Holding the Fort

Holding the Fort

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....

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Title:Holding the Fort
Author:Regina Jennings
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Holding the Fort Reviews

  • Hannah

    Aw, this was such a fun read! The story is lighthearted and very well researched. It was easy to like Louisa and to root for her and Major Adams to fall for each other. The two girls, Caroline and Daisy, are enjoyable youngsters as well.

    I have to say, that introduction between Louisa and Major Adams (him trying a stunt and landing at her feet!) was hilarious and one of the best/most memorable meetings I’ve read. I can always count on Jennings to write in some good humorous scenes, and this one w

    Aw, this was such a fun read! The story is lighthearted and very well researched. It was easy to like Louisa and to root for her and Major Adams to fall for each other. The two girls, Caroline and Daisy, are enjoyable youngsters as well.

    I have to say, that introduction between Louisa and Major Adams (him trying a stunt and landing at her feet!) was hilarious and one of the best/most memorable meetings I’ve read. I can always count on Jennings to write in some good humorous scenes, and this one was too much fun. Also, the General Sheridan vs. Edna scenes were most hilarious!

    It was dear and lovely to learn about Louisa starting to open her heart to God and realize her need for salvation. I love books that include a specifically Christian message, and this one is very well done. If you’re looking for a thoughtful book that’s light and enjoyable at the same time, pick this one up.

    Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy. A favorable review was not required.

  • Cara Putman

    Regina’s novels always have such fun characters and a sense of humor that is delightful. This one has that, but so much more. There’s a heroine who’s trapped between her past, and what she hopes her future will be. A hero who wants to be more than he is and who is tied to a formal status due to his rank in the US Army. The conflict and challenges between them are real…and humorous. And the possibility of love is sweet…and tangled. For those who love westerns filled with romance and set in fun lo

    Regina’s novels always have such fun characters and a sense of humor that is delightful. This one has that, but so much more. There’s a heroine who’s trapped between her past, and what she hopes her future will be. A hero who wants to be more than he is and who is tied to a formal status due to his rank in the US Army. The conflict and challenges between them are real…and humorous. And the possibility of love is sweet…and tangled. For those who love westerns filled with romance and set in fun locations, this book is a fantastic read!

  • Brittany

    Holding the Fort was a thoroughly delightful book! The story contained a nice balance of humor, serious dialogue, and questions of faith. I enjoyed the characters in this story, both the primary and secondary ones.

    Louisa was a likable character, even as she tried to uphold the ruse of being a governess. I appreciated that she kind of fell into that position and did not initially set out to deceive anyone. Once she found herself in that situation, however, I enjoyed watching her develop a conscie

    Holding the Fort was a thoroughly delightful book! The story contained a nice balance of humor, serious dialogue, and questions of faith. I enjoyed the characters in this story, both the primary and secondary ones.

    Louisa was a likable character, even as she tried to uphold the ruse of being a governess. I appreciated that she kind of fell into that position and did not initially set out to deceive anyone. Once she found herself in that situation, however, I enjoyed watching her develop a conscience regarding truthfulness. Her faith journey felt a natural part of the storyline.

    Major Adams was a fun character. I really liked him. He was a man of good moral standing, tried to lead his troops well, but had his own failings that he needed to work on. His developing romance with Louisa was sweet and fun to watch play out. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

    (4.5 stars)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    You can read this review on my blog:

  • Maureen Timerman

    As soon as I turned the cover of this book the author had me walking in Louisa Bell’s shoes, and loving this girl. A big heart filled with compassion, and when she becomes homeless decides to go to her brother who is in the brig in Fort Reno.

    Be ready for a few chuckles and wonder how she does what she does, but with such a loving way, that faux pas are soon forgotten, but we do see what a great mind she does possess with her chess playing. Can a bar room singer get away with posing as a governes

    As soon as I turned the cover of this book the author had me walking in Louisa Bell’s shoes, and loving this girl. A big heart filled with compassion, and when she becomes homeless decides to go to her brother who is in the brig in Fort Reno.

