Review: The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne

Monday, September 5

My rating:

A desperate mother takes Jenny Jones' place in front of a firing squad in exchange for Jenny's promise to see her daughter safely to California. Though she and the six-year-old Graciela get off to a rocky start, Jenny will do everything in her power to keep her promise, even with the child's cousins in hot pursuit. Then she is mysteriously drawn to the handsome cowboy Ty Sanders, and though neither know it yet, their purpose is the same.


I think I'm in love.

This is my second book by Maggie Osborne (the first being Silver Lining - if I could marry a book and have it read itself to me for the rest of my life, it'd be that one.) The Promise of Jenny Jones is way up there near that one...

What I loved:
- This book is funny! Like, on top of everything else that makes it amazing, it made me snort sprite out my nose. FYI, men don't find that appealing or cute in real life. At least not when I did it. On a train. On the way to a rugby game. Surrounded by yobbos.
Quote…She chewed and watched Graciela anxiously. What would Marguarita do? What would she say in this situation?
"It's time fo you to shut up."
That probably was not what Marguarita would have said. The kid only cried harder and louder.

There are gems like this scattered throughout the book. It doesn't try to be funny - it's dry, and snarky, and sarcastic, and I love it. Even little Graciela has fire.
Quote…"Thank you for all the blessings you have given us. Keep us safe and protect us. Please take care of the horse and please punish..." She opened one eye and looked at Jenny. "What am I supposed to call you?"
She hadn't thought about that. They stared at each other. "For the time being, just call me Jenny."
"Please punish Jenny. You could strike her dead. Amen."

- Jenny's dictionary.
Quote…She would have said so exceptmillennium was a new word, and she wasn't sure how to pronounce it...

I would have loved her just for being the strong, resilient, hard working, honorable heroine she is, and for taking no shit, but her quirks just slipped her straight into my heart.
Quote…"Are you thinking dead? Or are you thinking incapacitated?"
She scowled then whipped out her dictionary (...)
Slapping shut the dictionary, she pushed it into her back pocket. "Incapacitate. That's a good word."

- I know this is a romance, and the heat between Ty and Jenny is crazy smoking, but the relationship between Jenny & Graciela (the little girl she has to take on) is something special. Watching that relationship grow had me enthralled just as much, and at times more than anything that happened with Ty.
- Yeah, having said that... Ty & Jenny were phenomenal. I loved them both, individually and as a couple, and the chemistry between them was fantastic.
- No insta lust, no insta love, no insta anything. MO takes time - her characters work for the spectacular HEA she gives them.
- One of my favourite epilogues ever. In the whole world. And I'm not even an epilogue kind of girl.

What I didn’t love:
- Oh man, Robert was a douche.

A standout heroine, sexy as hell hero that acts like a man, a quirky misfit pseudo-family, action, drama, laughs, tears... everything about this book has my heart.
Quote…"If you can read, you don't ever have to be lonely, and I can read," she finished proudly, watching him.

Amen to that, sister.
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