About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Love's Fortress (Doors to the Past) by Jennifer Uhlarik

Love's Fortress (Doors to the Past)ABOUT THE BOOK

An Epic Love Story From the Past Brings Closure to Dani’s Fractured Family Roots

​Walk through Doors to the Past via a series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Upon receiving word that her long-estranged father has passed away, Dani Sango inherits the former art forger’s entire estate. Among his many pieces of artwork are a series of obviously Native American drawings and paintings, which lead her to research St. Augustine of 1875. White Elk is transported to Florida to join other Cheyenne braves already being held in Fort Marion. Sally Jo Harris is at the fort teaching the Indians. When a friendship develops between them and false accusations fly, it could cost them their lives. Can Dani discover how their story ends and how it shaped her own father’s life?


Love's Fortress has a dual time plotline that alternates between 1875 and present-day Florida, and it's especially appealing to history and mystery lovers. Author Jennifer Uhlarik shares the mixed emotions of Dani Sango as she deals with her late father being labeled an art forger, and her determined efforts to reconcile what he did or didn't do. Dani soon discovers friendship with a museum curator who is willing to help her sort through her inheritance, but Brad Osgood has his own family issues. Is it possible that these two hurting individuals will be able to help each other? Is there a special significance to the ledger art that was in Franklin Sango's possession?

In the 1875 story, there is a friendship that turns into romance for Sally Jo Harris and Luke Worthing. Their desire to spread God's Word as missionaries seems futile until they take it upon themselves to help the group of Plains Indians who have been incarcerated at Fort Marion. One of them, Broken Arrow, becomes their friend and his conversion story is truly inspiring. Sally Jo's compassion and her strong faith make her a very special heroine, and I loved that she and Dani share a surprising connection! 

This book is a great addition to the Doors to the Past series. I've learned so much about the 73 Native Americans who were taken to Fort Marion in the 1870s and the ledger art that evolved during their time there. I was also introduced to the Spanish fort, Castillo de San Marcos, that was later renamed Fort Marion, and I found myself searching online for more information as I read this book! I've enjoyed Uhlarik's books before and I now have a new favorite. Fact, fiction, romance, and a strong faith message are woven into a story that is both entertaining and enlightening. I highly recommend Love's Fortress to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a pre-teen, when she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a B.A. in writing, she has won five writing competitions and finaled in two other competitions. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, teenaged son, and four fur children.

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