Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Storm Front by Susan May Warren

"We're not going to panic. We're not going to assume the worst. We're going to hang on to what we know - that God is good."

Hey Readers!
Happy (belated) Mothers Day to any moms out there and a special shout-out to my mom who (in my opinion) is the best mom ever!!! 
I cannot believe it's been a month since I have added a book to our "Must Read" list! I forgot how busy I get in the summer (and summer has not even started yet!) But now that school is about finished, we can look forward to enjoying the lazy days of summer... sitting on a lounge chair with a cup of ice cold lemonade, an exciting book and a bottle of sunscreen :) Unfortunately not all of us can enjoy doing nothing this summer, but if you have some free time and are looking for a new book to read during those (hopefully) quiet summer afternoons, check out the first book on my May 2018 "Must Read" list Storm Front by Susan May Warren.
I would recommend this book if you:
  • have read the previous books in the Montana Rescue Series or any other books by Susan May Warren.
  • like to read books by similar authors, Irene Hannon and DiAnn Mills.
  • want to read a story full of drama, suspense, faith and a bit of romance. 
  • want to check out a new author.
  • just want to read a amazing new book!

First, I want to say that this is book 5 in the Montana Rescue series, so there are events referenced in this book that occurred in previous book, but I cannot say which ones... don't want to give any spoilers ๐Ÿ˜‰

So here is the story,
Brette Arnold is excited to be the photographer/blogger for the Vortex Storm Chasers. The more that she hears from the leader of their group, Jonas - the more she finds herself eagerly looking forward to the next storm. She discovered that the adrenaline of trying to capture the perfect picture of the storm kept her mind of her ever increasing health issues. But even though her new job is exciting, Brette did not expect the storms they were chasing to become so deadly. When the group finds out that an F-4 tornado was sighted and touched down in Duck Lake MN, they immediately head over there since that is where Jonas's family lives and his younger brother is among the missing. Brette is determined to do anything to help Jonas find his brother... But she did not realize that by offering her help, she was volunteering to work with Ty Remington, the guy that she ran away from about a year before...

Ty Remington, a member of the PEAK rescue team - has been in love with Brette Arnold from the moment he first laid eyes on her and it broke his heart that she left him without saying goodbye. Now that he found her again, he is shocked at how different Brette is from the way she was a year ago. He knew that she had some major health issues, but he was not prepared for her super-short hair or how thin she looked. He tries to show her that it does not matter what the sickness has done or taken away from her, that she is still priceless to him and to God. However no matter what he does, she seems determined to push him out of her life and face her battles alone. Anyway, right now his focus has to be on finding and rescuing the tornado survivors. As a member of the PEAK rescue team, he is tasked with going out to search not only for the missing teenagers but also their Team Leader Chet King. Tyler feels now more then ever, that he has to prove himself not only to Brette, but also to his team because of an incident that happened in the past. Will Tyler's lead be enough to locate the remaining survivors or will it be too late?

Will Brette ever let Tyler past her emotional defenses?
Will her fears keep her from having a relationship with the one person she wanted one from the most?

So what did I think? 
As I mentioned before - Storm Front is the 5th book in the Montana Rescue series. I read the book as a standalone but I know that I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous books(they all connect)  The story line is good and the plot grabs you from the beginning of the book. It was awesome how the author wrote about each character in a way that you can see not only their good attributes but also their weaknesses - which is not something you find in a lot of books. My favorite characters were Brette and Tyler. I really enjoyed reading about their struggles and accomplishments, especially how they held on tight to their faith, even when the world was crumbling down around them.  Overall I would rate this book at a 4 out of 5 Stars **** and on the emoji scale ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you want to check out this series or any of Susan May Warren's other books: Here is the link!

Happy Reading :) 

I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot

 There is no such thing as an impossible dream...

