Book Review: Holding The Fort by Regina Jennings

holding the fort book review regina jennings

The synopsis on the back of the book:

When dancehall 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.

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
  • Published: 12/2017
  • Pages: 342
  • Goodreads rating: 4.47 stars
holding the fort regina jennings book review

Why I Chose This Book

I remember hearing about this book in late fall. What attracted me to the story is that the plot is unique from other books in this genre. I liked that romance wasn't the center of the story, so it was a nice change. 

First Impressions

Louisa grew up in a less desired situation. Her mother was, well an "entertainer". Despite her past, she is a very talented singer. Even though she is a talented singer she loses her job as a dance hall singer to a much younger woman. She heads out west to Fort Reno where her brother is stationed as a soldier. She then is mistaken as a governess for Major Adams' children. My heart went out for Louisa because in the beginning she really thought she was worth nothing more than a dance hall singer. Though at the same time, she did what she could to survive, and that was admirable. 

I absolutely laughed and smiled at the meeting between Major Adams and Louisa. I will leave it at that - for no spoilers. Major Adams, even though he is a tough leader towards his men, he has a soft spot. He loves his children dearly and makes sure they have everything they need. 

Another hilarious moment was the time when Louisa met up with her brother, Bradley. At first Louisa and Bradley keep it a secret that they are brother/sister from Major Adams, in fear that she will lose her job. 


Regina did a great job in creating the world of Fort Reno. I really liked that she emphasized the point that there is really nothing to do at Fort Reno. This is because there really wasn't. I had the pleasure of growing up out west and I remember visiting old forts during school day trips. Yes, there was usually a store, church, cafe/restaurant, and school, but that was pretty much it. 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
— John 1:9

Final Thoughts

Louisa really grew throughout the novel. She began to trust again and learn what love really looks like. Daisy, Adams' youngest child adored Louisa from the start. I just loved reading their interactions! Daisy was just so adorable. What I admired about Louisa is that she only knew the basics about reading and writing, so she stayed up each night to learn more about each subject. She wanted to ensure that Daisy and Caroline would have the best of education- and she barely knew them! I found that very inspiring.

Major Adams, the poor guy fell for Louisa right away. Even though Louisa was attracted to him as well, she was guarded for most of the novel. As the story developed, Louisa really felt bad that Adams' didn't know about her past. She felt ashamed and felt that if he knew, he wouldn't accept her anymore. I also absolutely laughed at the moment Adams found out Bradley was Louisa's brother. 

The message of the story emphasizes that you are not defined by your past. God loves you for who you are and will forgive your sins when you confess them. Trust in God, and he will help you through the most difficult of times. 

I really liked this story. It was a fun book to read that included an important lesson. It also had a lot of hilarious moments, and I enjoyed laughing quite often! 

Would I Recommend This Book? 

Yes, of course! it's a fun book I think just about anyone would enjoy. 


I hope you enjoyed the review! I highly suggest that you check out Holding The Fort. I know you will enjoy reading it as much as I did! 

You can purchase the book---> HERE

Have a wonderful rest of the week! Until next time. 

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I was provided this book to review by Bethany House Publishing group.