Theres nothing I like better in a historical novel than a gutsy heroine. I know women throughout history were supposed to be demure and submissive, but I love it when one steps out of the mold. In Caught in the Middle, Regina Jenningss Anne Tillerton doesnt just step out, she turns around and blasts the mold to pieces. This female buffalo hunter reminded me a bit of the legendary Annie Oakley, and she had the wardrobe and mannerisms to match. In fact, she was so outlandish, I found myself wondering if the author had bitten off more than she could chew, and if it could even be possible to build a believable romance for Anne. Since Ive read Regina Jenningss books before, I shouldnt have worried. Annes deep wounds are what led to her current state, and it takes a patient, gentle man to start her on the path toward healing. Dont miss this rollicking romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Author Regina Jennings kept me smiling and tearful in turns reading her latest novel in the Ladies of Caldwell County series, Caught in the Middle, in this Calamity-Jane-meets-Mr.-Fancy-Pants styled romance set in the 1880s Western frontier of Garber, Texas. Jennings uses sharp dialog and a cast of memorable characters to make this funny yet poignant, fast-paced story difficult to put down. I found myself cheering on heroine buffalo hunter Anne Tillerton as she struggles with a dark past in order to try and renew her faith in God and learn to trust others. And suit-and-tie railroad man Nicholas Lovelace is definitely hero material as he exhibits a sharp mind beneath those devilish good looks, has a wonderful sense of humor and shows a remarkable brand of perseverance in waiting for what he truly desires. This is my first Regina Jennings novel and I look forward to reading more!
It has been enjoyable following the characters of Caldwell County. I love how each book connects the character and gives you more insight on who the characters are.
Caught in the Middle spotlighted Anne Tillerton and Nicholas Lovelace. Both of these characters played part in the series before this novel but Caught in the Middle told their stories and brought these characters more to life.
Trying to escape from her past, Anne is trying to become more sophisticated. When Anne is left with an infant boy, she wants nothing to do with him except get rid of him. She finds herself on a mission to find the boys family. But along the way, she cant help falling in love with this innocent boy.
Nick is working to help Anne take care of the infant and also to help Anne become more socially acceptable.
Torn between their work and growing attraction to each other, Anne and Nick are in for an adventure of a lifetime.
If you have not read the previous two books in the series, you may want to pick those two up first in order to know more of the details of the story. Otherwise, youll still be in for an enjoyable novel that will sweep you off your feet. I greatly enjoyed this novel, as I have enjoyed the previous novels from Regina Jennings. I look forward to anything else she writes in the future.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.
Caught in the Middle Book#3 in The Ladies of Caldwell County Series
This was my first time reading Regina Jennings. Somebody posted it was available for free download, and I thought it looked interesting. Gave it a try this weekend and really enjoyed it. I am finally getting used to the Kindle app on my Samsung Galaxy Note II phone. I was hard-core hold the book, but I am seeing this benefit. Only need one hand to hold it, can read it dim or no light, no need to store books. However, if I really LOVE it (like ALL of Jen Turanos books), I would probably have to get the hard copy Also, cannot share my books with friends, so thats a bummer.
But, back to the book!
This book has lots of detail regarding both the old west, and the small towns. The author did a good job painting the pictures for my minds eye. I enjoyed the way she wove God into the story in a realistic way. She deals with domestic violence in an interesting way as well. It is slowly introduced and the facts are added over time so that you are not thrown into the middle of it in a harsh, hard-to-face way (some stories are just to gruesome and take the pleasure of reading away; at least for me and in my opinion). Anne is so interesting, and rough around the edges. She wears mens clothing most of the time, hiding her vulnerabilities. But eventually, she discovers a feminine/maternal side she did not know she had. Nicholas is very likeable, albeit nave in the beginning regarding his solicitors and how government / politics are sometimes corruptible. He has a gentle soul you want to get to know more. The characters develop nicely.
I read this book without reading anything more in the series and feel there is no problem reading it as a stand-alone story. I recommend it.