Holding the Fort Review

Title: Holding the Fort
Author: Regina Jennings
Series: Fort Reno #1
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: 5 December 2017
Source: Bethany House Publisher
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Pages: 352
Rating: 4.25 Stars
Reading Timeline: 22 December 2017 - 26 December 2017










Goodreads Synopsis:

Louisa Bell never wanted to be a dance-hall singer, but dire circumstances force her hand. With a little help from her brother in the cavalry, she's able to make ends meet, but lately he's run afoul of his commanding officer, so she undertakes a visit to straighten him out. 


Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno. He can barely control his rowdy troops, much less his two adolescent daughters. If Daniel doesn't find someone respectable to guide his children, his mother-in-law insists she'll take them.



When Louisa arrives with some reading materials, she's mistaken for the

 governess who never appeared. Major Adams is skeptical. She bears little resemblance to his idea of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he's left without recourse. His mother-in-law must be satisfied, which leaves him turning a blind eye to his unconventional governess's methods. Louisa's never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough? 


Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

This is not a book I typically read but it sounded really interesting. I cannot wait to jump into this. I am expecting some swoon worthy moments and humour that will make me chuckle.

Thank you so much to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book! Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

I found that I actually really enjoyed reading the writing in this book. It was really well written. The language seemed appropriate for the time and the amount of detail created a vivid image of the story that the author was going to tell. The dialogue was probably my favourite. I read it with a Southern Tang and found highly entertaining.


Plot Thoughts:

The plot was super slow. It took a while for things to unfold, however, ti was never boring. The author seemed to be constantly pulling us into her story with intrigue and scandals. I absolutely loved the plot. It was amusing, fun and light. It was tough to get through but definitely worth every moment.

Character Thoughts:

The characters were fleshed out and full of purpose. I love how we got to see from both Daniela and Louisa's perspective. Honestly, I would not mind reading from about these characters again. They were the perfect group to read about.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I really enjoyed this historical fiction. It isn't a genre that I usually reach for but I am glad that I requested this book. The writing was really good and the plot was slow building but full everything that you could want from a story. The characters were fleshed out and seemed like neighbours. It won't be long before you long to find yourself in this time period. Thank you so much to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book!


Yours in Reading,

Melleny

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