The Curse of Misty Wayfair
Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem 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 who haunts 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, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

The Curse of Misty Wayfair Details

TitleThe Curse of Misty Wayfair
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764230301
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction

The Curse of Misty Wayfair Review

  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    .That. Was. Awesome.Jaime Jo Wright just scared the living daylights out of me!The Curse of Misty Wayfair was absolutely fantastic! It was super creepy! The mystery was extremely well-crafted! The heart-pounding suspense! The awesome cast of characters! All perfectly blended into one chilling, time-slip adventure!This book gave me goosebumps!Will I read another book by Jaime Jo Wright? Absolutely!Will I read it with all the lights on in the broad daylight?Absolutely.Five Hair-Raising Stars!! Do .That. Was. Awesome.Jaime Jo Wright just scared the living daylights out of me!The Curse of Misty Wayfair was absolutely fantastic! It was super creepy! The mystery was extremely well-crafted! The heart-pounding suspense! The awesome cast of characters! All perfectly blended into one chilling, time-slip adventure!This book gave me goosebumps!Will I read another book by Jaime Jo Wright? Absolutely!Will I read it with all the lights on in the broad daylight?Absolutely.Five Hair-Raising Stars!! Do not miss this book! The Curse of Misty Wayfair will be available on January 22, 2019. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
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  • Jocelyn Green
    January 1, 1970
    Two tales twist together into a story that draws the reader in and won’t let go. The Curse of Misty Wayfair is deliciously thrilling, with a resolution steeped in light and hope. Jaime Jo Wright wraps her writing in a genuine love for people--in all their gifts and challenges--and for the truth that sets them free.
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  • V. Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    Guys, no review that I write can bring justice to how masterful and engaging The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright really is! Seriously, read this one!Perhaps the thing I love the most about Jaime Jo Wright's romantic suspense stories is that they really break the mold of romantic suspense in Christian Fiction. They are truly unique! The romance is subtle, but it is believable, ending in a way that you know that Happily Ever After will happen after that last page. The suspense is filled Guys, no review that I write can bring justice to how masterful and engaging The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright really is! Seriously, read this one!Perhaps the thing I love the most about Jaime Jo Wright's romantic suspense stories is that they really break the mold of romantic suspense in Christian Fiction. They are truly unique! The romance is subtle, but it is believable, ending in a way that you know that Happily Ever After will happen after that last page. The suspense is filled with intrigue, murder, and yes, some creepiness. But that creepiness never, EVER overcomes the light! The mystery is so skillfully crafted, that all I can do is read, read, read until that conclusion where it all clicks into place. The Curse of Misty Wayfair more than lives up to the author's excellent abilities! Just...WOW!!!Anxiety disorders, mental illness, and special needs are one of the main focuses of the story. These subjects are very near and personal to me, so I greatly appreciated the author's sensitivity and overflowing love in regards to these subjects. While my heart ached to read about some of the horrific pain and difficulties that I know all too well, God's tender love proved to be the spotlight, pushing aside the heartache.The Curse of Misty Wayfair is one of those books where I think I read it at the exact time I needed to read it, and I have a feeling a lot of other readers will feel the same way. Thea and Heidi's search for their identities and heritage is shrouded in mayhem. However, their discovery that other people, consequences of the past, or the things that life defines as normal doesn't define their identities, but that their identities are defined by the discovery of our Creator. This message will speak to your soul!Five Stars ~ The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright is a thrilling story that will have you gasping for breath until the last page! The Curse of Misty Wayfair is the author's third book, but it is a standalone, not a series.Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    The Curse of Misty Wayfair is a shoo-in for my Top Ten in 2019 already! Wright wove just the right amount of creep factor in this ‘ghostly’ tale of lies, loves, and the living to keep me glued to the pages. My heart rate stayed elevated pretty much the whole time. Reluctantly, I admit to a bit of anxiety as I read along because the intrigue is of mountainous proportions but I simply couldn’t put the book down.It has taken me over a week to process my thoughts about the story and the most revelat The Curse of Misty Wayfair is a shoo-in for my Top Ten in 2019 already! Wright wove just the right amount of creep factor in this ‘ghostly’ tale of lies, loves, and the living to keep me glued to the pages. My heart rate stayed elevated pretty much the whole time. Reluctantly, I admit to a bit of anxiety as I read along because the intrigue is of mountainous proportions but I simply couldn’t put the book down.It has taken me over a week to process my thoughts about the story and the most revelatory conclusion I came to (not sure if anyone else has or will) is that the course of a family’s future can be dramatically changed from one seemingly innocuous lie. But then no lie is really innocuous, is it?I marked some great passages for quotes and this is one that really struck me as true.“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.” ~Simeon Coyle, The Curse of Misty WayfairJaime Jo Wright continues to wow the literary world with her astonishingly enigmatic time-slip stories. She is a virtuoso at composing suspense resonating with hope and healing that can only come from the One who is the original Master Writer.I received a copy from the publisher. No review was required. No compensation was received.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    My plain words will not do this book justice. But that is okay, this book is what it is - a work from the heart, and nothing I say will change that. So pick it up :)Something was out of place, and the people of Pleasant Valley seemed to know it. Keeping to themselves, smiling a little, separated by a street, a history, and worst of all, a legend.Pleasant Valley is an ironic name to the city in which Thea Reed and Heidi Lane believe lies the answer to their inner turmoil.One simple word can help My plain words will not do this book justice. But that is okay, this book is what it is - a work from the heart, and nothing I say will change that. So pick it up :)Something was out of place, and the people of Pleasant Valley seemed to know it. Keeping to themselves, smiling a little, separated by a street, a history, and worst of all, a legend.Pleasant Valley is an ironic name to the city in which Thea Reed and Heidi Lane believe lies the answer to their inner turmoil.One simple word can help break the bounds that weigh them down, can give them the worth they've never felt, can present the light to who they