In “Caught in the Middle” by Regina Jennings we are taken to 1883 Texas. Nicholas Lovelace works for a railroad man and is on a business trip when he runs into Anne Tillerton. Anne is a buffalo hunter and is trying to hide from her past. When she saves Nick’s life their two lives start to intertwine. Anne becomes guardian to a young child, Sammy, and goes to Nick for help. After securing a place to live and a job with Nick, Anne slowly begins to fit it with the town life but she is still wary of men, especially Nick. The two form a friendship and after a time Nick realizes he wants more. Anne is confused by Nick and by other people she has befriended as she hears them talk about God. She wants nothing to do with God because she feels and He wants nothing to do with her. When she faces losing Sammy she is caught between doing the right thing or taking the easy choice and fleeing. She soon learns she can’t flee from God. Nick is also faced with hard choices as pressure of being county commissioner builds. Will he and Annie both listen to their hearts and do the right thing?
This was a well written book that will make you empathize with the characters and make you wonder about what you would do if you were in Anne and Nick’s shoes. In this book we see how two people face their challenges and the difference in someone who trusts that God guide him and someone who makes her own choices. While this book can be read as a standalone I recommend reading “Sixty Acres and a Bride” and “Love in the Balance” as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley.