The Major's Daughter

The Major's Daughter

by Regina Jennings


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Caroline Adams returns to Indian Territory after tiring of confining society life. She wants adventure, and when she and her friend Amber come across swaggering outlaw Frisco Smith, they find his dreams for the new territory are very persuasive. With the much-anticipated land run pending, they may just join the rush.

Growing up parentless, all Frisco Smith wanted was a place to call his own. It's no wonder that he fought to open the Unassigned Lands. After years of sneaking across the border, he's even managed to put in a dugout house on a hidden piece of property he's poised to claim.

When the gun sounds, everyone's best plans are thrown out the window in the chaos of the run. Caroline and Frisco soon find themselves battling over a claim—and both dig in their heels. Settling the rightful ownership will bring these two closer than they ever expected and change their ideas of what a true home looks like.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764218958
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Series: Fort Reno Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 152,030
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(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 has contributed novellas to several collections. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at

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The Major's Daughter 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
FHlady 5 days ago
Although I have not read the first two books in this series, this read well as a stand-alone book; and I will most certainly go back and read the first two to find out the back story. The characters were unique and interesting with some good and some bad. The premise of the story is the Oklahoma land rush filled with those who so wanted a new start in life with land of their own. The problem, though, was the boomer sooners: those people who sneaked into the Oklahoma territory ahead of the designated time and grabbed some of the best land parcels. Caroline Adams was one feisty, strong-willed, determined young woman who was tired of living under her parents rules and wanted to determine her own fate in life. Frisco Smith is an orphan who is dreaming of creating a community that will become the family he never had. Frisco had watched Caroline, the daughter of Fort Reno's commander, grow up; and she, in turn, had watched him and developed a crush on him. Will they be able to work out their differences when they both ride for the same piece of property? Frisco's traveling case played such an important role in reminding him that he still hadn't found a family, and the ending showed that he finally understood what family he needed. Both he and Caroline learn that family can be formed many different ways and that sometimes the dreams you have aren't what God dreams for you and His dreams are always better. "Sometimes you only get one chance to do it right." **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
A1Reads 7 days ago
The great race to claim then settle the land. I loved this story! I felt like I was there, watching everything unfold. The details were so clear and the characters so real. Surprise runners, corruption, and unconventional romance, this story has it all! Caroline and Frisco, each one longing for something more, independence and a place to belong. I loved the determination in homesteading Caroline shows. I would not have imagined it from the girl we first met in Holding the Fort. Her stubbornness, yes, farm work and living alone in a dugout, not so much. I admired the woman she becomes. Frisco has grown into a man with a good reputation. I didn't really like that he made firm plans for something that wasn't really his but it was an important part of the story. I liked the sense of responsibility he few to keep his word. I loved the bickering between Caroline and Frisco! The flirting and flattery from years past have new meaning for them in this book. I say that as someone who has loved this series but knowing that each book can be read as a stand-alone. I highly recommend reading or listening to this book. Regina Jennings is a wonderful storyteller! Amy Melissa Bentley is a wonderful narrator.
LizD1 7 days ago
The Major’s Daughter ( Fort Reno #3 ) By: Regina Jennings The Major’s Daughter is book three in Fort Reno Series. I have read all three and I think by far that The Major’s Daughter is my favorite. I love this series. The story and the characters both are well written. This is Caroline and Frisco’s story. I laughed and laughed at these two. frisco wants a piece of property on the Unassigned Lands. It seems that all most everyone wants some of this land. Will Frisco get the land he wants? What does Caroline have on her mind? I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
DixieJudy 7 days ago
What an interesting read, rich in history and adventure…….Frisco Smith is a tough lone character, thrown in jail many times. However he seems tough on the outside, inside he is searching for somewhere to belong. Raised in an orphanage and not knowing who he is, leaves him constantly searching. Now he has a chance to homestead 160 acres. He wants to build his own town so that he is surrounded by his orphanage friends and has even taken money from them for their plots. He even has named the town, Redhawk. He knows right where to go because he has scouted the land and knows where to go. No one can beat him for he knows a shortcut that no one else knows……Except for the Major’s daughter, Caroline, who has tagged along with him since childhood. Now she decides she wants to claim 160 acres for herself to build a boarding house. As fate would have it, Frisco is detained at the start of the race by the Major requesting him to make sure all is done fairly. When he reaches “his land” Caroline is already there and her stake in the ground. He accuses her of stealing his land, in fact he has built a lean to and has stocked it with food……but she is not budging, she was here first according to the rules…….This make for a very interesting book that you will not be able to put down. Who wins and who will loose. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinion is my own.
