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