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Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Curse of Misty Wayfair

Jaime Jo Wright is the Christy Award-winning author of The House on Foster Hill and The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond.  She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA best-selling author of two novellas.  Jaime works as a human resources director in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and two children.
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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 Coye 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.

"She had to trust a greater purpose, one she didn't understand and maybe didn't even like.  But really, wasn't that what faith was?"

My Thoughts:
I became a huge fan of Wright when I read her debut novel, The House on Foster Hill.  While her books are in the genre of Romantic Suspense, they are so much more.  Wright is the queen of time-slip writing and her stories are probing with a bit of an eerie feel.  I dare you to read one of her books at night while you are alone!  With engaging characters and a steady suspenseful pace, Wright keeps you turning the pages.  It will be hard not to finish one of her stories in one sitting.
With vivid description and more twists and turns than you can keep up with, Wright's The Curse of Misty Wayfair is her best yet.  I especially appreciated how Wright focused on identity...for both present-day Heidi and Thea in the past and how she was clear in relaying throughout the story a biblical concept of identity.
"That while the past - the consequences of the past - might have a dire effect on me, it still doesn't change who I am.  We weren't created to find our identity in life.  We were created to discover our Creator.  In doing so, our identity is defined."
I also enjoyed Wright's handling of life in centuries-old asylums.  Her research and attention to detail are impeccable.  The suspense is palpable and the ending will leave you absolutely breathless.  I certainly did not see it coming.  So, go now and grab Wright's novels but do not miss The Curse of Misty Wayfair.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions here are my own.

Happy Reading Ya'll,