Fine Print: Can You Solve The Riddle?

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An unforgettable read, book tour provided by Celebrate Lit. Fine Print is a period novel that has the best cross section of social status and historical event. Researched and carefully crafted for maximum enjoyment.

please note that I did receive a copy of this book for free from celebrate lit , but I was not reqrequired to leave a positive review. Also some links may be affiliate links, for your convenience. You may view my full disclosure here.

About the Book

Book Title: Meddlin’ Madeline  Fine Print

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Historical, Mystery

Release Date: February 20, 2018

Budding detective, Miss Madeline Brown, has gained quite the reputation for “meddling” in the circa 1900 city of Rockland. With two successful “cases” under her belt, it was only a matter of time before she found something new to interest her insatiable curiosity.

This time, however, the “curiosity” found her.

Challenged by Edward Gastrel, to prove her deductive prowess, Madeline embarks on riddling out the puzzle of a journal left to him by his grandfather. If she can decode the contents, the local gentleman may find himself in the possession of something quite valuable.

As usual, however, things aren’t as they seem, and Madeline finds herself in a race against more than time and ambiguity.

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About the Author

Chautona Havig

Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she uses story to point readers to the Master Storyteller.

My Thoughts on Fine Print

I have to admit, this book frustrated me quite a bit.

First, I thought I would have my advance copy in early February. That’s half of why I signed up for the book tour. So I would not have to wait as long to get my hands on a copy! Then Chautona had a brainstorm, and didn’t have the book finished early…

Second, with a newborn in the house, it took me 3 days to read, instead of my normal one-day read!

Third, I’m ready for book 4! Where is it? What will happen with Mayor Brown and Aunt Louisa? With the Pinkerton case? Will Amy make it home in time?

Okay, enough of that. Fine Print.

I have been fascinated through the first two books (Sweet on You, and Such a Tease) watching Madeline discovering Russell’s faith, trying to decide whether she wants it herself. In Fine Print, she asks an important question. How do you do it?

Her growth is there, in a realistic timeframe, not the main focus of the story but a natural progression.

I also enjoy how there is the main mystery, in this case a treasure hunt, but also things going on under the surface. Are the servants trustworthy? Is Edward really an invalid? Is the treasure hunt even real?

I have to admit, that Russell’s my favorite. His character is strong, his kindness sincere. He is smart, considerate and fun, but its not overdone. He is still flawed, and realistic.

I hope you will give it a try!

Guest Post from Chautona

Denny’s. “America’s Diner.” It’s also my “office away from my office away from home.” Most nights I write at our local prayer house. But on Wednesday nights for a few hours, and then all night on Saturday, I sit in booth 14 and write.

It was a cold, frosty Wednesday night. With thoughts from Bible Study still swirling in my mind and heart, I ordered my loaded baked potato soup and began brainstorming with my writing and podcasting buddy, April.

She left around midnightish—as usual. And another evening regular began chatting.

Look. I like this guy. He’s a fascinating conversationalist. We have a lot of fun talking books, movies, politics, history, computers… He’s even given me a great idea for a book (without meaning to, but still).

But… that night, I needed to get a bunch done on Madeline and didn’t have time for chatting. So, when he started talking about his evening, I wanted to bang my head on the table. I kept repeating, “People are more important. People are more important. People are more important,” over and over in my head.

I can’t tell you how often this has happened at Denny’s. Employees stop to chat. Regular diners stop to chat. This guy starts a long conversation and always on nights I can’t afford to spend… chatting!

But everything shifted in an instant.

The man said something—what, I can’t remember—and my brain started churning.

I asked a question.

He answered.

The next thing I knew, he’d moved into my booth and began firing questions at me. Suggestions. Most of what he suggested wouldn’t work with the story, but he had no way of knowing that. Still, every time he did I got a new idea. And I’d ask a question. He’d answer, suggest. I’d counter—ask or answer. Ideas blossomed and exploded into seeds of even more ideas.

And right there, at two o’clock in the morning, with Angela the wonder server keeping me in fresh glasses of Coke, Fine Print went from not only my favorite of the Madelines (thus far) but also became much more exciting.

The whole thing taught me a couple of lessons. First, I always say that people are more important than the “stuff” I do. Sometimes, that’s not so easy to live. But the Lord is always faithful, like He did that night, to remind me that it sometimes helps me, too.

Second, sometimes a mid-book brainstorming session is just what I need to keep my excitement high. And, if that means a “wasted” Wednesday night in booth 14, then I’d say it’s worth it.

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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize package worth over $50 that includes an antique journal, Pilot fountain pen (gold), Pilot refill cartridges, and a print copy of Fine Print!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

13 Comments on “Fine Print: Can You Solve The Riddle?”

  1. Thank you for your review and information on “Fine Print” by Chautona Havig as well as being part of the book tour. I’d very much love the opportunity to read this book.

  2. Thank you for your lovely review. Sorry, it took so long, but I’m not sorry it made it a better book! Meanwhile, I’m already researching and plotting book four!

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