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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Incredible Romantic Suspense
Wow!!! The Curse of Misty Wayfair was amazing! I loved Jamie Jo Wright's first two novels, but I thought The Curse of Misty Wayfair is her best one yet! This suspense novel tells the stories of two mysteries happening in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin a century apart in a dual timeline/ split time format. Wright tells the 1908 story of post mortem traveling photographer Thea Reed and the present day story of Heidi Lane. A century apart, both women received letters that compel them to visit Pleasant Valley to find answers to their past. When she arrives in Pleasant Valley, Heidi’s unexpected purchase of an old photo album in an antique store brings up secrets and even danger as Heidi searches for the connection to her past. As Heidi searches for answers in present day, the readers find out clues as Thea's 1908 storyline follows the mystery behind the deaths of several local people, the secrets that the local asylum holds, and a murdered woman who, as legend has it, has haunted Pleasant Valley throughout the years. There was even a chance for romance in both storylines.
Jaime Jo Wright brings out the "creep factor" with ghosts sightings and asylums as her fans have come to expect and love. In the words of Jaime Jo Wright, "The stories she would uncover behind the walls of Valley Heights would not end pleasantly. For there were no happily-ever-afters in an asylum."
Fans of Christian suspense will thoroughly love The Curse of Misty Wayfair! It is definitely a page turner and kept me guessing until the end! Jaime Jo Wright is a master storyteller in weaving together clues throughout the book and having the two storylines come together seamlessly at the end. The themes described throughout this novel are identity and life purpose. The spiritual content in the novel focused on the fact that we are all beautifully and wonderfully made by our Creator and that there is a purpose to our lives. As readers see how the storylines are resolved, there is nothing that would go against Christian teachings.
The author shared how the mentally ill were treated a century ago and included present day characters with autism and anxiety in this novel. She emphasized throughout the storylines that no matter what a person's struggles are, everyone was created with a purpose. I definitely recommend this book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishing and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.