Hi Readers!
I just wanted to take a quick second to show you my first April 2018  "Must Read".. A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot! This Historical Romance novel takes place in a small town in Texas called Cimarron Creek in the year 1881. I would recommend this book if you:
  • Like books written by Amanda Cabot
  • Like to read books by authors such as Mary Connealy
  • Like to watch Hallmark movies ( because the plot within this book would be an awesome Hallmark Movie) 
  • Just want to check out a new book! 

So here is the story, 
Catherine Whitfield is unsure if she will ever trust anyone in the medical field after what happened to her mom. Because of her moms recent death, Catherine finds her self heart broken and lonely. She is trying not be bitter but has decided that dreams rarely ever come true. She figures that the only way she will see Paris is in the dream that she has had multiple times. Despite her circumstances, Catherine is determined to do well as the town's only school teacher and that is why she is a bit annoyed when Austin Goddard, a newcomer to Cimarron Creek lectures her about the medical care he believes one of her students should be receiving.  As if she would ever allow that horrible doctor near any of her students.  However Austin's daughter - Hannah has her a bit worried. Hannah is a young girl who does not act her age. When all her classmates are playing outside, she just sits in the classroom by herself .  Catherine is determined to help Hannah break out of this melancholy attitude, even if it means working with her very handsome but recently widowed daddy.

Plastic Surgeon Austin Goddard knows that his daughter's school teacher - Miss Whitfield  is wrong about not sending a doctor to check on her injured student, But he is unsure how to help.  He has never seen such anger directed at those in the medical profession before.  But who was he to judge her? Especially when Austin and his daughter are hiding from a criminal who wanted him to alter the appearance of his very noteworthy  face so that the police would not be able to recognize him . Austin knows he did the right thing by refusing to assist the criminal but he still worries that someone will be able to find him and his daughter.  Because of his secret though, he has to keep his distance from Miss Whitfield - especially since he is falling in love with her. But is there anyway he can change her mind about doctors or when she finds out who he really is - will it be too late?

What did I think?
So this is book two in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy but it could definitely be read as a stand-alone . The  plot was engaging and the characters were great. I especially loved Catherine, Her faith and kindness even though she was going through some hard times was amazing. The only weird thing to me was the dream that Catherine had that Grace also had about the woman in Paris. But even with the dream , I still rate the book 5 out of 5 stars ***** and on the emoji scale ☺

Hey, If you want to check this book or any of her other books, Here is the link

Happy Reading:)

I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Beneath The Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

She thought that she would be safe when she moved back home... But she was dead wrong.

Hey Readers!
I am so excited to show you guys my second March 2018 "Must Read" - Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn.  Beneath the Surface is a Romantic Suspense novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat and I can guarantee you that it will be very hard to put down.
 I would recommend this book if you:

  • Like to read books by Lynette Eason and Dani Pettrey. 
  • Like to read suspense novels
  • Like a good mystery 
  • Like to watch TV shows like CSI,
  • Just want to read a great new book!
So here is the story, 
Beneath the Surface is the story of Leigh Weston, a oncology nurse practitioner who just moved into her childhood home in Carrington , North Carolina. She moved back home because she needed a change of scenery after a narrow escape from an obsessed patient. She thought she left all her troubles behind but it appears that she has landed in trouble again.  Less then a year after she moved back home, She receives a visit from homicide investigator Ryan Parker - who informs her that a body was discovered in the lake behind her house, near her dock.  As awful as that was , Leigh did not think much of it besides how tragic and horrible it was ... Until it appears that she may be next.  One morning, shortly after the body was discovered, She was halfway home from work when her brakes gave out. She tried everything to stop the car, but not even the emergency brake would work. She finally made the decision to go into a ditch - however, she did not realize just how deep the ditch was...
Ryan Parker has known Leigh since they were young. ( He was best friends with her brother) He promised her brother that he would watch out for her while he was out of the Country.  So when his dive team discovered a body in the lake behind her house, He really did not want involve her. But they needed her permission to use her dock and to see her security cameras. When he hears that she was in a car accident, His heart literally felt like it was ripped out of his chest. Thankfully, she was not injured too bad, but the news just keeps getting worse for her. When they investigated her accident ,they discovered that it was no accident that her brakes went out. It appears as if someone cut her brakes while she was at work.  The police think that Leigh's accident and the body found in the lake are two different crimes, But Ryan believes that they might be connected.  The only problem with his theory is that he can't seem to find anyone who would want to hurt Leigh - nor can he find any enemies. But when there is another attempt on Leigh's life, Ryan knows he has to hurry to find the killer because they are getting bolder and time appears to be running out for Leigh.   Will Ryan's team be able to protect Leigh and find the killer or will the killer be able to silence Leigh forever???

