Before he met Dovey, it was just a heated feud. Now, in the backdrop of southern antebellum slavery, it’s a deadly game of passion, murder, and revenge.
Facts: In 1818 Nixon Curry became entangled in one of the most sensationalized murder/love stories in early American history. As a result, Nixon Curry became arguably the most notorious and widely publicized criminal in America’s first half century. His fame derived not from the brutality or number of his crimes but from the determination of the Charlotte aristocracy to hang him. His remarkable talents, undying love for Dovey Caldwell, and the outright audacity of his exploits made him an early American legend.
Story: Nixon Curry, a talented farm boy, accepts a job at a horse racing stable, where his riding skills soon rival those of his mentor, Ben Wilson. The fierce rivalry becomes confrontational at the 1816 Race of Champions. During prerace festivities, the dashing, young Nixon meets the beautiful Dovey Caldwell, daughter of the state’s wealthiest and most influential senator. Finding Nixon unworthy of Dovey’s affection, Senator Caldwell betroths his daughter to Nixon’s nemesis, Ben. The announcement sets in motion a clash of cultures, talents, and passions leading to murder, mayhem, and revenge.
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About the Author
Jay W Curry is a former Big-4 consulting partner, business coach, and award-winning author. When he is not coaching, fly-fishing, or writing, he facilitates a Vistage peer group of Houston business leaders. Jay has co-authored three internationally successful books and has won honors for both his short fiction and nonfiction work. He was a long time resident of central Indiana and now resides in Houston, Texas. When the heat of Texas summer arrives, Jay and his wife, Nancy, head to their Colorado home (http:/CurryBarn.com) or visit their three children and seven grandchildren. Jay's current project, Nixon and Dovey, the legend returns, is the first of a three-book passion to bring the 200-year-old story of one of America's earliest and most notorious criminals (and Jay's great-great-great-great uncle), Nixon Curry back to light.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite Fourteen-year-old Nixon Curry has an adventurous spirit and a larger than life appetite for escapades. It’s hard not to fall in love with the protagonist in Nixon and Dovey: The Legend Returns by author Jay W. Curry. With excellent riding skills and a keen ability to hunt, Nixon dreams of glory on the horse racing circuit. After starting a job at a horse racing stable, and finding himself in the race of his life with nemesis Ben Wilson, his former mentor, Nixon meets the woman who will become the love of his life, Dovey Caldwell. The daughter of a senator, Dovey is soon matched to be married to Wilson, and she and Nixon must fight for the love they both believe in. I so enjoyed this book. I love historical fiction, and I had never before heard of Nixon Curry. His story is a fascinating one, and the fact that this book was written by his four times great-nephew, Jay W. Curry adds an aura of authenticity and interest seldom present in novels such as this. This book is exciting, fast-paced, interesting, heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once. Nixon and Dovey: The Legend Returns is a book that would be enjoyed by any reader who loves historical fiction, Westerns, action, adventure, or just a great read. I understand that this book is the first of a trilogy planned by the author, and I certainly hope that he’s hard at work on his next book. I, for one, will be waiting for it with great anticipation.
Young Nixon Curry learns to shoot and ride with his Pa's guidance and he becomes accomplished at both. Curry dreams of winning the Governor's Cup, building a stable of his own and breeding thoroughbreds. But the high-strung Curry makes enemies along the way who challenge his resolve and his friendship with Cyrus, a young Negro boy. He meets the love of his life, Dovey, a senator's daughter who is betrothed to Ben Wilson, an enemy. When his Negro friend is beaten almost to death, Curry tries to save him, but he dies at the hand of another. Curry faces charges of murder when he kills Ben who he suspects killed Cyrus. He marries Dovey inspite of the senator, but he continues to be prosecuted until another enemy kills Dovey. Curry is now alone and on the run from the law.
Easy to read, hard to put down! I think this writer did well on the historical realities that we often 'sugar coat', such as the violence and horrible treatment of slaves. But that's just part of this book. It is full of adventure and romance. You will experience anger, frustration, love and loyalty, heartbreak and joy. I can't wait for the next book to see if certain characters 'get their come-up'ns' .
I enjoy reading novels that are intertwined with history such as Louis L'Amour's Sackett Family series. This author is a storyteller and he did a fine job of writing a story set in the time period of the early 1800's. I look forward to reading the continuation of the Nixon and Dovey story.