Saturday, February 2, 2019

Review: "The Curse of Misty Wayfair" by Jaime Jo Wright

Over the past couple years, I have heard so many good things about Jaime Jo Wright's novels. When The Curse of Misty Wayfair came up for review, I knew this was a good time to check her out.

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother--who is battling dementia--compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns--and with it, Heidi's fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

Wow! Normally when I read a suspense novel, I have a pretty good idea of who the bad guy is, or I can solve the mystery before it's revealed. But with The Curse of Misty Wayfair, I didn't even come close! As the novel progressed, I found myself swept into Thea's and Heidi's stories, and I couldn't fly through the pages quickly enough. And then the resolution—of Thea's story in the past and Heidi's story in the present—completely blew me away. I understand now why Jaime Jo Wright is such a hyped author!

The book was a slow starter for me, especially Thea's story, so I did struggle with the first handful of chapters. If that happens to you, I'd say to please, keep reading. This novel is creepy (in a good way), slightly romantic, and highly fascinating. I definitely recommend it to fans of suspense! 4 stars.

Buy the book.

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher's Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This mean that if you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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