For the Record (Ozark Mountain Romance #3)
Jennings Offers Another Delightful Blend of History and Romance Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle's newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don't seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies' pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She'd be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know. Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.

For the Record (Ozark Mountain Romance #3) Details

TitleFor the Record (Ozark Mountain Romance #3)
Author
ReleaseDec 6th, 2016
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764211423
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian Romance, Christian

For the Record (Ozark Mountain Romance #3) Review

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting on Betsy Huckabee’s story since I met her as an adorably precocious child in A Most Inconvenient Marriage. Needless to say, she hasn’t quite grown out of her precociousness as an adult. When combined with Deputy Joel Puckett’s prickliness, it translates into some quite delightful banter between the two as well as multiple opportunities for giggles at Joel’s expense. (You may also remember Joel from Caught in the Middle, part of her Ladies of Caldwell County series.)One of my I have been waiting on Betsy Huckabee’s story since I met her as an adorably precocious child in A Most Inconvenient Marriage. Needless to say, she hasn’t quite grown out of her precociousness as an adult. When combined with Deputy Joel Puckett’s prickliness, it translates into some quite delightful banter between the two as well as multiple opportunities for giggles at Joel’s expense. (You may also remember Joel from Caught in the Middle, part of her Ladies of Caldwell County series.)One of my favorite parts of Betsy and Joel’s relationship is how Betsy umm… borrows … Joel’s identity for her Dashing Deputy stories she is submitting to the Kansas City newspaper. Deputy Eduardo Pickett is a rather unrecognizable version of Joel (understatement) because to be perfectly honest Joel isn’t the most swoonworthy of heroes. He’s not particularly swoonworthy as far as dashing deputies go, and Betsy is forever having to embellish his heroic acts to be in fact more heroic. And of course this backfires on her – and Joel – in more ways than one. But that just makes the story all the more entertaining!And you know… Joel winds up being quite heroic after all...There’s also a fascinating bit of history in For the Record – specifically of the Bald Knobbers, a group of vigilantes in the Ozarks in the late 1800s. Are they good guys? Are they bad guys? Who are they behind their masks? One thing is for sure, they certainly cause Joel much consternation. They aren’t exactly the friendliest welcoming committee to Pine Gap. I love reading historical fiction that makes me want to head to the Googles to find out more about the history element when I’m finished reading the book.Bottom Line: For The Record by Regina Jennings is entertaining and funny and romantic. Intriguing history, delightful characters, and a writing voice that just makes you smile – all of these elements combine to make this a truly enjoyable read. If you like Mary Connealy and Melissa Jagears, then you’re going to love Regina Jennings too!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)See my full review at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this novel...it takes readers back to Pine Gap, Missouri. Big Texas deputy Joel Puckett is desperate to prove himself in the tiny town that needs the law. Betsy is trapped in the town that she loves, but she wants to make her own place in the world. The sparks fly as these two interact. Betsy unintentionally creates havoc in his life, and they have to choose whether they're going to love each other anyway. It's a fun read and I loved the glimpse at prior characters -- though you I really enjoyed this novel...it takes readers back to Pine Gap, Missouri. Big Texas deputy Joel Puckett is desperate to prove himself in the tiny town that needs the law. Betsy is trapped in the town that she loves, but she wants to make her own place in the world. The sparks fly as these two interact. Betsy unintentionally creates havoc in his life, and they have to choose whether they're going to love each other anyway. It's a fun read and I loved the glimpse at prior characters -- though you don't to read the prior books to enjoy this one. Perfect for lovers of historical, 1880s romances.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    For the Record is the final novel in the Ozark Mountain Romance Series. The focus is on spunky Betsy Huckabee who is an aspiring writer. She is constantly looking for the next big story. Although the novel is historical rom com it does contain some wonderful messages in its pages. I recommend the entire series for fans of Jen Turano.
