Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Molly Lee by Andrew Joyce

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-six. Even then Life has one more surprise in store for her.

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.

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