Curse of Misty Wayfair

Curse of Misty Wayfair

by Jaime Jo Wright (Preface by)


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ISBN-13: 9780764233227
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jaime Jo Wright ( is the Christy Award-Winning author of The House on Foster Hill. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime works as a human resources director in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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Curse of Misty Wayfair 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous less than 1 minute ago
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.* Paula Shreckhise
Perrianne 2 days ago
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 of the book from the publisher. However, I am in no way required to give a positive review and all ratings and thoughts about the book are completely my own.
EmilyBoyMom 4 days ago
Jaime Jo Wright never fails to keep my attention! I was really wowed by this book, as it brings to light issues that we rarely discuss: mental health, family secrets and the ties that bind. Jaime crafts characters that you will find yourself rooting for, especially the ones you can personally relate to. The Curse of Misty Wayfair is a book that will draw you in, make you believe in ghosts and question family loyalties. Heidi Lane is the contemporary character in this time slip novel, and she has some issues of connection with her estranged family. As a pastor's kid, she experienced pressure and legalism that has pulled her away from God and any type of long term commitment to faith. She has also dealt with anxiety and a general feeling of being unable to belong anywhere. But she has been called back to her hometown of Pleasant Valley by a mysterious letter from her mother (who is now facing Alzheimer's) that sparks an interest in Heidi's origins. Thea, the character from the turn of the century, is an aspiring photographer facing questions about her family history. She follows the lead of the photographer who took her in as a child, helping families record the last photos of their loved ones before burial. She's now got the chance to take over the only work she's known since her benefactor passed away. While Pleasant Valley seems like a wonderful place, the asylum that is hidden in the woods holds a secret that will change both these ladies' lives. There they will find the answers to the questions long held secret by the community that shrouds their fears in rumors and ghost sightings. And, like any great Wright book, you have the supporting characters. There's the brooding hero, Rhett, who owns the local garage and employs Heidi's brother in law. Then there's Connie, the local antique store owner and her intelligent, autistic daughter, Emma. In Thea's time period, Simeon Coyle has an unspoken connection to Thea, as well as Mr. Amos, the photographer that agrees to take her on as an employee. There's also Rose, the tea loving nurse at the asylum, who continues to assist the residents of the asylum in the woods. The elusive Misty Wayfair makes her appearance several times throughout the story, too! The patchwork of characters that help bring this story to life are, as always, well written and very relatable. The subtle message of God's grace and provision amidst dark circumstances is one that leaves the reader with encouragement and the knowledge that we are never forgotten Just as the dark reveals ghosts, the light will always draw out the good. I was thankful to read this work early as an ARC reader.
TheBeccaFiles 4 days ago
Ever wonder what goes on in an author’s mind that enables them to create such intricate webs of suspense? Once again Jaime Jo has knocked it out of the park! Her stories are so well developed and the suspense is woven so deeply that you’re both afraid to continue and you need to continue. Whew, now I can go back to sleeping at night! Mental illness is a sensitive and difficult topic to approach. It’s haunting how horribly it’s been handled historically. Some of the “tests” and “experiments” patients experienced are nothing short of torture. Not wanting to be labeled as “crazy,” many suffer in silence. This story is split in two timelines–Thea in 1908 and Heidi in modern time. Heidi suffers from crippling panic attacks. Her sister often calls her “crazy” and you can see what it does inside to Heidi. What’s noteworthy is that often what is described during an attack is the physical side-effects. When someone says “it’s just in your head” it’s clearly coming from someone in ignorance. Heidi experiences dizziness and changes in vision before her mind even has the chance to slow her racing heart. Sometimes she has warning when one is coming on, and others appear to hit her out of nowhere. In my opinion Jaime handled this topic realistically with both honesty and sensitivity. As with many suspense stories, this story had a whole slew if tiny little pieces that needed to be put together by the end. How she was able to weave it all together is nothing short of masterful. I won’t share too much about this because I obviously don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that as someone who is averse to paranormal activity in stories I was satisfied with how it all concluded. Another piece I love about Jaime’s books is how she is able to weave the hope of Christianity in the midst of the chaos characters are walking through. Her books are a perfect option to share with unsaved friends because they approach the need for Christ in a way that is real without being overly cheesy. Words of hope and encouragement are shared in tangible, heartfelt ways instead of impersonal Sunday school answers. If you haven’t gotten your hands on one of Jamie Jo’s books yet you should go remedy this immediately. They are so incredibly written and are sure to grip you from start to finish. If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down–go ahead and pick this one up! *I received a copy of this book from the author through NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Nicole_C 4 days ago