Kimberly Bowie 7 days ago
I've been so looking forward to this story, and it definitely didn't disappoint! Ms. Jennings weaves a wonderful story about a time in history of which I had very little knowledge, the land rush into the Unassigned Lands. I loved the ups and downs of the story and learning about the hardships and tenacity of the people who chose to fight the elements and the crooks to build new lives for themselves. Ms. Jennings word building and setting descriptions are vivid enough for one to gain a clear picture of everything that is happening in the story. I was impressed to learn many of the instances in this story actually happened! I highly recommend this book for people who love Christian fiction, historical fiction, and a good HEA.
Kristina Barnes 8 days ago
I have enjoyed EVERY book in this series, but The Major’s Daughter is my favorite. I am a total historical fangirl, and I loved being part of the Oklahoma land rush. The anticipation of thousands of people is palpable from page to page. So many hopes and dreams depended on being successful in staking a claim, and Ms. Jennings did an amazing job of describing how chaotic, awesome and breathtaking the events of the race and the following days and weeks were for those involved. I loved how the untamed and raw quality of the land influenced its inhabitants--including Caroline and Frisco. For a book to really catch and hold my attention, I must like the heroine. I can confess I more than like Caroline. I adore her, her courage and her confidence. She has her own goals, yes, but she’s far from selfish. The way she can see Frisco’s weaknesses and pain and only love and respect him more is endearing. Frisco is a man of many layers. A boomer, who was often in jail. A foundling with a painful past. A visionary with aspirations for a better future. From previous books, I thought him a bit of a rogue, but it wasn’t hard to fall in love with a man with such a heart of integrity. His vulnerability only added to his charm. I loved every minute of the scenes with him and Caroline--whether they were sparing, sharing stories or surviving the wreckless prairie. Their love story is one of my favorites. If you loved being immersed within historical fiction--to feel the sights, sounds, and emotions of another time--then you will enjoy this book. In fact, it will likely grab your attention and not let loose until the dust settles. Don’t miss the sheer excitement of this adventure! I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.
Virginiaw 8 days ago
This was probably my favorite book in this series. I loved learning more about the 1889 Land Run. I enjoyed Caroline and Frisco. They both had many things that they needed to learn to stop being so stubborn. This story made me laugh and cry. These people went through a lot of troubles to get this “free” land. It took a lot of hard work. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
lsnlj 8 days ago
This is book three in the Fort Reno series, it is a stand alone book, however you do miss a bit of the history in some of the characters if you start with this one. Caroline Adams is ready to be her own woman, yet when Frisco Smith is thrown into the mix, excitement is sure to follow. This book is full of misunderstanding, laughter, struggles, finding your place, history and so much more. I love the history of the Oklahoma Territory and story line behind this book. Regina Jennings always does such a great job incorporating history and a great story line into her novels. If you like historical romance books you will love this one.