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  • Andrea Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    The romance was spot on but I'm telling you, if a man ever tied me to a tree, he had better hope I never get loose, or else he better never plan on being in my presence again. Just saying.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    With 3 full length stories & 1 novella set in the small Ozark Mountain town of Pine Gap, this has been a really enjoyable series by Regina Jennings. It wasn't a location or a time era I cared to read about initially, but from the very first story, Regina was able to capture me fully into the lives and loves of this town. I have eagerly anticipated each release of another venture to Pine Gap. Full of lawless individuals, trying to survive and carve out a life for themselves & their loved With 3 full length stories & 1 novella set in the small Ozark Mountain town of Pine Gap, this has been a really enjoyable series by Regina Jennings. It wasn't a location or a time era I cared to read about initially, but from the very first story, Regina was able to capture me fully into the lives and loves of this town. I have eagerly anticipated each release of another venture to Pine Gap. Full of lawless individuals, trying to survive and carve out a life for themselves & their loved ones. With a Sheriff that turns a blind eye to crime, the door was wide open for the 'Dashing Deputy', Joel Puckett that arrives on the train from Texas. In desperation to leave a scandal behind in his beloved home state, he is ready to begin a new career for himself in this unfamiliar territory. Full of good intentions, he finds road block after road block against the locals. Betsy Huckabee has followed through each story in this series, and quite a bit of time has passed since the first book 'A Most Inconvenient Marriage'. I love everything about this story, it is my favorite of the 4, including the cover. Betsy finally gets her own adventure, though that is quite literally how she has lived her prior 24 years of life. A self proclaimed independent woman, she has rebuffed every advance from all the available single men in the area. She has no desire or wish to be tied down, and she aspires to write for a big city paper. Of course, with the arrival of Texan cowboy Deputy Puckett, the wheels start spinning in Betsy's mind, and an idea for a fiction series based out of a Kansas City paper begins.. Regina has you connecting with the new guy almost immediately, and of course we fully enter the world of familiar Betsy. Written at just the right pace, and enough mystery to keep you guessing till the end, you will enjoy every single page. Thank you Bethany House & Netgalley for the complimentary copy in return for my honest review.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    For the Record by Regina Jennings is the third book in the Ozark Mountain Romance series. It follows Betsy Huckabee, an aspiring journalist as she looks for that perfect story to catch the big newspapers’ attentions. As soon as the new Deputy, Joel Puckett walks into town, Betsy decides he is the perfect person to write that great story about. So, much to his annoyance, she begins to follow him on all of his adventures (and misadventures) trying to catch the gang members. But what happens when t For the Record by Regina Jennings is the third book in the Ozark Mountain Romance series. It follows Betsy Huckabee, an aspiring journalist as she looks for that perfect story to catch the big newspapers’ attentions. As soon as the new Deputy, Joel Puckett walks into town, Betsy decides he is the perfect person to write that great story about. So, much to his annoyance, she begins to follow him on all of his adventures (and misadventures) trying to catch the gang members. But what happens when they become too close and truth gets mixed up with fiction?For the Record is a great title for this novel. It captures the spunk and stubbornness of both the main characters as well as some of the absurd and questionable situations they find themselves in. Betsy is not a woman for following societal rules, but luckily, she lives in a small town in the West where everyone knows her and very few care that she breaks them. I loved that about her. Joel, however, is new to the town, meeting with much contention because of his presence. But he was determined to follow the rules and earn people’s respect the best way possible. He is truly an admirable character, mistakes and all. His past makes the present more difficult and Betsy only worsens it. But that they were able to overcome all of it makes the story that much more beautiful and fulfilling. And it truly is beautiful and fulfilling. And did I mention funny and a little bit romantic? It is well thought-out, mystery included, and the setting is authentic. The complexity of the townspeople’s relationships and political alliances is a great representation of real people and the historical setting. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to lovers of sweet historical romance. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis one’s simply tons of fun as reporter Betsy and new-to-town deputy Joel strike sparks as he attempts to bring law and order to a suspicious south-Missouri town and put a stop to the Bald Knobbers’ vigilante justice.
