Holding the Fort (The Fort Reno Series Book #1) - eBookRegina JenningsBethany House / 2017 / ePub$0.79 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 7 Reviews
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Susan Barrett3 Stars Out Of 52.5 Stars for MeMarch 7, 2018Susan BarrettQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings is the first book in a new series set at Fort Reno in Indian Territory, late 1800s.
Louisa Bell just got fired from her job singing at a saloon in Kansas, and is trying to make herself some money and find her brother. In doing so, she accidentally lands herself a job as a governess for Major Adams' two daughters.
Major Adams, after losing his wife, needs help raid his two girls at a military fort in Indian Territory. He has no idea how to turn his daughters into proper young ladies and while he has his reservations about Ms. Bell, he is just glad to have the assistance.
There are certain reasons I enjoy Regina Jennings' novels: the historical western setting, the laugh-out-loud humor, the likable characters, and the unique romances. This novel only had the historical western setting. I found this book really hard to get into, the plot slow-moving, the characters unlikable, and the dialogue and quirkiness usually found in Jennings' novels missing. I was disappointed in how long Louisa kept up her deception (over 90% of the book), and felt that the romance between her and the major was not believable. They had virtually no chemistry and the only reason that they seemed to get together was their common love for the Major's daughters. The only redeeming quality of the book for me was the message of salvation woven into it, but even that seemed out of place in the midst of how disappointed I was in the rest of the book. I would recommend Karen Witemeyer's Head in the Cloudsover this book if you're looking to find a Christian historical western about a governess who falls in love with the child's father.
Thank you to Net Galley and Bethany House publishers for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
rkfall5 Stars Out Of 5Holding the FortMarch 3, 2018rkfallQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings was a pleasant and delightful read! It had action, a great plot, romance, and it had twists and turns that kept me reading. It was funny sometimes and intense other times. The redemption of this brother and sister was inspiring! We can't always control our upbringing but it doesn't have to define who we CAN be for the future. There can be value, purpose, and love found in the unexpected places. Another great one by Regina Jennings!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
crjimenez5 Stars Out Of 5Fun Characters Bring New TwistFebruary 25, 2018crjimenezQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5You think you know the plot: someone pretends to be someone theyre not, falls in love, and somehow has to tell that person who they really are. However, author Regina Jennings introduces us to unique characters who take that plot and twist it into a better story. Who else wouldve placed a saloon singer with an Army major, let alone have her be the governess for his children? Throw in an angry grandmother, potential conflicts with Native Americans, & two feisty children each with their own personality...this book has a lot more to offer than just the dry old story line we all know.
As a teacher, I was intrigued by Louisa & how she could ever pretend to be a teacher without having been to school herself. I have enjoyed all of Regina Jenningss books, but this character was what drew me to this story.
Holding the Fort is the first book of this new Fort Reno Series and I look forward to what lies ahead!
Sandra Burson5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful ReadFebruary 12, 2018Sandra BursonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love Regina Jennings and have read several of her books. I can count on her for a laugh or two. She has written some of my favorite lines of all times. In Holding The Fort after the Major has fallen off his horse riding barefoot, Louisa has his head in her lap. He awakens and thinks he is dreaming or imagining her. He jumps up, gets back on his horse and rides away. "She couldn't shake the image of him riding away, hunched over, barely able to stay in the saddle. What if he'd fallen off somewhere and was even now being carried down a hole by a colony of well-coordinated prairie dogs?" The idea of Lovely Louisa Bell, a former dance hall singer being mistaken for a Mennonite governess is full of crazy adventure. Add to that the Majors uncooperative daughters and things go down hill from there. Major Daniel Adams knows she does not look anything like the type of person he has ordered, but his hands are tied and he has no chose but to give her a chance. I loved this book and would highly recommend it.
DMP5 Stars Out Of 5Christian Romance Done RightDecember 26, 2017DMPQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is Christian Romance done right.
Louisa Bell, aka Lola Bell, is a dance hall singer who has just been replaced by a younger woman. With nowhere to go, she heads to Fort Reno where her brother is stationed. She's just learned that he's gotten himself in trouble, so she hopes that she can help him. In the meantime, Major Daniel Adams is struggling with raising his daughters who are getting to an age that they need a woman's help. So, he decides to send off for a governess from the nearby Mennonites. While enroute to the fort, Louisa meets Major Adams' intended governess who is turning back due to allergies and agrees to deliver the educational materials to the Major. Upon arrival with the books, she is mistaken for the governess. Without any other options, Louisa decides to continue with the ruse, but as she gets to know the girls and their father, her deception weighs on her conscience. Can she reveal her true identity and risk getting sent away?
What follows is a lot of humor, tender romance, and a slice of history. Within the developing romance between Louisa and the Major are some truly funny scenes. And, even though this is a fictional story, the author details at the end how real history and real people were introduced within the story.
A primary theme within the story is the redemption available through Jesus. At the beginning of the story, Louisa doesn't trust God or church goers. But, as she observes other Christians and listens to them, she softens and accepts the Gospel message. Another smaller theme is forgiveness. Will she be forgiven if she reveals her past and the deception she's living as a governess?
Romance - G / tame PG
Language - clean
Violence - one fight scene, man thrown from horse and hits head, causing bleeding.
My rating - 5 stars