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Caught in the Middle (Ladies of Caldwell County #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  952 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
The train to Garber, Texas, is supposed to bring life's next victory to Nicholas Lovelace. Instead, it gets held up by robbers who are thwarted by the last person Nick ever expected--Anne Tillerton from back home in Prairie Lea.

Anne’s been hiding away as a buffalo hunter. She’s only in Garber to find their runaway cook, but the woman flees--leaving Anne with her infant son
Paperback, 346 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published March 25th 2014)
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Look at all the four and five star ratings here on Goodreads. Just look at that! What on earth is wrong with me?!

I so wanted to love this book. I thought I would, and was so excited for it! But then I started it and -

Nope. Nope, nope, nope.

First of all, it was boring. The hero is a railroad contractor or whatever the heck that is, and launches into politics as well. I hate politics. They give me a headache. And there was sooooooo muuuuuch talk about his two jobs without actually explaining exa
2 1/2

This wasn't for me. I never related to the gun totin', buffalo shootin' gal. And the hero was a contractor for building railroads and also had his fingers in another pie, the local government board meeting thingymagiy. (Sorry, I forgot which department he was in, it just didn't interest me enough to look back and see)

The heroine is tough as nails and about fun to be around as a prickly pear. The hero was a bit dull, at least I thought so. Other than nearly killing himself twice, not having
Apr 07, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it
This was my first Regina Jennings novel. I absolutely love her style! Rich. Engaging. Beautiful. Everything flowed so nicely and the plot progressed perfectly- not too fast, not too slow. The character growth was believable- not one of those one-extreme-to-the-other scenarios where they suddenly see the light and are a new person; instead, it took time, but it happened (cause I also don't like stories where the characters are so down in the depths of despair for SO long that you lose hope that ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Emilee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Caught in the Middle is the third book in The Ladies of Caldwell County series. Though it's number three in the series it can certainly stand alone. Nicholas and Anne are a very unlikely couple with very different backgrounds. The sweet romance that transpires throughout the story was very enjoyable to follow. I loved all three books in this series but this one is my favorite!
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Full review here:

A dandy with both naive and arrogant inclinations, an anti-conformist heroine with impenetrable emotional barriers. A more unlikely romantic pairing would be hard to find, but Regina Jennings opted to test the old adage to see if opposites really do attract. Initially there is certainly a role reversal when Anne rescues Nick from train robbers and her brusque nature. Nick is not above preening and fawning over the social elite to further
Apr 02, 2016 Kav rated it it was amazing
Wit and wisdom and rollicking good fun. I adore Anne in all her complexity. Snubbing her nose at society as she makes her way in a man's world. I mean how can you not love a heroine with thoughts like: "The woman studied her like a tracker studied scat." (p.163) I laughed so hard my tummy still hurts. And while the story is brimming with humour and snappy dialogue guaranteed to make you smile, it has a serious, contemplative side as well. And a wonderful inspirational thread about trusting God ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Wenona rated it it was amazing
Some one posted this caption, "She wants the freedom of the open plains. He wants the prestige of a successful career. and the baby just wants his diaper changed!" That line and the book cover had me wanting more, to know what it was all about.

I can say I wasn't let down once - a great read from cover to cover. The author has a great way of telling a story and weaving all kinds of elements that leaves you Hooked! The heroin of the story Anne has a troubled past which causes her to shun society a
Dec 26, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
It took me a little while to get into the story. Normally I don't connect well to defiant tomboy types, but something about Anne and the style in which Jennings writes kept me coming back for more. But once I got past the first hundred pages, I couldn't put it down. The character development was so real as Anne learned how to get over her past and trust again. And Nick was a very good representation of a hero.
Mar 10, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it
"Is God to be loved apart from His gifts?" "Is He to be obeyed despite the consequences?" Anne Tillerton and Nicholas Lovelace are about to find out.

First impressions are important; and first chapters can drive readers to distraction or immerse them into a story line with amazing results. "Caught in the Middle" has a great first chapter. Anne Tillerton, disguised as a man, happens on the same train as Nicholas Lovelace, obviously a man; when they suddenly discover that they have been acquainted
Marilyn Johnson
Mar 18, 2014 Marilyn Johnson rated it it was amazing
Caught in the Middle is the third in the Ladies of Caldwell County series. However, all three books can be stand alone titles. You get a little more detail about each character if you read all the books yet it is not necessary. As with Jennings previous two in the series this one is amazing. I look forward to more from her.

