The Curse of Misty Wayfair

The Curse of Misty Wayfair

by Jaime Jo Wright

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493417285
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 82,092
File size: 8 MB

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.
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. To learn more, visit

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Curse of Misty Wayfair 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
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Christy41970 More than 1 year ago
The Curse of Misty Wayfair is the second book I’ve read by Jamie Jo Wright, so I knew I loved her writing style. The House on Foster Hill was the first, and I definitely recommend it! My mom loved it too! First off, let me say how much I love the cover of The Curse of Misty Wayfair, and when you read it, you’ll find that it is perfect for the book! This book is perfect for Gothic novel lovers as well as contemporary fiction lovers. It jumps back and forth from the early 1900s to the present day. THEA From the moment you start reading, you are going to be hooked! The story begins with Thea Reed, a traveling photographer with a unique service to offer: she photographs the recently deceased. Yes, people used to do that. Thea traveled to this Wisconsin town for a specific reason. She wants to find her mother who left her on the steps of an orphanage years ago. Thea finds temporary employment and goes on a search for her mother. Her search leads her to the legend of the curse of Misty Wayfair. Since the last post-mortem photograph she took was of a member of the Coyle family, she is befriended by the sister of the deceased and eventually the brother as well. She finds out that the curse is specific to the Coyle family, but she has no idea what she will uncover about the curse and her mother. HEIDI Thea’s story is slowly uncovered over a hundred years later when Heidi moves to the town where her sister and brother-in-law now live. Heidi’s parents moved there before her dad died to take on a small pastorate. Heidi’s sister is not thrilled to have her there. There are 15 years between them, and Heidi’s always felt like the black sheep of the family. The only reason she comes home is due to the fact that her mother, who is suffering from dementia, sent her a mysterious letter about a secret from the past. Heidi doesn’t want to visit. She puts off heading to her sister’s inn and stops at an antique shop to kill time. This is where she discovers Thea. Or at least a photo that Thea took. The photo is what leads Heidi down the rabbit hole in search of answers to her past where she hears the legend of the curse of Misty Wayfair. I absolutely love The Curse of Misty Wayfair. I’m a huge fan of Gothic novels. Even if you aren’t, remember that this book is inspirational fiction too, so it’s got a wonderful message. The redemption story is evident throughout the novel as are themes of works versus grace. So you get that creepy Gothic vibe along with a modern inspy romance vibe. Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that there’s romance in both Thea’s and Heidi’s lives. You’ll have to read it to find out more! I love the historical aspect of the book. The author uses some actual historical events such as the undercover investigation that Nellie Bly did to uncover the horrible treatment of asylum patients of her day. The Curse of Misty Wayfair really made me want to dig into my family’s history. It’s amazing what you can find out! Maybe when I get some free time… Make sure you’ve got plenty of free time when you start reading this one because you’re not going to want to put it down!
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was extraordinary writing and compelling to read with that also had a great, an incredible story that had it all put together with intensity to all character to finding the true identities that had been unknowing from there life with love and hope that had the elements of mental illness to involved it will challenging them through an unexpected answer. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review”.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Haunting! This is the third book written by this author, and honestly after reading the first book she wrote I didn't think she could outdo herself. She did! This is a ghost story that kept my heart pounding and my respiration increasing throughout a very suspense filled, fast moving plot. This book has parallel stories that are interwoven into a masterfully written drama. Characters are vividly portrayed, and the settings are so descriptive I could imagine myself standing alongside the members of the cast. I must admit I had some trouble sleeping at night since I do most of my reading before bedtime! I highly recommend this book and the others penned by this author! If you like a great scare in your reading, The Curse of Misty Wayfair will take you on a breathtaking journey!
