Romantic Suspense Book Review: The Curse of Misty Wayfair

Publisher's Description

"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?"

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My Review

The Curse of Misty Wayfair, by Jamie Jo Wright, is a truly captivating novel! When an old and eerie legend that has become a mere wisp of memory from the past is mysteriously connected to dangerous and suspenseful events of the present, this intensely gripping time-slip novel becomes utterly compelling and engrossing. With superb pacing, relevant facts and details are thoughtfully unveiled, exposing the truth behind the secretive and disturbing circumstances in which the characters find themselves. The quest to make sense of the unsettling and frightening events makes for an extremely mesmerizing reading experience. 

The intricate, well-developed plot is absolutely riveting as it gradually reveals its shocking and unexpected truths in both the past and the present. Though they are separated by eleven decades, the two, interrelated storylines flow harmoniously alongside each other like two adjacent waterfalls spilling over stones in a woodland stream. 

When presented with alarming circumstances and baffling secrets, the characters possess a spirit of perseverance and strength that is remarkably inspiring. As they grapple with fear, loss, and insecurities, the characters manage to find hope and to pursue truth. No matter what secrets are revealed or what facts are discovered, the characters learn to believe in the truth that they have been created with purpose and have been thoughtfully and lovingly designed to lead a life that is meaningful and valuable.

With terrific skill and careful attention to detail, Ms. Wright has crafted an unforgettable novel. The Curse of Misty Wayfair is an incredibly fascinating story from beginning to end. The absorbing mystery, meaningful themes, and thrilling suspense are intensely satisfying. It is a well-written, engaging, and relevant novel, and I eagerly recommend it.

*I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

My Reflection

Throughout this novel, Jaime Jo Wright thoughtfully emphasizes the gift of God’s grace and redemption to heal wounded hearts and bring wholeness to lives that have been marred and forgotten. Within the pages of this book, it becomes clear that in moments of insecurity, in situations that seem desperate and bleak, and in the midst of significant fear, unshakeable hope can be found when people trust in the fact that God has lovingly created them on purpose for a purpose. There are certainly ominous and disquieting events in this story, but the light of God’s compassion is always present as it shines with mercy, restoration, and acceptance that is always available to everyone.   

About the Author: Jaime Jo Wright

"Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher's Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap'n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at!" --Biography from Jaime Jo Wright's author page on


  1. I loved this book. Your review is wonderful and your reflection is spot on. This is why we read good inspirational fiction, when there is something that we can take away and apply to our own life:)

  2. Thank you! Inspirational fiction is wonderful when it offers a Biblically based hope!


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