minders of Joplin to the Lord - and attempt to save Calista from herself.
As Calista and Matthew's paths continue crossing in unexpected ways, the result is definitely not what either Calista or Matthew were looking for! After all, Calista did not have romance of any kind in mind when she set out to solve her case. But although I enjoyed Calista and Matthew's tale, some of my favourite scenes in the story were when Calista's family members interfered, definitely leading to some moments of hilarity! Overall what I most loved about this story is the way that it brings to life the truth that God can truly work in unexpected ways, that his ways and thoughts are above our thoughts. The outcome of the baby raffle (like, what?) couldn't have been better! And although Calista may have been hoping for a particular outcome of her case with the agency, the actual outcome ends up being far superior.

This first novel of "The Joplin Chronicles" sets the scene for what is sure to be an interesting series. Fans of Regina Jennings will appreciate her signature style of writing with a mix of humour and spiritual truths. I award this novel a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Regina Jennings

Regina Jennings ( is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She's the winner of the National Readers' Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and at First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.
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