Review: For the Record by Regina Jennings

March 4, 2017

Title: For the Record
Author: Regina Jennings
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1142-3
Publication Date: December 6th, 2016

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.
Regina Jennings is an author who popped up on my radar a few years ago, with her debut novel, 60 Acres and a Bride. It was a fun story, set in my favorite era. Ever since, I've kept up with her stories. Her historical fiction, romantic stories are a great mixtures. Not only are the settings detailed and intricate for her characters to live in, but they also have a great message and strong characters.

For the Record is another great addition to this western/ historical romance genre. Betsy is a developed character that just jumped off the page for me. However, what she did is what I would love to do, write stories that get published. Her dreams were similar to mine and made her very relateable. She was a character after my own heart. She was a determined girl, who pursued her dreams and did it to the best of her abilities. I enjoyed reading her story.

Joel is a man who has dealt with a lot of things, but he didn't want to give up the job that was who he was, being a deputy. He is dealing with a lot of things at the new location. The battles of the outlaws is a hard job to deal with. Despite everything, he really wants to pursue his passion despite the risks.

Betsy and Joel, though different in their fields, they each have a drive and with that, have similarities. I thought the two worked well together.

I can't wait to read the next installment from Regina. They are a lot of fun, with a bit of mystery. It's a mix you can't go wrong with.

Too Read
4 out 5

About the Author:
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows.

She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children and can be found online at

Thank you to the publisher, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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