Molly Lee

Molly Lee

by Andrew Joyce


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Molly is about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime . . . of two lifetimes. It's 1861 and the Civil War has just started. Molly is an eighteen-year-old girl living on her family's farm in Virginia when two deserters from the Southern Cause enter her life. One of them--a twenty-four-year-old Huck Finn--ends up saving her virtue, if not her life. Molly is so enamored with Huck, she wants to run away with him. But Huck has other plans and is gone the next morning before she awakens. Thus starts a sequence of events that leads Molly into adventure after adventure; most of them not so nice. She starts off as a naive young girl. Over time, she develops into a strong, independent woman. The change is gradual. Her strengths come from the adversities she encounters along the road that is her life. We follow the travails of Molly Lee, starting when she is eighteen and ending when she is fifty-three. Even then Life has one more surprise in store for her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511402989
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/26/2015
Pages: 428
Sales rank: 944,674
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He wouldn't return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written three books, including a collection of almost one hundred and forty short stories that's comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS, and his latest novel, MOLLY LEE. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog, Danny.

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Molly Lee 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
PP Starr More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end, Molly Lee's journey is a wonderful, page-turning adventure, easy to recommend!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Two men rode into Molly’s parents farm in Virginia. One was a captain her dad had in the family wagon. He was a captain who had been shot in his arm and had gotten a fever from it. Their names [ the two men] were Huck and Tom. Tom was the soldier who had been shot but in actuality they were deserters. Yankees rode up in the yard and demanded Molly’s family all come out. Molly had just turned eighteen and the captain grabbed her pulling her toward the barn. Molly knew what the captain planned but Huck stepped out of the barn and killed the Yankee captain. Molly’s family thanked Huck for saving them and Molly fell in love right then. Huck told Molly honorable men would not act like that Yankee captain had. Huck had told Molly he would take her with him but the next morning he had left without her. Molly left to look for Huck thinking she would catch up to him but she didn’t. However she did get raped by three men about three days into her journey. I could not get into this story in any way. I guess it just wasn’t my kind of story. I tried and got ⅓ of the way through and that was pushing it. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this book - a young woman named Molly Lee is saved by a charismatic hero named Huck Finn - the same Huck Finn out of the pages of the famed Mark Twain novel. But Huck is a wanderer and he leaves. Molly, desperately in love with him sets off alone to find him. And thus begins her quest / adventure. Her journey is fraught with pitfalls and danger, for a woman alone is a target. She is attacked and then rescued by the town Madame who helps her learn the ropes of the world's oldest profession. In Molly's travels she is also sold to an Indian chief, commits a murder or two in self-defense, and acquires and loses several fortunes! But Huck proves to be illusive, no matter where she wanders. Just as she's about to give up, Huck re-enters her life. This is a wonderfully fun book about a courageous young woman forced to endure every mishap that befalls her. Great storytelling in an easy to read style, credible characters, and plenty of plot twists make this western a sure win! Definitely recommended! Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
Molly Lee was a brief character in Mr. Joyce’s First Novel, Redemption. When we met her, it was only for a brief moment when Huck Finn brought an injured Tom Sawyer to the Lee Family farm in Virginia during the early days of the Civil War. Huck promised to take Molly with him when he and Tom left only to vanish before she arose the next morning. Molly, being a head-strong, determined young lady of 18-years, spends the next 35 years searching for the man who stole her heart. This book is styled after the old dime novels of the Nineteenth Century – the hero is repeatedly in peril, usually while on an adventure, overcoming unseen dangers by skill, luck, or pluck. Molly Lee, by turn, is: assaulted, rescued by a madam, learns the World’s Oldest Profession, kills a rapscallion, sold to a Cheyenne war chief, escapes, got rich, owned a hotel, was kidnapped and in prison by the time she was Twenty-Two and that is only the first two-fifths of the way through the book! Life was difficult and dangerously uncertain in the west just after the Civil War. Apparently, one had to live by one’s wits and ability to deal with injustice on a personal level in the mythical West. The life Molly lived and the skills she developed in the first three - four years of her search for Huck prepared her for the biggest adventure yet – developing a Montana cattle ranch and leading the largest cattle drive in history. As is true for this genre, the reader comes to expect trouble and heartache for the hero in direct proportion to how well things are going for her and this holds especially true for this book. In the hands of a less talented writer this formula can quickly turn dull and unimaginative. Mr. Joyce shows himself to be an author of talent in displaying how a good story can be told in a familiar way without that tale becoming boring or overly anticipated. The ability to introduce a new character into the story arc of a well-known and much beloved American Literary character such as Huckleberry Finn and cause that new character to “feel” as if she had always been a part of Huck’s history is no small feat. The author does so deftly and with aplomb. This book is fun, easily read, and has depth while not being over-whelming (a trait Mark Twain possessed in his writing). This book is not as good as Redemption, the first book of the trilogy, but it is still a superior read.  What’s next for these two travelers? I understand Huck and Molly are riding together now. Adventure has to follow their trail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just got Molly Lee. Cannot wait read, been waiting for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
¿Andrew Joyce has created an exceptional character in Miss Molly Lee. After successfully demonstrating his competency in writing a Western novel with his first book, "Redemption", Mr. Joyce has improved his skills in "Molly Lee". I was hooked from the start, and was thrilled to join her on her journey through the Western Territories. The pace was steady, and the characters were all well-developed. I agree with the other reviewers that the reader is never left wanting in this fine, second offering from what I hope will be a soon-to-be-recognized American author. I don't hand out "Stars" lightly, and save Five Stars for the likes of Hemmingway & Steinbeck. This is my highest rating, and the author has earned it. Purchase this, read it, and pass it along. We need Andrew Joyce to continue spinning these entertaining yarns from yesteryear..
Mary860 More than 1 year ago
What a read! I love Molly, she led me on one adventure after another. Thank you Mr. Joyce.
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PP-Starr More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! Molly Lee is my favorite new character, cheered her on -- every step of her journey!