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Editorial Reviews


 If you enjoy historical romance, I strongly urge you to read this story. For this reader, it is a keeper with a + + +!" Reviewed by Naomi
--Fallen Angels Reviews

"From the brutality of the Civil War, to the tender love between Jenny and David, the reader is swept up and transported back to another time and place." Reviewed by Gina
--Love Romances

This is a wonderfully written, exquisite story of love during turmoil, and of following one's own heart in spite of opposition. I loved this book and couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Rie McGaha--Romance Writers Unlimited

I was thoroughly entertained and totally enjoyed this fabulous novel that I recommend for lovers of American Civil War romantic adventures. Reviewed by Marilyn Rondeau. --TheBestReviews.com

From the Author

I found a Yankee! To be accurate, a beautiful black horse brought a Yankee to me.

What am I going to do with him? My father will turn him over to the Home Guard in an instant. Southerners are supposed to open their homes to guests and be the perfect hosts, except when it comes to a Yankee.

I know nothing of the war, but I can hear the cannons and the gunfire from our Virginia plantation. This soldier was obviously shot wherever that battle is going on. He is a handsome man, despite the dirt and blood.

As a good Christian woman, I must help the unfortunate, even if they are my enemy. Mother Kizzie would help me, but I cannot get a servant involved with this. He was given to me for a reason, therefore, it is my duty to care for him as best I can.

There is a place where he can hide away from prying eyes. Tonight I will sneak out while father is sleeping and bind the man's wounds. I think I can sneak some food from the pantry with the cook being none the wiser.

Oh, why is the clock moving so slowly and why did it have to rain?

~Jennifer Winston, mistress of Pleasant Run Manor

Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Romance Publishing (November 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981559247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981559247
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,272,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laurel Bradley on January 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
A much as I enjoyed Wylie's Secrets and Sacrifices, and I did, I liked her Jenny's Passion even more.

In 1863 Virginia, in the midst of the Civil War, Union Cavalry Captain David Reynolds is shot during the battle of Mine Run. He awakens five miles away in a cabin under the tender care of Southern belle, Jennifer Winston. As Jenny heals his battered body, she helps him remember the gentler man he was before the war. Despite the differences in their lives, the two connect on an elemental level and fall in love. But it is dangerous for David to stay in the slave quarters at Pleasant Run. If he's found, Jenny and her family would be hung as traitors, and David would be imprisoned as a deserter by the North or a spy by the South.

He begs Jenny to marry him and hide in the comparative safety of the North, but she regretfully says no. A union of that type would put both them and their families in greater danger. There love remains strong even as David follows his devotion to the Northern cause and rejoins his unit. Jenny stays behind, struggling to survive as the slaves flee and her father is arrested. But the caprice of war brings David and Jenny back together.

Jenny's Passion is a heartfelt tale of love, sacrifice, and honor between should-be-enemies in our nation's bloodiest war. Wylie skillfully melds the horror and despair of war with the joy and hope of new love. She brings historical settings to life. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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Jenny's Passion is the first book I have read by Diane Wylie, it won't be the last. This book was very well written and above all it felt authentic from the romance between the leads to the horrors of the civil war.

Hero Captain David Reynolds (loved the name, too often we never get common names for male characters) is a union soldier fighting the Rebs in Virginia when he is badly wounded. His horse saves him from further injury by taking him far from the battle. He is discovered by lovely Jenny Winston who lives on a nearby plantation with her widowed father and half brother.

Jenny is a natural healer and even though she knows that David is her enemy she feels compelled to treat his wounds. The two form a fragile bond and Jenny finds herself drawn even more to David.

David is a truly honorable man in every way. He is incredibly grateful to Jenny but knows he must return to his unit and he worries that a rebel band could find him in the small deserted cabin. When he tries to find his unit he is attacked and beaten by a rebels and it is Jenny who saves his life at much risk to her own.

Jenny takes David to the slave quarters to be tended by a healer there. Jenny is now quite attached to David and he is to her also. It is in this setting that David befriends the slaves and he does a truly noble deed there. He tells the slaves of the Underground Railroad and he invites them to find him in Philadelphia after the war so that he can further help them. Jenny is a typical southerner and so is her father, blithely unaware that slaves truly want their freedom. They are product of their culture and there were times I was angry with Jenny because she could not see the right of the North, especially when it came to slavery.
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Diane Wylie obviously writes of a time in history she loves--the American Civil War. Jenny's Passion is the quintessential story of opposites attract--Captain David Reynolds, a Northern officer, and Jenny Winston, daughter of the Confederacy.

Jenny saves David's life after he's severely wounded in battle and has unintentionally wandered several miles away from the battlefield. David, devoted to the Northern cause, has achieved high rank and respect from his men but is also concerned about his growing aggression during fighting. He feels his humanity slipping away. The Southern lady, the enemy, protects him and nurses him back to health with the aid of her family's slaves. During that long process, David and Jenny talk and grow to know each other at the most basic level, not in a social setting but as they share with each other the truths of their lives.

Though it would be easier for him to hide out the rest of the war in safety on her plantation, David returns to the battlefield after asking Jenny to marry him. She refuses him not because she doesn't love him but because she realizes they are on different sides of this war and any connection between them, at this point in time, would be impossible. Through weeks of waiting and fighting in horrendous battles, neither lose their love for the other.

David is ultimately captured and imprisoned in the infamous Andersonville Prison. Ms. Wylie has written an exciting, rash, poised-on-the-edge-of-your-seat scene that brings together Jenny and her father with David's father. And this isn't even the end of the story.

Jenny's Passion is everything you want in an historical novel. Accurate history, exciting action, and a beautiful love story. Love that the characters will endure any hardship to preserve. Ms.
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It's 1863, in Virginia, and Jenny Winston finds herself in the precarious position of having discovered an injured union soldier not far from her home. He's draped over a sturdy stallion, and blood pours from his wounds. Cannons boom in the background, and Jenny is pressed to help the man before he's discovered. Her father would never understand nor allow her to keep company with a bluecoat.

Captain David Reynolds awakens in a cabin, being tended by a beautiful blond angel. Has he died and gone to heaven? As his wits return, he discovers he's been injured and the young woman administering his care is a southerner. Although he finds her alluring, he fears for his own safety, and what might happen if she's discovered offering aid to a Yankee.

Jenny and David share more than an attraction for one another. Both were raised by stern fathers with distorted expectations of their children. The young Miss Winston has learned most of what she knows from her father's black slave, Mother Kizzie, and it's the humanity of that woman that shines through Jenny. The secondary characters lend so much to the storyline; you'll feel you know each of them personally.

Jenny's Passion by Diane Wylie will whisk you away to old Virginia where you'll smell the cannon fire, experience the tension created by the war, but even more, feel the human attraction of two people caught on different sides of the battle. The author's descriptive writing makes you instantly part of the story. You won't be disappointed. I certainly wasn't.

Ginger Simpson
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