DarleneLTurner More than 1 year ago
Thea Reed’s search for her long-lost mother finds her in turn-of-the-century Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin where the town is steeped in superstition, ghosts, and curses. Her discoveries into the whereabouts of her mother lead her to a creepy mental asylum. A place where once you’re admitted, you never leave. The mystery continues as she supposedly awakens the ghost of Misty Wayfair who was murdered years ago. Who is Thea really and can she find out the truth before it’s too late? A century later, after Heidi Lane receives a cryptic letter from her mother, she travels to Pleasant Valley only to learn the woman’s dementia has worsened. Upon her arrival, she visits an antique shop and discovers an old album with an eerie picture of a woman who resembles her, shattering who she thought she was. Her life is then put in danger once she catches sight of a ghostly woman haunting the woods near the abandoned asylum. This launches her into a quest to find her true identity and if it linked to the mysterious Misty Wayfair, but can she trust those around her? Her life depends on it. These two women will battle their pasts, but will they find the deadly curse links them together? Jaime Jo Wright has created an amazing, creepy story with The Curse of Misty Wayfair. I absolutely loved it. The intertwining stories drew me in from the beginning and grabbed my throat till the very end. Her imagery of the mental asylum, ghostly woman, and the town allowed me picture everything perfectly. The use of the five senses was well done. The characters wheedled their way into my heart and I found myself holding my breath at times as I waited to discover their stories. All of the characters, including the secondary ones, were well-developed. Awesome. Ms. Wright is a wonderful storyteller. I also loved how the chapters were split between time. It told the women’s stories at the same time (only a century apart) as it unfolded. I will definitely be reading more from this author. I give The Curse of Misty Wayfair five haunted houses. You’ll read this one into the wee hours of the morning, but remember to leave the light on! **Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I seriously couldn’t wait to get back to it every time I put it down. It is a bit spooky so if you struggle with that this might not be the book for you. There is so much meat to this book. It really is about identity and finding it in your Creator and following Him. My heart ached, tears gathered and truth won! Even though this was an entertaining read I loved the faith aspect, as well, that was woven throughout. It wasn’t preachy but left no guess as to the Who this book is really about. If like books that are a bit different that I highly recommend this one. A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
IngridIOrtiz More than 1 year ago
The Curse of Misty Wayfare written by Jaime Jo Wright.  I must say as a psyche major this book was an absolute great read.  The style of writing was exceptional! I love the dual story lines had me hooked.  The underlying themes were love, hurt, pain, deception, love, and redemption.  The author does a great job on shedding light on mental illness. I highly recommend this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading this story!
RachelChapman More than 1 year ago
What a read! It’s taken me a couple of days to get my thoughts together after finishing The Curse of Misty Wayfair. This book is layer upon layer of mystery and truth with deep character interactions that leave you wanting more. This is the third full-length release from Jamie Jo Wright, and just as the two books before, it has enough detail that a ‘normal person’ could have written several books using the material that lies within. A novel that takes place dually in 1908 and present day Pleasant Valley, The Curse of Misty Wayfair follows two women separated by decades as they seek to answer the question “Who am I?” Tales of ghosts and mystery are intertwined in a story that touches on romance and the history of and progress we’ve made in mental health as a nation as well as the personal impact it has on everyone it touches. Both women learn valuable lessons, the most important being finding their identity in The Creator. This is not a light-hearted easy read, but more a thought-provoking, intriguing read that will leave you wanting more. Best read in the daylight ;-) I did receive an advance copy of this book from the publisher but nothing was required of me in exchange. All thoughts here are mine and given freely.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
The Curse of Misty Wayfair By Jaime Jo Wright If you love a book that has two different threads of time that are woven together by a common factor you will love The Curse of Misty Wayfair. The early 1900s and present-day Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, have one thing in common Misty Wayfair. Who or what is Misty Wayfair you ask? It is from her murder in 1851 that the legends that have haunted Pleasant Valley ever since have come from. When Thea (Dorothea) Reed photographer of memento mori, also known as a mourning portrait, comes to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908 she is looking for clues to her past. A past that she has been lead to believe has roots there. Her only clues - scant memories of her mother and a letter detailing what little was known of her past. But Pleasant Valley seems anything but pleasant with secrets and rumors of a haunting by a woman whose appearance seems to foretell death. And the deaths all seem to be focused upon the Coyle family whom suspicion and rumor swirl in connection to the tale of Misty Wayfair. Thea wants to find the truth of who she is but most seem determined to discourage her attempts and she is warned away from the remaining Coyles, Rose and Simeon. But Thea is drawn to them in their grief and her curiosity keeps her from heeding the well-intentioned advice of the local residents or that of her late employer. In present-day Pleasant Valley, Heidi Lane is making a visit to the family she has avoided for the last several years. Feeling that she never quite fit in and that she was never good enough for them she went away to college and has been running from her demons ever since. But a letter from her mentally failing mother has her returning to a home she never knew. A happy reunion is not about