What did I think? 
So this is Lynn H. Blackburn's first full size novel and book one of the Dive Team Investigations series and it was awesome!  The characters each have so much personality and I loved reading about the relationship between Leigh and Ryan.  The plot was so engaging that it started on page 1 and did not stop until the very last word on page 337. It also had so many twists and turns and dead ends that it keeps you guessing until the nail biting conclusion. The book has the perfect blend of romance and suspense. I will say that although reading about the body found in the lake was gross and the condition that it was in was atrocious - There was nothing violent, descriptive or morbid ( no blood and guts) in the book. Overall I thought the book was great and am looking forward to reading book 2 which comes out this November!!! 
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars ***** and the Emoji rating is ๐Ÿ˜Ž 

So Readers, if you want to check out this book or the two books that she wrote for the Love Inspired Suspense collection, Here is the link: 

Happy Reading :) 

I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

" Not today, I will not worry about anything on this special day..." Phoebe Starbuck , Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Hey Readers!
I am so excited to tell you about my first March 2018 "Must Read" Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  So this is a Historical Romance novel set in the year 1767 on the beautiful Nantucket Island and unlike the books that she has previously written, This book is about Quakers instead of the Amish that she typically writes about. I would recommend this book if you :
  • Have read any of Suzanne Woods Fisher's books, 
  • Like to read books by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis  ( Mrs. Woods Fisher's books are similar to these two amazing authors, but the writing style is different. Personally I prefer the way Mrs. Woods Fisher writes) 
  • Want to check out a book that shows the "sometimes treacherous shores of Quaker life",
  • Want to read an amazing new book, 
  • Want to check out a author whose books you have not read yet. 

So here is the story, 
Phoebe's Light is the story of Phoebe Starbuck who has been taking care of her father since the day her mother died from illness. She has always worried about whether they would have enough money to pay for food or worrying about her father's latest business venture ( He had tried several things before, but had not found anything that worked... yet)  But on the day she turned eighteen, she was determined that she would not worry about anything. Her father surprised her by giving her her Great-Grandmother Mary's journal. Her Great Grandmother was a member of one of the founding families on Nantucket Island so Phoebe was both excited and humbled by such an amazing gift. Shortly after this, she runs into Captain Phineas Foulger, the man that she has been in love with for years.  She is thrilled when he proposes and they are married soon after. Phoebe convinces the captain to take her along on his next voyage and they soon set sail. Phoebe is so excited about this adventure that she is about to go on that nothing could dim her excitement... except when she finds out that her father sent Matthew Mitchell to be her "Minder". Phoebe's father was worried that the Captain would hurt Phoebe so he sent Matthew to make sure that she stayed safe. She decides that she will just ignore him  and they soon set sail, Phoebe gets seasick immediately and cannot seem to keep food down. The very sight of food makes her sick.  So as a distraction, she starts reading her Great Grandmother Mary's journal. She learns of the heartaches and fear that her Great Grandmother had growing up and the wisdom that she had during her teenage and early adult years. Unfortunately as the voyage progresses Phoebe's health gets worse and she discovers that the man she married was not who she thought he was.  
Matthew Mitchell agreed to be part of Captain Foulger's crew as a favor for Phoebe Starbuck's father. He knew that her father saved his father when they were younger so he agrees to watch out for Phoebe. He had always been in love with her and was heartbroken when he heard the news of her marriage to the captain. Regardless of his feelings though , He would watch out for her safety.  He is worried when he sees how seasick she has become and is furious when it appears that her husband does not care how she is doing.  He has to be cautious though around the crew when referring to Phoebe because the crew believed it was bad luck to bring a women on the voyage and were blaming her for everything that went wrong. If Matthew still prayed, He would pray that God would comfort Phoebe and restore her health but he is sure that God does not listen to him anymore. Then Phoebe becomes deathly ill, Will Matthew reach out in faith to God to healing?
Is there anything that Matthew can do to save Phoebe or will this adventure that she wanted so badly to go on be her last one?

