Regina Jennings recently released the second installment in her Fort Reno series. Bound and Determined is featured in the novella collection, Hearts Entwined, which also features novellas by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, and Melissa Jagears. The story follows trooper Bradley Willis and Ambrosia Herald on a very unique adventure, and will keep you interested through to the end.
As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. The camels were an interesting and unique twist. I have to say that this was the first Historical Fiction book that I’ve read that featured camels. I found it quite fascinating. Jennings’ did a superb job handling the unusual plot, and making the camels come off so personable, each possessing a personality of its own. My only complaint is that I would have liked a bit more “future” for Bradley and Amber, BUT it is a very small complaint and obviously I understand that we can’t get a whole series out of one book. I hope that there will be more installments in this series and that we get to see Bradley and Amber's relationship grow and deepen! I also hope we get to see how Amber's parents and the camels fare in the future. :)
Overall, it was an enjoyable and delightful novella. I highly recommend this collection.
You can grab the Hearts Entwined novella collection here.
Liz Austin. Bibliophile. Writer. Book hoarder. I would rather be reading....