HOLDING THE FORT by Regina Jennings, ReginaHOLDING THE FORT by Regina Jennings, Regina

HOLDING THE FORT

byRegina Jennings, Regina

Paperback | December 5, 2017

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Title:HOLDING THE FORTFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.4 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:December 5, 2017Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:076421893X

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Entertaining Western Adventure When dance hall singer Louisa Bell inadvertently stumbles into a position as governess for the two precocious daughters of Fort Reno’s Major Daniel Adams, well, a series of endearing and often hilarious antics are bound to follow! “Holding the Fort” is the first book in the delightful new “Fort Reno” series, and was written by Regina Jennings and published by Bethany House in late 2017. After I began reading the first scene in this book, where the Lovely Lola Bell is singing in a saloon that provided various types of unwholesome entertainment, I was a bit nervous about what sort of book I had picked up. Much to my relief I needn’t have worried, however, because even though the entire premise of the story is based upon a woman hiding her less-than-genteel past from the man she is growing to love, it is handled with grace and discretion. Inappropriate comments are typically mild and few in number, while clean humor abounds and will undoubtedly make you laugh aloud. Truly, it was impossible not to be completely charmed and swept away by Louisa and Daniel’s story as they unwrap the beautiful surprises God has in store for them! If you are a fan of Christian Historical Fiction of any kind, and warmly-written comedic westerns (think Karen Witemeyer) in particular, you will adore Regina Jennings’ newest novel just as much as I did. With sweet truths of God’s love, lively and unforgettable characters, and an unlikely story that will compel you to read “just one more chapter” before turning out the lights, “Holding the Fort” is an all-around delightful novel, and I can’t wait for the sequel to be released later this year! “Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So fun! With fun loving characters, laugh out loud moments, and a whole lot of heart, "Holding the Fort" is another winning novel from Regina Jennings. Louisa is a zany, likeable young lady who will surely win your heart within a few pages of becoming acquainted with her. Her desire to look out for her brother is a sweet one, and the misunderstanding that results in her becoming a governess makes for some highly interesting moments. Some of the scenes, of course, you may need to take with a grain of salt in terms of their plausibility. But therein lies all the fun! Sometimes, you just aren't in the mood for a book that delves deep into the tragedies of the human existence. Sometimes, you just need a book that will elevate your mood and bring a smile to your face, and "Holding the Fort" will do all that and more! And, in the midst of the fun, you will walk alongside Louisa as she is brought to the feet of Jesus, and watching her faith blossom was one of my favourite parts of this story. Those readers hankering for a sweet romance will enjoy watching Major Daniel Adams become smitten with Louisa and her quirky ways. The puppy love that strikes Daniel definitely brought a smile to my face as I resonated with a few of his clumsy moments. The ending is made all the sweeter for Louisa's difficulty in believing that she's even lovable - and who of us hasn't struggled with those thoughts at one moment or another? Historical fiction fans will flock to this novel in droves. I award this novel a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and am so glad to see that this is only book one in the "Fort Reno" series. I'm looking forward to what will come next for these characters! Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Christian Historical Romance that leaves you waiting for the next book. Endearing 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 can’t quite put his finger on what isn’t 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 it’s 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Louisa and Daniel! The plot was normally what you would expect in this type of novel. What I really loved about this book was the comedy throughout. I wasn’t really expecting some laughs. It made the book stand out and an enjoyable read. The romance within was also nicely done. There were moments where it tore you up inside but at the same time makes you squeal for joy because you were cheering Daniel and Louisa on. But the ending! Oh my the ending got me all girly and squealing. I’d have to say it was one of the most beautiful endings I have read so far. But my oh my the romance in this book was excellent! The things Daniel does was enough to make you swoon. The chemistry he had with Louisa was also very well done and although there were a few frustrating moments were Louisa could just tell Daniel outright what the truth was, I guess it had to be dragged out to make the story complete (albeit not necessary. You sort of knew what was going to happen once Daniel found out the whole story.) Louisa is also very likable and her willingness to change paths is admirable and fun to read. I was hoping for two hellions for her to deal with (which the two girls were at first) but Louisa didn’t have to do much to get them to like her (which proves how likable and fun going she was.) As a non Christian reader, there are moments of the book where it gets preachy but it’s to be expected and one can gloss over those parts. It’s not extremely central to the book if you’re there to just read for the romance and the characters. I’m looking forward to reading the next few books and I hope they cover the rest of the characters at the fort. I’d love to know more about their stories and hope they find the same happiness Daniel and Louisa did. :)
