Caught in the Middle (Ladies of Caldwell County Book #3)

Caught in the Middle (Ladies of Caldwell County Book #3)

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by Regina Jennings
     
 

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She Wants the Freedom of the Open Plains.
He Wants the Prestige of a Successful Career.
Neither is Ready for What Comes Instead.

The train to Garber, Texas, is supposed to bring life's next victory to Nicholas Lovelace. Instead, it gets held up by robbers who are thwarted by the last person Nick ever expected--Anne Tillerton from back home in

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She Wants the Freedom of the Open Plains.
He Wants the Prestige of a Successful Career.
Neither is Ready for What Comes Instead.

The train to Garber, Texas, is supposed to bring life's next victory to Nicholas Lovelace. Instead, it gets held up by robbers who are thwarted by the last person Nick ever expected--Anne Tillerton from back home in Prairie Lea.
 
Anne's been hiding away as a buffalo hunter. She's only in town to find their runaway cook, but the woman flees--leaving Anne with her infant son. With Nick the only person Anne knows in town, the two form an unlikely team as they try to figure out what to do with the child.
 
But being in town means acting and dressing for polite society--and it's not going well for Anne. Meanwhile, Nick's work is bringing new pressures, and being seen with a rough-around-the-edges woman isn't helping his reputation. Caught between their own dreams, a deepening relationship, and others' expectations, can the pair find their way to love?

"[Jennings is] a fresh voice in Christian historical romance..." Library Journal

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Library Journal
04/15/2014
Disguised as a man, Anne Tillerton works as a buffalo hunter in Indian territory. When the cook, Tessa, disappears from camp, Anne boards a train to Garber, TX, hoping to bring her back before her fellow hunters riot. She finds Tessa in a house for "fancy ladies" with a new lover and an illegitimate baby fathered by a former one. Tessa abandons the child with Anne and skips town with her new man. Unready to become a mother, Anne turns for help to the only person she knows in town, Nicholas Lovelace. The two eventually have to decide whether their individual dreams are more important than building a family. VERDICT Jennings (Love in the Balance) returns with a colorful romance that evokes images of frontier towns, train robberies, "fancy houses," and outlaws. Readers looking for a light, fast-paced pick or Western fiction will enjoy this.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441263506
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
Ladies of Caldwell County , #3
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
90,266
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of Sixty Acres and a Bride and Love in the Balance. Regina has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.

