RCR: July 2023

RCR: July 2023

It’s time for another month of the Unlocking the Past Reading Challenge: Unlock an Adventure. I’m so excited to join you on an adventure this year with guest reviews from our reading challenge participants. If you want to submit a review for upcoming months, feel free to sign up for a month here and use the Google form to submit your review. As my time has become too limited to do a suggestions post each month, I encourage you to jump over to the Unlocking the Past Reading Challenge page and ask for suggestions from there or from any of a number of amazing reader groups like Avid Readers of Christian Fiction or check out the Inspirational Historical Fiction Index.

*The list of prizes available from my prize shelf can be found here.*

July’s Theme: Heroines in Unusual Professions for Their Time

August’s Theme: Bounty Hunter

To Write a Wrong

by Jen Turano

Review by: Crystal Caudill

Jen Turano never fails to be witty, entertaining, and exciting. To Write a Wrong was such a fun story with its dime novel heroine writing during an era when female mystery writers were not accepted. With the hero also a mystery writer and her competitor at that, this story is filled with laughs, romantic tension, and even a murder case. I’d probably call her style light and comedic romantic suspense. How can a book be both comedic and suspenseful? Turano just manages to pull it off with moments of concern for the protagonists and a constant trying to figure out who is the “would-be” murderer, all while laughing at the awkward situations. It truly was just the read I needed, and I’m so glad that I FINALLY got around to taking this one off my TBR pile. 

For Fans of: historical romances with a gallon of comedy and a quart of suspense, novelist protagonists, secret identities, light-hearted mysteries, and clean romance


Genre: Historical Romance

Plot Overview:

Miss Daphne Beekman is a mystery writer by day, inquiry agent by night. Known for her ability to puzzle out plots, she prefers working behind the scenes for the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, staying well away from danger. However, Daphne soon finds herself in the thick of an attempted murder case she’s determined to solve.

Mr. Herman Henderson is also a mystery writer, but unlike the dashing heroes he pens, he lives a quiet life, determined to avoid the fate of his adventurous parents, who perished on an expedition when he was a child. But when he experiences numerous attempts on his life, he seeks out the services of the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency to uncover the culprit. All too soon, Herman finds himself stepping out of the safe haven of his world and into an adventure he never imagined.

As the list of suspects grows and sinister plots are directed Daphne’s way as well, Herman and Daphne must determine who they can trust and if they can risk the greatest adventure of all: love.

Purchase Links:

Amazon Baker Bookhouse  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Christianbook.com


Giveaway

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What did you read for the challenge? What were your thoughts on it? Would you recommend it?


Recommendations for August:

  • The Bounty Hunter’s Bargain by Lucette Nel
  • A Match of Sorts by Lucette Nel (A female bounty hunter!)
  • Claiming the Bounty Hunter’s Heart by Clari Dees
  • A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
  • Her Secret Song by Mary Connealy
  • Claiming Her Legacy by Linda Goodnight
  • The Bounty Hunter’s Baby by Erica Vestch

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