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Holding the Fort

(Fort Reno #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,240 ratings  ·  268 reviews
When dance hall singer Louisa Bell visits Fort Reno to see her brother, she is mistaken for the governess that the harried Major Daniel Adams is waiting for. Between his rowdy troops and his two daughters, he has more responsibility than he can handle alone. Eager for the opportunity, Louisa sets out to show the widower that she is a perfect fit.
Paperback, 345 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers (first published December 2017)
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Aw, this was such a fun read! The story is lighthearted and very well researched. It was easy to like Louisa and to root for her and Major Adams to fall for each other. The two girls, Caroline and Daisy, are enjoyable youngsters as well.

I have to say, that introduction between Louisa and Major Adams (him trying a stunt and landing at her feet!) was hilarious and one of the best/most memorable meetings I’ve read. I can always count on Jennings to write in some good humorous scenes, and this one w
This book is so good!!! I read it almost in a whole day, I couldn’t put it down. The wit and the humor was so enjoyable to read. The plot in general was so good. It seemed original too, which was refreshing. I cannot wait to start book 2!!!
Victoria Goodbrand
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Holding The Fort was a sweet story that I greatly enjoyed. the whole plot was just so much fun!! Louisa was so likeable, as well as Caroline and Daisy! I found myself eagerly turning pages at midnight several nights not caring that my eyes were as dry as the desert. 🌵
I loved the setting. It was just o unique, bc it’s a real place! You can actually go visit Fort Reno today, if you have the money for a plane ticket 😉
I had very few dislikes but one of them was Daniel. I felt like he did
Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings was such a fun book to read. I can't even say how much I enjoyed it. When you think about a dance hall singer posing as a Mennonite Governess, it would have to be hilarious. Louisa gets herself in more situations than you'd think possible with Major Daniel Adams, the head of Fort Reno, when she's posing as his daughter's governess. This book was such a joy to read. I highly recommend it!
Malia Saldaña
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book sooo much. It was so fun to read! I loved Louisa and Major Adams so much. They were so cute, and Major Adams is the best! I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series. :)
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up
Best for Ages: 15 and up

I discovered Regina Jennings this year in reading Caught In The Middle. That book really impressed me. The next book I read by her, her very first book, wasn’t my favorite. Sixty Acers and a Bride had some wonderful elements but some content that I didn’t enjoy. Holding the Fort was fun and ranks between the other two books mentioned.

Right off, I was a little worried about where this might be heading. After all, I started to see that deceptio
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holding the Fort was a thoroughly delightful book! The story contained a nice balance of humor, serious dialogue, and questions of faith. I enjoyed the characters in this story, both the primary and secondary ones.

Louisa was a likable character, even as she tried to uphold the ruse of being a governess. I appreciated that she kind of fell into that position and did not initially set out to deceive anyone. Once she found herself in that situation, however, I enjoyed watching her develop a conscie
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot sounded interesting enough and I'd say those words describe my general feelings towards the entire book: interesting enough.
Interesting enough to keep me reading, but not enough to keep me mentally engaged. Every time I felt inclined to give up, something would happen to keep me curious for just a little bit longer.
Nothing exceptional. Nothing terrible. More than a little preachy.
3.5 stars

While Holding the Fort wasn't my favorite book by Regina Jennings, I must admit it was a pretty adorable story. The first book in a new series, THE FORT RENO SERIES, it was engaging, fun, and easy to read. I ended up liking all the prominent characters: Louisa Bell, the dance hall singer. Her trouble-making brother, Private Willis. The rather endearing Major Daniel Adams, a widower and father. And the major's two daughters, Caroline and Daisy.

There was a sweet romance, unexpected happen
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
Wow - what a gorgeous cover!!

In between the gorgeous covers of this book lies an equally gorgeous story, one that will draw you in from the very first page.

This book has some beautiful characters. Major Daniel Adams is one of the kindest, most gentlemanly heroes I've seen. Louisa Bell has such a sincere heart and desires the chance at a normal, respectable life. Private Bradley Willis and the Major's two daughters, Daisy and Caroline, round out the supporting cast and are so much fun to read a
Cara Putman
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Regina’s novels always have such fun characters and a sense of humor that is delightful. This one has that, but so much more. There’s a heroine who’s trapped between her past, and what she hopes her future will be. A hero who wants to be more than he is and who is tied to a formal status due to his rank in the US Army. The conflict and challenges between them are real…and humorous. And the possibility of love is sweet…and tangled. For those who love westerns filled with romance and set in fun lo ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ugh, I don’t have the words, this was AMAZING!!!!
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars for the book, but only 3 stars for the audio version because I didn't care much for the narrator.
Susan Snodgrass
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
'What did God think of her sitting in this chapel, pretending to be holy? He knew the truth. He knew she was no friend of His.'

Louisa Bell, aka Lola Bell, sings in a bawdy house, even though she's never done anything but sing, but still she's treated like trash by everyone. She loses her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon to a younger, more desirable singer and realizes she has no place to go. However, her brother is stationed with the calvary in Indian territory not too far away. He has gotten into a lo
Although Holding Down the Fort wasn't my favorite, there were still some things I liked about it. I liked the endearing secondary characters - such as, good-humored Lieutenant Jack Hennessey, free-spirited Daisy and headstrong Caroline - who added warmth and humor to the story. I also enjoyed learning about the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians' life and tensions with the U.S. after the war. Unfortunately, despite my enjoyment of the initial premise, the story fell flat for me hugely because of the r ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holding the Fort was such a joy to read. I cannot think of another book that had me giggling out loud as much as this one did in quite some time. It takes a special story to really be able to infuse humor into a romance during a time in history that was very stressful and could be deadly. I like that this story had such a quirky heroine. Her growth as a character and the transformation that she made in a world that often judged her and the wonderful romance that develops between her and Major Da ...more
Maureen Timerman
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
As soon as I turned the cover of this book the author had me walking in Louisa Bell’s shoes, and loving this girl. A big heart filled with compassion, and when she becomes homeless decides to go to her brother who is in the brig in Fort Reno.
Be ready for a few chuckles and wonder how she does what she does, but with such a loving way, that faux pas are soon forgotten, but we do see what a great mind she does possess with her chess playing. Can a bar room singer get away with posing as a governes
Kellyn Roth

Okay. Let's be serious now. Good? Good.

