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“The Lieutenant’s Bargain” by Regina Jennings

“The Lieutenant’s Bargain” by Regina Jennings is the second book in her Fort Reno series.  I had previously read “Holding the Fort” and enjoyed the book very much.  The second book is just as good.

Hattie Walker is traveling to Denver to see if her artwork will be accepted in one of the museums there.  This is her last chance to prove herself to her parents.  They want her to stay in Van Buren and get married and have a family.  She, on the other hand, is only interested in furthering her artistic talent.

As she travels on a stage through Indian Territory, it is attacked and she is the lone survivor. When the stage doesn’t show up at Fort Reno, soldiers are sent to find it.  Hattie has been rescued by the Arapahoe.  However, she believes that they are hostile and that she is in danger. Unbeknownst to her, an old friend from home is a lieutenant at the fort.  She was never keen on him because he seemed to feel he was superior because he was always correcting her.  In reality, he cared for her very much and was such a bookworm, that he really did know more than most of his peers.

Lieutenant Jack Hennesy comes to the Indian village to get Hattie.  The chief plots to see that Jack and Hattie are wed in an Indian ceremony and in the eyes of the tribe they are lawfully married.  Hattie is definitely not happy about this situation which forces her to curtail her trip to Denver for a while.  In the meantime, she and Jack find companionship that eventually resolves itself.  The danger is still great because the outlaw has not been apprehended and Hattie is in danger.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  It was a light romance and was just the thing for a cozy Saturday evening.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.

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“The Secret Orphan” by Glynis Peters

My favorite genre is WW II historical fiction.  Glynis Peters has written “The Secret Orphan”, which I found to be an exciting read.  It is set in Coventry, England during the war.  Rose Sherbourne is a little girl living with her mother and dad who are employed by Maude Matthews.

Elenor Cardew who lives with her brothers on a farm n Cornwall, England is required to go to her Aunt Maude in Coventry to care for her in her terminal illness.  Since the Sherbourne’s do most of the domestic work, Elenor tends to her aunt.  She befriends little Rose and notices that something doesn’t seem right about the relationship between Rose and her parents.  Also as the reader continues the story, there are suspicious goings-on with Victoria and George Sherbourne.  The reader is left with suspicions that are not revealed until the end.

I really enjoyed this work by Ms. Peters.  It kept my interest and aroused my curiosity throughout the book.  I would definitely recommend this novel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.

“The Mother-In-Law” by Sally Hepworth

“The Mother-In-Law” by Sally Hepworth is a murder mystery set in Australia.  Lucy and Ollie are married with two children.  Ollie’s mother and father are as different as night and day.  While his dad is easy-going and fun to be with, Diana, his mother, is an uptight woman who is totally interested in what people this and what people will say about her family.  She is also not a generous person.  Although the parents have a very comfortable life, they are not generous with their children.  Antoinette is Ollie’s sister and married to Patrick.  Her greatest regret is that they have not yet been able to have a child.  Ollie and Lucy could surely do with a bitter home and Nettie and Patrick could use some financial assistance also.

The story begins as the police come to Ollie’s and Lucy’s to bring the sad news that Diana has committed suicide.  However, things really don’t add up for the police and one by one the family is taken to the station to answer questions about their relationship with their mother.  Lucy and Diana have not gotten along as Diana is constantly correcting Lucy’s parenting and housekeeping and everything.  Diana is not well liked by her family.  Did one of them kill her?  Why would anything be so bad that would cause someone to take her life?

I found this story a bit difficult sometimes because different chapters were devoted to Lucy and others to Diana.  I downloaded this Kindle edition from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.

“Gunner Girls and Fighter Boys” by Mary Gibson

“Gunner Girls and Fighter Boys” by Mary Gibson, is a novel from the The Factory Girls series about the defenders of England left at home.  The army enlists girls to man the gun placements that try to shoot down the German planes before they can drop their loads of bombs.

May lives with her mum and dad and brother Jack near Liverpool.  Her sister is married and lives not too far away.  Her husband is running a black market scheme which she ignores, although she has a suspicion that he is involved in criminal activities.

