Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyAccurately nicknamed ``Plain Jenny Wren'' by her father, Jenny Leigh Colter is marked, both physically and emotionally, by the ravages of the Civil War. Determined to start life over, she moves to a small town in the Ozarks to be a schoolteacher. On the way, her train is robbed by the notorious Morgan Gang, led by Luke Morgan, and to Jenny's shock, she discovers that she is attracted to him. Their growing love for each other is haunted by Jenny's memories of the past and plagued by Pinkerton detectives determined to apprehend the Morgan Gang. Bestselling author Brandewyne weaves a tale filled with the lore of the Ozarks and marked by good historical research and well-drawn characters. (May)
Library Journal - Library JournalJenny Colter, emotionally and physically scarred by the savage destruction of her family and home in Georgia, plans to start over as a schoolmistress in post-Civil War Missouri. En route, her train is robbed by outlaw Luke Morgan, who happens to be a folk hero in her new hometown. An unconvincing attraction develops between the respectable schoolmistress and the renegade; they marry, and with Jenny's help Luke predictably turns from crime to a political career. By defining the two-dimensional characters through narrative rather than action, best-selling author Brandewyne ( The Outlaw Hearts , Warner, 1988) fails to involve her readers' emotions. She uses Missouri history only incidentally, and her meticulous reproduction of slave dialect not only disrupts the narrative flow but appears condescending, weakening a potentially strong secondary love story between Jenny's servants. Not recommended.-- Kimberly Martin, Washington Univ. Law Lib., St. Louis
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A well written and very touching story.
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