In Caught in the Middle we find out what happens with Anne Tillerton. She must overcome many past issues including the fact that she killed her own husband. Anne has turned in

After the death of her abusive husband, Anne Tillerton has been living in the wilds of Indian Territory as a buffalo hunter. She's more comfortable in buckskins than in fancy dresses. Nicholas Lovelace is shocked to see her again. Even more so when she saves his life during a train robbery. Nick's life is going just as he planned it. His business is growing and he's invited into the homes of polite society where mothers with marriageable daughters play the matchmaker. When an infant is left in A
Apr 08, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Caught in the Middle is the third book in the Ladies of Caldwell County series. I have read the two books before this one and have been eagerly looking forward to reading Anne's story. It did not disappoint! If you have not read the other two books, that is ok. Caught in the Middle can stand alone. However, reading the other books really prepared me for the mindset that Anne had toward others and about life in general. It helped me to understand where she was coming from.

Nick and Anne are great
Apr 26, 2014 Patti rated it really liked it
I got this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion of it. My opinion? I loved it! It is about a girl who has had a rough time up to this point and hides herself in trousers (!!) and baggy clothes and in the wilderness as much as possible as a Buffalo Hunter. Then there is Nicolas who is a straight laced business man trying to climb higher and higher on the ladder of success. Which one needs saving? You may be amazed at the answer and the solution. I had a hard time ...more
Sara Cardon
Dec 25, 2015 Sara Cardon rated it really liked it
First off, I loved this. I gave it fewer stars because it was a little hard to follow sometimes and I hate feeling like I missed something.

Anne is adorable. She 's complicated, wearing men's hunting clothing, completely disregarding social rules. She wants freedom and safety, so puts on a tough act that scares most people.

Nicholas is not most people. He sees her. When Anne saves his life, he sincerely wants to help her in any way he can.

A baby gets left in her care when the mother slips town,
Victoria Bylin
Mar 24, 2014 Victoria Bylin rated it it was amazing
There’s something special about book that makes the reader laugh and cry at the same time. Caught In The Middle did that for me, mostly because of heroine Anne Tillerton and her poignant journey from a female buffalo hunter to a woman who becomes both an average and extraordinary member of her community. For Anne, being average *is* extraordinary. Her past was violent and brutal, and it robbed her of the ability to feel, trust and be an ordinary woman. Her clothing is her shield, and when she ...more
Carrie Pagels
Apr 06, 2014 Carrie Pagels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved Nick's and Anne's story! I'd just finished reading another book by a different author in which I was disappointed with the story and the ending and this wonderful novel was the antidote. In this story we are several years after the previous novel in the trilogy. Nicholas Lovelace has matured since book one and book two. Anne, meanwhile, has been through such hardship and transformation. Themes: spousal abuse, recovering from PTSD, child abandonment, betrayal. Anne is a spunky huntress who ...more
Michelle Lunsford
Jul 16, 2016 Michelle Lunsford rated it it was amazing
Oh how I adored Nicholas and Anne! A bit of oil and water, but of the kind that makes for great romantic chemistry. I appreciated the way their romance grew on them slowly, unfolding in a deliberate yet unexpected way for them both. The circumstance and description for their first shared kiss was so perfect for the characters and their story, I honestly couldn't remember anyone a scene much more than that one. The romance mixed in with an entertaining narrative plot. Together it was a great ...more
I really enjoyed this book!! I've read the first two books in this Texas series as well as the first two books in Regina Jennings Ozark series and this was my favorite by far! At first I thought Nick was nothing more than a high falutin' dandy but just like I misunderstood his sister Molly in the previous book, I judged him wrong also. Nick was wonderful! And Anne.... a hard case for sure with plenty of founded insecurities but very courageous in her efforts to make a successful life for herself ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Lyssa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardcopy, arcs

I was so excited when I saw that Regina Jennings had a book coming out this month! I first heard of her just a couple of months ago when reading A Match Made in Texas. Unexpectedly, hers was my favorite short story in the set and I took note of her name, determined to keep an eye out for her work. I had such high hopes for this book and Ms. Jennings did not disappoint.

I had no idea this was part of a series. It worked just fine on its own. Although, if you'd read the previous books, you'll
Mary Rempel
Dec 04, 2016 Mary Rempel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me up too late...