are and what their purpose is. Then all melancholy and past hurt can be put to rest, and the way forward can be found.But Pleasant Valley holds more secrets and stirs more questions than gives answers. A city divided by shallow prejudice, a family tainted by a curse, and the mystery of what atrocities lie within the woods - could this truly be the place where Thea and Heidi will find the light into their story, or will the unveiling only cover them with more darkness? And will the ghost of Misty Wayfair turn them into one more victim of her retribution to those who only abandoned her?Thea and Heidi carry baggages not chosen but flung on them by fate. Sorrow daily comes knocking on their door, and a restlessness for reasons is their constant companion. Where does rest lay? Where can peace be found?In search of these virtues, one will be confronted with the ghosts that haunt us, the mist that blinds us, the truth that sets us free: there's always a choice and it's up to us, stay in the deceptive protection of the mist that feeds our pride, our "rights", or step out into contentment, into the legitimacy of our story - that it is not passive, inconsequential but dynamic, relational and surrounded by the all comforting arms of our Creator.Having finished this book, my heart is left pounding out of my chest. Not just because of the deliciously eerie edge of this story, but because of the hope that our brokenness is what makes us essential to our communities.* I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I found The Curse of Misty Wayfair to be spooky and deliciously disturbing! That may seem like a strange thing to say, yet it describes the way I felt compelled to uncover the mysteries of both storylines with each page turn, while also having to limit my reading to the daylight hours to keep from getting completely creeped out!Knowing that this story was Christian fiction, I was aware that there must be some explanation behind the ghostly sightings, but the author kept me guessing as to what ex I found The Curse of Misty Wayfair to be spooky and deliciously disturbing! That may seem like a strange thing to say, yet it describes the way I felt compelled to uncover the mysteries of both storylines with each page turn, while also having to limit my reading to the daylight hours to keep from getting completely creeped out!Knowing that this story was Christian fiction, I was aware that there must be some explanation behind the ghostly sightings, but the author kept me guessing as to what exactly was happening in both the present and past timelines.Both storylines were fascinating to me, with the one in the past particularly so as it dealt with post-mortem photography, superstitions that seemed to be held throughout the entire town, and the local insane asylum. In both storylines, the heroines struggled with truth versus myth, acceptance, and feeling unloved. And Thea, from the storyline set in the past, struggled with her beliefs regarding superstition versus God. This was a very interesting novel!I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I’m just going to start this review by saying I cannot do this book justice. Secondly, in discussing this book, I want to assure you this may be a spooky story, but it is not a ghost story. This is a brilliant read...Thea,Emma, and Heidi are my favorite characters. The characters really drive the story...which is a deep one. The author writes a spectacular novel to bring forth several wonderful Biblical truths. It’s one of those novels that I don’t think one read fully gives you everything. A sp I’m just going to start this review by saying I cannot do this book justice. Secondly, in discussing this book, I want to assure you this may be a spooky story, but it is not a ghost story. This is a brilliant read...Thea,Emma, and Heidi are my favorite characters. The characters really drive the story...which is a deep one. The author writes a spectacular novel to bring forth several wonderful Biblical truths. It’s one of those novels that I don’t think one read fully gives you everything. A split time read with pictures of the dead, an old asylum, and a family feud that makes for a creepy but mesmerizing read that I still find in my thoughts from time to time. The author slowly throughout the book reveals pieces of the mystery and the faith theme...it’s like pealing back something deceptive to reveal the truth underneath that so few want known. Impossible to describe but definitely a must read— just please go buy it. There is just SO much in this book...so many truths.Don’t be put off by the spooky...all things aren’t what they seem with the legend of Misty Wayfair...but her Creator is everywhere...and just waiting to be found by anyone who seeks Him.I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start off by saying, this book had me REELING! Jaime can write a story!! 😍😍I am one of those people who can spot the bad guy from a mile away. Movies or books, you name it, I instantly feel a little "off" when they make an appearance. It always baffles my mind when an author can pull the wool over my eyes and surprise me at the end! Jamie Jo Wright is one of the only authors who has that ability. The last hundred pages or so had my mind racing at rapid speeds trying to figure everything o Let me start off by saying, this book had me REELING! Jaime can write a story!! 😍😍I am one of those people who can spot the bad guy from a mile away. Movies or books, you name it, I instantly feel a little "off" when they make an appearance. It always baffles my mind when an author can pull the wool over my eyes and surprise me at the end! Jamie Jo Wright is one of the only authors who has that ability. The last hundred pages or so had my mind racing at rapid speeds trying to figure everything out. I definitely had some assumptions (that ended up being correct), but I was completely off the mark considering the WHOLE picture! And I LOVED it. I was IN BOTH of the timelines. I felt like I was living both of their stories! It was such a vivid story, every detail popped off the page. The author's writing style is beautiful, thick and dark. This lends a small "creep factor" into her books.There are some people who didn't think this was a "night-time read", but I personally preferred to read it at night to get the full Jaime Jo Wright affect.I loved this storyline! It was a twisted, mind spinning tale that lasted well over a century. A "curse" that became a town's identity and in the process helped two women find their's.Both women in this story were fighting so hard to find themselves, their identity. Though they both started off by trying to solve the legend, in the end they found that GOD is the only way to truly be complete...and in God their identity was found.I loved every character in this book! Each one had a specific reason for being the way they were, and it worked. (Even the bad guys)This book dealt with mental illnesses and autism. Yet instead of making them feel less-than, this book shined a bright spotlight, showing the world they are PEOPLE, the same as you and me. As someone who has a disabled brother and cousin, and deals closely with people who have autism and anxiety, reading books talking about theses subjects makes me happy!This book was definitely a dark and foreboding story, yet it was riddled with so much hope and love! It is such a great message to all those who are hurting, lost or have ever felt less-than. It was a 4/5 stars for me."Never forget that you are beautifully and wonderfully made. That is your identity. Search no further."-Jaime Jo Wright*I received this book from the author/publisher**All opinions are my own*
