Five stars just arent enough! This is an amazing story. Maggie Osbornes forte is character development and it shines in this book!
Twenty-four year-old Jenny Jones is going to die tomorrow before a Mexican firing squad all because she wouldnt lie. She was attacked by a drunken Mexican and shot him to prevent an assault. The moment she said shed shot the man, she was doomed -- circumstances didnt matter.
Margarita Sanders, a Mexican aristocrat who will die soon of consumption (tuberculosis), offers to trade places with Jenny. Her price? Take Margaritas 6 year-old daughter (Graciela) to the childs father (Robert Sanders, an Anglo) living in California. If he is no longer living, Jenny must raise the child herself.
The problem? Graciela is the heiress to 2 vast fortunes, from both her father and her mother. The Mexican cousins on the mothers side want to kill her (to inherit from Margarita).
Lest you think this is too simple a task, consider three other problems. Graciela is a prissy brat who is used to being waited on and coddled. Jenny and Graciela take an instant dislike to each other and Graciela wants to go to ANY relative rather than stay with Jenny.
Finally, lots of greedy people are related to Graciela and they all seem willing to do a little killing in order to get a piece of the inheritance.
Fortunately for Graciela, Jenny is a resourceful, fearless woman who is on a mission. Just when it looks like there are too many of the enemy, Jenny runs into another one - Ty Sanders, brother of Gracielas father -- who doesnt want any help taking his niece back to California.
Before long, folks are being stabbed, shot and tossed off trains! Theres lots of action and dialogue that rings true.
An action-packed love story with a feisty heroine, a rugged hero and a cute kid. A fun read.
Jenny Jones was a mule driver, buffalo skinner, and, in self-defence, a killer -- not a baby sitter. Yet when a rich dying woman offers to take Jenny's place in front of a firing squad -- in exchange for bringing her 6-year-old daughter safely to California -- Jenny gives her solemn oath. it won't be easy. Graciela hates her on sight. The kid's greedy, gun-toting relatives are soon hot on their trail. And there's a certain tall, handsome complication...
Ty Sanders thought looking for his brother's long-lost daughter was a fool's errand. That was before he stumbled upon a tough-as-nails young woman battling desperadoes to protect the kid. Now all Ty wants is for Jenny to hand over his niece. But Jenny Jones has a suspicious nature and a promise to keep. Indeed, her word is all she has -- until a little runt of a girl softens her defenses...and a rugged cowboy steals her heart when she isn't looking.