Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Love in the Balance(Ladies of Caldwell County Book #2) By Regina Jennings

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

Molly Lovelace dreams of being a society leader in 1879 Lockhart, Texas, but being smitten with handsome wrangler Bailey Garner doesn't seem the quickest route. If only he would settle down so he could support a family.

Bailey imagines doing great things for God, but his greatest obstacle is Molly. As long as he thought they'd be married, he excused their stolen kisses, but when she keeps refusing, he vows to earn her love. In town, he tries his hand at several different trades, but everywhere he turns he runs into the mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont. No surprise that Molly's always making calf eyes at the wealthy adventurer.

As pressure from Molly's parents grows she is forced into a hasty decision. Had she weighed all her options and will she find love in the balance?

My Thoughts:

Love in the Balance is Regina Jenning's second book and I have had the honor of reading and reviewing them both.  In her debut novel,"Sixty Acres and a Bride", Regina Jennings introduces us to the many citizens of Lockhart, Texas including Molly Lovelace, who is our heroine in this latest novel. Molly is a beautiful woman who is intelligent but has lived a life of wealth and priveledge. Everything Molly has, has come at a price, herself.  In order to do what she wants to do she has to do what her parents dictate, which is marry a rich man. Marry a rich man so he can take care of her, no concern of love or what she wants in life. Molly tries to do what her parents want, while trying to make her own way in the world.  Molly and Bailey have always been drawn to one another but Bailey isn't rich so her parents don't see him as husband material. They set Molly up with men, and then she meets Edward Pierrepont.  Edward sweeps Molly off her feet and she finds herself married to him. As they make their way across the US, Molly finds out he is not who he seems and finds herself in another mess. 

I am a huge fan of Regina Jennings. I fell in love with the Garner family and the citizens of Lockhart, Texas in "Sixty Acres and a Bride" and enjoyed learning more about them.  The characters are "characters" and I found myself really relating to some of them. They are real people, in real life with messy lives. I found myself unable to put this book down, it kept me entertained throughout. I found myself laughing out loud as some of the situations and sad in other parts when lives got messy.  Regina Jennings writes with authority about Lockhart, Texas, society in 1879, and how legal matters were done at that time. I truly felt like I was there watching all of it unfold. I look forward to reading more by Regina Jennings, she is on my favorite author list! I give this book 4.5 stars.

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