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Caught in the Middle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
A fun western from Jennings! OK, so maybe I can't classify Caught in the Middle a western per se, but I loved the historical edge to this novel. I'm saddened to say I've missed out on Jennings' prior releases, but after enjoying Nick and Anne's story, I intend to go back and read them. "Old" fans I'm certain will be excited for a quick glimpse of Molly & Bailey living out their happily ever after. The heart and soul of what molded Anne into the woman she is, is slowly revealed to us through the novel. It's heartbreaking and it saddens me to know that many women can probably relate to Anne's former predicament. Anne's internal journey is amazing and in my opinion, well handled. I won't go into detail-you'll have to read the book-but it could be well worth your time. Nick was a character I adored as a writer. In a sense, he was perfectly flawed. I loved that. I also loved how he would call out Anne's flaws and she'd return the favor. They worked fantastically well together, though they may have disagreed with that assessment at one point or another. I loved this novel for so many reasons, several of which I've shared. Jennings offers us a novel with heart, and I don't say that lightly. This book is definitely going on my keeper shelf as a new favorite. I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical novels and raw characters with an emotional depth. I suggest this book to readers fifteen or older do to flashbacks of an abusive husband and a mention of murder. I received this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. 
RobinPatchen More than 1 year ago
Regina Jennings has done it again with Caught in the Middle. If I stay up past my bedtime to read, it must be a great book. But if I'm so engrossed in the book that I go past my 3 miles on the elliptical machine without realizing it and end up working out longer than I absolutely have to--that must be one excellent, compelling, amazing book. And that's what this is. I absolutely loved it, and I can't wait to read what Regina comes up with next. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Tillerton will capture your heart. I just loved her raw genuineness. I laughed out loud. I cried out loud. Regina Jennings does such a good job of letting you really get to know the characters, and Anne does not disappoint with the predicaments she gets herself into.
SailinRae More than 1 year ago
  To be honest, this book goes really slow at first. I almost gave up on it. I prefer my books to be a little more fast pace. But if you stick it out, about halfway through it gets good. Once the two form their alliance, it starts heating up :). Anne starts working for Nick and pretty soon neither can keep the other out of their mind. When their relationship starts to bloom, it is really put to the test between different trials to both of them. Anne with her abusive past and her inability to trust anyone but men specifically. And with Nick wanting to be something he never truly was.  I think Regina Jennings is a good author, and I would love to read more of her work.
bookreviewer1977 More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize until after I had read it that this book was actually the third in a series. It's definitely readable as a stand-alone book, but I think the fact that it's one in a series explains why I had some trouble in the beginning keeping up with all the people and situations that are going on early in the book. But I soon caught on and really enjoyed reading the story of Anne and Nick. This book has it all- romance, political intrigue, recovery from abuse, searching for family, and railroads! You will not be bored by this book, that is for sure. I thought the characters were realistic- no perfect people here, just people who learn to trust God and each other. This is a very enjoyable read and I'm anxious to go back and read the other two books in this series as well.
25jump More than 1 year ago
As the story unfolds, you start to realize why Anne is hiding. Thinks that her rough, I don't care attitude will make people leave her alone. Not happening, she is thrown into a situation that she has no control over. People do change we just need to give them time.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
A great story, A great series!  --   Oh my, this is another winner from Regina. I have really enjoyed this series and this book is wonderful. Anne has had such a hard life and is such a strong person, I love her story. I would really encourage you to read this series, each book is better than the previous one. Great job Regina, I really do enjoy your writing!
TSMathews More than 1 year ago
When I was introduced to Regina Jennings books two years ago I knew her characters and I were going to become dear friends. So imagine my delight when I discovered this book would tell the story of a brave young woman we met in Sixty Acres and a Bride; Anne Tillerton. Anne thought she could put the past behind her when she took up the harsh life of a buffalo hunter. Never again would Anne trust a man with her heart after being mistreated by her father as a child and abused as a young woman by her now deceased husband. Until that fateful day she ran into Nicholas Lovelace from back home. Anne doesn't need this, all she wants to do is find that silly cook Tessa and bring her back so she doesn't have to cook at the train depot at Pushmataha. While waiting for the train to Garber, Texas Nicholas Lovelace, spies a woman dressed in the garb of a buffalo hunter and he knows there is only one beautiful woman that dresses that way; Anne Tillerton.  