Louisa Bell never wanted to be a dance-hall singer, but dire circumstances force her hand. With a little help from her brother in the cavalry, she’s able to make ends meet, but lately he’s run afoul of his commanding officer, so she undertakes a visit to straighten him out.
Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno. He can barely control his rowdy troops, much less his two adolescent daughters. If Daniel doesn’t find someone respectable to guide his children, his mother-in-law insists she’ll take them.
When Louisa arrives with some reading materials, she’s mistaken for the governess who never appeared. Major Adams is skeptical. She bears little resemblance to his idea of a governess–they’re not supposed to be so blamed pretty–but he’s left without recourse. His mother-in-law must be satisfied, which leaves him turning a blind eye to his unconventional governess’s methods. Louisa’s never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough?
This book was fun, charming and full of laughs! I felt as if every character in this book was full of personality and characteristics that really brought this story to life. I really enjoyed that this story takes place at a fort and involved the calvary. It was such a unique change of pace from a lot of the historical fiction that I have read set in the Old West. I am always drawn to books that have a lot of humor and this one had several laugh out loud moments that I loved! Major Adams character was probably my favorite character in this story. As a widower and a Major in the calvary he shoulders a lot of responsibility in his personal life and as a commander of his troops. However, he Major Adams is perceptive, fair, forgiving and even has a sense of humor lurking underneath his rough exterior. Major Adam’s two daughters Daisy and Caroline were another thing I loved about this story. Usually I don’t really connect with children in stories because they are mostly secondary characters that don’t add as much interest to the story, but these girls were favorites from the beginning. They are so important to the story and added humor, heart, and mischief! This book just hit the spot for historical romance! It was so sweet and fun, and I love a good lighthearted read! It has put me in the mood to watch some movies about the U.S. Calvary. If you need me I will be watching Yellow Ribbon and Fort Apache!
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*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.