by Paulette Jiles
Reviewed by Linda:Poet and novelist Paulette Jiles, author of News of the World, has written another stunning tale set in Texas in the lawless era at the end of the Civil War. Simon Boudlin is 23 years old, a talented fiddler, and accustomed to surviving with his wits and his fists. While performing for military officers and their families, he spies a lovely young governess to a Union colonel’s daughter. He is smitten, but she is an indentured Irish servant, bound by law to fulfill her contract regardless of the threatening behavior of her employer. Their adventures, across the stunning Texas landscape, and their courage will keep you turning pages. Captain Kidd, a beloved character from the author’s previous novel, makes an appearance.