The Lieutenant's Bargain (The Fort Reno Series Book #2)

The Lieutenant's Bargain (The Fort Reno Series Book #2)

by Regina Jennings

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Overview

Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, while her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to head to Denver and place her works in an exhibition or give up the dream forever. Her journey is derailed when a gunman attacks her stagecoach, leaving her to be rescued by a group of Arapaho . . . but she's too terrified to recognize them as friendly.

Confirmed bachelor Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has long worked with the tribe and is tasked with trying to convince them that the mission school at Fort Reno can help their children. When a message arrives about a recovered survivor, Jack heads out to take her home--and plead his case once more.

He's stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart--but quickly realizes he has a chance to impress her. When his plan gets tangled through translation, Jack and Hattie end up in a mess that puts her dreams in peril--and tests Jack's resolve to remain single.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493416028
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Series: Fort Reno Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 25,173
File size: 7 MB

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 www.reginajennings.com.
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She's the winner of the National Readers' Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and at First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.

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The Lieutenant's Bargain 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
BlessednBookish 4 months ago
Old friends, long since become strangers, find themselves tethered together in the most unlikely of circumstances. Calvary Lieutenant Jack Hennessey is proud of his work with the Arapaho on the reservation near Fort Reno. He considers himself a friend and student of their culture and has even begun to learn their language. So, when he receives word they have a white woman in their custody who was the victim of a stagecoach robbery, he is quick to respond to her aid. But he is blindsided when the fear-filled, mud-covered woman is a girl from his hometown, Miss Hattie Walker. The same Hattie he was sweet on for years--not that she’d ever paid him much attention. Trying to impress her with his knowledge of the Arapaho, he attempts to arrange a ceremony to transfer her from the custody of the Arapaho to the U.S. Calvary. But with his limited knowledge of the language, he doesn’t understand the ceremony is one of marriage until it’s too late. Hattie Walker is determined to travel to Colorado to prove to her parents she could make a living with her talent. If she could sell one painting, then she wouldn’t be forced to settle down and marry. But when her stagecoach is robbed and she is the only living survivor, her plans come to an abrupt halt. Left with nothing and terrified of every noise and shadow, she is relieved to see a familiar face in the cavalry officer who rescues her from the Indian reservation. Her relief is short-lived when she realizes he accidentally married her. How will she ever submit a painting in Denver if she’s stuck at Fort Reno? Knowing if they disregard the Arapaho’s marriage ceremony they will be disrespecting the tribe, Jack’s commanding officer insists they pretend to be married until Jack can be transferred out of Indian territory. So, while Hattie is pretending outside of the home in front of the troops, Jack is pretending the one woman he’d wanted as a wife isn’t living and sleeping in his house. As they pass the time until the transfer orders can be received, Hattie and Jack discover there’s more to each other than what they remember from childhood. And when Hattie helps Jack with problems surrounding the school for the Arapaho children, she begins to understand why he is willing to live in such a barren and dangerous place. Will Jack give up his career’s work of helping the Arapaho so Hattie can continue on with her dreams or will Hattie discover what her heart desires most is not selling a painting? After reading the first Fort Reno book, Holding the Fort, I have been waiting to read Jack’s story. I enjoyed the camaraderie and humor between Lieutenant Jack and his commanding officer, Major Adams. Jack is an interesting hero. He’s swoon-worthy (of course!) and a gentleman, but he’s also a bit of an academic or, as Hattie sees him, a bookworm. He may not wear spectacles, but he is definitely an atypical hero. It’s refreshing to have a leading man who has a lifelong devotion to expanding his knowledge as I’m a bit of a self-proclaimed nerd myself. I always say I MUST like the heroine if I’m to really enjoy a story. It’s easy to like a dreamy hero who moves heaven and earth to be with the woman he loves. But to root for the romance in the book, you have to believe they deserve each other, which means you need to like the heroine, too! Hattie may be a little selfish in the beginning as she is focused on her goal of being a successful painter. She left the security and familiarity of her hometown to expand he
sandralb 4 months ago
I love to read Regina Jennings novels. She can be laugh out loud funny. But she always has some adventure and intrigue to her stories. You never know what to expect. But you can know, it will be an enjoyable read. I have enjoyed this The Fort Reno Series. Fans of Christian historical romance will not be disappointed with Regina's latest book.
