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Louisa Bell is a dance hall who singer loses her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon. Her brother is a cavalry soldier stationed in Indian Territory. She goes to him for help and while there she is mistaken for a governess at Fort Reno. In need of a job, she takes the position working for Major Daniel Adams to teach and train his two teenage daughters. Taken by her good looks, Daniel turns a blind eye to her unconventional teaching methods. She must keep up this act long enough to help her secure the respectable future she has always wanted.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Fort Reno
Louisa Bell never wanted to be a dance-hall singer, but dire circumstances force her hand. With a little help from her brother in the cavalry, she's able to make ends meet, but lately he's run afoul of his commanding officer, so she undertakes a visit to straighten him out.
Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno. He can barely control his rowdy troops, much less his two adolescent daughters. If Daniel doesn't find someone respectable to guide his children, his mother-in-law insists she'll take them.
When Louisa arrives with some reading materials, she's mistaken for the governess who never appeared. Major Adams is skeptical. She bears little resemblance to his idea of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he's left without recourse. His mother-in-law must be satisfied, which leaves him turning a blind eye to his unconventional governess's methods. Louisa's never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough?
Robin Willson5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Christian Historical Romance that leaves you waiting for the next book!February 9, 2018Robin WillsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Endearing characters. I loved Louisa, who excelled as a singer but was not working in the best of places. When she hears that her brother is in trouble, she heads out to help him, stumbling on an opportunity that goes from misunderstanding to wonderful. Set at Historic Fort Reno, where an actual Cheyenne uprising did happen. Major Daniel Adams is known for having a stiff collar, but he soon finds himself grateful that Louisa is the governess to his two girls, although he cant quite put his finger on what isnt right about her. The girls begin to love and learn from Louisa, making it less likely that his mother-in-law will be able to take them away from him. For Louisa its a fabulous place to live where she can keep an eye on her brother and it opens a possibility for a new more respectable profession. Skillfully written and entertaining (as usual from Regina Jennings), leaving you holding your breath and cheering for Louisa all the way through.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Digging4PearlsShippensburg, PAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great ReadFebruary 2, 2018Digging4PearlsShippensburg, PAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Louisa Bell finds herself jobless with no place to live. As a former dance hall singer, her prospects are limited. When she learns that her Army brother is in trouble again, she determines to travel to Indian Territory to talk some sense into him before he's kicked out of the cavalry because of his antics. When she arrives, she had no intention of deceiving her brother's commanding officer, but when she's mistaken for someone else and it means a job, she finds herself deciding to fill in for a short time.
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.
Vickyd4 Stars Out Of 5Good book!February 1, 2018VickydQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I liked the characters and the time period it was in. I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5LOVED this book!!!January 27, 2018wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Love this book, of course I haven't found any of Regina's books that I don't love.
Miss Bell has a strong will and can put on a good act, but is it good enough? Will she be able to convince everyone, mainly Major Adams, she is a governess/teacher? She does a good job of hiding who she is and what she is and who know that knowing how to play a good game of chess could actually change your life around. Oh, and wait until you read about how they actually met!!!
Yep, you better grab a copy of this winning book! I don't know when the next book in the series is coming or the title, but it can't be written and released soon enough for me.
JordannReneeAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Entertaining Read!January 26, 2018JordannReneeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings is the first book in the Fort Reno Series and is a great start to what will be an enjoyable collection of books!
The characters and the plot line pull you in and keep you entertained to the very last page. But, when you have a dance hall singer who is mistaken for a governess by a dashing Major Adams, how can you not help but be completely enthralled? One can only imagine the events that will unfold.
If you enjoy books that whisk you away to a different time, particularly the Old West, then Holding the Fort is the perfect book to read!
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.