Book Review: Molly Lee

Title: Molly Lee
Author: Andrew Joyce
Release Date: March 2015
Length: 240 pages
Series?: Sequel to REDEMPTION
Genre: historical, classical

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It’s 1861 and the Civil War has just started. Molly is an eighteen-year-old girl living on her family’s farm in Virginia when two deserters from the Southern Cause enter her life. One of them—a twenty-four-year-old Huck Finn—ends up saving her virtue, if not her life.

Molly is so enamored with Huck, she wants to run away with him. But Huck has other plans and is gone the next morning before she awakens. Thus starts a sequence of events that leads Molly into adventure after adventure; most of them not so nice.

We follow the travails of Molly Lee, starting when she is eighteen and ending when she is fifty-six. Even then Life has one more surprise in store for her.

Molly Lee is the sequel to the best-selling novel REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. It is the story of a woman who knows what she wants and starts out to get it. Molly is about to set off on the quest of a lifetime . . . of two lifetimes.

*****REVIEW*****

This book picks up where Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, masquerading as a Confederate lieutenant and captain, respectively, left behind Molly Lee after saving her family from Union soldiers intent on plundering. You can read all about Huck’s adventures in REDEMPTION here.

Not for one minute did I have pause to regroup as I was reading. Just like Redemption, Molly Lee is fast-paced. I was so intrigued that there were a few times that Molly ended up in the same places Huck had been and learned of his exploits and I was wondering if she’d ever find him like she set out to do.

I was also incredibly blown away by the amount of money that Molly comes into and loses over and over again through her ventures. I can’t imagine that much money during the Civil War time, but somehow she is always on the high side of luck…and then right back in the pits on the downward slope.

It seems Molly’s life is just one sad story after another, but it turns out that she got more than she bargained for when she meets Jeff McMasters, and he winds up leaving her more than she could ever have imagined.

Molly Lee meets a lot of interesting people along the way, and she ends up one hardened, experienced woman. In the end, she gets the surprise of her life.

I can’t say much more than that, except that I’m wondering what will come next.

*****About the Author*****

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Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written three books, and a collection of almost one hundred stories that is comprised of his hitching adventures, written as veiled non-fiction called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS, and his latest novel, REDEMPTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog Danny.

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99¢ Sale: REDEMPTION ~ The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer

I am excited to share with y’all today that one very special author (and dog, Danny!) dear to my heart is offering his debut novel, REDEMPTION, at that “Oh, why not?” price of only 99¢….

….ALL WEEK LONG! 

I adored REDEMPTION. You can read my review here and check out more about the book below. 

The sale runs December 6-13, so go out and grab it. I will say there is a sequel, and I’ve already read the first four chapters. I am absolutely hooked! 

REDEMPTION is averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 285 reviews, and is the winner of the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Western of 2013. 

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***** About the Book *****

18393873Title: REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
Author: Andrew Joyce
Release Date: August 2013
Length: 195 pages
Series?: no
Genre: historical, classical
Format: e-book
Source: author

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Three men come together in the town of Redemption, Colorado, each for his own purpose. Huck Finn is a famous lawman not afraid to use his gun to protect the weak. He has come to right a terrible wrong. After his wife’s death, Tom Sawyer does not want to live anymore; he has come to die. The third man, the Laramie Kid, a killer Huck and Tom befriended years earlier, has come to kill a man. For these three men Death is a constant companion. For these three men it is their last chance for redemption.

 

***** About the Author *****

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He wo7242284uldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written three books, and a collection of almost one hundred stories that is comprised of his hitching adventures, written as veiled non-fiction called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS, and his latest novel, REDEMPTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog Danny.

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Guest Post: The Preacher by Andrew Joyce

My name is Andrew Joyce and I’m here at the invitation of Ms. Anderson (my favorite Charlie). I’m also here to hip you to one of the best books I have ever read. The title is The Jacket (The Star Rover) Jack London wrote it in 1914. The jacket refers to a strait jacket.

Because I cannot explain the book (it is mind blowing), I’m sending you a crime story instead. I know it’s not what you are looking for . . . but  maybe you can use it. It is very short.

The Preacher

Standing on the graveyard grass, looking down at the freshly filled grave, stood the Preacher dressed in black, wearing a black, circular wide-brim, flat-crowned hat. There was no headstone as of yet, but the Preacher knew the name of the grave’s occupant. It was his brother. Five days previously, the Preacher had murdered the man who now lay at his feet, under the earth. The Preacher did not want to kill this one, but felt he had to, and he knew with a certainty that he would have to kill again . . . and soon.

After saying a prayer for his brother’s soul, the Preacher walked slowly back to the highway. As he walked, he thought of how unnecessary the killing of his brother had been. All his brother had to do was not interfere in the Lord’s work. It should have made no difference that the work involved the killing of Junior McGuire.

As the Preacher walked, he thought back to his last conversation with his brother.