Reli 4 months ago
This was a fun, easy read. I have always been intrigued by the arranged marriage, mail-order bride concept of books, where the couple has to learn to love after the vows have been said. This book has a similar concept to that and was a great read. Set in Indian country, Jack is doing all he can to build good relationships with the local Indians. He works to learn their language, get their children into a school and so on. These plans are threatened by an Indian ceremony gone very wrong. Hattie has come west to pursue painting before she is forced to get married. Her plans go awry by a stagecoach mishap and I'll leave you to read the book to find out the rest of the story. Regina did a nice job with the writing. There was romance, friendship, mystery, and sacrifice in the book and that is always valuable in making a good story. I think this is the first book I have read by Regina and I look forward to reading more of her works. This is the second book in the Fort Reno series, but it reads very well as a stand-alone. Reading the first book first would help with character development, but I didn't struggle at all to figure out what was going on in this second book. I received this book from Bethany House through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review.
sesquius 6 months ago
Excellent. Excellent. Excellent book. Well worth the time to sit down and devour the book. Because once I started the book that's pretty much what I did. Devoured. Hattie Walker is on her way to Denver to try and prove to her parents that her paintings are worth an exhibition. She's turned down way too many marriage proposals and her parents have had enough of it. So she has two months otherwise, back home she goes.  On her way, her stagecoach is robbed leaving her the only survivor who can identify to robber, and is rescued by Arapahoes who in turn eventually give her to the local Lieutenant, who happens to be an old childhood friend of Hatties. From here, Hatties life is changed. To better or not, is up to her and Jack. The story is well written and while at first I didn't like Hattie very much, she evolved and changed over the course of the story. Regina's writing is such that you can actually feel like you are there in the circumstances, the fort and the Indians. I would definitely recommend this book.
rkfall 7 months ago
The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings was a book that I found to have adventure and suspense with romance thrown in there as well. This is the second book in the series by this author and I think could be read without reading the first book in the series. With that being said, I think the first book is definitely worth reading and if I had to decide on rating them I would rate the 1st book higher. This book drew me in with the cover. It gives a great feel of early American life around the American Indians. The determination to work with them and find ways to work together and not against each other is inspiring. The adventure of what she thinks her future should look like in contrast with what her future turns out to be is exciting to watch unfold. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
SarahSundin 8 months ago
Featuring a charmingly bookish and clueless hero and a clueless-in-her-own way heroine, The Lieutenant’s Bargain is full of Regina Jennings‘s trademark humor. Even better is the character transformation as Jack gains the last bit of confidence he needs and Hattie opens her heart to see beauty and worth where she never had before. I adored this novel and highly recommend it.
bmrawlins 9 months ago
A sweet, comical love story. Hattie and Jack are quite literally thrown together, much to Jack's pleasure. Hattie is determined her life will look one way, until circumstances intervene and change that plan. Full of laughs and romantic tension culminate in a pleasurable read.
KathrynVoss 10 months ago
Some authors tend to lose momentum as they produce book after book. I'm glad to say this is not the case with Regina Jenning's latest novel, The Lieutenant's Bargain. The second book in her Fort Reno series, Jennings fills the pages with mystery, adventure, humor, and romance that is clean, uplifting, and satisfying all in one piece. To say I was sorry to see the book end is an understatement. Her characters ooze with authenticity, side plots provide twists and turns, and minor characters fill in gaps of humor and liveliness that keep the story moving. I truly hope we don't have to wait long for another book in this series! I received this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
LifeofLiterature 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this book! The story has spunky characters, fun dialogue, real faith, and sprinkles of surprises and danger to make an interesting read. I enjoyed the history associated with the setting and the interactions with the neighboring Indians. The plot flowed well and was easy to read. I liked the conflicts and flaws that made the characters more realistic. You do not have to read the first book to enjoy this one, although I do recommend both of them and I look forward to the next book in the series! I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers/Regina Jennings in exchange for an honest review.