TheCompulsiveReader7 9 days ago
(4.5 stars) - If you wanna make God laugh, tell Him your plans [This is the third book in Regina Jennings Fort Reno series. It's capable of standing alone, though the characters from the previous books are here, and reading the books in order will certainly enhance the depth of the story] Caroline is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life & decides to join in the land run in the Unsettled territory near Fort Reno. Frisco has been planning his territory for a long time. But fate is about to upend all his plans. Frisco makes the difficult decision to do what's right instead of what's best for himself, and ends up losing his land to Caroline in the process. He has to figure out how he might get his land back from her, while simultaneously dealing with some questionable goings on in the new settlements., and the people who he had promised to build a town with. The story is fascinating in its realistic portrayal of the history of the time, but the development of the relationship between Caroline & Frisco is still very much the heart of it. Initially, Frisco seems like some kind of questionable character, but it doesn't take long to realize that there's more to him than that. Caroline, on the other hand, is clearly struggling with maturity. The two not only grow as individuals, but grow together, and it's an immensely satisfying (& frequently amusing) journey *Clean romance level: sweet kisses *Religion: Christian, references to God that are natural to the story, no preaching
JoleenG 9 days ago
The last time a story took me back to the land run of early America was when I watched the movie Far and Away (--ages ago!). Images from the movie ran through my head as Jennings described the mad crowds of people, anxious for land and opportunity. A cute conclusion to the Fort Reno series. Regina Jennings has a delightful way of painting a picture of her characters in a relatable way--taking the reader through a growing point, all while keeping it light and enjoyable. I would recommend Jennings' books to any reader looking for a good, easy to read, Christian Romance. For me, this third book in the series has my favorite character yet that Jennings has created; I was just drawn to Frisco and his underlying reasons for doing things. My suspicion is that you'll like him too. So pick up your copy and let us all know what you think of Frisco and his story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. The review stated above is my own honest opinion and without compensation from author or publisher.
BrendaLee 9 days ago
Another wonderful book by Regina Jennings. Her books are so fun to read but yet I love the historical aspects. I can always count on the characters being great and them always getting into a mess that they are trying to get out of. I have read books about the land rush before and enjoyed them. This one was interesting when Caroline and Frisco fought over the same land and neither one wanting to give over to the other. I love a strong heroine but not too strong she can’t fall in love. I sure love a strong hero because I can’t deal with wimpy men. So both of these characters are strong but yet they fall in love. I certainly have enjoyed this “Fort Reno Series”. I recommend this book to all my friends that love a good clean Historical Romance. I received this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Jdp15 10 days ago
"The Major's Daughter" by Regina Jennings is so good!!! I loved it! 5⭐. Seriously, if you have not read her books before, you really should. I love Frisco and Caroline, so happy to have their story. *Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this story! All opinions are my own.
ONorman0 10 days ago
Regina Jennings wrote a great story about the Oklahoma land run. The historical facts made the story seem real. The description of a very bad storm was so real it was like being there experiencing the heavy rain, thunder, lightening, and hail with only flimsy shelter to take refuge in.
LifeofLiterature 10 days ago
If you are looking for great fiction with fun characters, fascinating history, and animated romance, then look no further than The Major’s Daughter! I love Regina Jennings’s writing because she can write depth of the characters and plot while also making the story amusing and interesting. I liked the characters in this story a lot and their banter and interactions were entertaining to read. I have enjoyed this whole series, but I think this is my favorite! You do not have to read the stories in order, but they are all fantastic and it gives you a bit more background on the characters. The story has some unpredictable parts that keep the story moving. I liked the spiritual aspects woven among the plot as well. I loved this book and I really cannot recommend it enough! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
BlueJeansAndTeacups 10 days ago
•°o•:*:•.Interesting Story About the OK Land Rush.•:*:• o°• 1889 Caroline Adams and Frisco Smith have a history. She’s the Major’s daughter; feisty, pretty and basically off limits. But that never stopped the boomer with big dreams of settling the wild, open prairie land from paying her compliments every time her father had him thrown in the cavalry guardhouse for illegally homesteading. She pined for him and was disappointed when nothing came of it. She grew up a bit and went in search of better opportunities and society. When she returns, she came face to face with him and his outspoken ideas and becomes more annoyed with him than ever. Frisco can’t believe his dreams and hard work are finally about to pay off. He has petitioned the government for years to open up the land to people willing to work hard and develop it. Every man and woman over 20 will have a shot to do just that. This land is a part of him, and he knows the surest way to get to a prime piece that most wouldn’t even attempt. He’s so confident, he even shares his secret with Caroline the day before the big race. He’s dug a well and planted a small garden. He’s started selling off parcels for his own town. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine having to fight Caroline Adams for the rights to his land. Tea Quote: President Harrison took one last sip from his cup of Darjeeling tea and set aside the tariff proposals he was studying. / With the stroke of his pen, the matter was settled, and the core of the nation was forever changed. Funny Quotes: Daisy stifled a yawn. Then she brightened. “If you die, can I still have your new clothes?” “Yes,” Caroline gruffed. “But bury me in something nice. Don’t keep everything for yourself.” “Yes, ma’am.” Daisy saluted, then turned back to the house. “Why, Miss Adams, are you raising my kid?” He threw back his head and laughed at his own joke. Caroline moved her clean clothes out of the way. “Yes, and she’s an obnoxious pest,” she said, “much like her father.” Faith Quote: the night had been profitable. On his knees, heart open, he’d talked it out with his Lord. Who was he? He was God’s child. I found this historical, Christian romance very interesting. The land grab is practically unfathomable to me. I received a copy from the publisher and author (who is a delightful person btw) for my honest opinion with no further compensation or expectation. THIS IS BOOK #3 © 2019 Bethany House The Fort Reno Series: Holding the Fort, Book 1, 12/2017 Bound & Determined, Book 1.5, 1/2018 The Lieutenant’s Bargain, Book 2, 12/4/2018 The Major’s Daughter, Book 3, 12/3/2019
Jaquelyn 10 days ago
This book was everything I hoped it would be. I know when I pick up a book by Regina Jennings I am in for a treat, and The Major’s Daughter was easily one of those. I found it nearly impossible to stop reading. When I finally stopped to shower, I found myself thinking about what could happen next and how everything might turn out. I was taken by surprise several times and loved every moment of it. I found it fascinating picturing what life would be like starting out in a place so knew and untamed. Being surrounded by neighbors, and yet not knowing anyone at all. I easily loved Frisco and Caroline. This book made me feel as if they might be my friends if I met them on the street somewhere. Viewing the world through the eyes of a lawyer and a Major’s daughter was such a fun experience. I was blessed to read the first two books in the Fort Reno series and immensely enjoyed them as well. That being said you can totally read this novel as a stand alone. Their faith was sprinkled here and there throughout the story and I enjoyed watching them grow. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Shonda Fischer 10 days ago
This is my favorite book in the Fort Reno Series. I feel in love with Caroline and Frisco, such fun characters. There is so much to love about this book! The history about the land run in Oklahoma was so interesting to learn about. The author pulls many facts into her book that builds the story and adds excitement. Friendship, love and dreams will capture you keeping you glued to the pages. I felt my emotions surging from excitement to urgency throughout this story as it was brought to life. Days later and I’m still thinking on this book, another best seller for Regina Jennings! Was given a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
Shonda Fischer 10 days ago
This is my favorite book in the Fort Reno Series. I feel in love with Caroline and Frisco, such fun characters. There is so much to love about this book! The history about the land run in Oklahoma was so interesting to learn about. The author pulls many facts into her book that builds the story and adds excitement. Friendship, love and dreams will capture you keeping you glued to the pages. I felt my emotions surging from excitement to urgency throughout this story as it was brought to life. Days later and I’m still thinking on this book, another best seller for Regina Jennings! Was given a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
AE2 10 days ago
The historical background for this book was really interesting. Seeing people who wanted a chance at claiming the land and their struggles was captivating, from those like Caroline who were successful in claiming the land but then needed to actually get to work settling there, to those like Frisco who didn't get the opportunity they so desperately wanted but were still trying to find a way to be successful. I also enjoyed the plot line with Frisco, a lawyer, trying to figure out if the very men who settled the town where he managed to buy his small plot did so legally or if they started out early in order to stake a claim. The romance angle wasn't quite as appealing to me as the other romances in this series, but all in all, it made for a good read. 3.5 stars. I read a copy of the book provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST 10 days ago
I enjoyed this story, and could just picture these people at the line waiting to cross to a new life, and the race and for some disappointment. Then there were the cheaters, and thus we have a story! I loved how the author used a primitive [in today’s standards] to prove that some were not honest, but you will have to read this to find out how. There is a bit of romance, storms, and compassion here, and all for a better life. When the character of Frisco is introduced, I found myself disliking him, but wow did my opinion changed! Then there is Caroline, and I loved her, what a strong considerate woman, full of gumption and dreams. This read came alive for me, and when I finished I really wanted more! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House and was not required to give a positive review.
