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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book Review - For The Record


 I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review of the book.
Overview from Baker Publishing/Bethany House:

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.


My thoughts:  Normally I'm not a big fan of "Historical Romances" as I tend to prefer more modern settings.

I found,  For The Record by Regina Jennings to be an exception to that rule.
The plot was fun and entertaining. 

The main characters were Betsy Huckabee, a small town girl with big city dreams of becoming a Reporter.  A profession that really wasn't one a female held during the late 1800's. Betsey is spunky and persistent and goes for what she wants in life.

The male lead in the story is, Deputy Joel Puckett.  He is a sheriff sent to help clean up the problems in small town, Pine Gap.  This includes a ban of secretive town members mascurading at night as, "The Bald Knobbers."

Betsey hatches a plan to create a make-believe Hero based on the new sheriff and sell her stories to a newspaper in a larger city hoping that her story will bring her bigger & better things.

Joel has a bit of a "secret past" that unfolds throughout the story as he & Betsey are drawn together.

I think the author did a great job in making the characters believable and fun to read about.  You find yourself rooting for them to solve the mystery plot of the book and have a happily ever after.

I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to anyone wanting a light-hearted romance filled with a bit of mystery and suspense.


  1. sounds like one I would love, I like anything Western and this fits it

  2. Always nice to find a book you enjoy. I tend to stick with mysteries

  3. Not a genre I am fond of, glad you liked it!

  4. I had to laugh at myself...I thought the name Joe Puckett sounded familiar like someone I know...then remembered the author CJ Box...he has a series with a game warden Joe Pickett. No the same, but close.


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