Review: The Lieutenant's Bargain by Regina Jennings

January 17, 2019

Title: The Lieutenant's Bargain
Author: Regina Jennings
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780764218941
Publication Date: December 4th, 2018

About the Book:
She Was Supposed to Be Gaining Independence. What She Found Was Even Better . . . 

Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, but her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to go to Denver and place her works in an exhibition. 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 retrieve her--and plead his case with the chief once more.

He's stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart years ago, 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 threatens to destroy his life's work.
My Thoughts:
This story had me hooked from the beginning. Regina Jennings started this story off with a bang and continued the story with a great mix of humor and adventure. It was honestly a fun story with some fantastic characters that played off each other well.

Hattie is a girl determined to prove herself. She is a painter, an artist. She knows she is capable of more then what is only expected of her by her family and station. She wants to show off her talents and make it into something she can do for a living.

Jack is a man who has joined the military, has traveled far from home, and has done his best to forget about the girl back home. He has built of relations with the local Indian tribes and tried to assist as much as he can. He is a man by the book.

Jack's meeting with Hattie after she is rescued is one that has stuck out in an amazing way! I honestly don't think I will forget it. The way that Regina Jennings set this up was phenomenal and it set the stage beautifully for the rest of the book.

The details that were woven in. The character building and the historical background were great and just added so much more depth to the story. This has to be one of my most favorite books by Regina Jennings. I have thoroughly enjoyed her previous stories, but this one was fantastic.

Hattie was a relateable character for me. She is a girl who wanted to see what she could do away from her parents. She had talents she wanted to pursue. I really enjoyed Hattie and being in her head. She had different ideas put in her head and it skewed her thinking, but she was one to learn and grow. She had a passion and wanted to follow it. She was even able to do it with her parents blessing.

The fact that Jack and Hattie were so opposite, it made the story pop all the more.

The Lieutenant's Bargain was such a fun story. I can't wait to see what Regina will share with us next!

4 out of 5

About the Author:
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She's the winner of the National Readers' Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and at First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at

Thank you to the author, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment

  1. Completely agree! Loved the blend of characters and the growth they went through. Such a great book!


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