  • Yvette (bookworlder)
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful romp of an Ozarks story! I laughed at least three times, I might have teared up at one point, and there wasn't a truly dull moment to be found. Betsy and Joel are both adorable, sympathetic characters. Betsy Huckabee, who I enjoyed as a young girl in previous Regina Jennings novels, is now all grown up at 24, happily "on the shelf" and looking for a way to become independent. Along comes the quite dashing Deputy Puckett from Texas. She finds her story, and eventually love. Oh, a What a wonderful romp of an Ozarks story! I laughed at least three times, I might have teared up at one point, and there wasn't a truly dull moment to be found. Betsy and Joel are both adorable, sympathetic characters. Betsy Huckabee, who I enjoyed as a young girl in previous Regina Jennings novels, is now all grown up at 24, happily "on the shelf" and looking for a way to become independent. Along comes the quite dashing Deputy Puckett from Texas. She finds her story, and eventually love. Oh, and quite a bit of adventure. Joel Puckett is a wonderful male lead and his interactions with Betsy were especially entertaining. The scene of their first kiss being a prime example. His encounters with the Bald Knobbers, a local vigilante group, provided a glimpse of an interesting bit of Ozark Mountain history. Joel has me wanting to go into the author's back catalog to read the novel he originated in, Caught in the Middle.Betsy's fictionalized accounts of Joel as "Eduardo" are also quite entertaining, with a definite dime store novel quality that makes them so much fun.Regina Jennings has quickly become one of my favorite authors of humorous Christian Historical fiction and this was one of my most long-awaited anticipated reads for 2016. For the Record was an absolute delight to read, full of quotable moments and quite difficult to write about without giving too much away. I highly recommend it and wish that I could read it over again for the first time. This review refers to a complimentary copy received from the publisher through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own. This review was originally published on bookworlder.wordpress.com
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness! This book was great! I enjoyed it so much. I really liked the two main characters and the way their lives ended up intertwining. The setting of Pine Gap, Missouri was the same as the previous books in the series, however, readers should be able to pick up For the Record and enjoy this story even if the other books have not been read.Deputy Joel Puckett was in over his head as the out of town law enforcement called in to straighten out the trouble going on in Pine Gap. I really fe Oh my goodness! This book was great! I enjoyed it so much. I really liked the two main characters and the way their lives ended up intertwining. The setting of Pine Gap, Missouri was the same as the previous books in the series, however, readers should be able to pick up For the Record and enjoy this story even if the other books have not been read.Deputy Joel Puckett was in over his head as the out of town law enforcement called in to straighten out the trouble going on in Pine Gap. I really felt for him. He was trying his best to follow the law and straighten things out, but seemed to be missing important and helpful information about the way things worked up in those mountains.Betsy was a fun character. She provided a bit of lightheartedness at times with the story that revolved around her fictional hero. She was likable, even as I wanted to tell her to stop sending in those stories. I felt for her situation, as well. She loved her extended family but felt in the way and was simply looking for a means to support herself.For the Record was wonderful from start to finish with a great romance that built between the two main characters as the story progressed. I loved the way the author wrapped up the ending. I highly recommend this book.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog at:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Betsy and her brother in book one of this series, so it was delightful to read about her antics as a grown up. Enjoyed the humor, witty dialogue, and colorful characters in the little Missouri Ozarks town of Pine Gap, including a few familiar names from other books. Action, a little mystery and romance rounded it out to be quite a satisfying story. Easily read as a standalone. Fun read--recommend! 4.5 stars
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    I fell in love with this book from the very first page. I loved the first two books in Regina Jennings' 'Ozark Mountain Romance' and this one is the best, in my opinion. Thoroughly crafted characters that just jump off the page and a story that hooks the reader are just a few of the reasons I loved this book. There is lawlessness in Pine Gap, Missouri, and Deputy Joel Puckett is sent from Texas to get things in order. But Deputy Joel is hiding a little thing of his own. He faces much more than t I fell in love with this book from the very first page. I loved the first two books in Regina Jennings' 'Ozark Mountain Romance' and this one is the best, in my opinion. Thoroughly crafted characters that just jump off the page and a story that hooks the reader are just a few of the reasons I loved this book. There is lawlessness in Pine Gap, Missouri, and Deputy Joel Puckett is sent from Texas to get things in order. But Deputy Joel is hiding a little thing of his own. He faces much more than the lawlessness when he hits town, with nary a soul in sight to welcome him. He has no idea where he's supposed to stay, no way of getting around other than his feet, and a nosey newspaper gal following him around.Betsy Huckabee finally gets her story. She's tired of just little piddly newspaper articles, so she dreams up a fictional hero and sends off serial articles to a far away newspaper. The only thing is, she bases them on Deputy Joel Puckett. Hmmm. There is much afoot here in Pine Gap, where nothing is as it seems. Suspense, intrigue, mystery all abound here, along with a hefty dose of laughter every now and then. Laugh out loud time, that's what it was. I dearly loved every minute. Faith is also here in abundance, too. You just can't go wrong with this one by Regina Jennings. I'm sad I finished it and can't read anymore. It's going on my keeper shelf, destined to be read again.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My review is honest and my own.