The dynamics of this story are so convincing that I felt the fear of the residents as they tried to shelter from the bombs.  After May’s brother Jack was killed in an air raid, her home destroyed by a bomb and friends were missing, she decides that she wants to join the ATS.  Her family is dead set against it, but she feels her duty to England calling her.  Instead of a desk job, she is assigned to one of the gun emplacements, as a plotter.  She calculates the position of the planes and decides when to fire the guns.

She has been enamored of a boy from the neighborhood for years, but he is interested in someone else. Another boy has always loved her but has not pressed her.  He and she are like very good friends.  He is in the RAF as part of a ground crew and eventually is sent overseas.  They exchange letters but his stop suddenly. She finds that he is missing in action.   She finds that she is in love with him and can only hope that he will return home and that they can get on with their life after the war.

I enjoyed this book because it was written in the British vernacular.  I had to guess at some of the phrases because I had not heard them before.  I found this a lot of fun as I read the novel.  I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.

“His Promise” by Shelley Shepard Gray

In Shelley Shepard Gray’ novel, “His Promise”, we visit Hart County, around Christmas time.  Amish girl, Grace King is a member of a large, boisterous, family.  She is a quiet sort, however, and relishes her time alone.  She is a pet sitter and has accepted a job during the Christmas holidays, sitting for a cantankerous little dachshund in a large beautiful home.  John Michael Miller lives near the home and has a history with the King family.  John is a firefighter but remains Amish.  In the past, he and Grace’s sister were keeping company until he broke it off.  The family was very upset and John Michael was no longer a friend of the family.

The community is being targeted by arsonists who set fires in order for everyone to be busy fighting the fires while they steal from other homes.  Grace is sure that someone is watching the house and John Michael and the sheriff find signs that she is right.  In dealing with this threat, Grace and John Michael become close.  Now the struggle will be to find the culprits and convince Grace’s family that John Michael is not the ogre they painted him to be.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.

“A Christmas Prayer” by Wanda Brunstetter

Wanda Brunstetter has written a lovely little story, “A Christmas Prayer”.  Taking place in 1850, Cynthia Cooper is traveling west with her fiancé and her mother in a covered wagon along with two other parties.  One is a brother and sister seeking a new life, the other is a man with two children, who has lost his wife to illness.  He and the children are seeking a new life also.  Cynthia and her cocky, condescending fiancé, Walter are together only because he has money and she is trying to provide for her mother.  As the three wagons travel westward, trying to beat the snow in the mountains, we grasp that this group of people is totally mismatched.

Becoming lost, and with snow rapidly coming down, the group finds shelter in an abandoned cabin.  Keeping warm and keeping from starving are their main objectives at this point.  When a grizzled old man comes to the cabin and claims it is his, on Christmas Eve, he accepts them in his home and spends the holy day with them.  When clearer heads prevail, the mismatched group reorganizes itself so that everyone is with who they should be.

I enjoyed this little book and it gave me the incentive to look forward to Christmas instead of worrying about all that I need to get done beforehand.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour’s Review Crew and was under no obligation to post a review.

“Hidden Peril” by Irene Hannon

“Hidden Peril” by Irene Hannon, is Ms. Hannon’s typical exciting, page-turning thriller.  This novel takes place in St. Louis where Kristin Dane owns a fair trade shop that sells wares from impoverished countries around the world in order to give back to them.  One day she enters her shop to find her part-time employee murdered.  If that isn’t bad enough, a recent customer, who had purchased an item the same day as the previous murder was found murdered in the same way in her own home.

Kristin’s and Detective Luke Carter’s mission is how to tie these two murders together and find out why they took place.  What was the tie?  Before they find that answer, the FBI becomes involved.  This becomes a mystery with international intrigue and ties to terrorism.  Who is involved?  Kristin may want to make sure her friends are who they say they are.

I always enjoy books by Ms. Hannon.  She is famous for her suspenseful and thrilling stories.  She is one of my favorite suspense authors.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in return for my honest review, which is my own.