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