Saturday, March 17, 2018

Book spotlight with a giveaway: Fine Print by Chautona Havig

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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My Review

I adore Meddlin' Madeline!

First, the book.  Again, I loved how the writing style matches the time period, I love the quirky "thought bubbles" throughout the story, and I love how I just couldn't figure it out. 

Secondly, I love Madeline even more now.  This girl is intensely loyal where loyalty is deserved, she is intelligent, and oh, does this girl have some vocabulary!  She is realistic and humble, yet feisty and independent.  I also loved seeing her taking steps to deepen her faith.

The third book of the series, Fine Print was just as good as the previous two, if not more enjoyable.  It has been wonderful to get to know the supporting characters even better.  I believe it could stand alone, but I recommend starting at the beginning of the series.

Those who enjoy historical fiction with some mystery and suspense thrown in will certainly enjoy this novel. 

I received a digital copy of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

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

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.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, March 6
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Bigreadersite, March 7
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Pause for Tales, March 8
Multifarious, March 9
Blogging With Carol, March 9
Bibliophile Reviews, March 10
Connie’s History Classroom, March 10
A Greater Yes, March 11
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 11
Lots of Helpers, March 12
Janices book reviews, March 13
Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 13
Carpe Diem, March 14
A Baker’s Perspective, March 14
The April Journal, March 15
Kristin’s Book Reviews, March 15
Mary Hake, March 16
New Horizons Reviews, March 16
Simple Harvest Reads, March 17 (Guest post from Mindy)
Among the Reads, March 17
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 18
Pursuing Stacie, March 18
Aryn the Libraryan, March 19
Have a wonderful Day, March 19


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!


  1. Thanks for being a part of this tour. I hope to read Meddlin’ Madeline Fine Print very soon!

  2. Thanks for the information on "Fine Print" by Chautona Havig and for being part of the book tour. I'd very much love the opportunity to read this book.
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  3. Really looking forward to reading Meddlin Madeline!

  4. I'm excited to read this one.

  5. This book sounds SO good. I just love Chautona's books.