Review: The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jamie Jo Wright

February 15, 2019

Title: The Curse of Misty Wayfair
Author: Jaime Jo Wright
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780764230301
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2019

About the Book:
Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to turn-of-the-century Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin. When the clues she finds lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a postmortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother--who is battling dementia--compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman haunting the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns--and with it, Heidi's fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, they must overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined.
My Thoughts:
Oh. My. Goodness!!!
The Curse of Misty Wayfair was a book that had everything, absolutely everything in it! Historical fiction, contemporary, murder, mystery, suspense...and maybe a ghost....You have to read the book to find out about that.

This story was fabulous. I honestly didn't know how this story was going to end. I would think I had the mystery solved, but another twist or a new bit of information was discovered and threw my ideas out the window.

The way this story played out was beautiful. It is a split time, it goes between the past and the present. I loved seeing how the two times wove together to give this beautifully written story.

Thea is a girl at the turn of the nineteen hundreds. She was abandoned at the age of 4 by her mother. She only has the very smallest of memories of her. She was adopted at the age of twelve to a couple who traveled take unique photos for families. As an adult, she is on her own. Her adoptive parents have both passed and she has picked up the "family" business.

Heidi is a woman who hasn't been close to her family in years. She felt smothered. Her older sister and mother have always critiqued her. She felt like a black sheep and and just wanted to be away. It also didn't help her anxiety disorder. Now, she is coming back to see her family and her mother who is battling dementia. They had settled in a small town and Heidi is out of her element. She lands in the path another family, the Crawfords, in a very unfortunate way.

The stories of Thea and Heidi were both so very interesting. Similar, but also so very different. They each deal with their own pain and struggles. Their pasts haunt each of them in their own way.

The moving between times was done so well. This story flowed effortlessly. The characters were all so well done. As this story was read, you were given such an amazing visual though Jaime's writing, that it all just came off of the page.

I sadly couldn't read this book non-stop....responsibilities and, I downloaded the audiobook and it was narrated just wonderfully! I was transported into the book.

This was just a fabulous story and I can't wait to see what Jaime Jo Wright will share with us next!

5 out of 5

About the Author:
Jaime Jo Wright is the Christy Award-Winning author of The House on Foster Hill. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime works as a human resources director in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and two children. To learn more, visit

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

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