During the month of January, I was given the chance to review some booked for Nuts About Books! I am a bit late on the reviewing but nontheless, I still had to share For The Record by Regina Jennings with you all!
Here’s a brief synopsis:
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.
Set in the 19th century, this romance combines the non-stereotypical tendencies of our main female protagonist – Betsy Huckabee, as she lives the nontraditional life of woman during her time. Betsy, an unmarried 24-year old woman, sneakily runs around town to hear the goings-on of the town. Enter Deputy Joel Puckett (our main male protagonist), a banished officer from Texas we we later find out is escaping his past. Will they find love together?
I started this book around the beginning of February and ended up throwing it to the side. I had no interest in finishing it to be honest. However, I figured that I needed to finish the novel to give it the honest review that it deserved…. and I ended up being sucked into the story and was able to imagine myself living the life of Betsy Huckabee.
Betsy was portrayed as a feisty woman, not one who was eager to follow the standards that were expected of women during her time. By the age of 24 she should have been married – with kids, and playing the role of an housewife. However she aimed to be a writer and would not settle for anything (or anyone) less. This is definitely something relate-able to females of today. Granted, we are portrayed in a different light but there are still roles such as being a mother and marrying that seem to be the expected in today’s society.
I’d definitely recommend this book. I’ve learned over the past little while that I have to give books a chance before tossing them aside. You never know what magic you will find between the pages.
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