The Lieutenant's Bargain

The Lieutenant's Bargain

by Regina Jennings


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ISBN-13: 9780764218941
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Series: Fort Reno Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 89,653
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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 numerous novels, including For the Record, A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at

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The Lieutenant's Bargain 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
SBMC 2 hours ago
This is the first full-length novel from Regina Jennings that I have read and I’m totally hooked! If you enjoy historical romance, you will definitely enjoy this one. The writing is fluid and easy to follow, the characters are endearing, and the plot is fun with a bit of suspense and intrigue thrown in. Hattie, an aspiring artist, gets robbed on a coach heading to Denver and is rescued by an Indian tribe working in tandem with the US government as reservations are being created. Jack, a lieutenant in the US Army that is serving the reservation, has always admired Hattie from afar while growing up and seizes the opportunity to “rescue” her from the Indian tribe. Misunderstanding and miscommunication bind them as husband and wife as they both try to figure out why they hold on to the dreams that they have. Hattie is strong-willed, stubborn, and somewhat immature and spoiled in the beginning but is also tender, vulnerable, and has a huge heart and an infinite capacity to love. Jack has always been a nerd with a nose buried in a book but has grown up to be a confidant man, interested in the welfare and preservation of the tribe even as they are forced to assimilate. As they struggle together to sustain a school for the tribe’s children and find out who had robbed the coach, their friendship and love bloom. Even though this is book 2 in the series, it can totally be read as a stand alone. But now I need to go back and read the first book, Holding the Fort! I was given a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers (Baker Publishing Group) and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Cindi_A 1 days ago
Delightfully entertaining! Such a fun read with delightful characters. I loved Hattie from the start. She was strong willed, and feisty which I found adorable. Jack was a sweet man who knew what he wanted yet was a total gentleman even when tempted. The story itself was well written and held my interest throughout. The setting was vivid due to the excellent way the author drew the scenes. I can envision the artwork that Hattie painted because of the fine details given. Ü I felt myself sigh with contentment as I reached the conclusion of this wonderful tale. It was just what I needed during a very stressful time in my life. I can always count on Regina Jennings to write an interesting story with characters that have some spunk and sass. I just love this author's style of writing. So nice to find consistently fun stories when picking up her books. The thoughts above are from my true enjoyment of this really great read. This book was a gift from the author and I was not required to write a positive review. Pick up a copy for yourself and you'll see that what I wrote is truly from my heart.
ONorman0 1 days ago
Regina Jennings has written another great historical romance. It pulled me in on the very first page and kept me turning the pages all the way to end. It was fascinating how she brought the Indian wedding ceremony into the story.
Suzie_W 1 days ago
Do you listen to audiobooks? I do when I’m at the office. I mean, I’d never stay up with my monthly TBRs if I didn’t listen to a handful of those. But once in a while I come across a book that has people looking at me whenever they walk by my cubicle because I’m smiling and laughing at whatever I’m listening to. Regina Jennings’ The Lieutenant’s Bargain was one of those books. The misunderstandings with Hattie and Arapaho who rescue her, Jack and the Arapaho when he goes to rescue Hattie, and even Hattie and Jack are entertaining and hilarious. And even though it takes Jack and Hattie a bit too long to discover exactly what they got themselves into, readers catch on quick which just makes it even more enjoyable. Plus, you have Hattie who has the heart of an artist and Jack who is a by-the-book scholarly type. What could possibly go wrong? While the laughs are abundant in this story, there’s also some great lessons immersed in there. The distrust the Native Americans had for the white man, the struggles to educate the Native Americans, and the danger of the time. As Jack and Hattie stick to the constraints of their bargain, they struggle to find the courage to let go of their insecurities and tell the other the truth in their hearts. And that journey is a blast to take with these characters Jennings created. I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
LucyMR1 2 days ago
If you need a break from life and could use a good laugh then look no farther. The writing is well developed and you can imagine Hattie and Jack in the circumstances that revolve around them. I can see the look on his face when she sat beside him on the couch and wanted to kiss him, it cracked me up. I don’t want to include spoilers so I will just say her antics involving Jack will keep you smiling every time you think of it. The roller skating scene is memorable. I think these are my two favorite characters from this author, although I’ve enjoyed each book I have read by her. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the Indian children and the changes they had to endure. Throw in some danger to keep you on your toes and you have the makings of an entertaining and enjoyable read. I appreciated the authors notes at the end for explaining certain things incorporated in the story. My theory is move this one to your must read pile. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Erin Gellos 6 days ago
