Engaging Deception

Bethany House. (Joplin Chronicles, Bk. 3). Dec. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780764235368. pap. $16.99. CF
Shy, homebody Olive Kentworth is struggling to find purpose after the death of her mother. What she really wants to do is design buildings, but in the rowdy early 20th-century mining town of Joplin, MO, women aren’t expected to do things like that. When her boisterous cousins push her to nanny for the renowned architect Maxfield Scott, she hides her true devotion to architecture. The more she secretly works on designs, though, the more Olive realizes that the world isn’t as scary as she’d imagined. Meanwhile, Maxfield is out on the town every night trying to bury memories of his late wife with trips to the opera. As both wind up on competing projects, Maxfield realizes his true treasure may lie closer to home.
VERDICT Hilarious misunderstandings and secrets abound in this humorous, action-packed romance. Jennings (Proposing Mischief) brings out the best in the historical Christian romance genre, and this is a satisfying conclusion to her trilogy that can easily be read as a stand-alone.
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