Wednesday 24 January 2018

Book Review: Holding the Fort

From The Back:

With Miss Bell as the Teacher, Everyone's Bound to Learn an Interesting Lesson
Dance hall singer Louisa Bell has always lived one step from destitution. When she loses her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon, she has nowhere else to go but to her brother, a cavalry soldier stationed in Indian Territory. But he's run afoul of his commanding officer. Unsure what she can do to help him and desperate for a job, she doesn't protest when she's mistaken for a governess at the fort. How hard can teaching really be?

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno, especially raising two adolescent daughters alone. If this new governess doesn't work out, his mother-in-law insists she'll raise the girls herself--far away from the fort. Miss Bell bears little resemblance to Daniel's notion of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he finds himself turning a blind eye to her unconventional methods. Louisa has never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough to help her brother and to secure the respectable future she's sought for so long?
My Reflections:

This comical book about mistaken identity, romance and wild misadventures kept me entertained thought its entirety!

From page one to the last you are transported into Loisa Bells shoes. How I enjoyed this character! 

One thing leads to another when a dance hall singer turn governess has to tame two wild children, along with their handsome father, Major Daniel Adams. 

Loisa (Lola) never wanted to be a dance hall singer, but circumstances forced her hand, that same fate has brought her to find her brother for help. Having lost her job to a younger girl Loisa must find a solution to her dilemma. While en route to the Fort, she comes across a governess who must turn back due to allergies, Loisa promises to pass along the teaching materials. Upon her arrival, Loisa is mistaken for that very governess, in desperation she goes along with the rouse, but soon after as she develops a bond with the family, the weight of her deception presses upon her.
Will she be able to come clean? Can Daniel ever trust or forgive her?

This was such a fun story, though I found the plot predictable in nature the story was cute and quirky and certainly kept me entertained. The romance was well written, realistic, honoring and clean. Both characters had their flaws, which made them endearing and real. As usual Regina Jennings delivers another hit with this one, I would expect nothing less.

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

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....
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