Do you keep a book Wishlist or a to read pile? If you do, then The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings should be at the top of your Wishlist, or to read pile. Why is this book so amazing? Well, let me tell you the top two reasons why I enjoyed this book. The characters: Lieutenant Jack Hennessey is such a wonderful hero. I just happen to come from a family of bookworms and nerds and I just happen to be both. So, to read about a hero who is a bookworm, and yet so dashing and courageous, was perfect! Hattie Walker is a delightful heroine. She has big dreams that she is trying to make reality. She is sweet, brave, and artistic. And she is the perfect heroine for Lieutenant Hennessey. The plot: The mess that the two main characters find themselves in near the beginning and that sets the stage for the rest of the story, is rather humorous since they don’t realize what is happening at the time. There is mystery and adventure involved that makes the story even better! I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
BlueJeansAndTeacups 6 days ago
•°o•:*:•.Loved It.•:*:• o°• *** December 1885*** Two months to get to Denver and succeed as an artist is all Hattie has been granted by her parents or she has to return to Van Buren, Arkansas and settle down. Riding through Indian Territory with some cranky passengers in a stagecoach turns into a harrowing struggle for her life.*** When Lieutenant Jack Hennessey receives word, right before his commander’s wedding, that a woman has been found out on the prairie and needs assistance AND the money from the incoming stage has been stolen he steps in to handle the situation as soon as the nuptials are complete. Little does he know his life is about to completely change.*** Hattie is stubborn but also kind in many ways and an amazing artist.*** Jack is so sweet but can be amusingly oblivious, particularly when it comes to his piles and piles of books he considers old friends. His gentle care of Hattie is a joy to read. *** Christmassy Quote: “The storefront shone bravely with red trim and green lettering, a welcome splash of color in the colorless landscape and the perfect tone for the Christmas season.”*** Laugh Out Loud Quote: “I doubt this mercantile has any Rocky Mountains available for purchase.” ”Yes, but you have to purchase them one rock at a time and assemble them yourself.”*** Tea Quote: “Come by the fire. I have some hot water on the stove. Would you like tea or coffee?” … “we ate supper in the field. No need to make anything for me.” “Tea it is.” She rolled up his scarf and strode into the kitchen.*** *** I found this historical, Christian romance so charming and recommend it highly to others. The information about The Darlington School for Arapaho and The Carlisle Indian School was also interesting. You can also look up on you tube, “Fort Reno Interview” where the author shot a location video in OK! (about 4 minutes). I received a copy from the publisher and author (who is a delightful person btw) in hopes of a favorable review with no further compensation.*** Holding the Fort – Book #1 The Fort Reno Series 12/2017*** Bound & Determined – Book #1.5 01/2018*** The Lieutenant’s Bargain - Book #2 12/4/2018
AE2 6 days ago
Jack Hennessey spent his younger years trying unsuccessfully to get Hattie Walker's attention. Even now, as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, the letters he has written to her haven't received any response. However, when Jack is sent out to take care of things when a stage carrying a payment for the Cheyenne and Arapaho is ambushed, his work brings him right to Hattie Walker. Hattie was traveling on the stagecoach when it was attacked; she survived and was taken in by the Arapaho--but she doesn't realize they're friendly and is scared until Jack shows up. Grown-up Jack is different from the boy she remembered, and she's grateful to him for helping her, but Hattie's plans don't include Jack; she is on her way to Denver to gain life experience and create a painting that will convince her parents to stop pressuring her to get married and instead let her pursue her dream of painting. I really enjoyed reading this book. There were parts that had me laughing, and there were other parts that were really sweet. I really liked seeing Hattie's changing perspective and how she came to realize Jack was more than the annoying boy who used to correct her schoolwork. I also liked seeing her gain a deeper understanding of the Arapaho people. The plot was interesting and this was just a really enjoyable read. 4.5 stars. I read an ARC via #NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
marongm8 6 days ago
The Lieutenant's Bargain was unlike any Christian Fiction Love Story I have ever read and I mean this in the good sense. The story of Hattie who dreams of becoming a famous painter is forced to go into town and find herself a real job or else she gives up on her dream forever later encounters with a soldier who she views as the enemy and he spends most of the story convincing her that he is the good guy in hope to win her heart. What impressed me about this story in particular in that the novel focused on the heroine being the dominant character in the story rather than the hero masculine character falling in love with a woman. Our readers will be fondly attracted to this book because of that it's unlike any story they have read. . That is why we give this book 5 stars!
