Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Monday, May 25, 2015

Jesse’s Find by P. A. Estelle


Jesse Mason is bone tired and just miles from home when a strange sound drifting with a Kansas wind catches his ear.

He spies something hiding in the tall grass. His temper sizzles at the sight of a horse, dead from exertion, and is ready to string up the cowboy who has done this. What Jesse finds is no cowboy at all, but a woman who has been shot and an infant. Both, he fears will not make it to his home alive.

Jesse didn’t ask for this, but he knew he couldn’t turn his back on them. What he didn’t know was somebody wanted that woman dead and didn’t care who else had to die to get that job done.

Review by Rochelle Weber:

In Jesse’s Find, Jesse Mason finds a woman and a baby near death close to his ranch house on the Kansas prairie. At first, she has no memory of who she is, the baby, or how she got there. Jesse nurses her back to health and cares for the baby. He slowly returns to life and love after having lost his pregnant wife in a bank robbery a few years earlier. But “Ginny” rode her horse to death in the middle of the prairie for a reason—she was running from someone. The appearance of the men searching for her jogs her memory. Upon the death of her brother-in-law back East, she answered an ad for domestic help in Abiline, Kansas—transportation paid, packed up her pregnant sister, and set out. When they arrived, the ladies were met by the manager of a bordello. “Ginny’s” sister died in childbirth, and “Ginny” was shot escaping from the bordello with her niece. She tells Jesse her real name is Amy, but she’s gotten used to being called Ginny, and the owner of the bordello is still looking for her.

I enjoyed this short story, and was impressed that despite being part of a series, it stands alone. However, Ms. Estelle’s work suffers from the same problem as so many independently published writers—she needs a good editor. The story was full of head-hops and grammar errors, which I found distracting. Still I recommend Jesse’s Find. It’s a nice, sweet, Western historical romance.

Length:  40 Pages
Digital Price:  $0.99

Thanks for visiting. Rose, Julie, Donna, & Rochelle

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