By Regina Jennings
She Was Supposed to Be Gaining Independence.
What She Found Was Even Better . . .
Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, but her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to go to Denver and place her works in an exhibition. 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 retrieve her–and plead his case with the chief once more.
He’s stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart years ago, 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 threatens to destroy his life’s work.
(Back cover summary from Bethany House)
I love, love, love Regina Jennings’ books. They’re always spot-on historically, filled with unique, authentic characters, and with a romance that strikes just the right balance. The Lieutenant’s Bargain carries that through. I love that in this book we get to learn more about Jack Hennessey. He’s such a sweet character, but also obviously flawed. As is Hattie. The whole circumstances surrounding their being thrown together are hilarious, and I loved reading how their relationship progressed. This book provides the perfect opportunity to simply slip into a story, and not come out for as long as you want—it’s that immersive.
I loved the history involved in this book, as I did in the previous novel. What I really loved, though, was how Hattie battled her very-real fears after her traumatic experience. It wasn’t easy, but she wouldn’t allow herself to remain a victim. Though she had her own set of weaknesses, this strength shone through, as she learned to rely on God and others.
All in all, this novel was a delight to pick up, and one that I’ll be picking up again in the future—providing my sister relinquishes it after she gets her turn reading it. 😀
About the Author
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She’s the winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and at First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.
(Biography from Bethany House)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.