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Worthy Brown's Daughter Hardcover – January 21, 2014
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On the other hand, if you want a historical novel, you can give this one a miss without second thoughts. The characters and situations are thoroughly modern, without even a half-hearted attempt to embed them in 1860 Oregon. The few bits of research are paraded obviously ("there were no courthouses in Oregon in 1860","the population of San Francisco in 1860 was 56,802") and anachronisms abound. The period is an uneasy conglomeration of the somewhat earlier Illinois circuit court environment of Young Mr. Lincoln with the later brawling frontier world shown in Deadwood, or perhaps the Western justice illustrated in Have Gun Will Travel. On top of that, this is a legal thriller, not a novel. There is no character development or realistic dialog. Every expression and emotion is laboriously explained to the reader. There is no sense of place or atmosphere, descriptions are superficial and clichéd.Read more ›
I was sent this book from Amazon vine, in return for my review and I couldn't be happier that I picked this book.
The time is 1860 and Oregon is really beginning to grow. Matthew Penny and his wife decide to move west from Ohio and travel by wagon train. However, Matthew losses his wife when a wagon is swept down a river crossing.
With this burden behind him, he moves to Phoenix, Oregon where he's appointed to defend a man accused of theft. He doesn't win the case but does a fine job with the man's defense. Later, another man approaches him and tells him that this man has information that Matthew can use to win another case he was preparing for. All this man wants is the promise from Matthew that if the information helps, Matthew would promise to return the favor. (For just a bit, it seems like the devil in Damn Yankees).
Matthew wins the new case and what the man wants is Matthew's help in getting his daughter who is being kept as a slave by a wealthy but unscrupulous man.
It's difficult not to give away plot but the story moves along swiftly. The characters are vividly drawn as is the setting of the early days of Portland, Oregon. We see such things as the first steam locomotive in that part of the country.
This is one of the best books I've read this year. My heart was beating faster and faster as I approached the conclusion that was both appropriate and satisfying.
The second plot focuses on a young lawyer, Matthew Perry, who falls in love with the daughter of an extremely rich man and she with him. His wife had recently died and while he is in love with the young woman, he is still in love with his first wife and is still grieving. He represents Worthy in trying to free his daughter from the former slave owner Caleb Barbour.
Complicating the prior events is the murder of Barbour with Worthy being charged with the crime. Matthew Perry knows that Worthy did not commit the murder and who actually did so, but is unable to disclose this because of several obstacles he is unable to overcome.
While these events transpire, an attractive former prostitute decides to fake a marriage to the very wealthy man and kill him so she can inherit his fortune.
The four plots are filled with noteworthy events that occurred during the pre-civil war era out west and a host of fascinating characters.Read more ›
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Interesting and different than I'm used to reading, but I enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by Linda
Nice characterizations, just too slow to be the exciting story it could have been.Published 3 months ago by A. Marvelous