The Metropolitan Affair (2023)

About the Book

Book: The Metropolitan Affair

Series: On Central Park #1

Author: Jocelyn Green

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Release Date: March 14, 2023

For years her explorer father promised Dr. Lauren Westlake she’d accompany him on one of his Egyptian expeditions. But as the empty promises mounted, Lauren determined to earn her own way. Now the assistant curator of Egyptology for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lauren receives two unexpected invitations.

The first is her repentant father’s offer to finally bring her to Egypt as his colleague on a new expedition. The second is a chance to enter the world of New York’s wealthiest patrons who have been victims of art fraud.

With Egyptomania sweeping the city after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, Detective Joe Caravello is on the hunt for a notorious forger preying on the open wallets of New York’s high society. Dr. Westlake is just the expert he needs to help him track the criminal. Together they search for the truth, and the closer Lauren and Joe get to discovering the forger’s identity, the more entangled they become in a web of deception and crime.

In this rich 1920s tale, bestselling author Jocelyn Green invites you into one of New York City’s most esteemed museums, where a young woman discovers secrets, betrayal, and romance.

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My Thoughts

The Metropolitan Affair by Jocelyn Green is so good. Definitely a top-ten read for the year! My favorite aspect to this story is the Mystery — so, so, so well done. I was hooked from page one and did not want to put this book down. I was so sure by the 50% mark that I knew whodunit. I did NOT know whodunit. LOL! In addition to the mystery, I really LOVED the characters. Each character is so unique and interesting. Lauren is the most relatable. No, I am not a super educated Egyptologist who works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but I do relate to her major issues with her father. All I will say about Lauren’s father (because he is a huge part to the mystery) is that he left me feeling the way I often feel when I leave a visit with my own father — really sad and really angry. Joe is a great hero and a really cool detective. I liked his character the best. I devoured his parts in each chapter because the detective work is excellent, but also because he is just cool. He is fiercely loyal, incredibly intelligent, and has a protective streak a mile long. I love when heroes are protective, and how Joe protects Lauren in this story is quite swoony. As far as relationships go, I found that Joe and Lauren’s relationship progresses nicely over the course of this story. At the start of this story, Joe and Lauren are dear old friends who have recently reconnected. Joe needs Lauren’s help identifying Egyptian forgeries. Lauren is all too happy to help her dear childhood friend. As the mystery deepens, so, too, does Joe and Lauren’s relationship as they move from friendship to a sweet, real romance. I really love Green’s storytelling talent for weaving a compelling mystery with an endearing romance with deep, spiritual and personal self-reflection and growth. A reader really does get so much when he/she picks up a story by Ms. Green.

The Metropolitan Affair is an excellent Historical Romance that I highly, highly recommend. This is a story you will not want to miss. If you are a fan of well-written and well-researched Mysteries, if you love a good, clean Romance, and/or if you just want to read a highly engaging storyline written by one of the best storytellers today, then purchase a copy of this book. I promise, you will not be disappointed you did.

I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, via NetGalley in order to read and review. I also received a paperback copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Influencer Team program in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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