It was so fun to return to the Frontier Bachelors series! If you have not read the other two books that come before Frontier Engagement, don’t worry, you will not have a problem following this story. But, if you have read the other books, especially book two, what a treat it is to catch up with the Wallin family once again.
The first thing that impressed me about this book is the cover. Not only is it pretty, but the hero of the book matches the mental picture that I had formed of him in book two. It is fun when that happens!
But there is so much more to this book than just a beautiful cover! Frontier Engagement is James Wallin’s story. He is, for lack of a better description, the family clown. He is always trying to make his family members smile and to lighten serious situations. But, there is much more to James. My heart hurt for him and all of the guilt and feelings of uselessness that he carried around. It was a bit hard to see how he believed that the family viewed him, but wonderful to see his growth in this book.
Alexandrina was a very complicated main character, as well. She also carries around a giant secret, and the constant fear of discovery of that truth. The guilt that Alexandrina feels is only overshadowed by her nervousness concerning her future. She was one confused young lady.
I really liked these two characters. They were complicated and deep. Their attraction was tangible, yet neither desired marriage. Adventure, danger, and some humorous interludes made this sweet romance a book that I enjoyed from start to finish. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
James Wallin’s family is depending on him to find a schoolteacher for their frontier town. Alexandrina Fosgrave seems to be exactly what he needs to help fulfill his father’s dream of building a new community. If only James could convince her to accept the position.
Alexandrina has traveled west to seek a fresh start, not to find a groom. But after she’s stranded in the wilderness with James, he offers her his hand in marriage to protect her reputation. Both are afraid to fall in love, but maybe an engagement of convenience could make them reconsider…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first Regency romance novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Regency romance The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998). In 2011, she was delighted to move into Christian romance with the publication of The Irresistible Earl.
Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency romance novellas (“The June Bride Conspiracy” in His Blushing Bride, “Sweeter Than Candy” in A Match for Mother, and “A Place by the Fire” in Mistletoe Kittens), which are now featured in electronic book form as Be My Bride. Her novels have been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese; and Lord Borin’s Secret Love and The Rake’s Redemption have been issued in hardcover, large print editions. Many of her works are also available as electronic books through Belgrave House’s Regency Reads line or as self-published works, such as Perfection.
Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally–both her parents were excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician, now retired. Her mother envisioned the plot for “Sweeter Than Candy,” the novella which was written as a tribute to her.
Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.