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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Romance Publishing (November 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981559247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981559247
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,451,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 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

More About the Author

Diane Wylie, Author of Romance and Adventure

I love books that will take me on an emotional roller coaster ride. What better genre than romance to do that? I have always particularly loved romances for their dashing heroes and beautiful heroines.

Historical Romances:
Since watching Gone With the Wind as a child, I have also had an avid interest in the American Civil War. This interest comes to bear in my acclaimed historical romance novels, "SECRETS AND SACIFICES," "JENNY'S PASSION," and "LILA'S VOW," along with short story, "A Soldier to Love." "ADAM'S TREASURE", also features some figures from history--Pinkerton agents.

Romantic Suspense:
A recent addition to my group of books is "OUTLAW LOVER", a romantic suspense that draws on my experience growing up as part of an autoracing family.

Fantasy/Paranormal Romances:
A hot, new magical series has now become a reality for me. Each magician gets his power for magic from a different amulet. But his power comes with a price...immortality. Is this a curse or a blessing? Starting with "PRELUDE TO MAGIC", you'll find the introduction to the Mark of the Magician Book One: "MOONLIGHT AND ILLUSIONS". This is now followed by Book Two: "MAGIC OF THE PENTACLE", which was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Come back to this page to see when Book Three will arrive.

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About Diane:

I work full time as a technical writer/editor and hope to one day write novels full time. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in biology/animal science. (I had hoped to be a veterinarian, but that didn't work out.)

I live in Maryland with my husband (a former racecar driver), son, and little Welsh corgi, Dixie. I am also happy to live relatively close to my daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

I am a very lucky person to have this life and I am grateful beyond words for my loving family.

Thanks for taking the time to visit this page. I hope you like these books and will tell your friends about them. For more information, check out www.dianewylie.com.

~~Diane~~

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This is a five star book and I look forward to reading other tales by this author.
Melissa
Jenny's Passion is a heartfelt tale of love, sacrifice, and honor between should-be-enemies in our nation's bloodiest war.
Laurel Bradley
The secondary characters lend so much to the storyline; you'll feel you know each of them personally.
Ginger Simpson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Simpson on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Leopold Quinn on November 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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By Viv on March 12, 2014
I enjoyed Leah’s enchanting narration of this romance. I felt as though I was right there back in that period.
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By Johnnie on February 17, 2014
The American Civil War comes alive through the story and voice in this audio book. A hearty recommendation for anyone who is looking to let Ms Frederick's characterisations tell this tragic romantic tale.
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