- Series: The Fort Reno Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (December 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076421893X
- ISBN-13: 978-0764218934
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 172 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Holding the Fort (The Fort Reno Series) Paperback – December 5, 2017
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From the Back Cover
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!
Louisa Bell comes from questionable beginnings. She feels that she can not make much of herself because of others decisions that affected her life. She doubts God and she doubts herself. A fortunate circumstance fell into her lap and she rose to the occasion and learned and grew as a person. She is a woman of integrity, grit, and intelligence - in spite of what others tell her.
I loved watching Louisa grow and see the positive impact she had on the children in her charge. It was because of her upbringing that she was able to see what the girl needed and help them live lives or refinement and fun. Her journey is painful, but inspirational. It is proof that your beginnings do not determine your endings.
Major Daniel Adams is a fair man. He comes across as stern, but deep inside he is a man of compassion, fairness, and strength. I loved having part of the story told through his eyes.
The two girls, Daisy and Caroline are a treat. Particularly Daisy, she was so much fun to read about. She has a free spirit, and I loved that Louisa encouraged it and helped her temper it for the occasion. I also loved that the story was set in the Old West and dealt with the expansion of the United States in "Indian" territory. Major Adams was wonderful with the tribes and encouraged positive relations. Now I know this is a fictional story, but I would like to believe that there were men and women of integrity who saw the value of the Native Americans and their way of life.
This is a fantastic book. There isn't a lot of violence for the setting and time period. There is a little bit of kissing and mention of a lives that were "soiled". I would recommend this book as clean and encourage anyone and everyone to read it. There are Christian themes, but the book is far from preachy.
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!