Book Review

THE PROMISE OF JENNY JONES
by Maggie Osborne

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Mid-1800s, Mexico and California

1997 BEST INNOVATIVE HISTORICAL ROMANCE Award Winner

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Jenny Jones is prepared to die in a Mexican prison when she's given an incredible opportunity to go free. Senora Margarita Sanders, dying of consumption, will exchange places with her if Jenny promises to bring her six-year-old daughter, Graciela, to her father in California.

A tough mule driver, buffalo skinner and now convicted killer, Jenny has no desire to "baby-sit," but how can she give up the chance to be free? Jenny reluctantly agrees to Margarita's plan, knowing she must get Graciela away before Margarita's greedy cousins discover her disappearance. Jenny takes the child and heads out of town.

When Ty Sanders' brother, Robert, sends him to Mexico to bring back his daughter, Ty believes he's been sent on a wild goose chase. Then he sees a lone woman trying to fend off banditos to save a little girl and he wonders what he's gotten himself into.

Graciela is a spoiled little rich girl who hates Jenny for taking her away from home, but she soon realizes that Jenny is the only one she can trust to keep her promises.

All Ty wants is to take his niece and head back home, but he has to contend with Jenny and the vow she made, as well as Graciela's ruthless relatives. Thus their journey is fraught with danger, but also something else, as Graciela warms Jenny's heart and Ty awakens her soul.

Jenny made a promise and she will keep it, but there is promise in Jenny to become a real woman whose love for a child and a man will bring her what she has never imagined possible.

How does Maggie Osborne do it? Write a romance that is so utterly different, yet so wonderful that readers will be held spellbound and in awe of her talents? THE PROMISE OF JENNY JONES brought a smile to my heart and tears as well as Jenny speaks to Margarita's star and the lonely young woman opens her heart to love. Let yourself be swept up into this stunning masterpiece. SENSUAL (March, 375 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Warner

Published: April 1997

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5 Stars

Submitted by Robin in PA on February 3, 2014 - 10:09pm.

Mule Driver Jenny Jones is in a Mexican prison awaiting execution when she is visited by a local woman. The dying woman offers to take Jenny's place in front of a firing squad if Jenny will promise to take the woman's young daughter to her American Father in California. Jenny doesn't like children, but a promise is a promise and she always keeper her word. Soon Jenny and little Graciela are on the run from the child's relatives who want to see her dead in order to get her large inheritance. While trying to keep one step ahead of the relatives, Jenny runs into Graciela's uncle, Ty Sanders, who has been sent by his brother to find the child. Together they fight evil relatives, desperadoes, and a six-year-old brat.

Wow! You don't find too many heroines like this one. Jenny is a hard woman who has had to fight for everything she has ever received. She dresses like a man, cusses, smokes cigars, and doesn't trust anyone. She never lies and her word is her bond. So when she promises to take Graciela to California, she is determined to get it done. Ty thinks he is on a fool's errand to find his brother's long-lost daughter, and is just lucky to stumble across her and Jenny during a shoot-out with Graciela's cousins. He doesn't know what to make of a woman like Jenny Jones, but knows they'll have to work together to get the little girl home.

Maggie Osborne has done an outstanding job developing the characters in this book, from Jenny down to little Graciela who hate each other at first sight. The story is great and moves fast. There are lots of laughs and lots of tears. I couldn't put this book down. My rating: 5 Stars.