    Be ready for a few chuckles and wonder how she does what she does, but with such a loving way, that faux pas are soon forgotten, but we do see what a great mind she does possess with her chess playing. Can a bar room singer get away with posing as a governess, well your about to see it happen, well kind of, until the mother-in-law goes falling down.

    Come and see how our lovely Lola Bell perceivers and we get some historical information along the way, and meet Major Daniel, the father of the girls and head of the fort.

    When the book ended I was ready for more, I wanted to stay here with these delightful folks.

    I received this book through Bethany House Publishing Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Teresa

    Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings was such a fun book to read. I can't even say how much I enjoyed it. When you think about a dance hall singer posing as a Mennonite Governess, it would have to be hilarious. Louisa gets herself in more situations than you'd think possible with Major Daniel Adams, the head of Fort Reno, when she's posing as his daughter's governess. This book was such a joy to read. I highly recommend it!

  • Susan Snodgrass

    'What did God think of her sitting in this chapel, pretending to be holy? He knew the truth. He knew she was no friend of His.'

    Louisa Bell, aka Lola Bell, sings in a bawdy house, even though she's never done anything but sing, but still she's treated like trash by everyone. She loses her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon to a younger, more desirable singer and realizes she has no place to go. However, her brother is stationed with the calvary in Indian territory not too far away. He has gotten into a lo

    'What did God think of her sitting in this chapel, pretending to be holy? He knew the truth. He knew she was no friend of His.'

    Louisa Bell, aka Lola Bell, sings in a bawdy house, even though she's never done anything but sing, but still she's treated like trash by everyone. She loses her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon to a younger, more desirable singer and realizes she has no place to go. However, her brother is stationed with the calvary in Indian territory not too far away. He has gotten into a lot of trouble with his commanding officer and she figures she can help him if she shows up. On the way, she assumes the role of a governess to the commanding officer's children, purely by mistake. How hard can it be to teach two little girls?

    Major Daniel Adams just needs someone to take his daughters in hand. Widowed for years now, they've been left to basically run wild and now they need to be taught how to behave like young ladies ought to behave. If the new governess doesn't help matters, he's going to be forced to accede to his mother in law's request to send the girls to her in the city. He does not want to do that.

    Miss Bell doesn't look like a governess at all. She doesn't behave like one, either. She's too pretty and she teaches in a strange manner. Can Louisa hold her act together without creating suspicion? Can she truly find a respectable future? We'll see.

    Regina Jennings writes so convincingly that I was invested in the story from the very first few pages. Her characters are very real to the reader and their emotions are just as honest as well. I felt sorry for Louisa as she desperately longed to have a place in the world, not just someone everyone looked down on. We are all precious to God and I was rooting for her to realize that! I also loved the characters of the major's daughters! Since this is the beginning of a series, I do hope at least one of them gets to play a leading role in a future book. Recommended.

    *I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher. My opinion stated here is entirely my own.

  • Jen.

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    Wow - what a gorgeous cover!!

    In between the gorgeous covers of this book lies an equally gorgeous story, one that will draw you in from the very first page.

    This book has some beautiful characters. Major Daniel Adams is one of the kindest, most gentlemanly heroes I've seen. Louisa Bell has such a sincere heart and desires the chance at a normal, respectable life. Private Bradley Willis and the Major's two daughters, Daisy and Caroline, round out the supporting cast and are so much fun to read a

    .

    Wow - what a gorgeous cover!!

    In between the gorgeous covers of this book lies an equally gorgeous story, one that will draw you in from the very first page.

    This book has some beautiful characters. Major Daniel Adams is one of the kindest, most gentlemanly heroes I've seen. Louisa Bell has such a sincere heart and desires the chance at a normal, respectable life. Private Bradley Willis and the Major's two daughters, Daisy and Caroline, round out the supporting cast and are so much fun to read about!

