A fun read: "The Lieutenant's Bargain" by Regina Jennings (ON SALE for 1.50!)

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about the book....

She Was Supposed to Be Gaining Independence. 

What She Found Was Even Better . . . 

Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, but her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to go to Denver and place her works in an exhibition. Her journey is derailed when a gunman attacks her stagecoach, leaving her to be rescued by a group of Arapaho . . . but she's too terrified to recognize them as friendly.

Confirmed bachelor Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has long worked with the tribe and is tasked with trying to convince them that the mission school at Fort Reno can help their children. When a message arrives about a recovered survivor, Jack heads out to retrieve her--and plead his case with the chief once more.

He's stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart years ago, but quickly realizes he has a chance to impress her. When his plan gets tangled through translation, Jack and Hattie end up in a mess that puts her dreams in peril and threatens to destroy his life's work.

my review....

Sometimes, you are just craving a book containing a splash of humour, a dash of romance, a few tender hearted scenes, and or course lots of dramatic moments that will leave you feeling well-entertained. If that's you, "The Lieutenant's Bargain" exactly fits that hankering! I quite enjoyed the first novel in The Fort Reno Series, "Holding the Fort", and so I was curious to see what Jennings would next have in store for the characters living at Fort Reno. I was certainly not disappointed, as Hattie and Jack's story had me smiling from ear to ear one moment, and cheering them on the next as they sought to do everything in their power to make the lives of the "Indians" on the reserve safe and meaningful (as much as society allowed at that time). Whether the basis of the story is actually plausible I will leave for you to discern. As for me, I decided to embrace this "what if?" scenario, because I've certainly seen that reality is stranger than fiction, so who knows what could have happened? I enjoy how Jennings weaves in historical details and actual figures from the past to make an intriguing story. And I was truly pleased that while Hattie has a few traits that may annoy, Jennings does a great job at making a character that you can absolutely like, while not admiring certain qualities, not always an easy balance to find. The result was that these are characters you can both like and also relate to, because we all certainly know we are not perfect!

The Fort Reno Series is proceeding in fine style indeed, and I'm looking forward to the third book in the series to come, because if it's anything like the first two in the series, we readers are in for a treat! As for "The Lieutenant's Bargain", I award this novel a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars, glad to add this one to my collection of historical fiction tales. You will be too!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Regina Jennings
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She's the winner of the National Readers' Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and at First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.

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