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  • Victoria Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    D.a.n.g. I have no words. . . Rtc
  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    I first discovered Jaime Jo Wright with her debut, The House on Foster Hill and absolutely loved it. So I wait in eager anticipation for her new releases. The Curse of Misty Wayfair is her 3rd book and releases in a couple weeks. Thea and Heidi are 2 completely different characters and yet so similar, over a hundred years separate them but they are both searching for purpose, who they are and boy do they get more than they bargained for.I LOVED this book! It was mysterious, suspenseful and kept I first discovered Jaime Jo Wright with her debut, The House on Foster Hill and absolutely loved it. So I wait in eager anticipation for her new releases. The Curse of Misty Wayfair is her 3rd book and releases in a couple weeks. Thea and Heidi are 2 completely different characters and yet so similar, over a hundred years separate them but they are both searching for purpose, who they are and boy do they get more than they bargained for.I LOVED this book! It was mysterious, suspenseful and kept me on my toes. It was beautifully written with authentic characters that battled issues relevant in both time periods but where society's views differed drastically. I loved that I didn't read the blurb and dove in blind, it added to the creepiness.Dual time periods, yea my favorite, where it's the past storyline I usually love more, the historical part where I can learn more of the past. And I loved that here, the stigma of mental illness and the treatment along with covering up scandal. Throw in a ghost or two, some weird characters and it's great. But it was the current day plot I really enjoyed. The author created some interesting characters, they were authentic, those who suffered from real human issues - whether it was the dysfunctional family dynamics, again mental illness, loneliness, trust issues and more. It was the searching with no idea what to look for... now I should stop before I start giving away too much of the story.The ended was perfect and really that's about all I will say about it. This is one of those books I want someone else to read so we can talk about it. Suffice to say that my first read of 2019 was awesome! The Curse of Misty Wayfair is Christian fiction at its finest. This is definitely a book I highly recommend. My thanks to Bethany House for an ARC (via Netgalley).This and other reviews can be found at justonemorechapter.com
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  • Natalie Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Emotionally gripping, Jaime Jo Wright delivers a captivating split-time mystery that'll leave you unable to breathe and unwilling to put this book down until the very last page. Ethereal in its ghostly beauty is the mysterious legend of Misty Wayfair, the ghost that beckons for someone to hear her cries, learn her story, and see her suffering. Ms. Wright invites readers into the haunted lives of two women, Thea and Heidi, whose own troubled pasts trap them in a century old curse. Chilling in its Emotionally gripping, Jaime Jo Wright delivers a captivating split-time mystery that'll leave you unable to breathe and unwilling to put this book down until the very last page. Ethereal in its ghostly beauty is the mysterious legend of Misty Wayfair, the ghost that beckons for someone to hear her cries, learn her story, and see her suffering. Ms. Wright invites readers into the haunted lives of two women, Thea and Heidi, whose own troubled pasts trap them in a century old curse. Chilling in its setting among the bluish gray forest that hides the secrets of an asylum, Ms. Wright holds nothing back. Bringing her characters to their knees to reveal deep wounds that can only be healed by the precious balm of truth she so aptly weaves into a story that offers not only hope and redemption to her characters but the chance to be seen for who they really are. This story will resonate with readers and move them. A must read. Ms. Wright's best story yet.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright is phenomenal and profound.If I could give it more stars I would. This is one of my top reads of 2019. Pleasant Valley, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, connects Thea Reed and Heidi Lane across the decades as does the legend of Misty Wayfair. Thea and Heidi have been searching for acceptance and identity and their journeys intersect in the unlikely place of an insane asylum. The dual-time story is rich with the mysterious. The narrative is elegant, ev The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright is phenomenal and profound.If I could give it more stars I would. This is one of my top reads of 2019. Pleasant Valley, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, connects Thea Reed and Heidi Lane across the decades as does the legend of Misty Wayfair. Thea and Heidi have been searching for acceptance and identity and their journeys intersect in the unlikely place of an insane asylum. The dual-time story is rich with the mysterious. The narrative is elegant, evoking a setting that pulls you into the story. The characters Ms. Wright pens are flawed, human, and relatable. She aptly portays each time period and connects them seamlessly. The heroes are supportive of the heroines and they are the strong silent types but have their own personalities. The spiritual truth within these pages is something we all need to ponder: “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 love that Ms.Wright starts where the Bible starts: with a Creator and His creation. For Jesus was revealed in Genesis! Ms. Wright handles the topics of mental illness and autism with finesse and sensitivity. How she presents the contrasts of 1908 and the present shows how far we have come in the care of these disorders. How could this baffling saga impact a lady from 1908 and one from another century? I had a delightful time as the stories unfolded. This is the kind of Christian Fiction I adore: suspenseful and historical. Although the book comes to a satisfying conclusion, I am glad not all the threads were tied up at the end. It gives you something to ponder. This story will linger. This is the third novel I have read by Jaime Jo Wright and she just keeps getting better!I recommend this novel to those who are looking for an exceptional, thought provoking, engrossing and intense Christian book. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    Jaime Jo Wright's book just keep getting better and better all the time (and they started out as pretty impressive). Right from the first page the story grabbed me, both Thea's and Heidi's. Part of it is the creepy, dark tone that is so prevalent in Wright's stories, something thrillingly different from most anything else I typically read. And the other part is that Wright is just one good writer. I cannot say which heroine I liked more--both are compelling, sympathetic, misunderstood, searching Jaime Jo Wright's book just keep getting better and better all the time (and they started out as pretty impressive). Right from the first page the story grabbed me, both Thea's and Heidi's. Part of it is the creepy, dark tone that is so prevalent in Wright's stories, something thrillingly different from most anything else I typically read. And the other part is that Wright is just one good writer. I cannot say which heroine I liked more--both are compelling, sympathetic, misunderstood, searching . . . but both are strong in their own way, even amongst their myriad of weaknesses. It boggles my mind how the author can write such a complex book, where threads from the past and present intertwine, where every scene, every page is important because the details all matter. It isn't as cut and dried as a typical mystery/suspense, where the subconscious goal of the reader is to figure out the villain or the mystery. Here I can read with such enjoyment that my thoughts aren't subtly distracting me by trying to figure everything out. I'm just along for the ride. And it's a dark, spooky, heart-breaking, yet hopeful and satisfying ride.Depression and mental disorders are something that doesn't come up much in Christian fiction, at least certainly not to the degree that Wright has in this story (and she does a wonderful job of it, based on my minimal knowledge). What is apparent on the surface is not always indicative of the turmoil beneath, and there are a lot of characters who aren't all that they seem, like Heidi and her cheery, hopeful outward appearance that disguises her constant fear and threat of panic attacks. But some, like Rhett and his mom, are wonderfully what-you-see-is-what-you-get, in all the best ways, sharing the love of Christ with the lost. It is spectacular. For anyone who enjoys a spooky ghost story, I highly recommend it.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    A legendary curse is the key to the secrets that haunt two women in this eerie timeslip tale. A mysterious photo, cryptic messages, an abandoned insane asylum and a legendary ghost play a role in just a few of the many delicious spine-tingling moments as Heidi's search for answers parallels Thea's quest a century before. Each individual story's threads are masterfully woven together to create a hauntingly beautiful tapestry. Ms. Wright's ability to build the suspense equally between both stories A legendary curse is the key to the secrets that haunt two women in this eerie timeslip tale. A mysterious photo, cryptic messages, an abandoned insane asylum and a legendary ghost play a role in just a few of the many delicious spine-tingling moments as Heidi's search for answers parallels Thea's quest a century before. Each individual story's threads are masterfully woven together to create a hauntingly beautiful tapestry. Ms. Wright's ability to build the suspense equally between both stories keeps her readers invested in both story-lines. While the ghost of Misty Wayfair held me spellbound, it was the story of brokenness, the story of healing and finding purpose from our Creator that spoke to this reader's heart. Since her debut novel, Jaime Jo Wright will remain one of the authors whose books will always be on top of my TBR. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    With each stroke of the pen Ms. Wright creates a work of art that draws you into a world of mystery that spans from 1908 to present day. I love the way the dual time line is woven together so intricate that you never miss a beat while reading. I find the subject of mental illness and how it was treated so heartbreaking, but love how well researched it is. This book captures your attention from page one and eerily draws you into the story. The subject matter of mental illness, dementia, and being With each stroke of the pen Ms. Wright creates a work of art that draws you into a world of mystery that spans from 1908 to present day. I love the way the dual time line is woven together so intricate that you never miss a beat while reading. I find the subject of mental illness and how it was treated so heartbreaking, but love how well researched it is. This book captures your attention from page one and eerily draws you into the story. The subject matter of mental illness, dementia, and being orphaned are dealt with in a sensitive manner and is very thought provoking. Not a run of the mill read, this is unpredictable with secrets and twists and turns that are captivating. This author has become a force to be reckoned with and deserves many accolades for her stellar writing style. I loved Thea and Heidi and how their stories are intertwined like two trees gnarled together after a century. Absolutely will be on my top ten books of 2019. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Caryl
    January 1, 1970
    Ms. Wright has expertly crafted this brilliant story! She seamlessly weaves the past and present of this dual time-line tale. Her attention to detail will have you cautiously looking out your windows and checking your locks. Ms. Wright has a remarkable ability to convey spiritual truths that will challenge you to go deeper in your own walk. These nuggets of truth will stay with you long after you have finished the book.Jaime Jo Wright is an author not to miss! I look forward to reading more of h Ms. Wright has expertly crafted this brilliant story! She seamlessly weaves the past and present of this dual time-line tale. Her attention to detail will have you cautiously looking out your windows and checking your locks. Ms. Wright has a remarkable ability to convey spiritual truths that will challenge you to go deeper in your own walk. These nuggets of truth will stay with you long after you have finished the book.Jaime Jo Wright is an author not to miss! I look forward to reading more of her phenomenal novels!I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.A Goodreads friend recommended this book and I read the blurb, decided it looked fascinating and requested it. Part Gothic, spooky, broody and just plain fascinating. Since I generally read romantic-suspense and romance, "The Curse of Misty Wayfair" is a whole different animal to what I'm used to. The two different time periods and characters make for an unusual plot that just Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.A Goodreads friend recommended this book and I read the blurb, decided it looked fascinating and requested it. Part Gothic, spooky, broody and just plain fascinating. Since I generally read romantic-suspense and romance, "The Curse of Misty Wayfair" is a whole different animal to what I'm used to. The two different time periods and characters make for an unusual plot that just draws you deeper and deeper into the intricate story. That's the good, now for the bad. The plot lines in 1908 and present are both tedious, prodding and really slow to give up any secrets or make any progress toward resolution. The only reason I keep reading is because, well, I'm hooked.In 1908 Dorthea Reed is a traveling photographer, specializing in providing loved ones with photographs of their dead relations. She is also on a mission to uncover her own relations, if any are still alive, and is lead to Pleasant Valley, MI by a letter written on her deathbed by her guardian. In tracing her mother, Thea uncovers is a family curse, and the very mysterious man whose family has been the victim of the Curse of Misty Wayfair. As Thea is drawn to Simeon Coyle, she is drawn deeper into the mystery of Misty Wayfair and asylum that seems to be at it's center.In the present, Heidi Lane is on a similar journey, this time lead by a letter written by her estranged mother who suffers from dementia. Heidi has her own mental health issues having suffered from an anxiety disorder from a young age. Heidi has never quite lived up to her families expectations and as a result relations are strained. The present smacks up against the past when Heidi discovers one of Thea's death portraits and the deceased could be Heidi's twin. Her search leads her to Rhett and also leads to a series of threats against her and an attempt on her life. Is it possible that Heidi's problems in the present could be related to a long dead woman's curse from the past?