DMGP 11 months ago
Jack Hennessey has pined for the girl back home ever since school days in Van Buren, Arkansas. Now, he focuses his time and energy on working with the Indian tribes and convincing them that sending their children to the mission school is a good thing. When he receives word that there's a survivor of a stagecoach robbery who's in the custody of the Arapaho, he heads out to help, never dreaming that the survivor would be none other than the girl from home. Hattie Walker only wants to paint. After rejecting multiple marriage offers, her parents agree to send her to Denver with the stipulation that she must prove herself a successful artist or else she's to come home and settle down with a husband. Unfortunately, she is the lone survivor of a stagecoach robbery and finds herself all alone on the prairie - except for the Indians. When the cavalry officer comes to rescue her, she thinks she recognizes him, but not quite. Jack simply wants to impress Hattie, even if she doesn't remember him. But, what he asks the Arapaho Chief to do and what actually happens become two different things and now Jack must figure out a solution - a bargain - to try to keep Hattie happy. But, will he ever be happy again? What follows is a story filled with every possible emotion. What Hattie experiences with the robbery is terrifying, yet the author shows how God provided protection for Hattie. Then, after Hattie is rescued, I struggled to like her because she came across as very selfish, but her character development is wonderful. She went from an unlikeable spoiled brat to a caring, loving, mature woman. Jack's character starts out as a guy who is focused on appearances and proving himself. He grows into someone who is willing to sacrifice his passions and interests for the well-being of others. They both acknowledge their flaws and weaknesses and seek to improve and change to a better person. In addition to the romance is a suspense story. There's the secondary story about the robbery - who was the criminal? Will he get caught? What happened to the gold? The answers unfold gradually and I was satisfied with the conclusion. Finally, there's the story of the Indians. I appreciate the fact that the author is using real history to compose her story. All in all, it's a solid story that flows very well from book 1 in the series. I loved following up with the other characters introduced in book 1 and I'm eager to read any future stories the author bases on Fort Reno. Romance - PG Language - Clean Violence - non graphic My rating - 5 stars.
Librarycataloger 11 months ago
What do you get when you mix a beautiful young lady who is stubborn, a little self-centered and sometimes judgemental with a handsome soldier who is compassionate, smart. but a little naive and often oblivious and throw them together because of a stagecoach robbery and a subsequent rescue by Indians? You get adventure with a capital A, romance with a capital R and fun, lots of FUN! I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book and I also thought that this was one of the most romantic books that I have read in quite a while. Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has loved Hattie Walker since he was a young boy and thoughout this book he alternates between hope and despair that she will ever realize his deep feelings, let alone recipricate them. Hattie has a hard time forgetting about the skinny classmate who was so smart and so overly eager to share his knowledge. Her opinion, however, changes when an unexpected Arapahpo wedding ceremony forces them to act like happily married newlyweds to preserve and maintain the relationship that Jack has established with the Cheyenne and Arapahpo Indians. Many of their encounters with the these two tribes and the other residents at Fort Reno are hilarious and those that they experience in the privacy of their home alternate between awkward to extremely sweet and romantic. I can easily picture a madcap comedy with Hattie Walker and Lieutenant Jack Hennessey as the main characters! I've read several of Regina Jennings's books but this may be my favorite! I recommend The Lieutenant's Bargain for anyone who enjoys Christian romance with historical facts woven into the story. I was given the chance to read this complimentary copy from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions.
