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Make-Believe Beau

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The Courtship Charade  

As a draftswoman in a man's world, Jessica Sinclair causes a stir as her new male colleagues vie for her attention. And the company manager has an ultimatum: fake a courtship with her boss, Flynt Kavanaugh…or lose her job. But pretending to be smitten with the handsome engineer unleashes a real, complicated attraction—and could reveal the past
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by Love Inspired
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Andrea Cox
This was an odd little book. It started out with an overabundance of physical attraction and an instant attraction. I was confused by why they were instantly attracted to each other yet balked at having to pretend to court each other, which seemed like conflicting ideas. Once the fake courtship got going, the story picked up and became more enjoyable to me. It was mostly unpredictable, with creative and unique events throughout. I especially enjoyed the roller skating scene as well as featuring ...more
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh goodness, I loved this book! I really loved the uniqueness of Jessica and her being a drafts woman. This is something I never knew would have existed back then but thanks to the readers note in the back, I know this is historical. How strong they had to be and what a perfect strong heroine Jessica was. Flynt was a DREAM! He was caring and supportive! Just the best Hero! Can we talk the first kiss?! OH.MY. I've decided amazing first kisses is where this author excels at. Whew! I loved their re ...more
Becky Smith
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book at a FaceBook party, and I am really thankful to be introduced to this author! This historical fiction book becomes more endearing when the reader realizes that Placerville, California, was her hometown; the El Dorado Water & Deep Gravel Mining Company was real; and her mother was a draftswoman 100 years after this 1874 story about a draftswoman struggling for a place in and respect for her trade. But this book deals with more than just history. The deeper story is about forgiven ...more
Kerry Johnson
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful and warm-hearted story! Author Keli Gwyn sets up a unique situation in Make Believe Beau, with a draftsman hiring a draftswoman in 1874 and their ensuing attraction as they work together.

Heroine Jessica is an independent young woman determined to use her talents in a male-dominated world. She's the perfect mix of sassy and kind, and I loved how the author twined her hidden past with hero Flynt's past. Flynt's an honorable hero focused on his draftsman position and future, unti
Julie Graves
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
Jessica Sinclair has worked hard to become a top-notch draftswoman. Unfortunately very few women are in that profession so Jessie is constantly having to prove herself. When she has an opportunity to prove herself at a new job Jessie knows that there will be hurdles to jump in order to gain the respect of her fellow draftsmen.

Flynt Kavanaugh is the man that has gotten Jessie her job. He's seen her work and knows that she is the perfect match for their team. Since having a woman on the team is su
Aug 05, 2016 added it
What a fascinating time and place for a historical setting. And how exciting to have the heroine work at an unusual job. Jessica faces all kinds of prejudice as a draftswoman in the male dominated profession. Honestly, I was fuming over the concept that the draftsmen's inattention to work was her fault! Gah! However I guess I shouldn't complain too loudly since that's the reason the make-believe romance comes into play. And, oh what fun that is! Jessica trying not to be attracted to Flynt. Flynt ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Make Believe Beau by Keli Gwyn. It takes place in 1874. Jessica Sinclair had a rough life. At age 16 she worked as a singer in a saloon. Her boss told her she would not have to do anything but sing. She did that for two years until she saved enough to better herself. She took classes and became a draftswoman in a man's world. She leave town and finds a job as a draftswoman for a company. The owner didn't like the idea of hiring a woman but she was the best for the job. Her boss, Flynt Kavanaugh ...more
Ann Street
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Make-Believe Beau is another great book by author Keli Gwyn.  You first meet Jessica Sinclair in A Home of her Own, but you don't have to read it before reading this book.  

Jessica is a draftswoman in a man’s world.  At her new workplace Jessica and engineer Flynt find themselves the victims of a matchmaker in the form of their cigar smoking boss.

Jessica and Flynt both learn that God brings complete forgiveness for past wrongs. They also learn about trust.  This is a great book and I would high
Ashley Dawn
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one. Jessie is used to making her way in a man's world. She is a draftswoman and is significantly good at what she does. She lands her dream job with a company and in large part thanks to Flynt. Flynt and Jessie are thrown together when their employer demands they pose as a couple to keep the office productive. Each have issues from their past that could affect their relationship.
I really liked Jessie. Her past was an issue, but not as horrible as she thought it was. She st
Vera Wilson
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Won this one. Jessica loves her job as a draftswoman, but in an office of nothing but men is not the best situation. Company manager comes up with idea of her a pretend beau. This can bring other problems.

