Engaging deception

Reviewed by:

Beth Swanson, voracious reader



Engaging deception (Joplin Chronicles Book 3)


Regina Jennings


Bethany House


Publication date:





313 pages


Late 1800s in Joplin, MO. A young architect lost his wife, the mother of his two children. He lost his way with God after her sudden death. A single lady living with her father, they just lost the mother who suffered from TB with the daughter taking care of her mother until she died.

Olivia read and studied for years to be an architect, never having had the opportunity fir education, she has designed four unique properties in her community, never having taken credit for her accomplishments during that time. Women were not working in business.

Reading the sorrow and grieving, longing find joy. Mystery, design, finding love without looking for it.

A lively competition draws her into her rival’s blueprints–and maybe even his heart.

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

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

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


5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

16 and older

Christian impact:

You are never alone. God is always listening, just waiting fir you to ask.

Also includes:

-author’s notes

-book recommendations


Engaging Deception (The Joplin Chronicles Book #3)



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