to happen anytime soon and when Heidi starts experiencing events that have her questioning just what is going on. And worse it seems as if someone is determined to push her mentally over the edge. And the old photograph that she discovered marked Misty Wayfair is seemingly linked to whatever is occurring and Heidi wants answers. But getting answers from her family may be a tad difficult and she's managed to annoy some of the local residents almost immediately, whoops. The Curse of Misty Wayfair is Contemporary Gothic Fiction at its best. I really liked how the rumors about Misty Wayfair are engaged with by the various characters. Do you believe the souls of the deceased are trapped here forced to wander or did you believe that there is something beyond this that we know and see an afterlife that is not a wandering torment just beyond our physical life? Thea's upbringing was one that believed in spiritual hauntings. Heidi's upbringing was one as the youngest surprise child of a pastor and she chafed at the rules and don't that she felt stifled her. These two women with more than a century dividing them are linked by a place that is about to define what their futures will be but only if they can determine the truth of who they are. Get ready for some suspense that will keep you reading, as you promise yourself just one more chapter until you reach the conclusion which for both story-threads has some unexpected results. Jaime Jo Wright has again worked wonders with her wordcraft and the winner in this is the reader who picks up this newest work. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation but that I offer my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this by saying I don’t typically read suspense, especially at night.The Curse of Misty Wayfair isn’t so much scary but eerie. Once I got into it I couldn’t put it down so yes, I even read it at night. I have gotten to the place that I look forward to new releases by Author Jaime Jo Wright. Again, a genre I don’t typically read but her books are wonderfully crafted and each one gets better. The characters in this story are well developed. They have faults and challenges just as we do. Wright’s descriptions of places and events is incredible. For example, post-mortem photography was a new thing to me. While I found it creepy it was also fascinating to learn about. And her description of the asylum was gripping. Wright isn’t afraid to tackle issues such as mental illness, dementia, and autism. But she does it with love and grace, showing that keeping secrets is hurtful, and that everyone is worthy of love and respect. I highly recommend you add this to your “Must Read” list. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This book was unlike anything I've ever read and I just couldn't put it down! We are introduced to two women in two different eras in Pleasant Valley. Don't let the name of this town fool you - there are strange things that have happened and that people believe that has put a cloud over this town for a long time. Thea Reed is a post-mortem photographer who arrives in town at the time of Mary Coyle's death. So much mystery revolves around this family and Thea is taken down a strange rabbit trail of intrigue and strange occurrences. The curse of Misty Wayfair is a strange thing that hangs over this family and community. I found this part of the story very interesting as I didn't know much about post-mortem photography. I had no idea they had frames on which to prop the person up so a photo could be taken. It was quite amazing. Heidi is a woman who is basically trying to be anyone but herself. She is a free spirit who really doesn't want to be. Her family has made her feel like she's strange and that she doesn't fit in with them. When she gets a letter from her mother that piques her curiosity, she travels to Pleasant Valley to find out what her mother has to tell her. This opens the whole Misty Wayfair curse again as Heidi starts seeing a strange, white flowing figure in the woods. This book had so many twists and turns and was so suspenseful! I was never quite sure what was going on and there was a great surprise ending. I really love this book and highly recommend it if you like mysterious suspense. It was a great book! I give it 5 stars. *I received this book from Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my third book from Jaime Jo Wright and I can only say that every time she outdones herself! Her books are always character driven, deal with deep and difficult issues, a turmoil of emotions, all this while engaging you in a mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat and inspire you to live your faith to the fullest at the same time! It’s a strange combination but Jamie manages it masterfully and this book has been hard to put down since the first page. There is so much you want to know, things that are not fully resolved until the very end and they keep you guessing. Jamie is an expert in dual time storylines and she manages to keep your interest in both stories and tie them together piece by piece. This split time story develops with Thea in 1908 and Heidi in 2008. Both women struggle with identity issues, Thea an abandoned orphan who doesn’t know who she really is or who her mother was, and Heidi, a young sibling who has never fit in her excessively expectant family. Both arrive at Pleasant Valley in an emotional search of self discovery but they never expect to find themselves connected to a century and a half old legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman inmersed in a dramatic family feud who is mysteriously known to haunt the town and avenge the Coyle descendants. It’s an intricate story of self knowledge and identity that will take the characters in a journey of discovery of their self worth. A worth that can never be based on your origins, achievements, illness, circumstances that surround you, but in God’s infinite love for each of His children. It was a beautiful journey of self discovery inmersed in a mysterious but realistic drama. The characters felt real and relatable. The way Heidi deals with her anxiety and family issues, the way Thea deals with her fear of discovering her real past, it’s all very realistically portrayed that you find yourself rooting for each character in their quest of self discovery. The way depression and dementia was treated in the past was enlightening and it made me see how we cannot judge people when we don’t know what they are battling inside. I really enjoyed this story! I totally recommend it to anyone. It deals with some delicate issues, but it is done with respect and it has an inspiring message that it’s completely revealed at the end. The mystery might be a bit creepy and suspenseful, but nothing excessive, it just chills your skin and makes you look behind you or at a shadow in the window... ! One of my favorite reads and looking forward for her next book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