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  • Perrianne
    January 1, 1970
    You’ve got to wonder about a mind that can produce the thrilling kind of stories Ms. Wright produces, but I just happily devour each and every one. From an abandoned mansion, tragedy at Gossamer Pond or an abandoned insane asylum, each book just gets better and better and better.I would call the theme for this novel searching. In this wonderfully crafted time split, each character is searching for their mother, and what they realize least of all is that they are also searching for their true ide You’ve got to wonder about a mind that can produce the thrilling kind of stories Ms. Wright produces, but I just happily devour each and every one. From an abandoned mansion, tragedy at Gossamer Pond or an abandoned insane asylum, each book just gets better and better and better.I would call the theme for this novel searching. In this wonderfully crafted time split, each character is searching for their mother, and what they realize least of all is that they are also searching for their true identity. Heidi Lane (Present day) is searching for a grain of coherence in a fog of dementia that her mother now lives in. Thea Reed (Past character from 1908) is simply searching to see what happened to her mother. She was dropped off on the doorstep of an orphanage. The lonely, orphaned girl takes on a traveling photography business when her benefactor passes away - a most unusual business and one that you would probably not find today. She photographs dead family members as a keepsake for the remaining family members.Present day Heidi hasn’t seen her family in years, but returns at the request of her mother via a note that says she’s in danger. Heidi has never really felt like a part of her family, and success has simply failed her. Sinister and dangerous things begin to happen that alienate her even more from her older sister. A mysterious photo album obtained from the local antique store ties some of the mystery together, and she purchases it after finding a photograph that looks IDENTICAL to her.The asylum outside of town is what ties this story all together. Although in present day the asylum is abandoned and falling down, the story takes us back to the early 1908 where there were patients still in residence there.This is a well-defined dual time novel that will definitely keep you reading all night if you’re not careful. Don’t worry about not being able to figure out which timeline character you are reading about, the author does an excellent job of making it crystal clear which era/character you’re reading about. If you’re looking for mystery and suspense, this is for you. Chances are that you won’t figure it all out until the bitter end! I know I didn’t and I loved every minute of it.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and am in no way required to give a positive review. All ratings and thoughts about the book are completely my own.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    A ghost had risen up from the album's pages, beckoned to her, and begged to have her story told. This book should come with a warning label: Do Not Read At Night! I mean you are talking an age old curse of Misty Wayfair who is said to haunt the woods that surround an old asylum. Just reading about the legend had my skin crawling...GAH! But as with the other two novels Wright has written, there really is much more to it than meets the eye! Layers upon layers and threads upon threads twist and cu A ghost had risen up from the album's pages, beckoned to her, and begged to have her story told. This book should come with a warning label: Do Not Read At Night! I mean you are talking an age old curse of Misty Wayfair who is said to haunt the woods that surround an old asylum. Just reading about the legend had my skin crawling...GAH! But as with the other two novels Wright has written, there really is much more to it than meets the eye! Layers upon layers and threads upon threads twist and curl like a ghostly hand to keep you absolutely glued to the pages. And again, as the other two Wright novels, the lives of two women separated by a hundred years of history weave a tale of family secrets that would rather stay buried in the ground. They don't want to give up the ghost, in a manner of speaking! With her signature snappish prose and words that come alive, Wright had me digging deeper into two families who seemingly have no connection. As those threads began to knit together, more and more questions begged to be answered. How did Misty Wayfair connect two women? What do Thea and Heidi have in common? And how can I possibly write a review without giving anything away? Just know that I as I read this, I was both scared out of my mind and yet was too morbidly fascinated not to continue till the end. After all, there were answers I needed to know, almost as necessary as breathing! Really, under it all is the lesson two women learn trying to find their identity and place in the world, but ultimately finding their Creator God had already carved out a place for them in Him. We weren't created to find our identity in life. We were created to discover our Creator. In doing so, our identity is defined. Compelling, beautifully haunting, poignant, engaging, and thrilling, this story will wrap itself around you capturing more than just your emotions. It'll remind you of who you are and what you were meant to be in Christ. *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House on the author's behalf and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Gail Hollingsworth
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book I’ve read by Jaime Jo Wright and in my humble opinion, the best one yet, although they are all great reads!This is a time slip novel that went back and forth from the early 1900s to present day but in the same small town. I was held “captive” from the very first chapter right up to the end. Thea, from 1908, and Heidi, from present day were two very lost souls that had me sad because of their plights. Neither felt loved nor wanted from childhood on. It warped them in differ This is the third book I’ve read by Jaime Jo Wright and in my humble opinion, the best one yet, although they are all great reads!This is a time slip novel that went back and forth from the early 1900s to present day but in the same small town. I was held “captive” from the very first chapter right up to the end. Thea, from 1908, and Heidi, from present day were two very lost souls that had me sad because of their plights. Neither felt loved nor wanted from childhood on. It warped them in different ways and had them searching for acceptance as well as where they came from in their family histories.The stigma of mental illness, special needs and anxiety disorders were all included but dealt with in a sensitive and thoughtful way by the author. The hinting of “ghosts”, strange messages and break-ins all added to the excitement and mystery along with an insane asylum hidden in the woods outside of the town. The way patients were looked at and treated has changed dramatically over the years. Many were left in these asylums to be forgotten and eventually die. Even I in my