CarolJo 12 months ago
Lieutenant Jack Hennessey is a patient, highly respected man but he has a lot to learn when it comes to women! Jack has loved Hattie Walker since a boy but doesn't expect to meet up with her at an Indian camp in Colorado! Spoiled Hattie can't believe this handsome man is the scrawny boy she remembers from childhood. Hattie learns to think of others and not just her desires. I enjoyed reading The Lieutenant's Bargain even though I got impatient for both Jack and Hattie to admit their feelings for each other. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author and Bethany House Publishers. This is my honest opinion.
CaraPutman 12 months ago
I expect to smile a lot while reading Regina's books and that definitely happened with this one. However, there was a depth to this on--maybe because the heroine meets with tragedy early and then finds herself in what she thinks is an untenable situation. The hero has loved her from a distance for years, which creates its own set of challenges. Add in all kinds of misunderstandings and mishaps, along with a school full of children that stole the heroine's heart and min, and it is another thoroughly enjoyable romp through Fort Reno. I love the fresh take on a marriage of convenience. A delightful historical romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lieutenant’s Bargain By: Regina Jennings The Lieutenants Bargain is the second book in The Fort Reno Series, however, can be read as a stand-alone novel. This book follows Lieutenant Jack Hennessey (also in Holding the Fort) and introduces Miss Hattie Walker. As an only child Hattie Walker has been indulged by her parents, but past the age of marrying Hattie’s parents give her an ultimatum. Two months to establish her dreams of being an artist then she is to come home and get married. Hattie travels to Denver to find the inspiration and depth her critiques claim she lacks. Her plans are detoured however when her stage is held up and all the passengers are murdered. Alone and scared Hattie is discovered by Indians. Hattie is unaware but the Indians mean her no harm. When a Lieutenant from Fort Reno shows up, Hattie is relieved and determined to escape by any means. This is when her true adventure begins. I would first like to say that Regina Jennings did a spectacular job at translating the characters feelings to the reader. I was pulled into the book by the characters and plots but I was unable to put it down because I felt so connected to the emotional ups and downs the characters faced. Now I understand that everyone who reads this book may not feel the same way as we all relate to books differently. We ultimately like or dislike a book because of how it makes us feel. I just want to point out that Jennings did an excellent job at bringing her characters to life. I think this story was full of romance, mystery, and spunk. I really enjoyed this book and would defiantly recommend it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Every book I read by author Regina Jennings is better than the one before. Book 1 in this series, Holding the Fort, was such an enjoyable read that I had high hopes for Book 2. And I wasn’t disappointed. The Lieutenant’s Bargain was rich in humor and history. I loved it! An independent heroine and a dashing army hero who have a past cause some interesting situations. So well developed you’ll thoroughly enjoy getting to know the characters in this story. Jennings did a very good job researching for this story and the notes at the end will enhance what was written as a historical novel. Full of surprises, this book is a great read! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
God does work in mysterious ways. Hattie travels by herself to Denver but doesn’t make it because the stagecoach she is in is attacked by gunman. She survives and is saved and rescued by Jack who she knew as an awkward boy who she grew up with. I enjoyed this story and had many laughs during it. I am really enjoying this series and hope for many more. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
BrendaLee More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Ms Jennings! The historical parts I dearly love because I love reading about places I can only dream about. History, adventures, danger and a love story, what can get better than that? She makes me laugh but also makes me reflect on how it used to be riding on stagecoaches and being scared that they may meet tribes of Indians that are not friendly. I liked both the hero and heroine. Lieutenant Jack was so concerned about the mission school and how it could help the Indian children to learn. Hattie pushes through her fear to try to help identify the murderer. If you like Historical Fiction I recommend “The Lieutenant’s Bargain”. I think you would enjoy this author too. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