“You must not interfere.”

“You’ve been killing since you was a boy. But you was family, so I held my own peace.”

“I am family to man.”

“You always were different, even when we was kids. But now you come to town and tell me you must take Junior McGuire. Well, Junior is a friend of mine. He’s the mayor of this town for God’s sake.”

“Do not take the Lord’s name in vain. Are those your last words on the matter?”

“Yup, I just can’t let you kill Junior McGuire.”

The conversation replayed itself repeatedly in the Preacher’s mind.

Now that there were no more obstacles, The Preacher could be about the Lord’s work. And this time the Lord’s work was the quick dispatch of Junior McGuire.

The Preacher had been at this work for a long time. Sometimes he wearied of the mission the Lord had bestowed upon him. However, he believed that no matter how weary, he must persevere until he was allowed a rest or brought to his just reward.

The walk from the graveyard into town was a short one. Before he knew it, the Preacher found himself standing in front of McGuire’s Dry Goods Emporium. Without hesitation, The Preacher entered and sought out the McGuire.

The store was empty of people. It made no difference to The Preacher. He was about God’s work. He proceeded to the back room where he encountered a man of about fifty years of age stacking cartons in a corner. The Preacher inquired of the man, “Are you McGuire?” When an affirmative response was forthcoming, the Preacher laid his hands upon the sinner.

The Preacher had been at this for so long he felt as though he could see the soul of the damned leave its body and pass through the floorboards on its way to perdition.

As the Preacher left McGuire’s, he thought to himself, I pray the time never comes when I enjoy this work.

 The End

***** About the Author *****

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He wo7242284uldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written three books, and a collection of almost one hundred stories that is comprised of his hitching adventures, written as veiled non-fiction called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS, and his latest novel, REDEMPTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog Danny.

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***** About the Book *****

18393873Title: REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
Author: Andrew Joyce
Release Date: August 2013
Length: 195 pages
Series?: no
Genre: historical, classical
Format: e-book
Source: author

Find the book: Website | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Three men come together in the town of Redemption, Colorado, each for his own purpose. Huck Finn is a famous lawman not afraid to use his gun to protect the weak. He has come to right a terrible wrong. After his wife’s death, Tom Sawyer does not want to live anymore; he has come to die. The third man, the Laramie Kid, a killer Huck and Tom befriended years earlier, has come to kill a man. For these three men Death is a constant companion. For these three men it is their last chance for redemption.

You can read my review of REDEMPTION here.

Guest Post: Danny and the Viking Funeral

Today I have a scruffy friend taking over the blog today. He is a very nautical little fellow, and keeps his master, author Andrew Joyce, in line!

I am proud to present to you, Danny the dog! unnamed (1)

Danny and the Viking Funeral 

I’m not too happy with humans at the moment, but I’ll say hello anyway. My name is Danny. To my legions of fans I’m known as Danny the Dog.

Today I want to talk about my human, his name is Andrew and he is a real idiot! Andrew wants a Viking funeral. Do you know what a Viking funeral consists of? I didn’t think so, and neither did I until Andrew opened his big yap!

When a Viking died, they put him on his boat, set it afire and pushed it out into the fjord. Oh, and one more thing, they killed his dog and laid him at the feet of the dead Viking so the friggin’ Viking could have his dog with him in Valhalla!

I mean . . . what the hell? What had the poor pooch done to warrant death?

So I talked to Andrew last night and told him if I went first into the good night, then I would want his buddies to kill him and put him at my feet before they set the boat ablaze.

And guess what? He didn’t think that was such a good idea. So we agreed to just have a simple Lutheran service regardless of who goes first. And if he keeps up with that Viking funeral stuff, I’m pretty sure it will be him that goes first. I’ll make certain of it.

***** About the Author *****

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He wo7242284uldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written three books, and a collection of almost one hundred stories that is comprised of his hitching adventures, written as veiled non-fiction called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS, and his latest novel, REDEMPTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog Danny.

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***** About the Book *****

18393873Title: REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
Author: Andrew Joyce
Release Date: August 2013
Length: 195 pages
Series?: no
Genre: historical, classical
Format: e-book
Source: author

Find the book: Website | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Three men come together in the town of Redemption, Colorado, each for his own purpose. Huck Finn is a famous lawman not afraid to use his gun to protect the weak. He has come to right a terrible wrong. After his wife’s death, Tom Sawyer does not want to live anymore; he has come to die. The third man, the Laramie Kid, a killer Huck and Tom befriended years earlier, has come to kill a man. For these three men Death is a constant companion. For these three men it is their last chance for redemption.

You can read my review of REDEMPTION here.