So what did I think? 
Wow. That is the first thing that comes to my mind. I have always loved Mrs Suzanne's books but this one is AMAZING!  This is the first book in the Nantucket Legacy Series and I cannot wait for the next book Minding the Light.  This is the first book that she has done that is about a Quaker girl instead of a Amish one and I really enjoyed the different perspective. The characters do say thee and nay instead of you or no ( there are a few more words, but these are the most prominent)  but I thought that it really added character to the story. Some parts of the story are told by Phoebe and some parts are told by Mary as though we were really reading her journal pages that were torn out and put in between the chapters. Overall the story has everything in it,  romance, heartache, danger , betrayal and faith. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars ***** and on the Emoji rating ๐Ÿ˜

Readers, if you want to check out any of Mrs. Suzanne's books, Here is the link:

Happy Reading :)

I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

High Treason by DiAnn Mills

" Am I talking to a God-fearing Texas gal?"
" Is this a stumbling block for you?"
" Only if this God thing gets in the way of your job performance."
" Faith just might be in your best interest considering what's happened in the last 24 hours."   -Monica Alden and Kord Davidson, High Treason by DiAnn Mills

Hey Readers,
I cannot believe that it is already March!!!
*sigh*  So even though it's March , I have the last book on my February "Must Reads" list for you to check out. High Treason by DiAnn Mills is a fast paced romantic suspense novel that will leave you guessing until the very last chapter. I would recommend this book if you:

  • Like to read any books by DiAnn Mills,
  • Like to read books by Lynette Eason, Dani Pettrey or Dee Henderson, 
  • Like to watch TV shows about Law Enforcement agencies ( like CSI Miami, Blue Bloods and NYPD Blue ) 
  • Just want to read an amazing book.

So on to the story, 
FBI Agent Kord Davidson is assigned to Saudi Prince Omar Bin Talal's security detail once he arrives in the United States. The Prince had decided to make the trip to Houston Texas with his Mother and two sisters in hopes of finding a cancer treatment for his dying mother. However within hours of entering the U.S. there is an assassination attempt on the Prince's life that fatally wounds a member of his security detail.  This attack prompts the FBI to team up with the CIA and they assign CIA Operative Monica Alden as Kord's "Assistant".  Kord immediately disagrees with this because he does not need any help guarding the Prince and he especially does not need help from a female CIA operative.  But he is given a choice, He ether works with Monica or they will reassign him.  

Monica Alden is used to being treated differently because she is a female operative. But she was assigned to this security detail because of her unique skills ( such as lip reading) and her experiences in the Middle East and she will not allow Kord or Prince Omar to keep her from doing her job. When she discovers that Kord is very good friends with Prince Omar, She is worried that he will not be able to objectively look for the threat against the royal family. Forced to put their feelings aside, Monica and Kord work together utilizing each other's skills  to search for clues and protect the royal family.  The assassin however has proved him/her self to be incredibly skilled and has left behind no clues as to his/her identity But when there is another assassination attempt, It confirms Monica's suspicions... The traitor has to be someone in the Prince's inner circle, Someone that they trust,

Will Kord and Monica be able to discover who the traitor is in time?