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  • Cynthia Marcano
    January 1, 1970
    Regina Jennings is a certified go to author for me. She never disappoints. For the Record is a fun and romantic read where heroine Betsy Huckabee is all grown up, lovable, and a hoot. Then again I expected nothing less.Deputy Joel Puckett, brooding, and manly, walked into town with one thing on his mind; the law. Little did he know he'd get a lot more than he bargained for with Betsy at every turn. Literally.I just loved reading her story. Lots of funny parts, some intrigue, and my favorite, the Regina Jennings is a certified go to author for me. She never disappoints. For the Record is a fun and romantic read where heroine Betsy Huckabee is all grown up, lovable, and a hoot. Then again I expected nothing less.Deputy Joel Puckett, brooding, and manly, walked into town with one thing on his mind; the law. Little did he know he'd get a lot more than he bargained for with Betsy at every turn. Literally.I just loved reading her story. Lots of funny parts, some intrigue, and my favorite, the falling in love.If you've read the others in the series, you'll catch up with the other townsfolk a little, which I always enjoy and meet a few new ones as well.Best Bit: Betsy Huckabee is my face heroine of the series. I rooted for her, not just in love but in her career aspirations. Then again I am a little biased.Could Improve: It needy it a bit more romance for my liking, but to be fair, I like to drown in the romance.So if you like a balance of comedy, romance, and intrigue, this is a winner.Overall Rating - 4.25 Stars Reading. Writing. RomanceI was given the book for free. I was not compensated for a review and the opinion of this book is unbiased and my own.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Another lively gem from Regina Jennings. Love her mix of humour and angst and this one even has a mystery to unravel. All the ingredients for a spellbinding read.There's nothing quite like a doomed romance. From the moment Joel lays eyes on Betsy he knows she's trouble. And she doesn't cotton to him either -- at least not right away. Though the writer in her is tempted to romanticize the dashing deputy even though he labels her the most bothersome woman he's ever come across. They don't court as Another lively gem from Regina Jennings. Love her mix of humour and angst and this one even has a mystery to unravel. All the ingredients for a spellbinding read.There's nothing quite like a doomed romance. From the moment Joel lays eyes on Betsy he knows she's trouble. And she doesn't cotton to him either -- at least not right away. Though the writer in her is tempted to romanticize the dashing deputy even though he labels her the most bothersome woman he's ever come across. They don't court as much as they spar. Heated arguments that had me laughing out loud. Like: "I'm particularly incensed, three notches past riled. And you deserve to be doused with dredges of my vocabulary." (p. 215)Then there are the tender moments when things turn heatedly romantical. Be. Still. My. Heart. Can you say toe-curling kisses? Delicious! Tantalizing! And oh so sweet in the midst of the turbulence that surrounds them.A scrumptious blend of romance, action and mystery for discerning readers who like to laugh while they swoon.Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Marting Communications Inc.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "You are the most bothersome woman I've ever come across". Not exactly the sort of "sweet nothings" that every young woman longs to hear, but Deputy Joel Puckett is being perfectly honest after sparring nose-to-nose with the curious, pesky, infuriating, and golden haired Betsy Huckabee. After all, he transferred to Missouri to apprehend criminals, not fend off women, and a lot of strange happenings are going on behind the masks in this small town.Betsy Huckabee is a dreamer, itching to earn a li "You are the most bothersome woman I've ever come across". Not exactly the sort of "sweet nothings" that every young woman longs to hear, but Deputy Joel Puckett is being perfectly honest after sparring nose-to-nose with the curious, pesky, infuriating, and golden haired Betsy Huckabee. After all, he transferred to Missouri to apprehend criminals, not fend off women, and a lot of strange happenings are going on behind the masks in this small town.Betsy Huckabee is a dreamer, itching to earn a living by writing newspaper columns, hopeful that she can live independently from her uncle and his growing family. When a bigger- than- life Texas deputy arrives on in Pine Gap, Betsy decides that he just might be able to provide her with the kind of story fodder that she needs to write a women's serial. There's only one slight problem, he doesn't want her hanging around. Evidently, the town of Pine Gap and their new deputy are both harboring secrets.Enjoy this often light-hearted and decidedly open-hearted tale where love and loyalty are tested to their limits. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    Jennings once again writes a great story with love, laughter, wit and a faith thread woven throughout the story. The characters are enjoyable and real, the plot is well done, and the mystery and suspense in the read is the icing on the cake so to speak. With outlaws, good men mixed with bad( who can tell?),a new lawman in town, and a nosy spunky young lady, a reader finds an enjoyable and funny story. So jump into the past and read a historical romantic comedy to take you away!I received this bo Jennings once again writes a great story with love, laughter, wit and a faith thread woven throughout the story. The characters are enjoyable and real, the plot is well done, and the mystery and suspense in the read is the icing on the cake so to speak. With outlaws, good men mixed with bad( who can tell?),a new lawman in town, and a nosy spunky young lady, a reader finds an enjoyable and funny story. So jump into the past and read a historical romantic comedy to take you away!I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion which I have given." What I'm saying is that you thought this would be easy. It's not. You know that now. You're at the bottom, and only God can lift you up from here. That means He's getting ready to do something."
