Review: Courting Misfortune by Regina Jennings

Courting Misfortune was a fun story. Poor Calista! All she wanted to do was earn her place as a Pinkerton detective and find a missing girl. But, along with her undercover work, she also found herself dodging well meaning relatives and a missionary who wanted to keep her out of trouble. It made for some funny moments and a lot of creative thinking on Calista’s part.

The first half of the book was a slow build for me, but at the halfway point the story really took off. I enjoyed seeing the relationship develop between Matthew and Calista. I also thought that Matthew and Calista both grew a lot in their understanding of how God wanted to work through them as the book progressed.

It was interesting to see how people viewed the idea of a baby raffle and all that entailed. I felt like I learned a lot about historic Joplin and the lives of the miners there.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


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.

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Historical romance author 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 Reader’s 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 the Oklahoma National Stockyards. Her latest book, The Major’s Daughter, is set in Oklahoma Territory, at Historic Fort Reno. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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1 Response to Review: Courting Misfortune by Regina Jennings

  1. Kathryn Voss says:

    Jennings is an amazing author!!

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