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.
Mandy Elliott 5 days ago
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts below are my own. A SUPERB COMBINATION OF HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY FICTION WITH POWERFUL CHARACTERS, A BRILLIANT STORYLINE, RIVETING SUSPENSE AND A CAPTIVATING DASH OF ROMANCE! Author Jaime Jo Wright completely outdoes herself with this third time slip novel that is sure to capture readers imaginations and hearts in an edge-of-your-seat page turner! Both the depth of this story and the compelling plot are truly remarkable, showcasing the creative way in which Wright delivers the narrative. As I delved into this new story, I was immediately immersed in two stories… That of Thea Reed, a young woman who’s searching for her roots so to speak at the beginning of the twentieth century, and that of Heidi Lane, a present day woman who’s returned home at the mysterious bidding of a letter penned by her dementia ridden mother. Both stories take readers captive from the very beginning… Wright has a way of creating magnetic, multi dimensional characters that are relatable and likable. While I loved Thea and Simeon’s story, it was the dynamic relationship between Heidi and Rhett that I found captivating, amusing and enjoyable. Their strength, and stubbornness, made for some great interactions that left me smiling. Not to mention, the intricate way these two stories wove together in a fascinating tale of suspense, mystery and intrigue was phenomenal! Overall, this was an excellent read. It’s clear that Wright is a master of words and very studious of people and their unique makeup. She portrays her characters and their thoughts in a way so relatable, readers can easily identify with them. I love how each of her books portrays a character with special needs and the unique qualities those characters bring to the story, as well as the concept that everyone is made in God’s image with love and for a specific purpose. The faith elements woven throughout this novel are rich, deep and inspirational. The clear impact a personal relationship with the Lord is evident and following the characters on their journey to uncover God’s truths is enlightening and relevant. Along with Wright’s other two novels, I highly recommend The Curse of Misty Wayfair to both historical fiction lovers and contemporary fiction readers. It is also a great read for mature young adults and college age readers. Please, don’t miss out on this gripping novel, it won’t disappoint!
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 5 days ago
"Why do people dismiss the dead so easily? Once you're passed, you're no longer important?' Jaime Jo Wright has brought us another extremely intriguing novel, this one a bit creepy, too. Written in her signature dual time line, it held me completely enthralled. Here's why: Thea Reed----photographer of the dead, orphan, searching for her story Simeon Coyle---groundskeeper of a mental asylum, photographs the patients for the records Heidi Lane---unwanted, anxious, always looking for somewhere to belong Rhett Crawford---rescuer of those who don't realize they need rescuing. Misty Wayfair---wrongly murdered, still trying to punish those responsible? With a character cast like this, how can the reader not be captivated with what lies within the pages of the book? Thea Reed was left on the steps of an orphanage as a small child and has come to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin in 1908 desperate to find her mother. Everything she hears leads her to a mental asylum, where, if truth be told, all is definitely not well. She agrees to help Simeon Coyle, groundskeeper, photograph the patients for record keeping purposes. It doesn't bother her because her job is to photograph the dead. The legend of Misty Wayfair has been brought to life again in both timelines. Misty, who was murdered and now haunts the area and death follows in her wake. Present day: Heidi Lane gets a cryptic letter from her mother, a victim of dementia, that begs her to return home to Pleasant Valley at once. A letter that speaks of voices, ghosts and things that need to be fixed. Heidi sees a ghostly woman at her window shortly after settling in at her sister's lodge, and finds a hundred year old photograph album with a dead woman's photo who looks exactly like her. The woman at the window haunts the grounds of the now abandoned asylum. And the legend of Misty Wayfair is once again resurrected as Heidi now has reason to fear for her life. Can these two women, over 100 years apart, find the answers they seek and disprove the original curse that link them? Jaimi Jo Wright brought us her debut novel two years ago and it was amazing. Now she is proving that she is only getting better! This book completely captivated me! Completely intriguing, it was, and all through it, my mind kept casting about trying to figure out what was going on. Never once did I guess, either. Wonderful writing, engaging characters and a plot that just grabs the mind, this one is one for the keeper shelf. Highly recommended. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Homesteading 5 days ago
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.