Engaging Deception by Regina Jennings ~ Book Review

January 12, 2023


About the Book 

Book: Engaging Deception
Author: Regina Jennings
Series: Joplin Chronicles, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: December 13, 2022

Olive Kentworth has spent her life hiding her interest in architecture, even though she pores over architectural books and sketches buildings. When she accepts a job on a home expansion, it's only because her cousin Amos agrees to pose as the builder. To further hide her involvement, Olive takes a position as a nanny--not knowing that she'll be working for her idol, Joplin's leading architect, widower Maxfield Scott.

Maxfield is intrigued by his new nanny--she makes his home and his life bearable again. His work, on the other hand, is a disaster. An untrained builder is remodeling a completed project of his. What's worse, Maxfield's current client wants changes to his plans because of that builder's work.

As the architectural one-upmanship heats up, Olive's involvement becomes harder to hide. Will the relationship between her and Maxfield survive, or will they both miss out on building something for their future?

My Thoughts 

I of course read this series completely out of order but honestly I didn't think I missed too much. I felt like this could easily be read as stand alone book. The only thing you will miss out if you haven't read the whole series is the dynamics of the family.

I really enjoyed Olive's story. She had huge dreams of being an architect in a time where it was uncommon for a woman to hold such a position. She definitely had great talent that was being hidden despite her projects coming to fruition through the hands and voice of her cousin who acts more like a hillbilly than an actual architect. Everything unfolds when Maxfield comes into her life. She takes the position of nanny at his house and he is actually a very prominent architect. 

I have to be honest Max drove me a bit bonkers. He was so clueless about the person who stood in front of him. I felt like there were plenty of clues for him to piece things together but alas... you will have to read it and let me know your thoughts. 

Overall I thought it was a great story and a great addition to the series. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

I received a digital copy of this book through Just Read. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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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