Holding the Fort

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Age Appropriate For: 15 and up
Best for Ages: 15 and up
Description: When dance hall singer Louisa Bell visits Fort Reno to see her brother, she is mistaken for the governess that the harried Major Daniel Adams is waiting for. Between his rowdy troops and his two daughters, he has more responsibility than he can handle alone. Eager for the opportunity, Louisa sets out to show the widower that she is a perfect fit.

I discovered Regina Jennings this year in reading Caught In The Middle. That book really impressed me. The next book I read by her, her very first book, wasn’t my favorite. Sixty Acers and a Bride had some wonderful elements but some content that I didn’t enjoy. Holding the Fort was fun and ranks between the other two books mentioned.

Right off, I was a little worried about where this might be heading. After all, I started to see that deception might start playing a much larger role in the book than I thought. My worries were eased when I realized that it was more of a misunderstanding than outright deception. Louisa also did not claim to be a Christian, which also eased some of my concerns. I don’t expect non-Christians to conduct themselves to a high standard of morality.

This book was very clean. Despite all the opportunities for embarrassing moments, or overly romantic, the author kept the book very clean. I was impressed at how little kissing there was, and that was at the very, very end of the book.

The two children in the story start out rather wild girls that need to be tamed. I was pleased that they weren’t truly bad girls, they were just in need of guidance. I get tired of children being nasty to everyone for no apparent reason. Sure the two girls had their moments, but I liked them.

My biggest complaint about this book was that the faith element was weak. I felt as if it had either been tacked on or that I was missing a chapter or two. Lousia was so hurt by her past experience with the church, and I didn’t really understand her change of heart.

Daniel was a great leading man. He could be both serious and playful. Louisa was both strong and vulnerable. She was a very lovable person as she wants to do right, but doesn’t know how. The other characters in the story were well developed and added to the story.

I would recommend this book to those looking for solid writing, sweet romance, and lovable characters.

I received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All the thoughts expressed are my own.

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