Description of For The Record
Jennings Offers Another Delightful Blend of History and Romance
Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle’s newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don’t seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies’ pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She’d be horrhfied if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know.
Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.
My review of For The Record
What a delightful story! Regina Jennings has created the perfect setting for her vivid characters.
The small town of Pine Gap is easy to imagine. I can picture the main street with trees surronding it on all sides. It would be difficult for a Texan, like deputy Puckett, who is used to wide open spaces to acclimate to the area. In Texas you can see for miles and miles. A homesteader can see a rider well in advance of them ever reaching their property. In the Ozarks homes are hidden on the hillsides, tucked amongst the trees.
The characters are described perfectly. The driven Besty, who longs for more than her little home town can give her. The Deputy, who is hiding from his past in a town that desperately needs law and order. The supporting cast is also full of memorable characters from Fowler, the leader of the Bald Knobbers, the local vigilante group to Widow Sanders who really isn’t a widow. They all join together to form the town of Pine Gap.
Betsy feels she is destined to be an old maid. The Town of Pine Gap doesn’t have any males who interest her. She has resigned herself to the fact that she will make do in Pine Gap if she can write and be accepted by a big town newspaper. A syndicated column in the woman’s section of a big newspaper would be just the thing to keep her busy and help her earn enough money to build a place of her own.
Joel wants desperately to bring law and order to this area of the Ozarks, he’s just not sure how to go about doing it. Things are so different here. The way lives are all intermingled is just as confusing to him as trying to find the way through the winding paths in this town. Having the help of an insider, Betsy, is exactly what he needs.
I liked this book even though I haven’t read the two previous books in the series. I will be checking out the two previous books now though.
Pick up a copy and le me know what you think.
About the author
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She 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 with her ornery husband and four dangerously charming children.
Visit Regina’s website at www.reginajennings.com.
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