Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Review: The Major's Daughter by Regina Jennings

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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.

My Thoughts:

What a fun read this was and to come full circle and get the now grown up Caroline Adams story. First off the setting was exciting and interesting. I have not read another book about the land rush but I cannot imagine the chaos and the craziness that would have ensued and the bravery of the soldiers to keep everything under control. Just dealing with a normal holiday season is crazy but to have your whole livelihood depend on getting free land from the government, that would be very stressful. I don't do well with crowds anyway.

Author Jennings also shows how unscrupulous men and women who can ruin a person just for their own gain or spitefulness. Some of these characters I really wanted to see run off the land.

Caroline has come back to the only home she has known, now a young woman, but still living in the shadow and protectiveness of her father. As a parent I understand him and as a woman and a daughter, I certainly understood her feelings. Times change but people really don't. When Caroline sees her opportunity to make her dreams come true she goes for it with all gusto. She just doesn't realize how many of Frisco Smith's toes she will have to stomp on to get there.

Frisco was a character I was really rooting for. He wanted a place to call home for the first time in his life. I knew as a reader who he really needed and watching Caroline and Frisco fall in love was bittersweet.

I also liked visiting with the previous characters and especially Bradley and Amanda's story coming to a satisfactory conclusion. 

This was a fun series to read and to reread and I am looking forward to more of author Jenning's works.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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