About The Curse of Misty Wayfair

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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?

My Review

I started reading The Curse of Misty Wayfair at night. I made it about 20 pages before realizing it’s much better to read in … oh, broad daylight! 🙂

Misty Wayfair is both very similar to and very different from Jaime Jo Wright’s other books, The House on Foster Hill and The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. (Read my reviews on Foster Hill here and Gossamer Pond here.) Wright uses dual time periods to follow Thea Reed’s 1908 story and Heidi Lane’s, set in present day, to great success (no surprise there!). This method was very successful in Wright’s other books, and she absolutely pulls it off here.

Misty Wayfair felt darker to me than the others, though perhaps most comparable to Gossamer Pond. Certainly spooky, and focusing on a mystery many characters believe to be a ghost, it makes for quite the Halloween read! An October release date would not have gone amiss.

I took quite a bit longer reading this book, as well. Part of that was to savor Wright’s way with words (pardon the alliteration); she truly has a rare gift. I knew this already, but Misty Wayfair cemented it! I was also just plain scared at times, and may have channeled “Home Alone”‘s Kevin McAllister, turning on all the lights after a bout of reading.

Jane Austen’s Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey) would love Misty Wayfair‘s Gothic turn; L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables, etc.) would say it’s the perfect story to make you “deliciously scared”.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Jaime Jo Wright (www.jaimewrightbooks.com) 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.