Engaging Deception by Regina Jennings

About the Book

Olive Kentworth is secretly passionate about architecture, but as a woman in the late nineteenth century, she hides her architectural knowledge behind her cousin Amos, who agrees to pose as a builder for her to work on a home expansion project.  She accepts a position as a nanny to further hide her secret involvement in the project and finds herself working for none other than an architect himself, Maxfield Scott.  Maxfield may find his new nanny intriguing, but he is frustrated by the mysterious builder on one of his projects, leading to some tension between him and Olive.  As Maxfield and Olive grow closer, their secrets may threaten to tear them apart.

About the Author

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She 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 with her husband and four children.

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My Thoughts

A delightful novel, this book is packed full of fun characters, an interesting plot, and rich topics.  I really enjoyed the interactions of Olive and Maxfield; they are a fun couple to read about as their relationship is full of spirited banter, but also is deep enough to encounter a few tough spots that make them realistic too.  I really love smart, strong heroines and Olive definitely fits that bill.  I also enjoyed reading about how devoted Max is as a father.  Among the fun moments, the author dives into some deeper spiritual truths, including trusting God through grief and learning to become confident in who He made you.  I found the time period, setting, and architectural details wonderfully interwoven into the plot and these great details made the book interesting to read.  I highly recommend this book, and this whole series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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