Series: The Joplin Chronicles #1
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date December 1, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Mystery
Setting: Missouri Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Her trickiest case depends on keeping her motives--and her heart--in disguise.
Calista York needs one more successful case as a Pinkerton operative to secure her job. When she's assigned to find the kidnapped daughter of a mob boss, she's sent to the rowdy mining town of Joplin, Missouri, despite having extended family in the area. Will their meddling expose her mission and keep Lila Seaton from being recovered?
When Matthew Cook decided to be a missionary, he never expected to be sent only a short train ride away. While fighting against corruption of all sorts, Matthew hears of a baby raffle being held to raise funds for a children's home. He'll do what he can to stop it, but he also wants to stop the reckless Miss York, whose bad judgment consistently seems to be putting her in harm's way.
Calista doesn't need the handsome pastor interfering with her investigation, and she can't let her disguise slip. Her job and the life of a young lady depend on keeping Matthew in the dark.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Not only filled with mystery, humor, romance, and quirky characters, it has strong spiritual themes that are prevalent. Matthew is a man on a mission. Literally. God has called him to the ungodly city of Joplin, Missouri, to help turn men from their sinful ways. I loved his strong faith and his desire to follow God’s calling even though it appeared his work was unfruitful. His diligence in following the Lord was admirable.
One of my favorite scenes was when Calista, who had a room at a six-story hotel next to the cottage he rented, spied on him when he spent the morning in the garden praying and studying his Bible. I also loved watching him live his faith every day. Willing to step into the shoes of the miners he sought to reach.
Calista also had a calling. Hers was to fight the evil in the world by using her detecting skills as a Pinkerton. She was so delightful! I loved the way she used her seeming innocence to ferret out information. Her secrets were a source of great consternation to Matthew and her family.
I laughed aloud at Calista’s cousins, Amos and Masie! I hope that they appear in future stories. Their initial meeting with Matthew was so funny! While there were, in fact, many laugh-out-loud moments, they were well-balanced with the weightier matters of the miners’ struggles.
If you enjoy historical fiction with a strong Christian message, you won’t want to miss Courting Misfortune.