TimelessNovels 12 days ago
Frisco Smith is intelligent and seems tough on the outside. On the inside, however, he is still the scared little abandoned boy. Not only is he still grieving, but he believes that people don’t ever stick around. He wants to build his own town so that he is surrounded by people that won’t leave. Caroline Adams wants to make a mark of her own as more than just the major’s daughter. She thinks a boarding house on her own 160 acres will do that. When Caroline claims Frisco’s land, he is torn between wanting her to go and hoping she never leaves. “Of course you’ve changed. That girl I admired, I don’t know her anymore. Instead of a beautiful wild vine, all I see now is another potted plant, trimmed and pruned to look like every other one out there. One that will only survive when handled delicately.” There is so much meaning in the traveling case that Frisco carries around. He has never unpacked it because he only wants to unpack it when he has found his home. A place to belong. This really stuck with me throughout the story. “He came back and found his traveling case. He paused after he opened the latches. The bag hadn’t be completely emptied since he was a child, and then someone else had packed it for him. He’d learned to keep his things ready for the unexpected, ready for heartache, and ready to be uprooted, but no longer.” Frisco’s relationship with the other foundlings was special. It was heartbreaking how they tried to make their own little family but were torn apart from each other. Yet each one was trying to make their own way. This book can easily be read as a standalone. However characters from previous books are in it. I love that this is also the continuation of Bradley and Amber’s story. I adored Bound and Determined but wanted to hear more of their adventures. “He fell in love with you in August. In Oklahoma Territory, any two people who can tolerate each other in August are in love. Otherwise the heat would make them too cranky to bear.” Jennings’ characters, story lines, and knowledge of history are all exceptional in this series. These books are both funny and tender. Even in the first chapter alone I had laughed multiple times, and Bucky the goat was a cute little sidekick. This part of history has always interested me. I’ve read a lot about the homesteading on the 160 acres but the setting up of a town was fairly new to me. Reading the author’s note, it was amazing to find out how many things in this book actually happened. The Major’s Daughter is exactly why I like the historical fiction genre. Not only does it have the interesting history, it also has romance, laughter, and extremely touching moments. “He wanted a home, a family to belong to. She understood and was willing to join him, but he had to believe it would last. She couldn’t stake her future on someone who wasn’t sure he had one.”
Gloria_Moseley 3 months ago
"The Major's Daughter" by Regina Jennings brings Caroline Adams back to Ft Reno in the days leading up to the historic Oklahoma land rush. Caroline is so eager to strike out on her own that she joins the race without letting her father know. The ensuing circumstance turn old acquaintances into competitors who later become allies in this tale that is so well researched that it could be mistaken for history itself. The character development builds upon the existing players from earlier books in the series, but is clear enough to allow a reader who is unfamiliar with the previous parts to follow easily. I recommend this book! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
MzKCKitty 3 months ago
This book is the third of a series. This story takes place at the time of the Oklahoma land run. Caroline, the oldest daughter of the Major in charge of the local cavalry post, returns from an extended visit with her grandmother and soon after comes in contact with Frisco Smith, a man she had contact with when she lived at the post before. Frisco is preparing to run in the land run and Caroline decides she will run too. She wants to try her hand at homesteading. She borrows her mount from the stables and goes to participate without her father’s knowledge. None of the folks that see her on the starting line believe she will be able to keep up, but not only is she an excellent horsewoman, but she also knows the land well enough to know a shortcut. She beats Frisco to the spot he had his heart set on and since they are both stubborn, they both dig in their heels. It is funny and also gives insight into a historical event. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this books which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.