Tuesday, August 8, 2023

The Girl from the Papers by Jennifer L. Wright

 Beatrice Carraway has dreams. Although she’s aged out of the childhood pageant circuit, she’s intent on carrying her talents all the way to the big screen—if only she can escape the poverty of West Dallas first. But as the Great Depression drags the working class further and further under, Beatrice struggles just to keep herself, her mother, and her younger sister afloat. After a string of failed auditions, she feels defeated.

And then in walks Jack Turner. Though Beatrice is determined to pull herself up by her bootstraps, Jack has decided on a different path out of the gutters. It isn’t long before Beatrice is swept into an exciting and glamorous life of crime beside the man she loves. Keeping one step ahead of the law, she sees her dreams of fame come true when her name and picture are plastered in newspapers across the country. Yet as their infamy grows, the distance between them widens. While Jack begins seeking bigger payouts and publicity, Beatrice starts to long for a safe, quiet life and something deeper to fill the emptiness in her soul. But when the danger of Jack’s schemes ratchets up, Beatrice fears her dreams—and her future—will end up going down in a hail of bullets.



About The Author

Jennifer Wright has been writing since middle school, eventually earning a Master’s degree in Journalism at Indiana University. However, it took only a few short months of covering the local news for her to realize that writing fiction is much better for the soul and definitely way more fun. A born and bred Hoosier, she was plucked from the Heartland after being swept off her feet by an Air Force pilot and has spent the past decade traveling the world and, and every few years, attempting to make old curtains fit in the windows of a new home.

She currently resides in New Mexico with her husband, two children, one grumpy dachshund, and an overly demanding guinea pig.

"If It Rains" is her first novel and is available from Tyndale House Publishers wherever books are sold.

She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers Association), and can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and sometimes (but very rarely) on Twitter. She also blogs at www.jennwrightwrites.com 


My Review

 This is a story of people trying to live through the Great Depression, and really not doing very well.

Beatrice Carraway was gifted as a young child with being really cute, and having a bit of talent, she won contests, and thus led to a life of wanting to recreate the fame she once had.

Add in Jake Turner, a man who drives fancy cars, but wants more, and our girl head turns, but Jack wants more and does not want a 9 to 5 job to provide this, of course, there weren't many jobs out there.

This is a Christian read, and as human nature, the author gives us people that know right from wrong, and choose to go to the dark side. We are also offered Jake's sister-in-law Allie, a woman who love the Lord and wants all to choose God, and Eternity.

How this all plays together makes for a page turner, you don't know how this is going to end up, but with bullets flying things do not look good, and yet?

I really did enjoy this read, and I could see why certain choices were made, times were hard, and the easy way sure looks appealing! Great job!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Tyndale House, and was not required to give a positive review.


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