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from •°o•:*:•.Very Enjoyable.•:*:• o°• Wichita, Kansas 1885 Louisa Bell, with the captivating voice, is the star performer at the Cat-Eye Saloon, until she’s not! Private Bradley Willis, her act-before-you-think little brother, is stationed at Ft. Reno in Indian Territory. Word has it he’s found trouble… again. Being desperate for work and a roof, and determined to find a way to help her brother, she heads off for the fort with as many dancehall dresses as she can manage. In her mind, soldiers must need entertainment. Along the way, she meets a kindly Mennonite woman, Mrs. Sheridan, who is also headed to the fort to become a governess to Major Daniel Adams children. However, an awful case of hay fever has changed those plans. She is distraught at not being able to deliver the chest of books she has brought for the Major. Louisa offers to take them for her. Mrs. Sheridan is grateful, and leaves her “a more serviceable blouse and skirt; so she won’t ruin her fine things traveling in a coach.” Ch. 3 “May God make your trip good and no sinning and everything good,” Louisa said. Mrs. Townsend’s eyes twinkled. “That, my dear, is the most original benediction I’ve ever received.” I absolutely loved the way Daniel and Louisa met for the first time. It is so unique I won’t spoil it here. Later, when Louisa arrives at the fort, Lt. Jack Hennessey mistakes her for the new Mennonite governess, and she decides not to correct him or reveal her relationship to Bradley Willis. Privately, she pulls him aside to describe her account of an accident befalling one of the troopers. The details send Jack into a fit of laughter he has a hard time hiding. Jack has a big heart, and often a twinkle in his eye. I hope to learn more of his story in future installments. He shows Louisa to her “quarters”; Major Adams home! She soon meets his rowdy daughters, Caroline & Daisy, who aren’t the small children she was expecting. How will she possibly be able to teach them anything? Major Adams is a no-nonsense, widower of ten years. He has worked hard to climb the ranks of the military, and he expects the same of his soldiers. When Private Willis decides to blow off steam by drinking and shooting out lanterns on the base, he throws him in the guard house. But the WAY he did it, gives him pause. Meanwhile, he’s had all he can take of his bickering daughters and decides it’s high time to bring in reinforcements. A stern, older teacher from the Mennonite community that he respects so much should make a perfect governess for his girls, and hopefully, keep his busy-body mother-in-law at bay. I enjoyed this historical, Christian romance, and recommend it to others. You can also look up on you tube, “Fort Reno Interview” where the author shot a location video in OK! (about 4 minutes).
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old West As soon as I turned the cover of this book the author had me walking in Louisa Bell’s shoes, and loving this girl. A big heart filled with compassion, and when she becomes homeless decides to go to her brother who is in the brig in Fort Reno. Be ready for a few chuckles and wonder how she does what she does, but with such a loving way, that faux pas are soon forgotten, but we do see what a great mind she does possess with her chess playing. Can a bar room singer get away with posing as a governess, well your about to see it happen, well kind of, until the mother-in-law goes falling down. Come and see how our lovely Lola Bell perceivers and we get some historical information along the way, and meet Major Daniel, the father of the girls and head of the fort. When the book ended I was ready for more, I wanted to stay here with these delightful folks. I received this book through Bethany House Publishing Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Whimsical, Romantic Favorite Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings is like a special dessert, thoroughly enjoyed, yet anticipated at another time. Historical fiction with a side helping of whimsy. "Lovely Lola," a saloon singer, finds herself impersonating a governess for fort commander Major Daniel Adams's two unruly daughters. Louisa's tension is palpable as she carefully avoids each pitfall that threatens to expose her. Can she stay ahead of the Major's questions and concerns, or will she be caught in an intricate web of her own making? Yet the way that she so ably deals with the major's daughters and wins their hearts, will win many a reader's heart. A few of the scenes in the book are just outlandish, which just adds to the merriment thread in the story. This is a feel-good book I hope to return to over and over again, as it will always have that ability to create a few hours of pure reading bliss. The author leaves a note at the end, verifying some events and characters as factual, others a figment of her fertile imagination. I gratefully received a complimentary ebook from the publisher and NetGalley which does not affect my opinions, which are freely offered.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The LORD loves the singer and the ilitary man Holding The Fort Is Major Daniel is about re-establishment for a new life. For Louisa who use to sing at a bar now she wants to move to the Indian Fort and see if they could use a singer, but Major Daniel needed a tutor /nanny for his two daughters who are out of control – re-establishment – Major Daniel is a single dad and has been treating his daughters like they were in the military and the grandparents of two girls tare trying to get the girls to move in with them – so that makes him feel like junk – knowing they're out of control, most likely because they don't have a woman in their lives, guess what happens? It is amazing and wonderful . Will anything happen with Louisa and the Major ? Will Luisa 's straighten out these two terrors? What about their grandparents ? With all this is there bound to be some hijinx? I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The LORD loves the singer and the military man Holding The Fort Is Major Daniel is about re-establishment for a new life. For Louisa who use to sing at a bar now she wants to move to the Indian Fort and see if they could use a singer, but Major Daniel needed a tutor /nanny for his two daughters who are out of control – re-establishment – Major Daniel is a single dad and has been treating his daughters like they were in the military and the grandparents of two girls tare trying to get the girls to move in with them – so that makes him feel like junk – knowing they're out of control, most likely because they don't have a woman in their lives, guess what happens? It is amazing and wonderful . Will anything happen with Louisa and the Major ? Will Luisa 's straighten out these two terrors? What about their grandparents ? With all this is there bound to be some hijinx? I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
Date published: 2017-12-04