I don't typically read period novels, but this one was really good. It kept me up too late because I just wanted to read one more chapter.
My Lady
Anne Tillerton, a buffalo hunter who wears men's clothes, finds herself tracking down a runaway cook to Garber, Texas, successfully thwarting a train robbery/murder in the process. What she didn't expect is that she would actually know the man she saved from a lifetime ago. Or that she would end up caring for the cook, Tessa's infant son when she heads off into the great-unknown with her latest paramour. Anne is stuck with a baby in a strange town and the only chance for a job comes from Nick ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Carrie rated it really liked it
Regina Jennings', Caught in the Middle, is the story of Anne Tillerton, a widow who is eking out a living as a buffalo hunter, and Nick Lovelace, a businessman whose company is connected to building and constructing railway lines. You might say that this novel has a bit of a reverse plot of Beauty and the Beast, where the beast is a rough-and-tumble female who doesn't do dresses and can shoot with a gun better than many of the males surrounding her. Nick is the polished society figure. Although ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that drew me first by the book cover and the time period! The novel starts out in Sept 1883 Pushmataha Indian Territory and introduces readers to a thick skinned woman named Anne Tillerton. She’s a strong woman who dresses like a man and works as a buffalo hunter. She’s rough and tough.

While she’s on a mission to find their run away cook the train she’s riding is robbed. Anne’s angry. She doesn’t sit idly and let these men take from innocent people. That’
Jul 29, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
I was a little hesitant to read this final book in Regina Jennings' debut series, only because I had two very different feelings about the previous books. I'd loved the first one (Sixty Acres and a Bride) but felt the second one (Love in the Balance) wasn't for me. I also wasn't sure how Anne Tillerton would be as a main character. However, I'm pleased to report that "Caught in the Middle" captured my heart and it's one I would recommend to all fans of the historical or western genres.

Anne was a
Selena H.
Apr 25, 2014 Selena H. rated it liked it
Shelves: library
actually rating 3.5

The first thing I liked about this book was the cover. In a huge selection of Christian historical romances featuring covers with a beautiful lady and a tall muscular man with his head cut off (not literally of course), this was unique and refreshing. A beautiful dress and cowboy boots, besides being awesome, also managed to tell a little bit about the main character without me even cracking the spine.

The second thing I liked was the main character Anne. I was completely on h
Mar 22, 2014 Taylor rated it it was amazing

Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings has been one of the most exhilarating and emotional reads this year for me. It had me laughing, squealing, biting my nails, and crying. This is the third book in the Ladies of Caldwell Series, and though it comes in third place it certainly does not come out in last place. This is the best of the series thus far! It's full of character's you will feel like calling friends by the end of the book and never want
Apr 24, 2014 Callie rated it really liked it
"Caught it the Middle" by Regina Jennings was published by Bethany House on April 1, 2014. It is the third book in the "Ladies of Caldwell County" series, with the first being "Sixteen Acres and a Bride", and the second being "Love in the Balance". I read "Sixteen Acres and a Bride", and thoroughly enjoyed it, and own the second in the series but have yet to read it. Both the first and the third would be good as stand-alones, although there are small details that tie the stories together and ...more
Annie Oakley, move over to make room for Dead-Eye Anne. In this historical western, Anne grew up in the woods of Ohio without a mother, with a father who at best paid little attention to his daughter besides providing her a roof over her head. After a short abusive marriage, she's shunned any suspicious attention from men, working in Indian Territory as a buffalo hunter and wearing the rough clothing of a man to disguise her figure. She has trusted no one but herself; she's callous, tough, har ...more
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
Caught in the Middle is Anne Tillerman's story. Oh, how I wanted to know more about Anne since Sixty Acres and a Bride. I will admit, I have read these books out of order a bit. Sixty Acres and now Caught in the Middle. I have the second book, Love in the Balance, still waiting for me to read, but the best part is, each book has done well as a standalone. So, if you're like me, reading the books out of order won't hurt, you'll just know a few details a head of time.

When we first met Anne in Sixt
Kathleen E.
Mar 15, 2016 Kathleen E. rated it it was amazing
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings, 2014

“The small towns and wide plains of 1880 Texas come to life when impossible situations and an abandoned child bring Nick Lovelace and Anne Tillerton together. Is Nick prepared to risk his future plans for an unexpected chance at love?”—Provided by publisher.

I love cowboy boots with prom dresses ~ but this lassie is not so inclined. She just loves her boots without the fancy trappings! Headed to town in pursuit of their prairie c
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Nov 26, 2014 08:18AM  
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Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.
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Ladies of Caldwell County (3 books)
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  • Love in the Balance (Ladies of Caldwell County, #2)

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