Sunday, December 23, 2018

Review: The Lieutenant's Bargain by Regina Jennings

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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.

My Thoughts:

I have so been looking forward to Lieutenant Jack Hennessey’s story since getting to know him and his bookish ways in Holding the Fort. Jack has had a long time secret love for a young woman he grew up with in his hometown. So imagine his surprise when he ends up running in to her again out in Indian Territory by herself after a very harrowing ordeal.

Hattie Walker is an artist and a dreamer. Her dream is to make a name for herself with her artwork. However her parents see things quite differently. They would like for her to marry and settle down. Hattie is not against marriage exactly, she just cannot find the right man to interest her. So she decides to take her parents offer of two months to go to Denver by herself, put her art work in an exhibition, and then come back home to marry and settle down. Hattie is desperate for her artwork to be exhibited but unfortunately finds herself in a dangerous situation and lost on the prairie. After being taken in by the Arapaho tribe, Hattie finds herself being rescued by none other than Jack Hennessey.

After a series of misunderstandings and humorous mishaps, Jack and Hattie find themselves in quite a predicament, one that neither planned and it will certainly bear some consequences. I don’t want to say anything else as I was quite surprised at the turn this book took and I enjoyed it immensely.
This was at times a humorous and heartwarming story of two people who learn to see each other for who they really are and then must decide if love is worth the risk of a different future and dreams than otherwise planned. This is Jack and Hattie’s enjoyable and re-readable love story.

I was provided a copy of this story by Bethany House. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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