Holding the Fort

Bethany House. (Fort Reno, Bk. 1). Dec. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780764218934. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781493412006. CF
This series launch is a charming historical romance set in 1880s Fort Reno, OK. Louise Bell, aka "Lovely Lola Bell," is a saloon singer who suddenly becomes unemployed. She heads to Fort Reno, hoping her half-brother Bradley will convince his commanding officer to allow her to perform for the cavalry. Her arrival seems like the answer to a prayer for widowed Maj. Daniel Adams, as his two daughters have reached an age at which they need a governess. As the chemistry between Louise and Daniel heats up, will Louise allow the shame of her past to stand in the way of God's plan for her life? A custody battle with Daniel's mother-in-law adds tension and complexity to the somewhat predictable plot.
VERDICT Jennings (For the Record) kicks off a new series with a light and enjoyable tale that will delight her fans as well as lovers of historical romance.
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