Holding the Fort (The Fort Reno Series) by Regina Jennings
Louisa travels to Indian Territory to find her brother after being replaced by a younger dance hall singer. She arrives only to be mistaken as the teacher and governess for Major Daniel Adams daughters. His 2 daughters have been without a mother for some time so Major Daniel got a governess in hopes his girls can be properly trained in the way of education and manners before their grandmother whisks them off to the city.
Lousia finds out her brother Bradley is in the same location (Fort Reno) but doesn’t want others to know why she’s there and that they are related since he supposedly almost killed someone. If someone finds out Louisa isn’t a teacher and is really a dance hall singer, her hopes of a new life and possibly love, will disappear.
This book was fun to read and true to the time period of the late 1880s. This author has written several great books and this one doesn’t disappoint!
I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
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?
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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.