EElizabeth More than 1 year ago
I was scared. Should I continue, I thought? Is finishing really worth the danger? But I continued on... I continued reading The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright because I really wasn’t in any danger. However, there were many times while reading about the secrets and the mysteries in this book, that I forgot that I was in the safety of my comfy recliner in my cute little house with my two “guard” dogs outside. No, I really thought I was back in 1908 with Thea Reed trying to figure out what was happening in the town of Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin. I was solving the mystery of the curse that seemed to be hovering over certain residents. And then I was in current times, but still in Pleasant Valley, with Heidi, trying to figure out how the mysteries of the past and the present day were linked. I admire Mrs. Wright for the way spooky way she worded the story. There was an eerie tone to the book that really added to the mysterious events. I admit that I get scared easily, but I really was so scared reading this book that I wondering if I was too scared to finish the book. It probably didn’t help that it was foggy outside while I read. However, I kept on going because I just had to know what happened! And once the end was reached, I decided I really liked this book. Now, I need to go read the other books by Jaime Jo Wright! I recommend this book for those who enjoy historical mysteries, with a little romance and a lot of spookiness. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
LGKH More than 1 year ago
I have endeavored to write this review, fee of spoilers. Jamie Jo Wright’s The Curse of Misty Wayfair is the latest as of 2/2019 of the author’s novela and it is a demonstration of the author’s growing talent. Her first full novel, The House on Foster HIll, held me spellbound. The Curse of Misty Wayfair holds a talented treatment of issues that need to be addressed, particularly in the Christian world. Her sensitive portrayal of characters make this latest book my favorite that she has written to date. I love Thea and the play of her uncertainty mixed with her need to be stoic. Heidi’s familial struggles are so real in this book, I think most will see some familial pattern they have probably struggled with. Rhett is a man’s man, complicated and lovable. While I was able to predict some of the plot, I was not able to do so until just prior to the revelation. I like the clues and evidence the author drops along the way. This book too, I find difficult to put down.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a fan of Jaime Jo Wright’s books since her debut story, The House on Foster Hill. Her ingenious and intricately woven stories pull me right in from the beginning and won’t let go. I must admit, though, that I stick to daytime reading when I’m engrossed in one of her books, because they tend to be creepy with a gothic feeling. Wright excels at penning dual timeline stories. She’s also a master at creating complex, multi-layered characters. The main characters in this story were vividly drawn, and I could picture them easily in my mind. Stellar secondary characters add greatly to the suspense. Wright has woven the two storylines intricately together and revealed the mystery skillfully layer by layer to the amazing culmination. Her unique writing voice is perfect for this genre. With a gripping plot, a unique historical setting, memorable characters, and subtle inspirational messages woven in, this book is definitely going to be on my list of top reads for the year. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Curse of Misty Wayfair is another fabulous book from Jaime Jo Wright. Miss Wright knows how to draw a reader into a story and this one is no exception. This is definitely her best writing to date. I was instantly intrigued from the beginning all the way until I read to the end. I give The Curse of Misty Wayfair a well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend this powerful suspenseful and inspiring tale. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
RaechelK More than 1 year ago
Goodness. Gracious. I’m quite sure that I resembled a wide-eyed owl upon completing this book! Just when I thought I had figured it out, I was wrong, and there was a different twist! And that brings me to how impressed I am with the authors writing ability. Like…how?..! This book and its plot is SO intricate and so detailed and complex, and yet it all weaves together so brilliantly and flawlessly – both the historical story and the present day story. The characters themselves are each complex as well. Historical heroine, Thea Reed, has lived her life as an orphan, not knowing her real parents. Her journey to find her identity is captivating, to say the least. Present day heroine, Heidi Lane is on the path to find her identity too, though in a different way. Having grown up in a Christian family, she still felt like a misfit. There was a theme and even a quote in the present day story that made me relate well to Heidi. The quote said: “But, Heidi had to admit, it was nice to finally be heard.” I felt that this was actually a timely thing for me, and agree with that – it is nice to be heard, to know that there are others who are willing to listen and make us feel validated. The overarcing theme of our identity and where it is truly found was beautiful. It unfolded at a good pace, and is a very lovely reminder. I can’t continue without at least mentioning some of the other characters though, such as Simeon (past timeline), Rhett (present day), Connie (present day), and Emma (present day). Simeon is a sweetheart; felt for him immediately. Rhett could be a bit annoying at first (Heidi thought so too, so I’m not alone!), but I grew to love his character. Connie (Rhett’s mother) was amazing, and I adored her daughter (Rhett’s sister) Emma.
