Friday, October 22, 2010

A Suitor For Jenny by Margaret Brownley

As a blogger for Thomas Nelson's I had the opportunity to read Margaret Brownley's Rockey Creek Romance series, A Suitor For Jenny. Set in the late 1880s in Rocky Creek, Texas, this book tells the story of young, well-meaning  woman who willingly took on the responsibility for her two sisters after the death of their parents. While the story is well written, with authentic historical details, it would most likely appeal to those readers who enjoy Disney movies and fairy tales with beautiful carefree heroines and happy endings. Basically, this novel is like a grown up version of a fairy tale, where truth and honesty prevail and the ending is always a happy one.
One all too common underlying belief, that is found in many romance novels and fairy tales, as well, is also perpetuated in this book: this story encourages the common antiquated, yet strongly held theme in society that a woman's self worth and value is based on a man rather than her own self worth. A woman's happiness is usually linked to a man and if she happens to be single, it is always her choice, (at least temporarily- until she comes to her "senses"). There is always a suitor around the corner as a fall-back option to provide the heroine with a life of security, whose own life is on hold, as he patiently waits for her approval and acceptance in marriage.

For those who appreciate history, the authentic details of culture and society will be appreciated. This book would be a good choice for any reader who enjoys idealistic, happy romance stories. I recieved a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishers and the opinions expressed are my own.

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