On the way back home the train is stopped by a group of robbers. When Nick tries to come to the rescue of a young lady that is being accosted by the robbers, he would have been shot had not the brave Ms. Tillerton intervened and shot the toe out of the said robber's boot. Nick happily realizes Anne still has dead aim! When Anne finds Tessa she can't get the errant cook to agree to come with her. Instead Tessa flees and leaves behind a surprise for Anne; her sweet baby boy! What is a buffalo hunter supposed to do with a baby? Remembering that after she saved Nick's life he told her if she ever needed anything all she had to do was ask; Anne sets out to find Nick's office, surely he'll know what to do! Anne shows up at with the baby in tow and what follows is a story that had me going back and forth between laughing and gasping. Nick just wants to have a life in politics; Anne just wants to go back to her buffalo hunting. Well we all know you don't always get what you want but when God is in charge of the plans you always get just what you need! This book is Regina Jennings at her finest; it is packed with excitement and romance and it truly blessed my heart to see how Anne came to terms with her past and learned to trust her heavenly Father. If you haven't read one of Regina's books then let this be your first and I promise you will want to rush out and grab the other two in this fun series. Thanks Regina for this truly satisfying read! 
Zelma More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story. I love the progression of the characters. Anne is a woman with a haunting past. Something that has tarnished her views on men all together. She dresses like a man so she doesn't get the unwanted attention she so desperately hides from. She works for a company hunting buffalo. When the cook runs off she goes to find her. Only for her to skip town and leave her infant son in her care. What will Anne do now? She can't hunt with an infant. You see her grow into a woman who lets down her defenses and lets people in. Does she find a man who is the exception and not the rule? Will she integrate into society now that she has this child to care for. I recommend this book highly. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have. Thanks Regina, I can't wait to read more of your books.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
Just looking at the cover, one would think (I did, anyway) that this was going to be one of those youthful, girly (maybe even silly), books featuring a young girl who wanted to be a rough and tumble cowgirl (see the boots peeking out from under the frilly dress) but was forced by society and circumstances and who she was to wear that frilly dress. However, the book is not about a story line of that ilk. The story has surprising intensity and depth. It deals with subjects and consequences of the actions of cruel and hateful individuals on the subsequent lives of their victims. The depth of emotion and burden carried by the characters whose past life is so impacting their current existence is daunting.   The sweet romance that blossoms between Anne and Nicholas is lovely. The end is somewhat predictable in that boy gets girl, good conquers over evil, wrongs are righted. But none-the-less, the outcome is totally enjoyable and a refreshing relief. Readers will fall in love with the sweet little older lady that takes Anne under her wing. Readers will also feel the intensity of care of the characters toward the little boy abandoned by his biological mother.    A bit of history:  In reading the book, there is an infant, deserted by his mother, and he is being fed a powdered "Nestlé" formula. The book is set in 1881. Not knowing the history of the Nestlé company and the beginning of the production of powdered infant "milk" or formula, I doubted that this part of the story had true historical significance and that it was just written in as though there was actually powdered formula in 1881. It bothered me because even if I'm reading a novel, if it is historical fiction, I want the history to be right. So I "Googled" "History of Nestlé Powdered Infant Formula." Of course, there is a lot about Nestlé and Infant Formula on the web. Finally, I found a bit of information and here is the link:  Click Here. And yes, the author had done her homework. There was powdered infant formula produced by Nestlé in 1881!  DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Caught in the Middle from the Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Company in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I was not compensated for this review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Caught in the Middle is the third book in the Ladies of Caldwell County series. I have read the two books before this one and have been eagerly looking forward to reading Anne’s story. It did not disappoint! If you have not read the other two books, that is ok. Caught in the Middle can stand alone. However, reading the other books really prepared me for the mindset that Anne had toward others and about life in general. It helped me to understand where she was coming from. Nick and Anne are great characters. They are such opposites at the beginning of the book, yet by the end, they have both grown and changed so much in their attitudes toward God and toward each other. The author raises some challenging questions for her characters. The point is made that it is easy to follow God when things are going your way, but how about when things aren’t? Will Nick or Anne be able to accept God’s plans if they don’t appear to be the answers they were looking for? I appreciated the fun humor, the great characters, Anne’s haunting back-story, and the sacrifices that these characters had to make as they grew into the people that God wanted them to be. I have enjoyed each book in this series, but this is by far my very favorite. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Alice_Knightly8 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Regina Jennings novel. I absolutely love her style! Rich. Engaging. Beautiful. Everything flowed so nicely and the plot progressed perfectly- not too fast, not too slow. The character growth was believable- not one of those one-extreme-to-the-other scenarios where they suddenly see the light and are a new person; instead, it took time, but it happened (cause I also don't like stories where the characters are so down in the depths of despair for SO long that you lose hope that they'll ever let it go and move on. ;)). Both Anne and Nick steadily built up faith, hope, and love. The result was a sweet- but not over the top- romance, with enough conflict, adventure, and banter to keep things interesting. The message of surrendering yourself to Christ- giving Him complete control, rather than refusing to trust Him and trying to handle everything on your own- was conveyed in a loving and non-condescending way.  I look forward to reading more of Jennings work in the future! (Especially going back and reading the first two books in this series. -How do I never seem to realize when I'm reading ahead in a series?! ;P)  I received this book from Bethany House publishers for my honest review.
CFPagels More than 1 year ago
Loved Nick's and Anne's story! I'd just finished reading another book by a different author in which I was disappointed with the story and the ending and this wonderful novel was the antidote. In this story we are several years after the previous novel in the trilogy. Nicholas Lovelace has matured since book one and book two. Anne, meanwhile, has been through such hardship and transformation. Themes: spousal abuse, recovering from PTSD, child abandonment, betrayal. Anne is a spunky huntress who finds herself "stuck" with a little boy who is abandoned by her friend and whose father dies. Nick has know about Anne for years and admires her pluck if not her prickliness. One of my favorite chapters in this book is when Anne returns to the Lord--masterfully written. Lovely romance and a beautiful HEA and ending that is very satisfying and wraps up all the story threads, including comeuppance for the villains.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't miss this beautiful story of courage, real love, and difficult choices. Set in the old west, and true to the time period, the main characters meet and begin an unusual friendship. As Anne and Nick each learn to trust God, especially when it's difficult, they soon learn how blessed they are because of their trust in Him. I stayed up far too late wondering how this sweet story would end, and I was touched by their story and the lessons they learned. Warning, Kleenex alert!
S_Landsem More than 1 year ago
I’ve come to expect great things from Regina Jennings and couldn’t wait to get my hands on her latest novel, Caught in the Middle, the story of Anne Tillterton and Nick Lovelace, whom we met briefly in her previous two books. I found even more than I expected. You won’t find a more unlikely couple than Anne and Nick. Anne is a rough-riding buffalo hunter (yes, you read that right) with a painful past and Nick is a debonair sweet-talker with a bright future. Regina’s trademark humor and eye for historical detail are right on target. The romance between these disparate characters is filled with misunderstandings, witty banter, and plenty of chemistry (plus a surprise on page 267 that I never saw coming!) Add to that a heart-breaking moment that had me blinking back tears, and Caught in the Middle fulfilled all my expectations.  But there is much more to Caught in the Middle. Where the story of Ann and Nick really shines is in Regina’s ability to dig deep into her characters souls. Within her gifted storytelling, she brings to light the hurts and misconceptions that not only keep Anne and Nick from each other, but keep them from a fuller understanding of their faith in God and what it really means to trust in him. Regina’s books never fail to be both satisfying and leave me asking challenging questions about my own faith. I highly recommend Caught in the Middle and hope to see many more stories from this talented author.
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
This is book three in this series. We know Anne from book one when she saved Rosa from her horrible husband. I had looked forward to this book and how things would work out for her. What I liked: Anne has dealt with a lot in her life. Her father did not pay her much attention and then she married a mean man. She copes with all that has happened to her by dressing like a man and staying away from polite society by being a buffalo hunter. When Nick enters into the picture and sees beneath her duster to who she really is she struggles to know how to react. Her character goes through a lot of changes as the book progresses. She goes from an outcast to a caring mom. I enjoyed how she changed and grew.      Nick also was an interesting character. He starts out a business man pretty much willing to do what he needs to keep his business going. As he and Anne work together he starts to see that his faith and doing the right thing was more important than a business deal. I really liked the storyline of this book. What I did not like: As much as I enjoyed the book I felt the chemistry between Anne and Nick was so so. The spark between them was just not as good as I expected.      