What did I think? 
So this is book three in the FBI Task Force series but it is not connected to the previous novels, so it can be read as a stand alone. I loved the heroine of the story Monica, because of her strong belief in Jesus and her boldness that she would be willing to witness to a Muslim Prince. (the prince asked her about it because he had overheard a conversation) . The story lagged a bit in the middle but the plot kept you engaged until the very last page. Though there were  two people fatally wounded, The descriptions were not graphic. Overall I thought the book was Fantastic and would rate it 5 out of 5 stars ***** and the emoji rating is ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Don't forget to check out DiAnn Mills other books ( they are awesome!!! )
Here is the link:

Happy Reading :)

I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hearts Entwined, A Historical Romance Novella Collection

 The ways of love can be complex with unexpected twists and turns that lead to a bond that is both strong and secure.

Hi Readers,
I cannot believe that this is my 100TH POST!!!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
And it is  the ๐Ÿ’“ Valentines Day๐Ÿ’“ edition .
So my first "Must Read" for February (and Valentines day) is Hearts Entwined, A Historical Romance Novella collection.  This collection of Historical Romance Novella's was written by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears.
I would recommend this book to you if you:
  • Of course, like to read any books by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears. 
  • If you like historical  fiction, especially with a bit of romance and humor.
  • If you like to watch Hallmark Movies ( you know, the ones that always end in a happily ever after) 
  • Want to check out these four amazing authors,  (  a novella is a great way to check out a authors work without having to go through a full size novel )
  • Just want to read a great book! 
So, here are the stories, 

In The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer ( A Ladies of Harpers Station Novella)  Claire Nevin finds herself in an unusual situation with the arrival of a package from her sister. The “package” was actually Claire’s nephew (Her sister’s baby boy) because her sister was unable to care for the little one. But since that was not enough of a shock, the man who delivered the “package” to her was none other than Pieter Van Duren, The man whom Claire had fallen in love with, but who also broke her heart..  Claire is ready with open arms to accept her nephew, but to forgive Pieter and give him another chance?  No way.

Pieter Van Duren has been in love with Claire since the moment he first saw her. He knew that it was his foolish mistake that made her run away but he is determined to apologize and explain what happened. He has finally achieved his life’s dream but it will never be enough if Claire is not part of it,  But then illness strikes the small town of Harpers Station, Will the knots in Claire and Pieter’s relationship be strong enough to hold them together or will this latest trial finally pull them apart?

In The Tangle Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy ( A Kincaid Brides Novella) Connor Kincaid finally returns home after 5 years  and he is eager to not only see his family but his best friend Maggie.  (that he hopes will become more than his best friend) But his first encounter with her is not what he had expected. While on his way home, he heard someone yell a warning and noticed someone up a tree. Before he could make heads or tails of the warning, he saw a huge buffalo charging toward him. He managed to climb the tree without losing a limb and realized that the person in the tree was Maggie. After a narrow ( but hilarious) escape, They made it safely home but he was so eager to tell her about his plans now that he was home that he did not realize that she did not live there anymore.
Maggie hated telling Connor that she now lived in the city so she could go to medical school. She could tell that he was not taking the news well, But what could he expect when he left her for five years and now he wants to pick up where they both left off?!?
Connor is determined not to lose Maggie again because he is not sure he can live without her, so he decides that he will move to the city too so that he can be near where she is… But can this rancher really last that long in the big city?

In Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings ( A Fort Reno Novella) Private Bradley Willis is sent to escort a retired cavalry officer and his herd across Indian Territory as punishment for his reckless behavior on his last mission.  He thought that his "punishment" was more of getting him away from the fort instead of actually being a punishment... until he saw what he was escorting.  Instead of cattle, Bradley had to help move a herd of camels.  He is horrified to discover that he has to ride the smelly beast but he knows that he must complete this mission. The one bright spot in this mission is the Calvary officer's daughter,  the beautiful yet mischievous Ambrosia, who is also traveling with them and the herd.  Though Ambrosia and her father appear very close, Bradley can see that she is determined to make her father abandon his camels, Now he just needs to make sure that she does not succeed.
Ambrosia Herald is determined to stop her father from making the biggest mistake of his life. She does not understand his fascination with these messy, smelly camels, Especially now that they finally had a gorgeous house in the city and a garden that she was sure would be gone soon because the camels would eat it.  She promised her mom that she will do everything in her ability to prevent her father from bringing his beloved camels home, But this new Calvary Trooper could be trouble...With Bradley trying to complete this mission so he can earn the respect of his superiors and Ambrosia trying to sabotage  the mission any way she can,
Who's will is stronger when they are both bound and determined ?