Melmanro More than 1 year ago
“A coolness settled over her, chilled from the awareness of being very alone and yet, not alone at all.” If a quote could sum up the feelings evoked when reading Jaime Jo Wright’s latest time slip novel, this would be it. Two women, a century apart, searching for answers about who they are are joined together by a mysterious “curse.” Some may ask, “How can a ghost story be Christian fiction?” Wright is a master storyteller in this genre. There are definitely ghostly characters and creepy happenings, but the ultimate solution points not only the characters, but the reader to the One who created all, knows who we are, and where we came from. I cannot recommend Jaime Jo Wright’s novels high enough for those who enjoy a little “eerie” in their Christian fiction. This one is a winner!
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
Oh there are no words to do this one justice. It might be her best yet! All the feels and soul stirring emotions will just engulf you. She weaves a story that sinks its teeth into your heart. It will leave you breathless with suspense and conviction of who you are. It is beautiful, stirring, full of unique characters, haunting and amazing. I know this one will be re-read many times over. The mystery is genius! This author is phenomenal at leaving hints, trails of rumor and so much suspicion that you cannot put it down. How can characters feel like family or make you cry for them and want to comfort them? Talent of the author, that is all I can figure. Thea and Heidi both have pasts that weigh on them and they yearn for a clear future with all the answers. Rhett and Simeon were gritty and perfectly flawed to round out this dual time-line tale. Such convicting conclusion tells us all who we are. It has been a while since I have read a novel that gripped me so fiercely that I still leave it sitting out to look at and remind me of what it taught me. They will stick with you, the characters and the lessons. Bookshelf keeper!!! I received this book from the publisher and did not have to leave a review. This is all my opinion!
Abby1219 More than 1 year ago
Love this story!! We each have things in our life story that we don't understand why we have to go through. But God takes every single broken piece and turns it into something beautiful. We simply have to trust that God is holding us in His hands, which is the safest place we could ever be. We may feel like an absolute failure at times, but God never sees us as one. He sees us as His beautiful creation and will never give up on us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Curse of Misty Wayfair makes three from three for Jaime Jo Wright, as far as I’m concerned, and this one could just be my favourite yet, for a number of reasons. To begin with, it’s another deliciously thrilling mystery. I mean, imagine discovering a photo album with pictures of dead people in it. That would be creepy enough. But then imagine one of those dead people you’re looking at is your doppelgänger. Seriously creepy! And it gets creepier still, if you can believe that! Secondly, I love the way mental illness plays such a central role in this story, both historically and in the lives of some of the key characters. Mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression have not been well understood in the past, and even with all our awareness today, it can be difficult to understand what it is like for those who live with it. Heidi was a fantastic character for this reason. Not only did she give the reader great insight into what anxiety can be like, but I loved the way she grew throughout the story in her view of herself and the way she responded to confronting situations. And since we’re speaking of brilliant characters: Rhett. I’ve enjoyed Jaime Jo Wright’s atypical heroes in the past, but Rhett has rocketed ahead to steal first place. He’s grouchy, extremely taciturn, and more than a little Hulkish, but talk about a man of hidden depths. He definitely made those times he decided to talk count, and boy did his actions speak loud and clear. I found myself continually anticipating the next time he would appear in a scene, and that anticipation only became more acute as I got further through the story! And goodness, I’ve barely even scratched the surface of this story, not to mention the historical parts with Thea and Simeon! It, too, held plenty of mystery and chills as well as the beautiful message that regardless of the tragedy and the sorrow, there is a design to our lives. That even if we are deemed “different” or “cursed” or “afflicted” in some way, we have been created for a purpose. If that all sounds like a lot for one story, you’re probably right! But somehow Jaime Jo Wright has woven it all together into a story that’s perfectly paced, eminently readable, and thoroughly satisfying. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