Over all I enjoyed this book. I found myself tearing up at the end. Very well written and I liked how the characters had to face challenges and work through them even if they had to suffer for doing so. This book can be read as a stand alone but this is a great series and I recommend going back and reading the first two as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Regina Jennings has done another outstanding job bringing to life The Ladies of Caldwell County. It has been a joy to read all three books in this series. In this installment we readers get to see the story of the tough Mrs. Anne Tillerton unfold. Annie has major trust issues, and who can blame the gal. She has had to live through; heart breaking loss, neglectful and abusive relationships and being shunned by society. These days she makes her way through life dressed as a man hunting down buffalo. And making sure to keep her distance from her past and God. But all that is about to change while riding on a train bound for Garber, TX. Can a man from her past, an orphaned baby left in her care and a praying Grandma help Annie see that God is worthy of her trust?
Lane_Hill_House 9 months ago
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings, ©2014 “The small towns and wide plains of 1880 Texas come to life when impossible situations and an abandoned child bring Nick Lovelace and Anne Tillerton together. Is Nick prepared to risk his future plans for an unexpected chance at love?”—Provided by publisher. I love cowboy boots with prom dresses ~ but this lassie is not so inclined. She just loves her boots without the fancy trappings! Headed to town in pursuit of their prairie cook, Anne Tillerton finds a little more than she expected ~ a baby and a neighboring man from long ago. But... I get ahead of myself. Actually, they became reacquainted on the train. A leisurely ride on a train ~ how could this change the direction of my life? So innocently unoccupied until Anne Tillerton came into view ~ or voice. Hmm . . . it had been a while since his sister's friend had shown up. They had talked about whether she had remarried and settled down. But... here she was, Anne, just as before. Camouflaged. Concealed from the lady she really was. Nick Lovelace. How could it be that I would be discovered way out here in Indian Territory? Hopping a train to North Texas to find Tessa Drumright, the cook back at the station house ~ at least, she was until she took off after that no good Finn Cravens. Intercepted along the way, I save Nick from his interference ~ no gun on him ~ bravery. Now I'll never get rid of him! He was, to be sure, glad she was there. Now that they are in town, Nicholas Lovelace sees her as a hold-back ~ to his prestigious occupation; he needs to be fancy. Her down-home looks are a little dowdy since they are no longer on the home grounds of middle-of-the-tumbleweeds-Texas. ~ home ♪♫ home on the range ♫♪~ Anne is anxious to return to the prairie but her "grabbed" cook has taken off again, and... left her baby with Anne. What is the girl to do?! The only other person she knows in town is Nick. The well-to-do-er; so he thinks, anyway. Life can change before you can hardly turn around. I found Tessa, all right, but now she's gone and I'll have to hunt up Finn. I have his little son to deliver to him. Life gets complicated without even trying. I sent a message back with the new cook I hired. I will be back as soon as I can get this figured out. ***Thank you to author Regina Jennings for my copy of Caught in the Middle. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great conclusion to a wonderful series!
KarenFromOregon More than 1 year ago
There’s nothing I like better in a historical novel than a gutsy heroine. I know women throughout history were supposed to be demure and submissive, but I love it when one steps out of the mold. In Caught in the Middle, Regina Jennings’s Anne Tillerton doesn’t just step out, she turns around and blasts the mold to pieces. This female buffalo hunter reminded me a bit of the legendary Annie Oakley, and she had the wardrobe and mannerisms to match. In fact, she was so outlandish, I found myself wondering if the author had bitten off more than she could chew, and if it could even be possible to build a believable romance for Anne. Since I’ve read Regina Jennings’s books before, I shouldn’t have worried. Anne’s deep wounds are what led to her current state, and it takes a patient, gentle man to start her on the path toward healing. Don’t miss this rollicking romance.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.
KBRESLIN More than 1 year ago
Author Regina Jennings kept me smiling and tearful in turns reading her latest novel in the Ladies of Caldwell County series, “Caught in the Middle,” in this Calamity-Jane-meets-Mr.-Fancy-Pants styled romance set in the 1880’s Western frontier of Garber, Texas. Jennings uses sharp dialog and a cast of memorable characters to make this funny yet poignant, fast-paced story difficult to put down. I found myself cheering on heroine buffalo hunter Anne Tillerton as she struggles with a dark past in order to try and renew her faith in God and learn to trust others. And suit-and-tie railroad man Nicholas Lovelace is definitely hero material as he exhibits a sharp mind beneath those devilish good looks, has a wonderful sense of humor and shows a remarkable brand of perseverance in waiting for what he truly desires. This is my first Regina Jennings novel and I look forward to reading more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth reading, realistic, good characters and lots of twists and turns.
friendship1 More than 1 year ago
I did not read the prior 2 books in this series, but did enjoy the 3rd book. A good read on how God has instilled a motherly instinct in women. Also a study on how a husband's response to a young wife can imprint a woman for many years or for life.
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Warm bittersweet uplifting story with a terrific ending.