In Tied and True by Melissa Jagears ( A Teaville Moral Society Novella) Marianne Lister is in love with Calvin Hochstetler, who is a business assistant at Kingsman and Sons and is not in her social class. But Marianne does not care about how wealthy he is because she  has decided that she does not care who society says she should marry.  She decided that when she marries it will be for love and the only man that she loves is Calvin.  The only issue with her plan is that Calvin refuses to go along with it.  He is concerned that she will come to resent him because she will not have the lifestyle that she is used to and that she will not be able to do the things that she likes because they will not be able to afford them. So Marianne is determined to show him that she can live a simple life and while her parents are away, Marianne gets a job a cotton factory. The work is hard and she has to stand on her feet for 12 hours a day, but she is determined to show Calvin that she loves him enough to go to work if she has too.
Calvin Hochstetler is frustrated with Marianne because he knows that he can never marry her, even if he has been in love with her since the moment he first saw her.  He loves her too much to ask her to live like he does, to work for a living, so he is furious when he catches her going to work at a cotton factory!  He tries to dissuade her by showing her that she would never be happy with what their lives would be like, but each time he throws something her way, she shows him that her love is stronger.  Then tragedy strikes and Marianne is almost killed...
 Will this finally show him that they are meant for each other or will he push her away for good?

What did I think? 
Wow, What can I say? Four amazing stories by four fantastic authors. Need I say anymore???

In The Love Knot, I enjoyed reading about the love that Pieter had for Claire. That he was willing to risk his life to nurse her back to health and that he did not allow his pride to get in the way of him apologizing to Claire for breaking her heart. I thought that it was great that by the end of the story, Claire had finally stopped living in the past and would finally be able to embrace the future.  Overall, I thought it was a very heartwarming story.

I loved the relationship between Maggie and Connor in The Tangled Ties that Bind. The witty banter between the two and the love and patience that Connor showed toward Maggie. It was amazing to me that he would go to a strange place, knowing he would never fit in, just to be close to his girl. The only two things I did not like in the story was that Maggie was very insecure about her medical skills. ( which she did not need to be because she was awesome and proved it.) and that the end of the story seemed a bit rushed. ( can't say anymore, no spoilers!!!) But overall, still a fantastic story.

I loved everything about the story Bound and Determined.  The  chemistry between Ambrosia and Bradley is hilarious. And the camels... instead of horses or cattle? I almost died laughing, especially Bradley's reaction to the animals and Ambrosia's attempts at keeping all cowboys away and trying to prevent her dad from bringing the creatures home.  The entire story was just Amazing...

and finally,  Tied and True... This is the first and only book that I have read by author Melissa Jagears and it was fantastic. The plot was engaging and kept your attention until the very last page.  The characters were charming, I love Marianne's determination and that she never gave up on Calvin even though he kept pushing her away and Calvin's selfless love, That he wanted her to marry better then he was even though seeing her with anyone else would have torn his heart in two. Overall, the story was great and the ending of the story was the perfect way to end this collection of novellas.

Overall I rate this book ( Novella collection)  5 out of 5  Stars ***** and on the Emoji scale ,
This book ( Novella collection)  deserves a ๐Ÿ˜

So if you want to  check out any of these authors books, ( and I recommend all of them)
Here are the links to their websites:

Karen Witemeyer  ๐Ÿ˜€

Mary Connealy ๐Ÿ˜‚

Regina Jennings๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Melissa Jagears๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy Reading :)

  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings

Major Daniel Adams invited Miss Bell to the Fort because he had girl trouble... Now his female complications were only multiplying. How many secrets did the new Governess have?

