Quite the tale! "The Major's Daughter" by Regina Jennings
about the book....
She Staked a Claim on His Land,
So He Decided to Stake a Claim on Her Heart
Caroline Adams returns to Indian Territory after tiring of confining society life. She wants adventure, and when she and her friend Amber come across swaggering outlaw Frisco Smith, his dreams for the new territory are very persuasive. With the much-anticipated land run about to happen, she may just join the rush.
Growing up an orphan, all Frisco Smith wanted was a place to call his own. It's no wonder he fought to open the Unassigned Lands to people with the same longing. After years of sneaking across the border, he's even managed to build a dugout house on a hidden piece of property he's poised to claim.
But when the gun sounds, everyone's best plans are thrown out the window in the chaos of the run. Caroline and Frisco find themselves battling over a claim--and both dig in their heels. Settling the rightful ownership will bring these two closer than they ever expected and change their ideas of what a true home looks like.
Every so often I read a fiction novel, get to the end, and realize that a major plot point is based on actual historical events, and my mind is just blown! Such is the case with "The Major's Daughter", a novel crafted around an actual historical event of people going on the 1889 "Land Run" to stake their claim on part of the "Unassigned Lands" in Indian Territory. The nuggets of actual historical details that Jennings weaves into this story make for some fascinating reading. I can only imagine what living through those times must have actually been like - talk about wild!
Jennings does a great job at taking her readers back into time and making this history come alive, with a plot that captured my attention throughout. However, I do have to admit that while I simply loved the characters in the prior two novels in this series, the characters in this final novel just didn't quite click for me to the point that I actually grew to like them. Something about them felt a little flat, and their relationship never really gelled from my point of view. Now, I'm aware that I'm only one opinion among many, and I'm sure there are many more readers out there who will feel differently. For me, there was still much to like about the book, with many lighthearted and humorous moments, along with some tender scenes as well celebrating the true meaning of family and coming home. Frisco's heart-rending past made the ending all the sweeter!
All in all, Regina Jennings' "Fort Reno" series has been an enjoyable ride with much to love. As for "The Major's Daughter", I award this book a solid rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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