twenties worked in a hospital that did numerous electric shock treatments daily. My son is an RN that works in a mental hospital and procedures and treatments are so much more humane than they used to be.You will find yourself spellbound and quickly turning pages to find out what the mystery is involving Misty Wayfair. I never figured it out on my own, but was dumbfounded right up till the end. To me, signs of a great writer with a very vivid imagination!I received an ebook from the publisher through Netgalley but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    "You're like a sailor's siren, Thea. Dangerous. I don't know why, but you call me with a silent song. I'm afraid you will wreck me."Wow. Just wow. This is the first book by Jaime Jo Wright that I have read and it is absolutely amazing! The writing is lyrical, melodic, and haunting. The plot has delicious twists and turns as Thea works out her heritage in 1908 and Heidi works our her own in current day Wisconsin. The characters are so real and memorable. And the author manages to provide stark, v "You're like a sailor's siren, Thea. Dangerous. I don't know why, but you call me with a silent song. I'm afraid you will wreck me."Wow. Just wow. This is the first book by Jaime Jo Wright that I have read and it is absolutely amazing! The writing is lyrical, melodic, and haunting. The plot has delicious twists and turns as Thea works out her heritage in 1908 and Heidi works our her own in current day Wisconsin. The characters are so real and memorable. And the author manages to provide stark, vivid, and somewhat chilling description of the asylum and the awful practices in early 1900s, as well as an inside look at anxiety and dementia during the current day, while painting a high level of eerie suspense into the background.I truly enjoyed meeting Thea and Simeon from 1908 Pleasant Valley, WI. Thea is a tender, loyal, and loving woman who comes to Pleasant Valley to try to find her mother. Her work as a traveling post-mortem photographer has her meeting Simeon who is a faithful, loyal, and sweet man from an ostracized family in the town. The folklore of Misty Wayfair and her supposed ghost that is haunting Simeon's family become central to their relationship as Thea and Simeon work together to figure out what happened to Thea's mother.Heidi, with her flighty and rebellious ways, and Rhett, with his brooding yet intelligent and loyal ways, work together in current day Pleasant Valley to figure out why Heidi's mother, who is suffering from dementia, has called her to the town where she now resides in a memory unit. The folklore of Misty Wayfair, which is tied to the town itself, resurfaces in Heidi and Rhett's relationship but you will be surprised at how the "curse" plays out in the end.The spiritual truths, given by Simeon in 1908 and Rhett and his mother Connie in current day, are spot on and provide the needed light in both Thea and Heidi's life as they navigate their dark pasts.What an incredible read! I must go back and read The House on Foster Hill and The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. If you enjoy well-written suspense, you will love this book. And it has a dual timeline as an added bonus!I was given a copy of this book by the author and Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    With her third full-length release, Jaime Jo Wright cements herself in the place of must-read eerie suspense authors. Even more impressive, she does it not one, but two time periods!In The Curse of Misty Wayfair, Wright explores the treatment of mental health issues in 1908 as Thea Reed works to uncover her history. Did someone living in the asylum in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin give birth to her? More than 100 years later, Heidi Lane returns to Pleasant Valley at the behest of her mother. Yet, t With her third full-length release, Jaime Jo Wright cements herself in the place of must-read eerie suspense authors. Even more impressive, she does it not one, but two time periods!In The Curse of Misty Wayfair, Wright explores the treatment of mental health issues in 1908 as Thea Reed works to uncover her history. Did someone living in the asylum in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin give birth to her? More than 100 years later, Heidi Lane returns to Pleasant Valley at the behest of her mother. Yet, the woman is suffering from dementia and can’t give Heidi the answers she desperately longs for.Both Thea and Heidi are searching for their identities. While Thea doesn’t know her true family, Heidi doesn’t feel like she is accepted in hers.Wright ties these two stories together seamlessly and the truth behind the Misty Wayfair legend kept me guessing until it was revealed. The characters are engaging, the story line is unique and well-paced, and the supporting characters give extra depth to the story. With books like this, Wright has a long career in front of her.P.S. If you are easily spooked, be sure and read this one with the lights on.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    This book was absolutely amazing! In typical fashion for this author, this book was a dual timeline mystery where the full story only unfolds once both timeline mysteries are solved. Also, in true Jaime Jo Wright fashion, the mysteries had a serious "creep factor" element in them. I'm hyper sensitive towards those things, and could therefore not read this one at night (as is, I still had creepy ghostly dreams a couple of nights while reading this one!).This book follows the story of Thea Reed, w This book was absolutely amazing! In typical fashion for this author, this book was a dual timeline mystery where the full story only unfolds once both timeline mysteries are solved. Also, in true Jaime Jo Wright fashion, the mysteries had a serious "creep factor" element in them. I'm hyper sensitive towards those things, and could therefore not read this one at night (as is, I still had creepy ghostly dreams a couple of nights while reading this one!).This book follows the story of Thea Reed, who in 1908 was a traveling post-mortem photographer and Heidi Lane, who in present day, is the family black sheep and prodigal daughter, so to speak. Both of them make their way to the small town of Pleasant Valley, WI, based on a letter received about their family history. Both go to this small town that boasts of a lumber mill, an asylum built in the woods, and a legend of a familial curse that come by hauntings. They go seeking answers about their pasts and their tales end with them finding so much more - about themselves and their Creator. It doesn't hurt that they both find love along the way, though the romance thread is pretty subtle. This book touched on some more sensitive topics, including treatment of the mentally ill, anxiety disorders and living with someone with autism. The author researched these topics well and handled them with finesse. This book also plumbed the spiritual depths and spoke to the difference between legalism and grace. I really appreciated the spiritual arc in this book and it really spoke to me where I am as well.I've been a HUGE fan of Jaime Jo Wright since I read her debut novel about a year ago. I believe The Curse of Misty Wayfair is her best yet. The legend in the story is about a ghost and I honestly didn't know until the very end whether or not the ghost was real. This was one that stuck with me any time I would put the book down. While I was at work, I was thinking about the characters and the story line and wondering what was true and what wasn't. The mark of a good story is how well it sticks in your subconscious and since I was dreaming of Misty Wayfair, it tells me that it was pretty stuck in my subconscious. :) The emotions (and yes, the creep factor) went pretty deep, and because of that, the underlying message hit just right. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery, historical or contemporary fiction, I would highly recommend this one!Special thanks to Bethany House Publishers for an advanced copy of this book. I was not obligated to write a positive review and the opinions contained herein are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The Curse of Misty Wayfair is another fabulous book from Jaime Jo Wright. Miss Wright knows how to draw a reader into a story and this one is no exception. This is definitely her best writing to date. I was instantly intrigued from the beginning all the way until I read to the end.I give The Curse of Misty Wayfair a well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend this powerful suspenseful and inspiring tale.I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This r The Curse of Misty Wayfair is another fabulous book from Jaime Jo Wright. Miss Wright knows how to draw a reader into a story and this one is no exception. This is definitely her best writing to date. I was instantly intrigued from the beginning all the way until I read to the end.I give The Curse of Misty Wayfair a well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend this powerful suspenseful and inspiring tale.I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    Jaime Jo Wright's The Curse of Misty Wayfair is this gifted and talented author's third book. From the very first page, I was intrigued. Several pages more, and it gave me the wonderful tingles that a Hitchcock movie causes its viewers to feel. Also, the stark, clarity of characters and eerie sensation a Stephen King novel imbues in its reader. The realism in this book might give you pause to not read it in the night, keep forging forward, this is one sensational read! It caused some two-cups of Jaime Jo Wright's The Curse of Misty Wayfair is this gifted and talented author's third book. From the very first page, I was intrigued. Several pages more, and it gave me the wonderful tingles that a Hitchcock movie causes its viewers to feel. Also, the stark, clarity of characters and eerie sensation a Stephen King novel imbues in its reader. The realism in this book might give you pause to not read it in the night, keep forging forward, this is one sensational read! It caused some two-cups of coffee mornings as I "burned the midnight oil" wanting to read this story. I only hope her next book will be coming out soon, I'm not sure if I'm patient enough to wait.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "You are the reason the voices are never heard. . . . . .come . . . come quickly." Two women, separated by time and eternity, yet inexplicably drawn together by a postmortem photograph and a cryptic letter crafted by one whose mind has become crippled beyond recognition. Both are determined to find answers to the question that continually rages in their minds; "who am I"? Dorothea Reed, orphaned at a young age and now a postmortem photographer, is drawn to the small town of Pleasant Valley, Wisc "You are the reason the voices are never heard. . . . . .come . . . come quickly." Two women, separated by time and eternity, yet inexplicably drawn together by a postmortem photograph and a cryptic letter crafted by one whose mind has become crippled beyond recognition. Both are determined to find answers to the question that continually rages in their minds; "who am I"? Dorothea Reed, orphaned at a young age and now a postmortem photographer, is drawn to the small town of Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin to search for clues about her birth mother, never imagining the trail would lead to the front door of a local mental asylum whose residents simply live in order to die. And then there are the unexplained sightings of a local woman who has been dead for years, the cursed Misty Wayfair. One hundred years later, Heidi Lane returns to her home town of Pleasant Valley after being summoned by her aging mother. Heidi has a myriad of questions about her past that she's not sure her remaining parent can answer; for it appears that someone, or something, is determined to destroy Heidi's thin thread of equilibrium. And what about that old photograph; the one she happened upon in the town's antique store, the woman could be her twin. It's so rare to read a book with this many layers . . . . and yet every single one of them carries its own weight so beautifully . . . . while together they appear as a single thread. It's magnificent to behold. "Fix your eyes on the target and let the arrow fly. The rest will follow." I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • A.M. Heath
    January 1, 1970
    What I Loved: The Curse of Misty Wayfair is quite a blessing for the reader! From the moment I opened the book, I was drawn into Pleasant Valley alongside both heroines. The legendary curse intrigued me as much as the heroines did. And the heroes! Sigh. They were both so real and flawed. The tension between the couples was so thick you could cut it with a knife, and yet the lustful tones were at a minimum. It was a very clean and chaste romance and beautifully written.I didn’t find Misty Wayfair What I Loved: The Curse of Misty Wayfair is quite a blessing for the reader! From the moment I opened the book, I was drawn into Pleasant Valley alongside both heroines. The legendary curse intrigued me as much as the heroines did. And the heroes! Sigh. They were both so real and flawed. The tension between the couples was so thick you could cut it with a knife, and yet the lustful tones were at a minimum. It was a very clean and chaste romance and beautifully written.I didn’t find Misty Wayfair to be as suspensful as Foster Hill, but that’s not a bad thing! I’m not a big suspense reader so I found it to be the perfect amount. The mystery itself was wonderfully crafted. I felt like I had a good understanding of how it would pan out, but the conclusion was more in-depth than I had expected, so I was very pleased.The spiritual content was a surprising blessing. The theme centered around being lovingly crafted with a purpose. However, it was the struggle Heidi had with her family that convicted me. Sometimes a parent’s love isn’t understood very well. Being able to experience and sympathize over Heidi’s hardships through her perspective opened my eyes to see that there may be things that I say or attitudes that I carry that isn’t understood well by my teen.Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving The Curse of Misty Wayfair 5 stars and gladly recommend it to those who enjoy Christian mystery/suspense, dual-timeline novels, or just a great novel.~I received a copy from Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a positive one. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Kirby
