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Holding the Fort (The Fort Reno Series) Paperback – December 5, 2017
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With Miss Bell as the Teacher, Everyone's Bound to Learn an Interesting Lesson
Dance hall singer Louisa Bell has always lived one step from destitution. When she loses her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon, she has nowhere else to go but to her brother, a cavalry soldier stationed in Indian Territory. But he's run afoul of his commanding officer. Unsure what she can do to help him and desperate for a job, she doesn't protest when she's mistaken for a governess at the fort. How hard can teaching really be?
Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno, especially raising two adolescent daughters alone. If this new governess doesn't work out, his mother-in-law insists she'll raise the girls herself--far away from the fort. Miss Bell bears little resemblance to Daniel's notion of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he finds himself turning a blind eye to her unconventional methods. Louisa has never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough to help her brother and to secure the respectable future she's sought for so long?
"In this character-driven series launch, Jennings offers a powerful lesson on the freedom of truth and forgiveness wrapped in a delightful story of love against the odds."--Publishers Weekly
"This series launch is a charming historical romance set in 1880s Fort Reno, OK. . . . Jennings kicks off a new series with a light and enjoyable tale that will delight her fans as well as lovers of historical romance."--Library Journal
"The first book in Jennings' new Fort Reno series is a delightful read that helps solidify what a wonderful and imaginative writer Jennings is. She manages to create unique stories with interesting and well-developed characters while combining humor, mystery and a sprinkle of faith."--RT Book Reviews
"Louisa's performance to hide her true identity results in funny and touching moments as she learns about God and His expectations."--Christian Market
About the Author
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of numerous novels, including For the Record, A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. She has won a National Readers' Choice Award and been a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.
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A very touching for me was after a few weeks of Louisa teaching his girls, the Major gets his requested background information letter regarding her credentials. He sees how far the girls have come and how hard Louisa is working "he held the flame to the envelope, then shook out the match. He knew the truth in his heart."
There is much drama in this book too. Warring Indian tribes, nasty mother-in-laws and a performance like none other.
Will Lovely Lola, gifted saloon singer, be forced to give up her virtue and return to the saloon? Or will Louisa become the lady she is meant to be and find love and a home of her own? I loved all the characters in this book too. It is a very well written story. I've already read a companion novella
Read the book to find out! I don't give spoilers but I will say it is a wonderful book! It is a very well written story. I've already read a companion novella in Heart's Entwined Historical Collection. It is a story about Louisa's brother Bradley. I can't wait to read more from Ms. Jennings!
Major Daniel Adams is struggling with the home front - or at least his two rambunctious daughters. The governess the Mennonite Society sent isn't anything like he anticipated. Her methods and ways are sometimes unorthodox, but she seems to be able to take his daughters successfully in hand, which is what he desires. As long as he can keep his heart out of the mix he won't have any problems.
I found Holding the Fort to be a delightful story. I particularly enjoyed the humor that Regina brings to each of her tales. She is a master at creating a story that the reader can't put down and is sad when the book comes to an end. I give it a 5 out of 5 for happily-ever-afters.
This book was provided for free and a favorable review was not required.
It was not only comical but sweet to see a very disciplined Major in the Calvary meet a forrner dance hall girl. Did they have anything in common?
I will let other readers find out for themselves. It was amazing from cover to cover. Trust me, you will love this book, too!