HOLDING THE FORT
The Fort Reno Series, Book 1
Genre: Historical Western Christian Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Date of Publication: December 5, 2017
Number of Pages: 353
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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?
PRAISE FOR HOLDING THE FORT & THE FORT RENO SERIES:
“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
“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.”
“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.”
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This was such an enjoyable read!
I really enjoyed Louisa. I liked how she kept going even when she didn’t know what to do. Despite the circumstances she came from, she generally had a positive attitude and it was fun to follow her on this adventure.
Major Adams. He really had a hard time being both a good father and the commander of the fort. He’s a good man who wants the best for his daughters and for his men, which doesn’t leave him much time to consider himself.
The secondary characters were great, too! I was happy to see how central Adams’ daughters were to the story. Jack, Bradley, and the other troopers also had key roles (and senses of humor) that had me grinning as I read.
When Louisa and Major Adams meet, it’s a dance of wit, longing, and uncertainty that I loved to watch unfold.
It wasn’t hard to imagine the intense summer heat out in the plains, and Jennings does a wonderful job of giving just enough setting to see the story, but not so much that the reader is overburdened with description. The weaving of story threads is done really well. There were some tense sections, but overall the book was one that left me feeling lighthearted and delighted. I look forward to reading more of the Fort Reno series.
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She’s the winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and at First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.
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