Caught in the Middle (Ladies of Caldwell County Book #3)
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?
"[Jennings is] a fresh voice in Christian historical romance..." Library Journal
Jennings (Sixty Acres and a Bride) creates a strong heroine in this historical romance that veers between comedy and drama. Anne Tillerton has become a tough buffalo hunter in Texas, late 1883, for a good reason; there's trauma in her past. She's a good enough shot to save the life of Nicholas Lovelace, a businessman from Anne's hometown, during a train robbery. Nick's and Anne's lots become entangled when Anne becomes responsible for an infant who's been abandoned by the runaway camp cook Anne is pursuing to bring her back to camp. Nick faces ethical problems and Anne social and emotional ones as the two slowly develop an unlikely relationship. Jennings is a strong writer who has fashioned two complex characters. Occasionally the comic tone seems off given Anne's difficult backstory. And the child she accidentally acquires, Sammy, at times plays the stilted role of deus ex machina in the plot. But character transformation in this tale will certainly satisfy Christian readers, and others may find memorable characters.
Caught in the Middle
What a refreshing story. Totally enjoyed the characters & the storyline.
Caught in the Middle
At times I found myself laughing loudly, and at others wiping tears, but always with my eyes glued to the page, anxious to know the next adventure for Anne and Nick, ultimately saddened when this delightful tale came to an end.