Character Spotlight: Regina Jenning’s Louisa & Daniel (with giveaway)

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Hello friends!

I’ve been away for a week with my family and am back in action with a slightly revamped character spotlight. I hope you enjoy the tweaks I have made and a big thanks to Regina for being the first to try out the new format.

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Regina Jenning’s latest historical romance, Holding the Fort, features a dance-hall singer and a military major. If you enjoy Mary Connealy and Karen Witemeyer’s novels, then Regina’s are a must read! Holding the Fort is Regina’s eight novel so be sure to check out her back list. Thanks to Bethany House, I’m giving away a copy of Regina’s novel via the Rafflecopter form below. It’s easy to enter and there are many ways to gain more entries. All the best!

Lovely Lola (Louisa) Bell

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Hair colour & style: Louisa wears her blond hair gathered dramatically on one side so that the curls cascade over her shoulder.

Eye colour: Blue.

Dress sense: Ever since taking the job as a singer at the Cat-Eye Saloon, Lola Bell has worn the festooned gowns that are expected for her performances. In fact, that’s all she has in her wardrobe.

Resembles…

Gabriella Wilde, especially as Caroline Penvenen in Poldark.

Can’t live without…

Music. Her brother.

Strengths

Louisa sings for a living, but she also makes money on the side by winning chess matches. She is very graceful and has a talent for mimicry.

Vulnerabilities

Because of Louisa’s rough upbringing, school attendance wasn’t a priority. Her lack of an education has always made her feel insecure. Also the judgment she’s felt as a stage performer makes her hesitant to be around respectable women.

Passions

Growing up with an alcoholic mother left Louisa in the place of a protector for her brother, Bradley. She’s sacrificed her whole life to give him a future, and when he’s in trouble with his commanding officer, she will do anything to protect him.

What book or movie would they recommend?

Louisa hasn’t spent much time reading but she loves musical performances, especially melodramatic arias that feature a weeping heroine.

Major Daniel Adams

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Hair colour & style: His hair looks light brown at first, but there’s a touch of red in it. Or at least that’s what Louisa thinks when she first sees him, but then finds out that the red dirt and blood in his hair might be changing the tint.

Eye colour: Brown

Dress sense: Being stationed at a remote fort means that Daniel is always in uniform and that suits him just fine. As long as his uniform is spotless, he doesn’t have any complaints.

Resembles… 

Chris Pratt.

Can’t live without…

His daughters. After his wife’s death, he became solely responsible for Caroline and Daisy. While he’s done his best raising them, a military man like Daniel might have missed some important things that ladies should know. With his mother-in-law threatening to take the girls away, Daniel desperately needs to find a governess to tame their wild ways.

Strengths

Dutiful, virtuous and possessing a strong sense of justice.

Vulnerabilities

As fort commander, Daniel has lost soldiers before and knows that he will someday have to send these men into danger. Because of that, he is hesitant to build relationships with them. While he’s dedicated to his duty, he’s lonely and fears that his practice of keeping his distance has affected his daughters as well.

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Passions

The safety of his family, his men and performing his duty. But despite his no-nonsense reputation, he likes to try stunts on horseback when he can sneak away from his responsibilities.

What book or movie would they recommend?

Daniel reads biographies of great men, especially military men. Whatever he recommends, it would definitely be non-fiction.

Background to the story 

I’d already decided that I was going to set this series at Fort Reno, a historical site not far from my home, but there was a difficulty. Research revealed that there weren’t many single ladies visiting the fort, being how it was set in the middle of Indian Territory, so I had to come up with a compelling reason for Louisa Bell to get in the general proximity of Major Daniel Adams and stay there for a spell.

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Military man, a widower with children? Sound familiar? Could it be my very own Sound of Music… on the Prairie? But it needed a twist. What if Louisa Bell wasn’t intentionally coming to teach Major Adams’s children? What if she was mistaken for a governess, when she was really something very different? Something shocking? Something like a dance hall singer? The thought made me laugh, and that’s when I knew I had to write this story.

Thanks Regina!

