Proposing Mischief by Regina Jennings – Book Review

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Proposing Mischief by Regina Jennings – Book Review

Proposing Mischief

by Regina Jennings

Series: The Joplin Chronicles #2
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Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date December 7, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Inspirational Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Missouri Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 352


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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Courting Misfortune

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When I reviewed Courting Misfortune, I commented about how much I loved Amos and Maisie and hoped they would show up in a future story. Well, I got my wish. Proposing Mischief is Maisie’s story, with her brother Amos and cousin Hank stirring up trouble as well. The opening scene at the drugstore with these three was quite an adventure! I especially loved the way they looked out for each other.

Maisie is delightful. Her unassuming ways are charming as is her manner of speech. She seemed so fearless. I can’t imagine exploring an abandoned mine and taking out my frustrations with a pickaxe as she did. Oh my! But the discovery she made was amazing. And I’m not talking about Boone – though she met him there also.

Boone’s distracted way of getting lost in his thoughts endeared him to me. And the poor man was sorely lacking in the ability to relate to women. Then again, as a rich, young bachelor, all the single women in town set out to trap him…

With a story so full of memorable scenes, some still stand out as special. One of my very favorites was when Boone repurposed the “Secret Tree” to become the “Promise Tree.”

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