Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Caught in the Middle - Ladies of Caldwell County 3 - by Regina Jennings
About the book:
She Wants the Freedom of the Open Plains.
He Wants the Prestige of a Successful Career.
Neither is Ready for What Comes Instead.
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 town to find their runaway cook, but the woman flees--leaving Anne with her infant son. With Nick the only person Anne knows in town, the two form an unlikely team as they try to figure out what to do with the child.
But being in town means acting and dressing for polite society--and it's not going well for Anne. Meanwhile, Nick's work is bringing new pressures, and being seen with a rough-around-the-edges woman isn't helping his reputation. Caught between their own dreams, a deepening relationship, and others' expectations, can the pair find their way to love?
I liked this story, but it was different from what I expected. For some reason I thought it was going to be funny, maybe based on the cover, and while it had a few amusing moments, it was more serious. I admired Anne's strength and felt for all the pain she had gone through. It was interesting to see how Anne and Nick grew in their faith, from her having none to realizing she needed to give up control and Nick understanding that just because you obey, it doesn't mean everything will go your way. I'm not that into politics, so I wasn't very interested in Nick's running for county commissioner and I thought he seemed a bit naive to not realize the situation he was in until it was too late. There were a few cute romantic moments, but it didn't seem like there was much leading up to the their being in love. It was enjoyable watching Anne learn to take care of the boy and learn to love again. This works well as a stand-alone. You should check it out if you like historical fiction.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.