Book Review: REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer

18393873Title: REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
Author: Andrew Joyce
Release Date: August 2013
Length: 195 pages
Series?: no
Genre: historical, classical
Format: e-book
Source: author

Find the book: Website | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis

Three men come together in the town of Redemption, Colorado, each for his own purpose. Huck Finn is a famous lawman not afraid to use his gun to protect the weak. He has come to right a terrible wrong. After his wife’s death, Tom Sawyer does not want to live anymore; he has come to die. The third man, the Laramie Kid, a killer Huck and Tom befriended years earlier, has come to kill a man. For these three men Death is a constant companion. For these three men it is their last chance for redemption.

Review

I accepted this book for review simply because I have an affinity for Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors. I first read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in my junior English class. It was a big deal to be reading it in public school. My teacher, Deb Ostas, is an absolutely fantastic literary – and I think I fell in love with the book because of the way she taught it and made us dig into the book. I selected TAOHF for one of my literature papers in college. I found my junior English journal, with all of my notes to use and I stayed up and re-read TAOHF in one night – the night before the paper was due, of course. Needless to say, I have a slight bias toward this book…

This book was not what I expected, and in ways more than I expected. No, Andrew Joyce does not follow in the syntax and structure that Mark Twain used in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Before reading, I thought he would try to imitate that aspect of Twain’s writing, but I soon found out Joyce had no intention of doing so.

According to the Lakota, the four things that make a man a man are bravery, fortitude, generosity and wisdom. 

The book starts off like this:

The last time you heard of me and Tom was in that book Sam Clemens wrote telling of when Jim and me flowed down the Mississippi and met up with the King and the Duke. Then Jim got captured and Tom and I had to set him free. Of course, Jim was already a feed man; Tom just neglected to mention that fact during the planning stage.

Well, we were twelve years of age when Sam wrote about that. Now Tom and I are a mite older and a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then…

The novel picks up a bit after Mark Twain’s two ended, with General Beauregard firing on Fort Sumter in the spring of 1860, when Huck and Tom are 24. Naturally, they signed up to fight the damn Yankees. War was not what they thought it would be, and after Tom gets shot and they see the horrors of the field doctors of the time, they hightail it back toward home.

Within seconds you couldn’t see the enemy for love nor money through the gun smoke. I was firing into a cloud of white smoke and reloading as fast as I could. 

They stumble on some Southern hospitality, but soon three Yankee soldiers intrude and put up a fight right in the yard. Huck saves the day, and leaves one man alive: Jed Bevins, who is also central to the novel. Huck sees the fear in young 16-year old Jed, and sends him off to California with some of his treasure money. I thought that was the last I’d see of Jed Bevins, but he is destined to return…

After all is settled, Tom is determined to go to China, so the duo head to California. It takes a while for Tom to get signed on to a vessel bound for China, but he does so, and it was the last I thought we’d see of him, too. At this part, I was surprised and nostalgically upset that Tom and Huck would separate so easily in life and go their own ways. In my eyes, they were destined to grow old together in their cantankerous state.

It was a sight to behold, the Laramie Kid swirling around the jail office with Tom Sawyer in his arms. 

The novel is told from Huck Finn’s perspective, in first person. Along the way, it deviates to Jed’s perspective, but in third person, and his life with the Lakota. Later, it deviates to Tom’s life after leaving California for China, and how he ended up coming back to the States to find Huck.

Tom and Jed have both had some trials in their lives. Through is normal devilish ways, Huck ends up the sheriff of a town, and later the marshal of Redemption. The Laramie Kid has been on the hunt and is rumored to kill the best gunman in every town he happens upon, and word is The Laramie Kid is looking for Huck Finn. This was a nice twist!

The book covers authentic pieces of history: the Civil War, Southern hospitality, traveling means, Native American culture, the Wild West, ranchers and nesters, homesteading, cattle ranges, cattle wars, law enforcement, small towns.

For most of the book, I had no idea where Joyce was leading, not until Redemption. Then I started catching on. For me, this facet didn’t bother me – I enjoyed it, probably due to all of the historical aspects this book encompassed. The Wild West, as I call it, is the culminating focus on the novel.

What I really liked was the ending. Huck explains briefly what happened after Redemption, where life took him, and what he’s done since then, and he gives little updates on many of the characters he met throughout the course of the book.

Tom and I are night on sixty years of age now. He tells me he’d like to retire and sit on the hotel porch for the rest of his days…

This is a great read about Tom and Huck, and their further adventures into the West as they grow older in life. The book covers their lives from 24 to nearly 60 and concludes in 1895. The last chapter Huck talks about the letters he receives from those he met, and it ends kind of like a letter, so I envision the novel as one long letter that Huck has written.

I wish the book didn’t have to come to an end, and as it neared the end I got the distinct feeling this will be a single, stand-alone novel and not a series. Just like I did the first time I read Huckleberry Finn, I fell in love with him all over again in Joyce’s novel.

7242284About the Author

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written three books, and a collection of almost one hundred stories that is comprised of his hitching adventures, written as veiled non-fiction called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS, and his latest novel, REDEMPTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog Danny.

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