"Love and Fun on the Run"
The women in the Dolan family have always had 'second
sight'. Unfortunately, it did not help Sophie's mother to
see that Charles Vinson was a snake. On her death, she left
Vinson as guardian to her 4 year old daughter Jenna.
Jenna's gift is even stronger then Sophie's and Vinson is
determined to use Jenna to make his fortune.
Sophie takes Jenna and flees Albany, NY for the wilds of
Tanglewood, NV and a job as the school marm. Sophie poses
as the widow Ryan and Jenna is supposed to be her daughter;
but, Jenna has trouble remembering to call her Mama.
Sophie's trip west is marred with hostility from strangers
as the innocent Jenna tells them their futures, which
frightens them. Sophie is used to this reaction; afterall,
her own fiancee left her after she gave him a warning that
saved his life.
On arrival in Tanglewood the first person Sophie meets is
the by-the-book Sheriff Ridge Hawkins. Ridge is a reformed
outlaw and feels that only by following the law to the
letter can he stay on the right side of it. Sophie wants to
avoid Ridge at all costs, but this is complicated when
Jenna greets him as 'Daddy'.
Sophie fears that they will be rejected in Tanglewood, so
works industriously to have the schoolhouse rebuilt and to
become a part of the community. She hopes that when Vinson
eventually finds them, that the townfolk will protect Jenna.
Ridge and Sophie are wonderful characters, each strong and
open to life and it's vagaries. Jenna is believable as a
gifted 'seer', who in total innocence tells people her
visions. The soupcon of humor is just right and enhances a
fun story of two people who don't fit the norm finding
themselves in a town of misfits.
Reviewed by Linda Hurst
Posted December 13, 2001
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 12, 2006