The Lieutenant’s Bargain
By Regina Jennings
About the Book:
Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, while her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to head to Denver and place her works in an exhibition or give up the dream forever. 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 take her home–and plead his case once more.
He’s stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart–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 tests Jack’s resolve to remain single.
Regina Jennings’s books have a way of tugging at your heart-strings without making you feel sad or depressed. Her stories are light and hilarious, but there is still a depth of character and faith in each one. I love the predicaments her characters find themselves in.
The characters are flawed and relatable. They have tender walks with the Lord and their faith shines through the pages reminding us to trust his plan without being preachy or pushy.
Although this is the second book in the Fort Reno series, it does stand on its own. You don’t have to have read book one first, but I highly recommend it and not just because it’s a great story as well. Several characters come back as secondary parts that were in the first book. If you haven’t read book one (which would definitely enrich book two) you might be as confused as Hattie was when Louisa starts mentioning the Cat-Eye Saloon.
I loved the historical elements. They perfectly set the stage and take me on a fun adventure into the old west. One of the story elements I loved was Jack and Hattie’s feelings of inferiority for themselves, each comparing themselves to the other and both feeling the same way and yet not talking about it. While they were opposite in so many ways, they have the same heart.
Having lived in a foreign country where I didn’t speak the language or understand the culture I could relate with Jack’s mistake in the beginning of the book, but I did find it odd that he couldn’t understand what the Indians were saying then, but later he’s able to translate an entire speech. Having lived in Colorado, I loved Hattie’s fascination with the Rocky Mountains. I enjoyed her journey into becoming a deeper person and artist. I loved watching her grow as she learned about life. Jack was adorable. He was so strong and capable, but when it came to Hattie, he turns into a sweet little boy and it was so cute! I enjoyed meeting up with Daniel, Louisa, Caroline, Daisy, and Bradley again!
I am an absolute Jennings fan and I’ve only read two of her books! They’re perfect when you want a faith-filled story with a laugh out loud plot, sweet romance and a bit of western adventure and danger.
About the Author:
Regina Jennings is the winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history, 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 when not traveling the world.
Visit Regina’s website at http://www.reginajennings.com.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.