The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings

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Lieutenant Jack Hennessey is tasked with approaching the Arapaho tribe to negotiate the safe transfer of Hattie Walker, a childhood friend who is attacked while traveling by stagecoach to Denver.  Hattie is determined to prove to her parents that she is not ready to settle down and marry; instead, she strikes a deal with them to allow her to paint for several months before returning home.  However, her detour with the attack and rescue delays her plans, which are delayed yet again when a communication error with the Arapaho force her to spend more time at Fort Reno with the handsome Lieutenant.

I really enjoyed this book! The story has spunky characters, fun dialogue, real faith, and sprinkles of surprises and danger to make an interesting read.  I enjoyed the history associated with the setting and the interactions with the neighboring Indians.  The plot flowed well and was easy to read.  I liked the conflicts and flaws that made the characters more realistic. You do not have to read the first book to enjoy this one, although I do recommend both of them and I look forward to the next book in the series!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers/Regina Jennings in exchange for an honest review.

Searching for you by Jody Hedlund

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Sophie Neumann flees from New York after witnessing a crime, bringing her two young charges with her on an orphan train heading west.  But at the first stop in Illinois, she is faced with a very difficult decision. She turns to long-time friend Reinhold Weiss, who is already overwhelmed with debts and the incoming harvest. However, Reinhold finds his heart tugging for the desperate Sophie, getting him involved deeper in her life than he ever intended.

This book was a satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series!  I liked learning more about Sophie—and Reinhold, who we’ve met several times—in this book.  There is a little bit of backstory to remind you what happened in the other two books, but you benefit best if you read the books in order.  I liked that there were parallels between searching for family in this book and our desires to search for God and establish a relationship with Him.  These spiritual aspects allowed me to connect with the characters in a better way and relate to them.  The history of the orphan trains is also interesting. Overall, a great book and a great series that comes highly recommended!

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.