Thursday, February 7, 2019

Book Review - 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 turn-of-the-century Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin. When the clues she finds lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a postmortem 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 haunting 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, they must overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined.


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


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.

Blessings - Julie

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