by Regina Jennings
Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (December 7, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 0764235354
ISBN-13 : 978-0764235351
Only one person can give her the freedom she seeks–but is it worth the risk?
Maisie Kentworth is being forced to stay on her parents’ ranch. After a short-lived relationship with the wrong man, she’s worried about inflaming things further between her former beau and her protective family. Left to rue her mistakes, she keeps busy exploring the idle mine at the edge of their property, where she discovers a great treasure.
Boone Bragg is also stuck. With his parents on vacation, the management of Bragg Mining falls on him, and one of his advisors wants him as a son-in-law. One wrong move, and Boone will end up either offending an associate or marrying a woman he can’t endure.
While closing up a spent mine, Boone gets two surprises. One is a spitfire farm girl who’s trespassing with a pickax, and the other is the amazing crystal cavern that she’s discovered. Suddenly Boone sees a way to overhaul the family business. With part of the cavern on Kentworth land, Boone makes Maisie a proposal that he hopes will solve all of their problems. Instead it throws Joplin into chaos, and it will take all of Maisie’s gumption to set things right.
Boone Bragg is incredibly business driven, and he has no time or patience for all the women who throw themselves at him. Maisie Kentworth has made mistakes with guys in the past and she doesn’t want her heart broken again. When Boone finds Maisie trespassing in his mine and she shows more interest in her surroundings than him, he believes a marriage of convenience will help both of them.
I loved Maisie’s personality. She’s so fun and real. She just has to be careful because it can get her into trouble. I have seen some authors write this personality as way over the top, and I was glad that Maisie wasn’t written that way.
Boone straight out annoyed me at times. The man could be so oblivious and tunnel-visioned on work that he ignored everything around him. I felt so bad for Maisie. However, I loved seeing how being around her charged him. They had some really great games together.
Besides the games, the scenes from the mines were some of my favorites. I loved the descriptions of the crystal cavern Maisie discovered. To find all this vast beauty that God has created so far below the surface is amazing. I would have loved to see it.
Regina Jennings’ books are different from any other books I read, and her characters are always so relatable, and the stories enjoyable. I look forward to more of The Joplin Chronicles.