This is a delightful sequel to Holding the Fort (The Fort Reno Series Book #1). I really enjoyed the first book but this one was really wonderful. It dealt with the Indian School at Fort Reno, the children that attended it and some of the challenges with living on an Army base in the middle of Indian Territory. This is the story of Lieutenant Jack Hennessey and his childhood crush who happens to be stranded when a stagecoach is robbed and she is rescued by the local Indian tribe. Her name is Hattie Walker and she is an artist on the way to Denver to enter a competition. Her plans were waylaid along with the stagecoach and they are both surprised to see each other. Through a misunderstanding and a language barrier, they end up married in the eyes of the tribal leaders. Wading through all their conflicting emotions and the mystery of who waylaid the stage and stole the money that was on the stage from the US government for the Indians, as well as Hattie’s personal belongings and art supplies, provides the rest of the action in this story. It was fun to read and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Once again, Regina Jennings has done her research and brought us a book chock full of historical details and delightful conversation and action. I look forward to a third installment in this series!
I received a digital copy of this book through NetGalley from Bethany House in exchange for a review. I’m never disappointed with the offerings from Bethany House.