Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review: Caught In The Middle

Caught in the Middle (Ladies of Caldwell County, #3)Author: Regina Jennings
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Ladies of Caldwell County # 3

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 Garber to find their runaway cook, but the woman flees--leaving Anne with her infant son. With Nick the only person Anne knows in Garber, 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?

The boy needed someone who could love him. Everyone deserved that much.

Anne knew nothing about caring for babies, but surely she could keep him alive until his father could be tracked.

Every good hunter knows that the trick to finding game involves predicting where their prey feels most at home.

Nick had to smile at the wistful tone. Leave it to the ladies to turn a disaster into a love story.
Laughing, crying, and sharing in proud moments with the main characters are just a few of things I found myself doing as I read this book. It is the third book in a series, but don’t let that fool you because I truly believe that this book can stand alone, and it is the best that I have read from this series so far. I feel this way mainly because of the main character, Anne Tillerton. Anne has lived a life of much pain and hardship and is now a buffalo hunter that dresses and acts like a man, mainly to hide herself away from the world and her pain. Anne goes from dressing like a grungy, dirty man to looking and acting like a dignified, charming lady. She is clever, witty, and everything else in between. I loved her!

Nick Lovelace runs into Anne Tillerton, the mislead girl from his childhood, on a train unexpectedly. Nick has a backstory just like Anne and is everything readers could ask for in a main male lead. Best of all, he is patient and gentle with Anne. He knows some of what she has faced in her life, and he approaches her calmly and cautiously. Anne and Nick both are learning to trust in God and build their faith. They begin to see eye and eye and realize that they were sent to each other not by accident, but on purpose. As their relationship buds, I couldn’t help but smile.

This book will capture you from the very first page. Anne is parading around dressed as a man and readers are left only to wonder why. The characters in this book are all fabulous and the personal struggles that they all deal with are very real, raw, and emotional. Nick and Anne both faces their fears in this adventurous story, and they serve as an inspiration to anyone who reads their story!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Bethany House in exchange for my honest review***

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