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    For the Record is a fabulous addition to the Ozark Mountain Romance series. All I can say is that I love this book! I believe this is my favorite of the series. Betsy and Joel are two fun characters to get to know. I found myself laughing out loud so hard in many parts of the book. Highly recommended. 5 plus stars
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  • Sara Cardon
    January 1, 1970
    Betsy's completely cute - she was a little girl in another Ozark mountain story and I adored her, wandering around barefoot and getting into trouble. Now Betsy's grown up and wants financial independence. She starts submitting romantic fluff pieces to the Kansas City Star based on the new deputy, Joel Puckett - "Eduardo." Joel's a great character - a good man who's stuck with the last job he'd ever want, trying to figure out the backwards townspeople. How Betsy views Joel is funny (lots of grumb Betsy's completely cute - she was a little girl in another Ozark mountain story and I adored her, wandering around barefoot and getting into trouble. Now Betsy's grown up and wants financial independence. She starts submitting romantic fluff pieces to the Kansas City Star based on the new deputy, Joel Puckett - "Eduardo." Joel's a great character - a good man who's stuck with the last job he'd ever want, trying to figure out the backwards townspeople. How Betsy views Joel is funny (lots of grumbling inside when she imagines "hero worthy" things he could say...and the letdown of what he actually says). I love the unexpected contrasts that keep things interesting and entertaining, like Joel's "horse" and - gah, I wish I could say more without giving away fun twists! These two teaming up is great fun. I loved the story!
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  • Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
    January 1, 1970
    A Fiesty Heroine for a Fun TaleIt was fun to be back in the Ozarks at Pine Gap again. Betsy's story was just as one would expect from the precocious girl of previous stories. It was lovely to see Joel again from the other series and see him come into his role as Deputy. The way the author captured the "protectiveness" of the small backwoods town is very realistic--I live on the edge of Appalachia and we see the same spirit or "protecting our own" here as well.If you have enjoyed the series so fa A Fiesty Heroine for a Fun TaleIt was fun to be back in the Ozarks at Pine Gap again. Betsy's story was just as one would expect from the precocious girl of previous stories. It was lovely to see Joel again from the other series and see him come into his role as Deputy. The way the author captured the "protectiveness" of the small backwoods town is very realistic--I live on the edge of Appalachia and we see the same spirit or "protecting our own" here as well.If you have enjoyed the series so far, you will enjoy this one too. 🙂
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  • Virginia Winfield
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful historical western romance. This had a little suspense mixed in. I love that. Betsy and Joel really get on each other's nerves at first and then get to know each other. This made me laugh and cry at different times. There was a nice storyline with you learning what the true meaning of a hero really is. I received a copy of this book from the author and gave a review of my own free will.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Really cute, and a solid 4! I laughed out loud a couple times, which doesn't happen often for this reader (even when something really strikes me as funny!). I appreciated that the conflict didn't last long, and while I figured out the mystery before the characters did (why do they never listen to me...?) it was a thoroughly enjoyable romp through the history of my very own Ozarks, and that was awesome! (ps. Bald Knobbers were really a thing, you guys!)
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  • Vera Godley
    January 1, 1970
    I started reading and couldn't get interested. I shelved to await another day when I might find it more interesting. Usually, I relish Regina Jennings books and totally enjoy them. If I finish the book later I will update this review with my star rating and thoughts.