Hey Readers,
Happy New Year!!!
Its 2018 and I wanted to give you my first "Must Read" of the year,  Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings
 Holding the Fort is a Historical Fiction story set within the walls of Fort Reno in the year 1885. I would recommend this book if you:

  • have read any of Regina Jennings books before,
  • like to read books by similar authors such as Karen Witemeyer and Mary Connealy,
  • want to read a story filled with secrets, humor and a bit of romance, 
  • just want to start the year off with a fantastic new book!
So here is the story, 

Louisa Bell has had a hard life. After a very difficult childhood that ended with her mother dying when Louisa was still very young, Louisa has done what she had to do to ensure that her and her brother survived. The book starts out with Louisa getting let go from her most recent job as a singer at the Cat-Eye Saloon. She knew it was a horrible place to work but as a singer she had gotten paid and she was blessed to because she never had a man touch her. As she was packing up her personal items, she received a letter from her brother who was a Calvary Solider stationed in Indian Territory that stated that he had gotten in trouble with his commanding officer again. Since she now had nowhere to go, She decides to head to Fort Reno and talk some sense into her brother so that he did not end up like herself.  On her way to the Fort, Her stagecoach has to stop because of issues with the coach so she finds herself near a creek with a new little friend that she met during the delay. While she was there she saw the most unusual sight, A Calvary officer who was trick riding! He was standing barefoot in his saddle while riding his horse! Unfortunately, once the officer saw her, he fell off his horse and severely injured his head. After seeing if she could help the officer and promising a older Mennonite woman that she would deliver a package to the Commander, She finally arrives at the Fort. Unfortunately, the current commanding officer (because Major Adams was currently unavailable)  mistakes Louisa as the new Governess hired to teach Major Adams two girls. Louisa accepts the job even though she was not educated enough to be a teacher thinking that it would just be like acting on a stage. However she did not expect to have such smart pupils and a way to handsome and suspicious Major watching her every move, But if she is not successful with this job, Will her and her brother be arrested for her deception? 

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full with his two young girls and a Mother-In-Law who wants to take them away to be "properly educated" .  He has tried to teach them everything they need to know but he knows that they really need a woman to help them since their Mother died. He is immediately suspicious of the new Governess because Miss Bell is not the old strict widow that he was promised was coming.  He decides to give her a chance because he does not have any other options and because she had kept quiet about his riding accident that she witnessed before she arrived. He observes that she has the mannerisms of a Governess and the skills but lacks the confidence that he assumed that one had to have to that profession , It is almost like she was just acting out the part. He also is annoyed that she seems to be attracted to Private Willis (who was her brother, but of course the Major does not know that) As the days go on, he finds himself oddly attracted to Miss Bell but he is also wary of her because he knows that there is something about her past that she is hiding. 

Louisa is trying to be confident in this performance but could she make this family love her? 
Because unfortunately she has already fallen in love with the Major's family. 

What Did I Think?
So this is the first book in the Fort Reno Series and it was amazing! 
I loved how the author describes the Fort and gives us a glimpse of how the Major and his family lived. My favorite character was Louisa because she was so ambitious going all the way to Indian Territory to tell her little brother to behave ( like any big sister should ) But I really liked how even though the job as a Governess started out as just a way to talk to her brother, She jumped in with both feet and studied the topics that she was lacking knowledge in and genuinely wanted to teach the girls the subjects they would need to succeed. I love the interactions between Louisa and Major Adams, How He always expected her to be like his soldiers when he spoke with her, but she always said what was on her mind without caring what he thought. And I loved how Louisa finally discovered that  God would forgive even someone like her.  Overall I rated the book 5 out of 5 stars*****

So for this year, I am also rating my "Must Reads" by emoji's! 
But I will start this on my next "Must Read" (even though it would have been a WOW emoji!)๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.