Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Ladies of Caldwell County(Book 3)
Goodreads Summary: The train to Garber, Texas, is supposed to bring Nicholas Lovelace to the next victory in his life and career. 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 working as a buffalo hunter and hiding from polite society. She’s only coming to town to talk their runaway cook into returning. Instead, the woman flees–and leaves Anne with her infant son. With Nick the only person she knows in town who can help, the two form an unlikely team as they try to figure out what to do with the child.
Both soon find themselves stuck in complicated situations. To care for the child, Anne’s forced into polite society–and it’s not going well. Meanwhile, Nick is being pressured on all sides of his business, and being seen with Anne isn’t helping his reputation. Still he can’t quite seem to forget her and must make a choice between the leading of his heart and his plans for the future.
This is book three in this series. We know Anne from book one when she saved Rosa from her horrible husband. I had looked forward to this book and how things would work out for her.
What I liked: Anne has dealt with a lot in her life. Her father did not pay her much attention and then she married a mean man. She copes with all that has happened to her by dressing like a man and staying away from polite society by being a buffalo hunter. When Nick enters into the picture and sees beneath her duster to who she really is she struggles to know how to react. Her character goes through a lot of changes as the book progresses. She goes from an outcast to a caring mom. I enjoyed how she changed and grew.
Nick also was an interesting character. He starts out a business man pretty much willing to do what he needs to keep his business going. As he and Anne work together he starts to see that his faith and doing the right thing was more important than a business deal. I really liked the storyline of this book.
What I did not like: As much as I enjoyed the book I felt the chemistry between Anne and Nick was so so. The spark between them was just not as good as I expected.
Over all I enjoyed this book. I found myself tearing up at the end. Very well written and I liked how the characters had to face challenges and work through them even if they had to suffer for doing so. This book can be read as a stand alone but this is a great series and I recommend going back and reading the first two as well.
This is the first series by this author and I’m excited to see what she has for us next. The first book was my favorite. She does a great job with adding enough depth to the stories to keep them interesting but also adding in humor and romance to make these very enjoyable and well-rounded books. If you have not had a chance to read her I suggest you do! You’ll not be disappointed.