I actually grabbed book 2 of this series on NetGalley a while back because the premise intrigued me so much. Turns out, it was so good I had to buy myself a paperback copy of book 1.

However, like all books I buy, it got dusty on my shelf and suffered months - even years, though I honestly have no clue how long it really was - of neglect before I picke
Sarah Monzon
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reminded me a little bit of The Sound Of Music <3 ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
What a hoot! This book is well written and a lot of fun to read.

Louisa Bell comes from questionable beginnings. She feels that she can not make much of herself because of others decisions that affected her life. She doubts God and she doubts herself. A fortunate circumstance fell into her lap and she rose to the occasion and learned and grew as a person. She is a woman of integrity, grit, and intelligence - in spite of what others tell her.

I loved watching Louisa grow and see the positive impact
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holding The Fort by Regina Jennings is a really fun historical Christian romance. It is the first book in the Fort Reno romance series and what a wonderful series it promises to be.
The characters were realistic and well drawn. The leading lady is a delightful mix of confident yet vulnerable with a kind heart and an amusing personality.
We all play roles in life. The person we present to the world may be very different from the 'real' us. Holding The Fort explores the different roles people play -
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Louisa is a dance hall singer. When she receives a letter that her brother is in prison at the army fort, she worries about his reckless behavior. When she's fired from her job, she decides to head to the fort to save her brother from himself. Due to a huge miscommunication she's now working as a governess for two wild little girls. And their father, Daniel, is as full of secrets as she is.

This was a fun book. The plot was well thought out and while predictable in its romance, it was also full
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
This was my first full length novel by Regina Jennings and it came highly recommended by Hannah! Thanks, Hannah!!
Lola was a stage singer with her virtue in tack but her reputation is in shreds! Of course, how could any stage performer be any otherwise? After being canned for a younger singer, she decides to visit her brother at Fort Reno. She's heard of his wild ways landing him in trouble and as his older sister, it's her job to whip him into a respectable man!
Daniel was the major at the fort.
Haley S
Wow! I have found a new favorite book! And can I be honest with you? I did not expect to like it—like at all. I went into reading the book with a “I’m not going to like this book” attitude, but, boy, I was wrong. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t expect to like it. I mean, I didn’t really like the cover; it just isn’t my type. Or maybe I read a certain synopsis that I didn’t like. I have no idea.
The main characters—and side characters—were awesome. I really felt as though I “knew” them. Jack wa
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The first in a series about Fort Reno. Louisa is a dance hall singer who loses her job and has no place to go except the fort where her brother is stationed. He is in trouble as usual and she wants to help. She is mistaken as the governess that the commanding officer was waiting for. She tries to act like a governess and help her brother.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Running a Kansas Fort on the frontier with Indian Territory, and with two daughters in desperate need of training and education, Major Adams agrees to hiring a governess. Anything to stop his mother in law from pulling his girls away, she thinks that Fort Reno is no place for growing girls.

She's sung her last song as a singer & performer at the Cat Eye Saloon. Replaced by a younger, albeit less talented model, Louise 'Lola' Bell is suddenly unemployed and homeless. Taking a huge leap of faith t
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovely Lola Bell was raised in a saloon, but her singing voice has meant she’s managed to keep from working upstairs. Except now she’s been fired, and no one in town is going to give a saloon girl a respectable job. Then she hears her brother—her only family—is in trouble. She has no choice but to become Miss Louisa Bell, find Bradley at Fort Reno, find a respectable job, and hope her past never catches up with her.

Major Daniel Adams is a widower with two daughters. When Miss Louisa Bell arrives
Savanna Kaiser
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everyone has those authors they trust to deliver a great story every time. Regina Jennings is one of those for me. I’m always entertained. I’m always hooked. This latest novel – Holding the Fort – was an absolute delight to read. It was charming, unique, and witty, as Regina’s books always are.

I loved Louisa. The difficulties of her past made her shine as a tried-and-true heroine. She feels her imperfections deeply, but her heart is kind and she’s braver than she thinks. I admired her grit and d
A.M. Heath
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What I Loved: I always enjoy a military setting, so I was smitten with Hold the Fort from the moment I had first heard about it. Jennings incorporates military life at a western fort along with historical details about the conflict with the relocated tribes in the area. I learned some things along the way which is always a treat. With this as a backdrop, she adds in a beautiful romance, two charming girls, and one sweet talking hero. And then there’s the well thought out gospel presentation weav ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, books-to-review
When you are in the mood for a trip to the old west, life in a fort, and a sweet story about faith, love and forgiveness then this should be one of the books you pick up to indulge that feeling.

While this book is labeled as western Christian romance, it is not heavy on the religious aspect.  There is the right balance of faith/religion, love, action and the wisdom of two young ladies.

This story touched my heart in many ways.  Louisa was way out of her element pretending to be a governess to the
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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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Fort Reno (3 books)
  • The Lieutenant's Bargain (Fort Reno, #2)
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