I always know I’m in for a treat when I pick up a book by Regina Jennings, and The Lieutenant’s Bargain is definitely a treat. The author’s distinctive, sparkling sense of humor permeates this tale and makes it a delight to read. Although this story can stand alone, it’s the second book in The Fort Reno series, and includes many of the characters in the first book, Holding the Fort. It was fun to revisit some of them and see what they’ve been up to. Jennings’ precise historical detail shines in this story set in 1885 in Indian Territory, and the characters are vividly drawn and endearing. Jack and Hattie had me chuckling and giggling out loud with their delightful banter and miscommunications. They are, without a doubt, two of my favorite Jennings characters. For a brilliantly funny tale packed with adventure, charm, and romance, with an added dash of faith, grab this book. It’s one for the keeper shelf! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I have so been looking forward to Lieutenant Jack Hennessey’s story since getting to know him and his bookish ways in Holding the Fort. Jack has had a long time secret love for a young woman he grew up with in his hometown. So imagine his surprise when he ends up running in to her again out in Indian Territory by herself after a very harrowing ordeal. Hattie Walker is an artist and a dreamer. Her dream is to make a name for herself with her artwork. However her parents see things quite differently. They would like for her to marry and settle down. Hattie is not against marriage exactly, she just cannot find the right man to interest her. So she decides to take her parents offer of two months to go to Denver by herself, put her art work in an exhibition, and then come back home to marry and settle down. Hattie is desperate for her artwork to be exhibited but unfortunately finds herself in a dangerous situation and lost on the prairie. After being taken in by the Arapaho tribe, Hattie finds herself being rescued by none other than Jack Hennessey. After a series of misunderstandings and humorous mishaps, Jack and Hattie find themselves in quite a predicament, one that neither planned and it will certainly bear some consequences. I don’t want to say anything else as I was quite surprised at the turn this book took and I enjoyed it immensely. This was at times a humorous and heartwarming story of two people who learn to see each other for who they really are and then must decide if love is worth the risk of a different future and dreams than otherwise planned. This is Jack and Hattie’s enjoyable and re-readable love story. I was provided a copy of this story by Bethany House. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Lieutenant's Bargain is the second installment from Regina Jennings series, Fort Reno. I have to say this one is probably among my favorites written by her, as well as, among my top ten favorites I have read in 2018. Hattie and Jack's story is so sweet, fun, and delightful. I can not tell how much I love The Lieutenant's Bargain. I would give it one hundred stars if I could. I highly highly recommend it. I can not wait to see what happens in the third addition to Fort Reno series. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Just when we think we know what we're doing . . . Nothing in life is a coincidence. Not to faithful praying people. God has a plan for us all, sometimes in ways we would never think of. Jack is a soldier at Fort Reno, working for years with the Indians to keep peace at the Darlington Indian Agency. There was a girl where he grew up that he had cherished since childhood, but she barely knew he existed. Then she appears here, not far from the fort, after a stagecoach ambush. And he accidently marries her in a ceremony performed by the Indians that rescued her. All Hattie wanted was to go to Colorado to paint and be recognized for her talent. As she is forced to live at Fort Reno, she is learning to paint better. The emotions she feels and those of her subjects is exquisitely described. As Jack and Hattie are getting to know each other better, their relationship is like a dance where they're both getting closer together. The men involved with the stagecoach robbery come back into the story and the story really gets intense. A fabulous book that I didn't want to put down. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Publisher and Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
TimelessNovels More than 1 year ago
My favorite genre is Historical Fiction and this book is a prime example of the reason why. Not only am I getting wonderful characters and a very unique plot concept from Regina Jennings, but due to her research I am also learning things from this time period that I never knew. With her excellent descriptions, I can even picture being at Fort Reno and the nearby reservations. The characters are realistic and endearing. I always love when characters know each other as children, and the descriptions of Jack’s gawky childhood and cluelessness around women are perfect. He feels more comfortable in his house with books crowded all around him and believes that others should feel the same. Though he has a wonderful sense of humor. I have always been amazed at people who could paint and Hattie makes use of her gift of painting in a wonderful way. I have read the previous books (Holding the Fort and Bound and Determined) in the Fort Reno series, and this book continues with the previous story-lines and characters. Willis even makes a subtle comment about camels which anyone who has read Bound and Determined will understand. There is so much historical information packed in this book. I loved learning more about the Arapaho school and Fort Reno. Some of my favorite scenes included Jack trying to impress Hattie at the reservation, many of the scenes at the Arapaho school, and the continuation of Daniel and Louisa’s story. Jack’s book clutter reminds me of how much I love my kindle. With reading over 200 books a year, the books would take over if so many weren't digital. I completely recommend adding this book to your collection, though I recommend getting this book in paperback. Every side of it is so pretty!
