cover image Holding the Fort

Holding the Fort

Regina Jennings. Bethany House, $15.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-7642-1893-4

Jennings introduces readers to an abundant cast in this first installment of The Fort Reno Series set in 1880s Kansas. Louisa “Lovely Lola” Bell is the featured singer at the Cat Eye Saloon until the owner replaces her with another performer. Out of a job and with no prospects in sight, Lola heads towards Fort Reno, an outpost in Indian territory where her brother is stationed. On the way there, Lola meets Mrs. Townsend, a Mennonite governess dispatched to the fort to educate Major Daniel Adams’s daughters. When Mrs. Townsend falls ill and can’t continue the trip, Louisa offers to deliver the girls’ textbooks. Arriving at the fort, Louisa is mistaken for the governess and falls into playing the part. Daniel and Louisa’s relationship deepens despite secrets, deceptions, and an Indian uprising. In this character-driven series launch, Jennings offers a powerful lesson on the freedom of truth and forgiveness wrapped in a delightful story of love against the odds. [em]Agent: Rachel Kent, Books and Such Literary Management. (Dec.) [/em]