28 December 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | The Lieutenant's Bargain

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

Set near Christmas of 1885, this second Fort Reno novel from Regina Jennings is a lot of fun. I so enjoyed getting to know Jack and Hattie this week, seeing their relationship play out with heartwarming humor.

First Line: If she'd known there were so few washrooms in Indian Territory, Hattie Walker wouldn't have drunk three cups of coffee at breakfast that morning.

From Page 56: "She's not my wife," Jack said. "Look, I know her from home, and yes, I do admire her, but I have no intention of marrying her."

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.

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
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  1. My first line is from Chapter 16 of Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano:

    Catching the biscuits on fire was most assuredly not the best way of honoring her promise to keep the house from burning to the ground.

    This one by Regina Jennings looks great!

  2. This looks like an interesting book. I don't read many Westerns but this looks like a cute romance.

  3. I like the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SADIE”

  4. This does sound like a fun historical romance. This week I am spotlighting The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn - a dystopian mystery. Happy reading!

  5. Happy Friday! My first line is from "Through the Shadows" by Karen Barnett:

    "Elizabeth King held her fingers against the ivory keys, refusing to stir as the final chord faded and silence descended on the parlor."

  6. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I'm sharing the first paragraph from A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz. I'm currently on chapter 12, so I'll leave the first line from there.

    "Lark smiled as the long-awaited bairn made his entry into the rain-washed July day."

    It's such a good book!

    Hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend full of rest and good reading time! 😀❤📚

  7. Happy Friday and Happy New Year!

    My first lines come from Home For Christmas by Holly Chamberlin.....

    It was the eleventh of December, a crisp winter day with not a cloud in the sky to threaten rain or snow. Nell King shivered as she came down the stairs from the second floor and into the living room.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊🎆💕

  8. Giggling at the beginning and kinda blown away by the brash nature of the gent in the 56. They probably get married and live happily ever after though, right?! LOL
    Wishing you the best for 2019!

  9. It sounds good. And I enjoy reading stories set in this era.

    My Friday 56 from That Which Grows Wild

  10. Thanks for sharing - I hope you're enjoying it.

    Lauren @ Always Me

  11. Those lines are hilarious! This looks like a wonderful book--Happy New Year Hallie!

  12. Sorry I'm a bit late coming around this week again! On my blog I featured With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander but I'm currently reading The Teacher's Bride by Kathleen Fuller so I'll share that first line here: "I can't believe she came here without letting us know ahead of time." Hope you have a wonderful weekend!