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  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely guarantee that if you have enjoyed the first two books of the "Ozark Mountain Romance" series, you are going to love "For The Record". I was quite captivated by the spirited Betsy, a young woman confident in who God has made her to be, even if that means she ignores social conventions and is willing to wander the countryside trying to satisfy her journalistic cravings. Her antics had me grinning from scene to scene, and throw in some romantic tension and unresolved secrets from Joel I absolutely guarantee that if you have enjoyed the first two books of the "Ozark Mountain Romance" series, you are going to love "For The Record". I was quite captivated by the spirited Betsy, a young woman confident in who God has made her to be, even if that means she ignores social conventions and is willing to wander the countryside trying to satisfy her journalistic cravings. Her antics had me grinning from scene to scene, and throw in some romantic tension and unresolved secrets from Joel's past, and you have a winning novel indeed! Jennings has crafted some witty dialogue between Betsy and Joel, and as their relationship progresses you can't help but find yourself rooting for their relationship. And let me tell you that their romance is like no other you've ever read (and if you are anything like me, several scenes will have you laughing out loud, such as those involving the hole in Joel's pants). In addition to their relationship, I really enjoyed the mystery that under girds the plot. Though I had a good sense from the get-go regarding who is behind the night-time incidences, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey towards the unveiling of the culprit. And the ending chapters are ultimately satisfying, especially those that right the wrongs and bring a sense of justice and closure to some difficult circumstances. All in all, this is probably my favourite book in the Ozark Mountain series, and I am sure you will agree with me that Regina Jennings just gets better with each book!"For The Record" is just what you've been looking for if you enjoy a well-written historical novel filled with great characters, humorous scenes, and an ending that will leave a smile on your face. I strongly recommend this book and rate it 4.5 out of of 5 stars.Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyable overall, not my favorite. It wasn't really clear what the hero and heroine really saw in each other, although they certainly affected each other.IDK I enjoyed this much more than the other Jennings book I read but I'm not sure I'll seek out her work in the future.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I guess I didn’t at the time I read this book that it was third in a series. That says a lot for the author that I thought this was a stand-alone book. Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t’ want to leave the town he was working as the Deputy, he had to. A very conniving woman made it so he was alone with her overnight and he had two choices, marry her or leave town and go somewhere that he could work as Deputy where no one would know him. He comes to the small town thinking probably not goes on there, onl I guess I didn’t at the time I read this book that it was third in a series. That says a lot for the author that I thought this was a stand-alone book. Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t’ want to leave the town he was working as the Deputy, he had to. A very conniving woman made it so he was alone with her overnight and he had two choices, marry her or leave town and go somewhere that he could work as Deputy where no one would know him. He comes to the small town thinking probably not goes on there, only to find out there is a gang of do-gooders who have taken the law into their own hands and they ride every night they feel they are needed to put things right, with bags over their heads with horns made on them and faces drawn on them…..Betsy Huckabee has been living with her Uncle for years working on his little newspaper, and raising his kids until he remarried. Now there isn’t really any room for Betsy there, she actually sleeps in the newspaper office. She wants to write for a big city newspaper and get paid enough to do so that she can find her own place to live. She decides after meeting the new Deputy to write about him and the gang that is riding only she writes a very romanticized version of the Sherriff giving him a new name, she doesn’t’ want him to know she’s been writing about him. Problem is the Deputy can’t have anyone finding out he’s working there or his trouble will come to find him. Betsy has written so well the column makes it to the news portion of the paper she sends it to, it doesn’t stay in the back as a serial romance for the ladies to read. Betsy seems to find trouble where ever she goes. The Deputy likes her although she has no idea……when she does she knows she’s in hot water!! I really enjoyed this raucous romp and gave it five stars. I’ll have to go and read the two books leading up to it at some point although my to be read pile is piling up!Thanks to Bethany House and Net Galley for my review copy.For more book talk and reviews, visit my http://blog, dancealertreads.blogspot.com. Description as found on Good Reads: Jennings Offers Another Delightful Blend of History and Romance Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle's newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don't seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies' pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She'd be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know. Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Betsy Huckabee might have been raised in the Ozark Mountains, but she has dreams to be more than your usual mountain lass. She knows that her imagination is the ticket to getting a cabin of her own so she's not bound to living with relatives forever. So far her stories haven't been picked up by any of the big city newspapers she's submitted them to, but she believes her day is coming. And that day might be here when she meets the new deputy and realizes she has the perfect hero to base her ficti Betsy Huckabee might have been raised in the Ozark Mountains, but she has dreams to be more than your usual mountain lass. She knows that her imagination is the ticket to getting a cabin of her own so she's not bound to living with relatives forever. So far her stories haven't been picked up by any of the big city newspapers she's submitted them to, but she believes her day is coming. And that day might be here when she meets the new deputy and realizes she has the perfect hero to base her fiction tales around.Running from a false accusation, Deputy Joel Puckett has taken the job in Pine Gap, Missouri, in hopes of a fresh start. He's heard about the corruption in the mountains and the gang called the Bald Knobbers who are trying to enforce their own brand of justice. With the hope that he can bring law and order to the area and breathe new life into his own career, Joel isn't prepared at the level of apathy and resistance he meets - except for Betsy, who as a female is one person he'd like to avoid more than anyone else!When her first story about "Deputy Eduardo Pickett" is published and the newspaper asks for more stories, Betsy is thrilled but also knows she must keep it a secret. She'd be embarrassed to death if Joel found out, especially as they develop a friendship. He's realized that she can be a help as they try to figure out who is terrorizing the mountain folks. Is it a bandit or have the Bald Knobbers blurred the lines to become criminals themselves?There was so much that I loved about this story!! Living in the Ozark mountains myself, I'm familiar with the historical Bald Knobbers and thought Regina Jennings did a great job bringing them to life. I also thoroughly enjoyed the humor in the writing. I was laughing out loud as early as Chapter 2, with gems like this catching me by surprise: "'What made you think he was the deputy?' the cowboy asked, obviously unconcerned with the very important internal discussion going on in Betsy's head." The style of narration made this delightful and captivating.This is the third book in Jennings' Ozark Mountain Romance Series, although this one is set several years past the other two and works well as a stand alone. I do recommend the previous books on their own merit, because they are also quite enjoyable.Thank you to the author my copy of the book. All opinions in this review are my own.This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.livejournal.com
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an engaging read, for so many reasons! But the foremost of those reasons would have to be Betsy Huckabee and Joel Puckett. Both were strong personalities in different ways: Betsy, with the impish twinkle in her eye and an independent spirit that doesn’t shy away from a little adventure; and Joel, the serious lawman who is keen to establish his authority and protect his reputation, but turns out to be more than a match for Betsy in both wit and wiles! He might be quieter about it, b This was such an engaging read, for so many reasons! But the foremost of those reasons would have to be Betsy Huckabee and Joel Puckett. Both were strong personalities in different ways: Betsy, with the impish twinkle in her eye and an independent spirit that doesn’t shy away from a little adventure; and Joel, the serious lawman who is keen to establish his authority and protect his reputation, but turns out to be more than a match for Betsy in both wit and wiles! He might be quieter about it, but he could certainly be audacious in his own way!Deputy Joel Puckett arrives in Pine Gap ready to restore law and order, only to find that a group of local men have taken the law into their own hands. Law-abiding citizens by day, they don burlap-sack masks at night and ride anonymously as the Bald Knobbers gang, warning off those who threaten the peace and safety of Pine Gap’s residents and seeking the man who was responsible for the death of one of the town’s residents. Their hearts are in the right place, but they constantly butt heads with Deputy Puckett, who believes they need to do things ‘by the book’.Betsy makes a point of trailing the handsome new deputy whenever she can, which means she’s often on the fringe of the action—and often exasperating said handsome new deputy. And yet there’s something about her that draws Joel’s attention again and again, and I loved the way their mutual admiration and friendship developed. There were some humorous moments in this story too; sometimes wry, and sometimes laugh-out-loud—the latter often as a result of Joel’s unexpected audacity. Keep a look out for one of the best set-downs ever and a particularly cheeky kiss! ;-) And, of course, what would a romance be without a little personal complication? But with all this drama going on, I never once felt like anything was being forced or inflated or overdone.Well done on a thoroughly enjoyable read, Regina Jennings!I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review.