Author Jaime Lee Wright has proven once again her ability to create two stories that are very similar but set in different centuries and she ties them together so that readers are left amazed but very satisfied with the connection in the end. The Curse of Misty Wayfair features two young women searching for answers about their families. Dorothea "Thea" Reed is an orphan hoping to learn who her mother is and she has the unusual job of traveling around the countryside to photograph people who have recently died. It is 1908 when she arrives in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin and her whole life suddenly turns upside down. One hundred ten years later, in 2018, another young woman is also searching. Heidi Lane has always known who her parents are but she doesn't understand why she feels such a separation from them and her older sister. A cryptic note from her widowed mother sends Heidi to Point Pleasant and readers are drawn into this split-time story of two women, born a century apart, and their mutual connection to the legend surrounding the death of a young woman named Misty Wayfair. I truly enjoy mystery and suspense and this book offers both. It also has a gothic feel and there are many times when I strongly felt the need for more lights when I was reading it at night! I have never believed in ghosts but there are incidents when the legend of Misty Wayfair haunting Pleasant Valley seemed almost credible. There are many scenes set around an insane asylum and the descriptions of the secluded location of this institution and the people who were sent there to live out their lives are both sad and haunting. There are also many times when violent acts threaten both Thea and Heidi and I could imagine the fear that they were feeling. Both of them, however, are blessed with the support of two strong men and although there is only the suggestion of romance, there are moments when you can envision Thea and Simeon and Heidi and Rhett finding happiness with each other. Mental illness, anxiety issues and autism are a big part of the storyline of The Curse of Misty Wayfair and these conditions are treated with respect and understanding. The suggestions of dead spirits roaming in Pleasant Valley and Thea and Heidi's attempts to prove/disprove them are buffered by the strong religious beliefs that Simeon Coyle and Rhett Crawford possess. When Thea and Heidi experience feelings of being unworthy and unloved they are offered assurance of their value as a child of God. In one beautiful passage Thea concludes that "Maybe Simeon was right! That ceasing to uncover one's purpose, but instead finding out who one's Creator was, would be the most satisfying story of all to uncover". She was discovering what Simeon already knew; it is Our Heavenly Father, our Creator, who designed all of us in His image and it is through Him that true acceptance and happiness can be found! There is absolutely nothing that I disliked about The Curse of Misty Wayfair! This is an exceptional book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery suspence and Christian fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher and was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest opinions.
BrendaLee More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! This is not a light read. A time-slip suspense, many layered story that will chill your bones. Not the main plot but the romance was there too. I loved the characters and how the author wrote about their personalities. Also the special needs characters and the anxiety of Heidi were wrote about so well. The feelings it evokes were so real. I can’t forget the spiritual aspect of this book because I loved that too. So if you like suspenseful time-slip novels you will love this one. If you haven’t read any of Jamie Jo Wright’s books you are in for a treat and need to read them. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher/author and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
LifeofLiterature More than 1 year ago
What an exciting book! The opening line, “melancholy was a condition of the spirit and soul, but also of the mind,” draws you in with its eerie mystery immediately and the grip of the words does not let up until the last page. This book has ghost like suspense that left me with heart pounding and eyes scanning to find solutions to the supernatural. I love Jaime Jo Wright’s writing as it is packed with details that allow me to really envision each scene and imagine the thrilling events. She has such a unique gift! The characters are rich in depth with imperfections and struggles that are realistic and relatable. Jaime Jo tackles difficult social topics in this book, including but certainly not limited to, autism and its effects on loved ones, depression and anxiety and its misconceptions, childhood trauma and its psychological aftereffects, and the treatment of the mentally ill in the early 20th century. What a phenomenal read! I could hardly put the book down and stayed up much too late on several evenings to finish it (really, my only complaint here is the lack of sleep I had while reading, ha!). The central theme of identity is clearly woven so uniquely throughout and ultimately draws on the Christian principle of identity in Christ. I did not used to like split time novels, but Jaime Jo has a special gift to craft books that weave together a story that comes together into a well-structured and satisfying ending, and has definitely made me a fan of these books. I truly loved this book and cannot wait to see what she pens next! Most highly recommended! I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers/Jaime Jo Wright in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Curse of Misty Wayfair is an exceptionally eerie time slip novel that will pull you in and not let go! Jaime Jo Wright has outdone herself with this story and written a book you will NOT want to put down. Thea is a postmortem photographer in 1908 and Heidi, living over a century later, is the irresponsible black-sheep of her family, coming to see her mother who's in the end stages of dementia. Both women's stories land them in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin where they learn the ghostly legend of Misty Wayfair. In this most gripping story, Wright beautifully handles the subjects of mental illness, asylums, autism, and finding our acceptance and identity in our Creator. These themes are written with delicacy and grace and left me with goosebumps! I cannot wait to see what Jaime Jo Wright comes up with next! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.