Holding the Fort

With Miss Bell as the Teacher, Everyone’s Bound to Learn an Interesting Lesson

Dance hall singer Louisa Bell has always lived one step from destitution. When she loses her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon, she has nowhere else to go but to her brother, a cavalry soldier stationed in Indian Territory. But he’s run afoul of his commanding officer. Unsure what she can do to help him and desperate for a job, she doesn’t protest when she’s mistaken for a governess at the fort. How hard can teaching really be?

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno, especially raising two adolescent daughters alone. If this new governess doesn’t work out, his mother-in-law insists she’ll raise the girls herself–far away from the fort. Miss Bell bears little resemblance to Daniel’s notion of a governess–they’re not supposed to be so blamed pretty–but he finds himself turning a blind eye to her unconventional methods. Louisa has never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough to help her brother and to secure the respectable future she’s sought for so long?

Regina Jennings is the winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history, 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 when not traveling the world.

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24 Responses to Character Spotlight: Regina Jenning’s Louisa & Daniel (with giveaway)

  1. Considering I’ve done some of both (including teaching piano lessons), I’d say . . . I definitely love music more, but it’s also more intimidating to perform than to teach. But I’d much rather have music than a teaching job, so perform it is.

  2. I can’t carry a tune worth a hoot so I’d have to pick governess/teacher for sure. :) I love children and seeing the joy and excitement in their eyes when they learn something new would be a great achievement and a wonder to experience I think.

  3. I had rather be a governess/teacher. In fact, I have been a teacher both in the public school and in our church and loved it. This sounds like a delightful book, and I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Merry Christmas! 🎄🎉🎁

  4. I would love to be a singer/performer. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for me, God did not grace me with such a gift.

  5. I’d much rather be a governess or teacher because I love kids and learning!

  6. Definitely governess/teacher.

  7. Would definitely be a teacher/governess.

  8. I can’t sing so I’d never make it as a performer. I have had experience as a preschool teacher and for ten years have worked as a special ed para with elementary school kids so I’d do better as a teacher or governess. I love Regina’s books so this is a must read for me. It would be fun to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

  9. I’d definitely rather be a teacher!! :) (I homeschooled our girls for three years and then we decided it would be better for all of us if they went back to school…I enjoyed the homeschooling, but feel like I can keep a better grasp on my sanity if I have some hours to myself during the day! 😉 )
    This story sounds like a hoot–I can’t wait to read it!!

  10. I would love to be a singer. Fortunately for everyone around me, my singing is limited to when I am alone in the car! I love Regina’s books, and I would love to read Holding the Fort! Thank you for the chance.

  11. I would rather be a teacher — like I am now!

  12. A governess would be the best fit for me. I’d enjoy serving as the primary teacher for a family’s children.

    Look forward to reading Regina’s latest novel!

  13. I would love to be a governess/teacher.
    This sounds interesting. I love the twist that was incorporated.
    This is added to my to-read list

  14. I would prefer to be a governess/teacher. I love teaching vbs at my church.

  15. Since I am not one to put myself into the spotlight I would be a governess/teacher. I love the laugh out loud humor in Regina’s books and would love to give this one a read. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  16. I’d rather be a singer/performer and I already do that with my flute. I enjoyed being the soloist/accompanist for two Christmas concerts in December.

  17. Thank you, everyone who commented. For me personally, I’d rather be a performer, but after hearing me sing, everyone would send me back to the classroom. :)

    Good luck in the drawing!

    -Regina

  18. I would definitely rather be a governess/teacher. I have a sister that was an opera singer and now teaches voice at a university. She got all the musical talent, for sure!

  19. I would rather be a singer. If only I could sing. 😂

  20. I would rather be a governess/teacher. I have no musical talent.

  21. I would much rather be a governess/teacher.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing.

  22. Definitely governess/teacher! I hate being the center of attention, but I’d rather have children watching me than adults. I actually do teach our church’s preschool Sunday school class and absolutely love it!

  23. Definitely a teacher as I always enjoyed school, even though I didn’t major in education. Always enjoy Regina’s books! Thanks! Also, I like the new format.

  24. I don’t like being in the spotlight. I would enjoy being either a governess or teacher.

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