Can she work out the situation and keep her job?

Recommend to others. Looking forward to reading other books by Keli Gwyn.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute, cheesy, read with some fun elements about women draftsmen in a short historical fiction. Both characters had their issues and their secrets and it seems to follow the cliche pattern, until it didn't.
It was fun and sweet.
You can never go wrong with Keli Gwyn. Although this particular book was heavier in the faith department than I usually read, I feel it was tastefully done and fitting for the characters situations. Being an engineering major, this book resonated with me. I loved reading about Jessie and how she forced her way into a man's world and does exceptionally well. Good for her! Another 5 stars for a wonderful read. ...more
Katrina Lybbert
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to read about characters who made something of themselves despite coming from difficult backgrounds in early life.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
Didn't finish this one. Liked the story line, but couldn't get into it. It seemed there was nothing more to the story. You know they will fall for each other In the end. ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Average boy meets girl and deny they attraction to each other.
Sherida Stewart
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an entertaining story with an intriguing mix of history and romance!

In 1874, draftswoman Jessica Sinclair is a self-sufficient lady with a challenging new position in a male-dominated workplace. Determined engineer Flynt Kavanaugh is her hardworking and fair-minded boss. Both have secrets concerning their earlier situations, providing an interesting story as they try to keep the past hidden and try to be convincing in their pretend courtship.

Jessica warmed my heart with her attitude of beli
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
overall: this was an interesting book that had some cool historical details on the building of the flume in El dorado county. jessie was a neat and independent girl out to make a living.
Pros: I really liked jessie. She was a friendly and independent person with a warm heart. She worked hard to make something of herself. Sid of course was a wonderful horse and so very handsome. the water scene was thrilling and I enjoyed the details of the flume and jessie experiencing her fear of heights.
Anne Campbell
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if pretending to be in love with your supervisor were a condition of your employment? Especially if that supervisor had also been ordered to carry on the charade by the owner of the company? This historical novel explores the sometimes poignant, sometimes frustrating (but definitely enjoyable) story that in modern days would be almost illegal!

Jessie Sinclair only wants to be accepted as a draftswoman. She's not looking for romance. Flynt Kavanaugh just wants the boss, Corby, to
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Make Believe Beau was the first book I’ve read by Keli Gwyn. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future. What a well written historical inspiration tale. Jessica Sinclair was an unusual woman for her period of time being a draftswoman. Add in her boss, Flynt Kavanaugh, whose boss insisted Jessica and Flynt fake their courtship. Jessica and Flynt each had heartache from their past and strong opinions that were not agreeable with one another. Will Jessica and Flynt be able to overco ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Keli Gwyn is a wonderful storyteller, and I love getting lost in the pages of her books! In Make-Believe Beau, she brings to life the rich history of the setting, and I reveled in the myriad of fascinating details that were included. I also enjoyed the uniqueness of the heroine’s career; Jessica Sinclair is a talented draftswoman in a time when very few women in this field existed.

Jessica and Flynt’s story is entertaining and engaging from the first page until the last! I delighted in their jou
Dawn Leonard
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read historicals because I usually don't like them. I won a copy of Make-Believe Beau in a giveaway and decided to give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised.

I thought Make-Believe Beau was a great story of a female draftswoman seeking work in a male dominated environment and her engineer supervisor who is forced to become her Make-Believe Beau. They both have baggage related to saloons and deal with it differently. Great story!
I usually really like these kinds of books but I did not like this one at all. I really did not like the slow moving pace, I did not need to know all the details of 1 day, I prefer things to be more spread out. I also did not like the back-story of the 2 characters, the way they meshed was just irritating.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First book by this author that I have read and I can't wait to read more from her. Absolutely loved this book. Loved that I thought 'oh this is going to happen' etc. but something else did. I love when what I expect doesn't happen. I do also loved how I was right on one aspect though. Both characters were enjoyable to read and I loved most of the secondary ones as well. ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Make-Believe Beau is such a delight to read. It is a fun story with the lesson of how to forgive and moving on. I highly recommend this book, as well as, any other by Keli Gwyn.
5 plus stars.
Marvy Herrera
Wonderful from begaining to end. I truly like this book, it's that kinda story that are unexpected it.Faith, love and a new chance to start again. Beautil combination. I recomend it! :) ...more
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