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The Woman Who Loved Jesse James

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  156 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Zee Mimms was just nineteen in 1864—the daughter of a stern Methodist minister in Missouri—when she fell in love with the handsome, dashing, and already notorious Jesse. He was barely more than a teenager himself, yet had ridden with William Quantrill’s raiders during the Civil War.

“You’ll marry a handsome young man,” a palm reader had told her. “A man who will make you th
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Published January 1st 2012 by Bell Bridge Books
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Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

When I was a young girl, I had strange goals and dreams. At one point in time, I wanted to be a truck driver (this was after watching Smokey and the Bandit). As I got older, I dreamed of being a mafia wife. All through those times, though, I had a strange obsession with Jesse James and the James Gang. I don't know where I first heard of him, but I was smitten. I guess it was kind of like the dream of being a mafia wife...mysterious and dangerous and on the wrong side of the law.

Well, if
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Does love cause us to judge them differently, or is love a lens through which we see them more clearly?"

This is a well-written, anything-but-dull historical romance told from the eyes of the woman who fell in love with Jesse James, his wife Zee.

I loved that the author weaved this story around historical events and the outlawry that the James gang orchestrated. We also got a great look at the characters through the eyes of the loving wife, whether it was that she loved the action that came with
Tara Chevrestt
This is about a sperm receptacle.

I only made it 30% through and just couldn't take it anymore. For nine years, this chick has stood around waiting for Jesse James to marry her. And why she's attracted to a man who murders a husband and father in cold blood for a bag of money is beyond me. Yes, I knew it was Jesse James, but this woman...just drives me nuts with all pining and waiting and "I love him!"

The narrative is wonderfully done and engaging, but really, there's nothing interesting about t
M.J. Fredrick
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. Not a romance, exactly, and, well, you know how it ends. Still, had a hard time putting it down, and thought about it all the time when I wasn't reading it.
This was the Jesse James story as seen through the eyes of his wife, Zee Mimms, which I found an interesting perspective. As such, it delves into the possible psychology and motives of Jesse, a man viewed by some as a ruthless criminal, by many as a gallant hero and by most as the stuff of legend, while also exploring the inner life of the woman who devoted her life to such a man. It also sheds light on not only his exploits but his double life as a church-going family man, both of which seemed ...more
Jade Eby
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally posted at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

Ahh, this was a breath of fresh air. I hadn't read a good old historical fiction novel in quite a long time so this book was a welcome sight. I've always had a fascination with Jesse James and since I'm from Missouri, I've had this illustrious image of him and Zee in my mind for a long time. I was curious to see how Myers would mingle fact and fiction in this book and I'm glad to say that I think she did a great job. This book kind of reminded
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I 19m always a big fan of biographical novels, so when I learned about The Woman Who Loved Jesse James, I was eager to read it. It pleases me to let you know that it certainly didn 19t disappoint.

The novel is about Zerelda (Zee) Mimms James, a distant cousin of Jesse James who ultimately married the legendary outlaw.

As a person who has worked in law enforcement, I often wonder about the 1Cbad guys 1D and the impact of their actions on their families. How can a woman love a robber and murderer?
Genevieve Graham
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: american-history
Jesse James. Just his name sends a thrill down this reviewer’s spine, a promise of adventure and rebellion, the story of a man against his oppressors, the “modern day” Robin Hood. How could I resist?
Ms Myers has done her research. She captured not only the restless legend’s exploits, but his attitude and his relationships with friends and family, as well as his obsession with gambling, horses, and the spotlight. Since the story is written from his wife, Zee’s, perception, we also see the deeper,
Shannon Muir
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jesse James is heralded as one of the most notorious outlaws in American history, but much less discussed is the fact he had a wife and children and what life must have been like for them. Cindi Myers as an author puts herself in the shoes of the kind of woman who would fall for a slightly younger man and stick with him no matter the deception and danger, who is his cousin Zee Mimms, and try to depict based on known history what Zee may have been like. What excited me was that the book covered s ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" I never meant to fall in love with Jesse James. But I might as well have tried to stop a prarie fire or a raging tornado. He had that same wild power, both beautiful and terrible to behold, the same heat and intensity to illuminate and destroy everything in his path, both those he hated and those he loved."

Told in the voice of "Zee" James, wife of Jesse James. Zerelda Mimms and Jesse James were distant cousin who grew up playing together. They fell in love at a young age but it was over 10 yea
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The title intrigued me just as Jesse James' story always has. Myers tells their story through his wife's eyes. I don't imagine too many outlaws had wives, let alone families. What possesses a woman to love, marry, and remain with such a notorious outlaw?