LJShuck More than 1 year ago
The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings is the second in her delightful series, The Fort Reno series. Set in December 1885 in what was termed Indian Territory, Hattie Walker finds herself alone in the wild, freezing and terrified. On her way to Denver for an art exhibition, the stagecoach in which Hattie was a passenger, was attacked by a gunman leaving all other passengers dead and Hattie striving to survive the night. After surviving the terror and the night in the middle of nowhere, Hattie finds herself rescued by a group of Arapaho, friendly but with her fear of Indians, Hattie does not recognize any their gestures to care for her as positive. Lieutenant Jack Hennessy out of Fort Reno, has worked with the Indians to establish trust so that the Indians will send their children to the mission school for an education. Receiving a message about a survivor of a apparent stagecoach robbery, Hennessy heads out to retrieve the survivor and return to Fort Reno. Upon his arrival strange things begin happening, like finding the survivor in a state of severe dishevelment and starving. Confused, he learns the survivor has earned a rather unflattering nickname and the entire village wants her gone. After requesting, and receiving, permission for a ceremony for Hattie to be released to him, the lieutenant heads back to the fort completely clueless that the ceremony he had just participated in held a particular meaning, one that would endanger both Jack and Hattie’s futures. As with the first novel of the series, The Lieutenant’s Bargain is a great story evoking a bit of history, old west action, romance and plenty of chuckles. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story and am looking forward to the next installment of The Fort Reno series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and am under no obligation to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions therein are solely my own.
crjimenez More than 1 year ago
Once again Regina Jennings leads us on a humorous, historical adventure with suspense & romance intertwined. Her characters have such unique & interesting backstories, and her cover art is definitely eye-catching! Hattie & Jack’s story was different from the typical plot of this genre. Books that end with a wedding bore me. That’s when life is just beginning! That’s one reason I could hardly put down The Lieutenant’s Bargain. (I admit that I was even reading at stop lights!) As a teacher, I also enjoyed reading about the school, even though it makes me sad thinking about the boys losing their braids. I love learning about Native Americans, & this book helped me understand a little more about the Arapaho. I loved the 1st book in this Fort Reno series & couldn’t wait for the sequel to come out. Now I’m looking forward just as anxiously for the third!
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
From start to finish, I loved this book! The characters are multifaceted, dynamic, full of life, spunk, and charm. I enjoyed their playful banter and I couldn’t help but stay up late into the night reading and enjoying every moment of this page-turning, engaging story! Lieutenant Jack Hennessey while bookish, with a propensity to correct other’s on not only grammar but also historical accounts, he is sure to capture your heart. Jack is charming with a quick wit and has a depth of character that goes beyond what you see at first glance. Jack has a heart for the Native Americans and a deep desire to see that they are treated fairly and that their children are given a good education. Hattie Walker has big dreams and a one track mind. She is headstrong, stubborn and determined to make it to Denver no matter the cost. But when events beyond her control unfold, will her heart soften to include a broader plan; God’s plan for her life? While this story is the second in the Fort Reno series, you can easily read it as a stand-alone and not feel lost. I loved reading this story, it has found a place on my keeper shelf and will come out again in the future for additional reading enjoyment! I give this story 5-enthusiastic stars and encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself to enjoy as soon as possible! (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)