First Line Friday: The Major’s Daughter

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring The Major’s Daughter (Fort Reno #3) by Regina Jennings. I really enjoyed reading this story. The Oklahoma land run garnered much attention and has many stories of treachery and heroism. With vivacious characters, and a simmering friend-to-more love story, you are almost certain to enjoy your time spent in the pages of this story!

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April 16, 1889
Purcell, Chickasaw Nation

          We’re getting a town lot, and it’s purt near guaranteed.

 

  The Major’s Daughter (Fort Reno #3)

 

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The Major’s Daughter (Fort Reno #3) by Regina Jennings

Synopsis:

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.

   The Major’s Daughter (Fort Reno #3)

My Thoughts:

The Oklahoma land run garnered much attention and has many stories of treachery and heroism. The true historical tidbits added an extra layer of realism to this story. It invites the reader to not just read about historical events, but to be a part of the unfolding drama and action!

With vivacious characters, and a simmering friend-to-more love story is one I especially enjoyed. Both Caroline and Frisco wanted to prove to themselves and to others that they were more than first meets the eye, that they could rise above their past and their family and society expectations to be their true selves. I appreciated the character growth and how they each learned important lessons along the way!

I would encourage anyone who enjoys reading stories about the post-civil war western expansion to pick up a copy and settle in for a delightful story. You are almost certain to enjoy your time spent within the pages of this story!

(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:

ReginaJennings  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.

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  Holding the Fort (Fort Reno #1)

  Bound and Determined (Fort Reno #1.5)

  The Lieutenant’s Bargain (Fort Reno #2)

  The Major’s Daughter (Fort Reno #3)

 

First Line Friday: Serving Up Love

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Serving Up Love (A Harvey House Brides Collection) by Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings and Jen Turano. This fun collection of stories are sure to not only entertain you, but to bring a smile to your face and a flutter to your heart! CLICK HERE to see my full review.

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A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson
August 1929
Gretchen Gottsacker stepped from the train and looked around at the tiny town of San Marcial, New Mexico–pronounced Mar-see-all by those of Spanish descent and Mar-shall by the white settlers.

 

More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer
Gainesville, Texas  1902
“I’m not going to marry her, Mother.”
Caleb Durrington bit the inside of his cheek to keep the rest of the words piling up on his tongue from escaping.

 

Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings
Emporia, Kansas  1898
The breakfast rush had ended, and Willow Kentworth had already reset her station. There was nothing to do now except patrol her table and guard against horseflies dying on the starched tablecloth or lilies wilting in the crystal vase.

 

Grand Encounters by Jen Turano
El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon, Arizona  1908
“I know you mentioned you’ve sworn off gentlemen forever, but Mr. Tall, Dark and–need I say–Delicious is here again, and, unsurprisingly, he’s sitting in your section.”

 

Click on the title below to snag your copy today!

  Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

 

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Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

About This Collection:

Bestselling novelist Tracie Peterson joins Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano in this collection of four novellas, each featuring a Harvey Girl heroine. From Kansas to Texas, the Grand Canyon to New Mexico, the stories cross the country with tales of sweet romance and entertaining history.

In Karen Witemeyer’s “More Than a Pretty Face,” a young woman works her hardest to escape poor choices from her youth. Tracie Peterson offers “A Flood of Love,” where reuniting with an old flame after more than a decade offers unexpected results. Regina Jennings’s “Intrigue a la Mode” delights with a tale of a young woman determined to help support her family, despite warnings of danger nearby. And Jen Turano’s “Grand Encounters” heads to the Grand Canyon with a tale of a society belle intent on finding a new life for herself.

  Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

My Thoughts:

I loved this super fun collection of stories!  The heroines were filled with just the right amount of spunk and sass, all while having the strong moral character required to work as a Harvey Girl. Each story brought it own unique flair. Somehow I had missed the Judy Garland classic movie “The Harvey Girls”, and reading this fun collection of stories has made me want to find a copy to watch. Can’t get enough of the Harvey Girls!  Although I have a sneaking suspension that the dynamic authors of this collection can not possibly be outdone by Judy Garland.  I mean, how could a movie possibly be any better than this delightful collection from Jen Turano, Regina Jennings, Karen Witemeyer and Tracie Peterson?!

I don’t want to give anything away with these stories, so I’ll just wrap it up by saying that you truly do not want to pass up the opportunity to read and enjoy this fabulous stories!

(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.)

About the Authors:

Tracie Peterson
Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana. You can connect with Tracie on her website: http://traciepeterson.com

Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes.
Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit www.karenwitemeyer.com.

