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.
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 in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
About the Author:
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She 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 with her husband and four children.