Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, while her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to head to Denver and place her works in an exhibition or give up the dream forever. Her journey is derailed when a gunman attacks her stagecoach, leaving her to be rescued by a group of Arapaho . . . but she’s too terrified to recognize them as friendly.
Confirmed bachelor Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has long worked with the tribe and is tasked with trying to convince them that the mission school at Fort Reno can help their children. When a message arrives about a recovered survivor, Jack heads out to take her home–and plead his case once more.
He’s stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart–but quickly realizes he has a chance to impress her. When his plan gets tangled through translation, Jack and Hattie end up in a mess that puts her dreams in peril–and tests Jack’s resolve to remain single.
I really enjoy Regina Jennings novels. They touch on serious issues, but are overall light-hearted stories of muddled situations turning out for the best.
Jennings takes rather modern characters and places them in historical settings. I find this enjoyable. I don’t have to try to wrap my mind around a character from another time and place. I can simply relate to them. So if I had to suspend my sense of historical reality just a bit for the plot to work I really didn’t mind a bit.
In fact, living cross culturally myself I could entirely relate to the character’s experience of really not understanding the implications of what is happening around them, so in that case I didn’t have to suspend reality at all.
Hattie is an independent woman traveling alone across country pursuing her career of art. Jack is a good guy who really cares about the native people that he is working with and wants to do the right thing. When Jack discovers that Hattie, the woman he has long admired, needs rescuing, he makes a bid to impress her and things get out of hand. Now Jack and Hattie have to choose what that will mean for their future. Will it completely derail their individual dreams or will they find a new path together?
I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.