AMHeath 6 days ago
What I Loved: Well… I devoured this in 24 hours! I absolutely loved it! The story kicks off and doesn’t stop until you hit the last page. It was hilarious, romantic, fast-paced, and even had a lovely Christian Christmas message tucked inside. These two had great chemistry together and they kept the pages moving. The entire cast of personalities came to life. It was also a treat to revisit old friends from previous books. I’m not sure what else you need to hear from me other than a command for you to pick this one up ASAP! I adored it and I think you will too! Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 5 stars. I recommend it to those looking for a fun western and to Christian historical/western fans. ~ I received a copy from Bethany House through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
Christianfictionandmore 6 days ago
Hattie Walker had quite an independent streak for a woman living in 1885. Not willing to marry just because it was expected, preferring to hone her artistic skills, Hattie had come to an agreement with her parents. They would allow her to go to Denver and try to find success as an artist, but if she failed, she had to return home and settle down. Neither she or her parents had been aware of the dangers that she would encounter on her trip west. Lieutenant Jack Hennessey had gone to school with Hattie. After having joined the cavalry, he had written to her a few times with no response. Now he was serving in an area known as the nations, studying and assisting with the Arapaho and Cheyenne. There was no way he could have foreseen Hattie's arrival or the impact it would have on his ability to do his job. In her notes at the end of the book, the author explains some of her research and why certain events in the story were included. She says that she hopes the reader finds them plausible, but if not then she hopes they found them entertaining. While I was reading I found the book quite entertaining with truly likable characters, while not exactly plausible, but after reading the notes about her research, I found the plot to be much more plausible than I had at first. Either way, this book has entertainment value, and I would recommend it as a fun read. I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishing for providing me with a copy of The Lieutenant's Bargain in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Regina Jennings' second novel in the Fort Reno series is just as charming as her first. It was wonderful to meet up with familiar characters, but the novel can enjoyably be read as a stand-alone. As one who appreciates history, I was very pleased by the depth of her Fort Reno and Indian Territory research, as presented in the unfolding tale. Regina's characters are sometimes quirky and always memorable. Lieutenant Jack Hennessey is an appealing hero, and somewhat atypical, coming from a background of a shy and bookish boy. Hattie Walker is smart and independent, struggling to find her niche in life with her art. The pacing kept me moving on to the next chapter, while learning more about each character as historical events unfolded. This will definitely go on my list as a "re-read"! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
MzKCKitty 15 days ago
This is a delightful sequel to Holding the Fort (The Fort Reno Series Book #1). I really enjoyed the first book but this one was really wonderful. It dealt with the Indian School at Fort Reno, the children that attended it and some of the challenges with living on an Army base in the middle of Indian Territory. This is the story of Lieutenant Jack Hennessey and his childhood crush who happens to be stranded when a stagecoach is robbed and she is rescued by the local Indian tribe. Her name is Hattie Walker and she is an artist on the way to Denver to enter a competition. Her plans were waylaid along with the stagecoach and they are both surprised to see each other. Through a misunderstanding and a language barrier, they end up married in the eyes of the tribal leaders. Wading through all their conflicting emotions and the mystery of who waylaid the stage and stole the money that was on the stage from the US government for the Indians, as well as Hattie’s personal belongings and art supplies, provides the rest of the action in this story. It was fun to read and I enjoyed every bit of it. Once again, Regina Jennings has done her research and brought us a book chock full of historical details and delightful conversation and action. I look forward to a third installment in this series! I received a digital copy of this book through NetGalley from Bethany House in exchange for a review. I’m never disappointed with the offerings from Bethany House.