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  • Just Commonly
    January 1, 1970
    Great story of unexpected love and more than a story at play."Only a limited patch of Earth could claim the privilege of belonging to Texas." (7)I love the opening of For The Record by Regina Jennings. Such a visual opening that draws you straight into the setting, the character, Deputy Joel Puckett's mind and the beautiful writing of the author. Ahh. This may very well be my favorite of Regina Jennings' books. Why? I think the beautiful cover have a little to do with it. Why do I feel a persona Great story of unexpected love and more than a story at play."Only a limited patch of Earth could claim the privilege of belonging to Texas." (7)I love the opening of For The Record by Regina Jennings. Such a visual opening that draws you straight into the setting, the character, Deputy Joel Puckett's mind and the beautiful writing of the author. Ahh. This may very well be my favorite of Regina Jennings' books. Why? I think the beautiful cover have a little to do with it. Why do I feel a personal connection with Betsy from that cover? I just do. From her look of curiosity, to her rather "bookish" demeanor, it just captured me. How about you?The characters each brings a little something to For the Record. The romance is sweet, but infuriating at times. Truly, both Betsy and Joel are not typical inspiring heroine or the dashing hero one would expect. Betsy is obnoxious at times, and somewhat nettlesome, and Joel is stubborn and a stickler of all things! Yet, Betsy's also a dreamer and Joel is broodingly handsome which makes them stand out in your mind, and make you root for them. Their start may not be the most romantic or easy to love, but you wait.With a little humor (Betsy's creative story), great historical backdrop (especially with the Bald Knobbers keeping the new Deputy busy and Betsy intrigued), a little suspense and a message of acceptance and love, For the Record will keep you interested and looking forward to the author's next book. Did I also mention that you'll find a connection in the author's previous stories through the characters? If you've read Regina Jennings' other stories, you won't want to miss this one.This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Kate (The Shelf Life)
    January 1, 1970
    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 de 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.Thank you to the publisher, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This review was originally posted @ http://wordsfromabookaholic.blogspot....
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  • Katrina Epperson
    January 1, 1970
    Regina Jennings is a talented author, but to me she is fairly new as I have only read a few of her books. Each book I have read I have loved and this book is no different. This is the third installment in her Ozark Mountain Romance series. For me, this was a stand alone. The author whisks the reader away to the small town of Pine Gap where we meet Joel Puckett arriving via the train ready to assume his role as deputy to the the area and help the sheriff solve the problem of masked bandits in the Regina Jennings is a talented author, but to me she is fairly new as I have only read a few of her books. Each book I have read I have loved and this book is no different. This is the third installment in her Ozark Mountain Romance series. For me, this was a stand alone. The author whisks the reader away to the small town of Pine Gap where we meet Joel Puckett arriving via the train ready to assume his role as deputy to the the area and help the sheriff solve the problem of masked bandits in the area. Joel's arrival puts him in the path of the masked bandits and I must admit I was hooked on this story. Betsy Huckabee is a beautiful, young woman who lives with her uncle who runs a newspaper. She moved in with him upon the death of his first wife to care for his children and run his house. Betsy has a love of writing stories, but must send her articles to Kansas City for consideration and so far she's had little success. Suddenly Joel appears and so does her inspiration for a knight in shining armor/hero for a fictional ladies page. Just one problem, how can a character be all fictional when he's based on the exploits of a real life version?I absolutely loved this story. It has elements of mystery, suspense, humor, romance, love and forgiveness. Both Betsy and Joel captured my heart in this story. The plot is engaging and flows effortlessly. Needless to say once I started reading it I couldn't put it down until the last page was turned. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. **I received this book from the publisher as part of their blogger review program. All thoughts or opinions are expressly my own.
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  • Savanna Kaiser
    January 1, 1970
    If you think reading historical fiction is boring, you've not a read a Regina Jennings book! This story was so much fun to read and even surprised me with its mystery and intrigue. The two main characters have so much spunk and sass. They're unique and never quite do what you expect them to, which creates the perfect page-turner from start to finish.I loved our lone Texan trying to create a new life for himself and enjoyed his sparks with our independent gal, Betsy. Her aspirations as a writer a If you think reading historical fiction is boring, you've not a read a Regina Jennings book! This story was so much fun to read and even surprised me with its mystery and intrigue. The two main characters have so much spunk and sass. They're unique and never quite do what you expect them to, which creates the perfect page-turner from start to finish.I loved our lone Texan trying to create a new life for himself and enjoyed his sparks with our independent gal, Betsy. Her aspirations as a writer and defender of her small town endeared me to her even more. They both have their obstacles to work through, but it's not an easy road for either of them. The plot twists and turns like the Ozark mountain trails they traverse. I have to give a shout-out to the awesome setting for several reasons. First of all, the author did a great job of placing the reader in each scene, drawing our attention to the natural background and the secondary characters in such a way that we really see them. The setting for the book is literally out my back door, smack in the middle of the Missouri Ozarks, so I loved the familiarity of it all and seeing the infamous bald knobbers show up in a big way. And hey, I spotted my town of Hartville even mentioned on one page. How cool is that?!There's nothing I have found quite like this author's style and stories and I love that. I can always pick up one of her books and expect an entertaining adventure that's full of charm, wit, and romance. This may just be my favorite book of hers yet!I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
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