by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings is a sweet historical romance set at Fort Reno in Indian Territory in 1885.
After losing her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon to a younger singer, Louisa (Lovely Lola) Bell heads west to Fort Reno where she hopes she’ll be able to help her younger brother stay out of the guardhouse.
Mistaken as the governess for Major Daniel Adams’ two adolescent daughters, Louisa accepts the position and quickly learns there is more to being a teacher than she ever imagined.
Louisa is nothing like the governess Daniel expected to arrive at his home, and despite her unconventional ways of teaching, finds himself drawn to her sincerity and good heart. Although there is the issue of her seeming interest in one of the enlisted men at the fort which troubles him, he believes it is better for his daughters to keep Louisa as their governess than allow his mother-in-law to take them to her home in Galveston, Texas.
The author weaves an entertaining story through her likeable characters and misunderstandings, which leaves the reader with a satisfactory ending to Louisa and Daniel’s story.
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Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.
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