Regina Jennings
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. You can connect with Regina on her website: www.ReginaJennings.com

Jen Turano
Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.jenturano.com.

  Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

 

First Line Fridays: The Lieutenant’s Bargain

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m excited to be featuring The Lieutenant’s Bargain (Fort Reno #2) by Regina Jennings. While this book is the second in the Fort Reno series, you can easily pick it up and start reading and not feel lost. However, with that said, you don’t want to miss out on the other fun stories in this series! CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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December 1885
Indian Territory

          If she’d know there were so few washrooms in Indian Territory, Hattie Walker wouldn’t have drunk three cups of coffee at breakfast that morning.

 

Oh, I have been there, well kinda… While I haven’t ridden in a stage coach, I can definitely understand the difficulty of being on a long car trip without any bathroom stops within sight, and a desperate need to find one!

This story is such an enjoyable, page-turning delight! You won’t want to miss out!!

  The Lieutenant’s Bargain (Fort Reno #2)

 

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The Lieutenant’s Bargain (Fort Reno #2) by Regina Jennings

Synopsis:

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.

  The Lieutenant’s Bargain (Fort Reno #2)

My Thoughts:

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.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

ReginaJennings  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.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter //

 

  Holding the Fort (Fort Reno #1)

  Bound and Determined (Fort Reno #1.5)

  The Lieutenant’s Bargain (Fort Reno #2)

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January 2018 – Review

Can you believe it? Here we are at the end of January! Wow, that went fast! Let us take a brief pause and take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed this month.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

Across the Blue Across The Blue

TheLacemaker.cover The Lacemaker

TheMayflowerBride The Mayflower Bride

GuiltByAssociation  Guilt by Association

ASongUnheard  A Song Unheard

HeartsEntwined  Hearts Entwined

 

Author Interview:

AmandaBarratt Amanda Barratt

 

Character Spotlight:

Three Words and a Kiss spotlight Cam Cameron Wallace from Three Words and A Kiss

 

New Logo Reveal:

JOR-Color Logo Reveal

 

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First Line Fridays: Hearts Entwined – A Historical Romance Novella Collection

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection. This Collection features four novellas from four different authors. Each story is independent of the other, what ties them together is the central theme of love and entanglement, but in the best possible way. I enjoyed reading each of the four stories, but for today’s First Line post I’ve chosen Melissa Jagears “Tied And True”

CLICK HERE to read my full review & enter the giveaway!

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Kansas City, Missouri
September 1908

          The pounding of hammers above them ceased.

 

Hmmm…. Where are they and what was going on above them?  You’ll have to pick-up the book to find out!

 

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Review & Giveaway – Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection

The path to love is filled with twists and turns in these stories of entangled romance with a touch of humor! 

Synopsis:

Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer‘s “The Love Knot,” Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister’s arrival by train. Mary Connealy‘s “The Tangled Ties That Bind” offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede. Regina Jennings offers “Bound and Determined,” where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels? And Melissa Jagears‘ “Tied and True” entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory. Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.

My Thoughts:

This collection features four stories from four different, gifted authors. Those who have read books from these authors will recognize characters from their full-length novels, and newcomers will find new favorite authors and stories they will want to pick up and enjoy! I fully enjoyed reading each of these stories.

In the first story “The Love Knot” by Karen Witemeyer we find Claire an Irish immigrant, living in Harpers Station who finds herself face to face with a past she thought she left behind. Will she be able to let go of past hurts and move forward on a new unexpected path?

Next, we travel with Mary Connealy in “The Tangled Ties that Bind” to Colorado and meet Connor Kincaid returning home to the Kincaid family ranch and ready to sweep Maggie off her feet and start a ranch of his own. Only to discover that Maggie has plans and dreams of her own.

Our next story “Bound and Determined” by Regina Jennings takes us on a bit of a journey across the hot, sun-baked land of Oklahoma.  Private Bradley Willis is assigned to accompany retired Army Officer, Herald across Indian Territory as they herd not cattle, but Camels. More surprises are in store as Bradley realizes that Officer Herald’s daughter is also along for the trip, and she is trying to keep them from getting to Texas.

Our final story “Tied and True” by Melissa Jagears brings us to Kansas City, Missouri. The expectations her family has set are thwarted when wealthy socialite Marianne Lister falls for the unlikely business assistant, Calvin Hochstetler. But will Marianne be able to prove to Calvin that he’s not just a passing fancy and that he is worthy of love?

Each story is unique and independent of the next. What ties them together is the central theme of love and entanglement, but in the best possible way. I give this fabulous collection of novella’s 5 stars.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quotes:

 

 

 

 

About the Authors:

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MaryConnealy  Mary Connealy

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