Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book review: Caught in the Middle

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself from the Baker Publishing Group. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

I admit it- I have a thing for historical romances. I love the feeling of being transported to another time and place that's so different from my own and "meeting" people that are going through life changes and adventures. My most recent trip into history took place thanks to a new novel from Regina Jennings, called Caught in the Middle. Here's a bit about it, from the publisher's website:

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?
I didn't realize until after I had read it that this book was actually the third in a series.  It's definitely readable as a stand-alone book, but I think the fact that it's one in a series explains why I had some trouble in the beginning keeping up with all the people and situations that are going on early in the book.  But I soon caught on and really enjoyed reading the story of Anne and Nick. This book has it all- romance, political intrigue, recovery from abuse, searching for family, and railroads! You will not be bored by this book, that is for sure.  I thought the characters were realistic- no perfect people here, just people who learn to trust God and each other. This is a very enjoyable read and I'm anxious to go back and read the other two books in this series as well.