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.
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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 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!