Zee, his wife, was brought up a proper Southern lady who wanted to marry a passionate man who lived a passionate life. Jesse James was restless and reckless. He needed both to be adored by Zee, as well as for her, their children, and home to prov
C.C. Thomas
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I originally got this book because I have always been fascinated by the story of Jesse James and that lawless time period in history. My fascination wasn't a morbid one--I don't relish reading about the men he killed or banks he robbed. Rather, I'm fascinated by a time period when such things were not only possible, but probable to men who perhaps saw no other way to live.

The character of Zee Mimms has always been interesting to me and I hoped to learn more about this "first family" of crime. Un
Becky Soledad
I wanted to love this book I really did but I just couldn't. It wasn't awful but it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be either. I am always interested different takes on a story. I must admit my knowledge of Jesse James in limited to movies and Cher songs but I was very interested to hear how someone imagined the lives of those he left behind. The writing was fairly good and the characters were okay but it just didn't all come together like it should have. What seemed to be missing the most was ...more
Samamtha clark
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Zee, a girl who is wild at heart wishes she wasn't so confined by her fathers religious views.

Jesse, a young man forced in war in hardships way to young. Becoming attention seeking and careless with with his safety.

Zee and Jesse cousin seeing each other for the first time in years at Zee's sisters Lucy's wedding. The quickly fall in love with each other.
Zee and Jesse write back and forth for quite awhile. Jesse coming to visit her once in awhile. Jesse asks Zee to marry him, she agrees thinking
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I started this book with a prior knowledge and interest in Jesse James, having lived near his stomping grounds for most of my life. So more than just entertainment, but a curiosity into his personal life brought me into this book. I have to give the author credit for maintaining the voice of Zee James throughout. I felt I was really listening to her story, and even though there were passages where I felt she repeated herself or pounded the same thought into the ground-- if I thought of it as her ...more
Carole Bellacera
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this historical novel by Cindi Myers. She really brought to life the era of Jesse James in a vivid tapestry. I wanted to empathize more with Zee, Jesse's wife, and I probably would have if I'd read this back in my idealistic, romantized twenties. Today, I'm a bit more cynical. at times, I wanted to shake Zee and scream, "What's WRONG with you! He kills people! Those jewels he presents you belong to someone else!" Still, I felt Zee's heartbreak and devastation when Jesse is killed. My f ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
While this book is about the woman who married Jessie James, it is also the story of Jessie James and his older brother, Frank. Zee Mimms fell in love with Jessie James when she was 19 years old. Jessie was a 1st cousin, and 2 years younger than she. I found the story fascinating since it was based on fact, and I was given the opportunity to see another side of the brothers--one with which we are not so familiar. Before the end of the novel, you almost feel you know Jessie, his wife and children ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved this story. It was written in first person from the perspective of the woman who loved Jesse James - his wife. In this book, you are taken into the private life of the man, the husband, the father - not just the legend or the outlaw. I commend the author who has obviously done her "homework" as the story was loaded with factual events from the times as well as the thoughts of the woman who loved him. Excellent read.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
What I loved about this book was learning so much about the times and the characters (all real) so easily. This to me is one great benefit of good historical novels. I also enjoyed being in the head of a woman who, for good or ill, decides to live her life with someone notorious, the joys it brought her and the pain.
Anna Vayneris
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-2013
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
This was an interesting book. Though it is considered fiction, it reads like non-fiction. I googled several things and was able to learn even more about some of the characters and events.
Sarah - Exploring All Genres
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review to come.
Sarah Weiss
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mar 21, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle-freebies
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3.5 stars
Reviewed by Genevieve at Romantic Historical Lovers
Michelle [Helen Geek]
no nook 02/05/2012
Apr 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Didn't finish book!!
Jan 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bios
I did not enjoy this book. It was so bad that I didn't finish it.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting tale of Jesse James wife and family. A notorious criminal and a family man. I enjoyed this story.
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Fictionalized story of Zee James. Good characterizations but the story drags.
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Pseudonym: Cynthia Sterling

Cindi Myers worked as a newspaper reporter, travel agent and medical clinic manager before turning to writing full time. She's written both historical and contemporary romance, as well as dozens of short stories and nonfiction articles. Cindi thinks writers have the best job in the world.

Former president of San Antonio Romance Authors, Cindi is a member of Romance Writer
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