    Louisa's growth over the course of the story is very well done. I found myself rooting for her the entire way. I was very pleased with how her journey concluded at the end of the book.

    is a delightful tale of mistaken identity, comical misadventures and sweet romance. I absolutely recommend this title and look forward to more of the series!

    This review is also posted on my blog:

  • Sarah

    Age Appropriate For: 15 and up

    Best for Ages: 15 and up

    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 deceptio

    Age Appropriate For: 15 and up

    Best for Ages: 15 and up

    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 then I thought. My worries were eased when I realized that it was more of a misunderstanding and then 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 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.

  • Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)

    What a hoot! This book is well written and a lot of fun to read.

    Louisa Bell comes from questionable beginnings. She feels that she can not make much of herself because of others decisions that affected her life. She doubts God and she doubts herself. A fortunate circumstance fell into her lap and she rose to the occasion and learned and grew as a person. She is a woman of integrity, grit, and intelligence - in spite of what others tell her.

    I loved watching Louisa grow and see the positive impact

    What a hoot! This book is well written and a lot of fun to read.

    Louisa Bell comes from questionable beginnings. She feels that she can not make much of herself because of others decisions that affected her life. She doubts God and she doubts herself. A fortunate circumstance fell into her lap and she rose to the occasion and learned and grew as a person. She is a woman of integrity, grit, and intelligence - in spite of what others tell her.

    I loved watching Louisa grow and see the positive impact she had on the children in her charge. It was because of her upbringing that she was able to see what the girl needed and help them live lives or refinement and fun. Her journey is painful, but inspirational. It is proof that your beginnings do not determine your endings.

    Major Daniel Adams is a fair man. He comes across as stern, but deep inside he is a man of compassion, fairness, and strength. I loved having part of the story told through his eyes.

    The two girls, Daisy and Caroline are a treat. Particularly Daisy, she was so much fun to read about. She has a free spirit, and I loved that Louisa encouraged it and helped her temper it for the occasion. I also loved that the story was set in the Old West and dealt with the expansion of the United States in "Indian" territory. Major Adams was wonderful with the tribes and encouraged positive relations. Now I know this is a fictional story, but I would like to believe that there were men and women of integrity who saw the value of the Native Americans and their way of life.

    This is a fantastic book. There isn't a lot of violence for the setting and time period. There is a little bit of kissing and mention of a lives that were "soiled". I would recommend this book as clean and encourage anyone and everyone to read it. There are Christian themes, but the book is far from preachy.

    Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Bethany House. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  • Shantelle

    While

    wasn't my favorite book by Regina Jennings, I must admit it was a pretty adorable story. The first book in a new series, THE FORT RENO SERIES, it was engaging, fun, and easy to read. I ended up liking all the prominent characters: Louisa Bell, the dance hall singer. Her trouble-making brother, Private Willis. The rather endearing Major Daniel Adams, a widower and father. And the major's two daughters, Caroline and Daisy.

    There was a sweet romance, unexpected happen

    While

    wasn't my favorite book by Regina Jennings, I must admit it was a pretty adorable story. The first book in a new series, THE FORT RENO SERIES, it was engaging, fun, and easy to read. I ended up liking all the prominent characters: Louisa Bell, the dance hall singer. Her trouble-making brother, Private Willis. The rather endearing Major Daniel Adams, a widower and father. And the major's two daughters, Caroline and Daisy.

    There was a sweet romance, unexpected happenings, danger, and drama. Secrets and unwanted surprises. And a bit of a faith theme, which was touching.

    It was interesting to be in Indian territory, amidst a fort of soldiers and very little women. Caroline and Daisy kept things lively ... and Louisa, of course! *laughs* She was fun and sweet and spirited, and it was nice to watch her understand that she didn't need to change who she was to be accepted.

    With some humor, and some hurt,

    wove together a fun story. For some reason it didn't end up being a favorite for me, but it was entertaining and I'm sure others will enjoy it!

    Holding the Fort

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