    January 1, 1970
    Every time I start a new Jaime Jo Wright novel, I always think it can't possibly be as good as the last one was, and yet she always proves me wrong. In her most powerful story yet, the reader is treated to a spine chillingly scary timeslip novel that focuses around a mental asylum with plenty of unsolved mysteries and legends surrounding it. In 1908, we follow the story of Thea, a photographer who's grown up traveling to take photos of the recently deceased with the people who took her in after Every time I start a new Jaime Jo Wright novel, I always think it can't possibly be as good as the last one was, and yet she always proves me wrong. In her most powerful story yet, the reader is treated to a spine chillingly scary timeslip novel that focuses around a mental asylum with plenty of unsolved mysteries and legends surrounding it. In 1908, we follow the story of Thea, a photographer who's grown up traveling to take photos of the recently deceased with the people who took her in after her mother abandoned her. A rumor that her mother resided in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin has caused her to travel to this small town, and she's soon drawn into scary stories surrounding the town mental asylum, and the legendary spirit who's said to haunt both it and the town. In the present day, we follow Heidi, a young woman who's been estranged from her family for many years after their failed acceptance of her for who she is. Strange circumstances have caused her to finally visit Pleasant Valley, the town where the rest of her family came to settle. Soon the rumors, superstitions, and mysteries surrounding the long abandoned mental asylum have Heidi questioning everything she thought she knew about herself, and like Thea before her, she's determined to get to the bottom of whatever is going on.Like Jaime Jo Wright's previous two novels, The Curse of Misty Wayfair is a deliciously thrilling novel with a mystery unfolding in two separate time periods that's all tied in together. However, this novel goes even a step further than her previous releases in the way it tackles the complicated history of mental asylums, and the stigma and stereotypes that continue to to be attached to mental illness. While it's always assumed that we've made such strides towards truly understanding mental illness, Jaime Jo Wright perfectly showcases the struggles that those who are suffering face even to this day with the negative stereotypes and circumstances surrounding such diagnosis.Right from the first page this hauntingly beautiful novel had me pulled into its pages and the spooky story unfolding within them. It's without a doubt Jaime Jo Wright's best work yet, and the reader will feel like they're experiencing everything right along with Thea and Heidi. I've always appreciated when an author can make the romance in a novel a secondary element to everything else unfolding, and yet still have the story remain interesting to the reader, and that's the case with this one. While Thea and Heidi both have a love interest, it's kept secondary to the mystery, the familial drama and secrets, and the rediscovery of God's never ending love for His children.This novel is honestly unlike any Christian fiction work I've ever picked up before, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a Christian recommendation that dives way further below the surface than is usual. I can't recommend this one enough, and as always, I will be anxiously awaiting Jaime's next book.Thanks so much to Bethany House and NetGalley for the chance to advance read this!I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher (Bethany House) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    As with other Wright books, this one takes place in the past and present as two women return to Pleasant Valley because of a letter each received. They have similar struggles of identity and finding their place in the world.Thea is a postmortem photographer in 1908. I didn’t know such a thing existed. It was a fascinating look at this unusual profession. This book also highlights some of the sad realities of care in early asylums. It was sobering to read about. The thing I appreciated most about As with other Wright books, this one takes place in the past and present as two women return to Pleasant Valley because of a letter each received. They have similar struggles of identity and finding their place in the world.Thea is a postmortem photographer in 1908. I didn’t know such a thing existed. It was a fascinating look at this unusual profession. This book also highlights some of the sad realities of care in early asylums. It was sobering to read about. The thing I appreciated most about Heidi from the present is her relationship with Emma, an autistic woman. Heidi treats Emma as an equal, learns from her, and envies her. The whole Crawford family was pretty amazing although I would have liked Rhett’s character to be a little more filled out.There are several key families between the two generations. It was sometimes hard to keep straight how they were connected and who belonged with each family. I thought about writing out a family tree as things were revealed. It would have been helpful.Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book. I enjoyed it. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Katelyn Bolds
    January 1, 1970
    ~~Jaime Jo Wright's most powerful work yet~~The Curse of Misty Wayfair is another incredible timeslip novel jumping between the stories of Thea, a postmortem photographer in 1908, and Heidi, the family black sheep coming to visit her mother who's in the last stages of dementia. As the two attempt to settle in to life in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, they both begin seeing the specter of a woman who haunts the asylum at the edge of the woods, and learn the story of Misty Wayfair.In with the thrilli ~~Jaime Jo Wright's most powerful work yet~~The Curse of Misty Wayfair is another incredible timeslip novel jumping between the stories of Thea, a postmortem photographer in 1908, and Heidi, the family black sheep coming to visit her mother who's in the last stages of dementia. As the two attempt to settle in to life in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, they both begin seeing the specter of a woman who haunts the asylum at the edge of the woods, and learn the story of Misty Wayfair.In with the thrilling ghost story and the rest of the plot, Jaime Jo Wright takes on the massive enigma of the history behind asylums, mental health and insanity, tackling superstitions and stigmas. Characters with autism, anxiety, and other mental illnesses play key roles in the story in an empowering and respectful manner.Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery/thriller, but also to readers looking for a little more depth than your typical Christian fiction read. Jaime Jo Wright's writing stands out on its own level of greatness.
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