The Curse of Misty Wayfair

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...

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair Reviews

  • Clara

    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 :)

    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 :)

    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.

  • Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)

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    That. Was. Awesome.

    Jaime Jo Wright just scared the living daylights out of me!

    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!

    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!

    will be available on January 22, 2019.

  • Victoria Lynn

    D.a.n.g. I have no words. . . Rtc

    Full Review:

    This book. . . Wow.

    I just want to insert here that if you are so inclined to listen to music while you read, I would highly recommend pairing this book with a moody cup of black tea or bitter coffee and the album, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat’. #mood.

    I will try to make my thoughts somewhat cohesive, but this book for me was more about how it made me feel than anything else.

    There is a grit to it, the way the

    D.a.n.g. I have no words. . . Rtc

    Full Review:

    This book. . . Wow.

    I just want to insert here that if you are so inclined to listen to music while you read, I would highly recommend pairing this book with a moody cup of black tea or bitter coffee and the album, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat’. #mood.

    I will try to make my thoughts somewhat cohesive, but this book for me was more about how it made me feel than anything else.

    There is a grit to it, the way the feelings are almost a tangible thing that you can touch. It was almost as if I could feel the emotions coiling around my fingers if I just reached out my hand to touch them. The gothic, dark, broody, shivers-down-your-spine vibes were not a dark presence that was undesirable, but they were just a soft, ethereal feeling that gave the book an essence of the inspired.

    This is my first experience reading a book by Jamie Jo Wright, and after this one tiny taste, she forever has my admiration. Her words are purposeful, carefully chosen gems from a creek bed full of stones. It was as if she chose each one, examined it thoroughly and polished it to perfection before she set it into her sentences. Every sentence left me with a feeling of understanding and a connection with the characters that I haven’t experienced for quite some time while reading.

    The stunning settings, moods, and surroundings of each storyline captured my attention and of course, this history buff loved the historical timeline. The high stakes of the story also made this book unforgettable in so many ways. There was never a moment that I felt like “meh, I don’t want to finish this”. It was stunning beauty from beginning to end.

    Another thing about this book that is going to be hard for me to explain, but is there all the same and probably a very strong reason for the definite attachment to the story and characters. . . Was the emotions, motivation, and storyline of the characters. Heidi herself and the family issues that she deals with was very real to me in so many ways that I sometimes had goosebumps and very real feelings and emotions attached to them. From the sympathy and compassion I felt towards Heidi, the anger towards others who treated her a certain way, and a melancholic sadness over the way her life was formed and the difficult relationships that made up her family had me feeling near tears so many times.

    And let’s not forget the very real and strong storyline of mental illness that threaded through this book like a gold thread, sometimes bright, other times subtle, but always there to color the story and make it for what it is. A spectacular, emotionful and heartbreakingly compassionate view of the struggle of our society. She handled the perceptions, realities, and reality of mental illness in such a beautiful way that all I could do was applaud with a feeling of awe and appreciation for a job well done.

    In short, this is a stunning piece that any would do well to read. It is something that will stick with you and a book that I feel blessed to own and will treasure on my shelf.

    “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 Wayfair.

    And for those who were curious, this “ghost story” had no real “ghost”. Just so you know.

  • Brittany

    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

    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:

  • Anne

    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

    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 Wayfair

    Jaime 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.

  • Rachael

    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

    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.

  • V. Palmer

    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.

  • Kriste

    Reading this for reading challenge category of "Outside of your comfort zone" - creepy.... It was excellent!

  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    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

    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*

  • Jocelyn Green

    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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