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The Promise of Jenny Jones

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,846 ratings  ·  241 reviews
A desperate mother takes Jenny Jones' place in front of a firing squad in exchange for Jenny's promise to see her daughter safely to California. Though she and the six-year-old Graciela get off to a rocky start, Jenny will do everything in her power to keep her promise, even with the child's cousins in hot pursuit. Then she is mysteriously drawn to the handsome cowboy Ty S ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Grand Central Publishing
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Christina ~ Brunette Reader

5 Unreserved, Heartfelt, Shiny Stars
"After you give a promise, see, the person you gave it to is out of the deal. It's just you and the promise." - Jenny Jones

Inside a fetid prison on the rugged and dry land along the Mexican border, a young woman, who has nothing left to lose but a frayed dictionary in her pocket, is spending the last hours of her life waiting to be executed. Her name is Jenny Jones and her unflinching honesty is what will have her face the firing squad come dawn. She cou
Nov 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a big fan of historical westerns, but this book might turn me into one. Yup, it was that good!

As the story opens, Jenny Jones is in jail, accused of killing a man. It was self defense, but no one believed a Mexican soldier, no matter how drunk he was, would try to force himself on a woman like her, rough and used to taking all kinds of unsavory jobs to earn a living. As Jenny is contemplating her impending death, Marguarita Barrancas, a wealthy Mexican woman who's clearly dying from cons
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
5 fricking fantastic stars.

I loved Jenny. This is the second book I have read by this author and her leading ladies sure are that ... "leading". No shrinking violets here. Jenny Jones is honest, independent, hardworking, stubborn.

A desperate mother takes Jenny Jones' place in front of a firing squad in exchange for Jenny's promise to see her daughter safely to California. Though she and the six-year-old Graciela get off to a rocky start, Jenny will do everything in her power to keep her
Lisa Kay
I’m partial to western romances, and this is one the way they should be written. Jenny is a tall, rawboned, mule-driving - and skinning - redhead who smokes cigars, drinks hard liquor and uses cuss words as part of her daily vernacular. Her word is her bond, the only thing she has left in a 'kangaroo' court, in a dank jail cell, or anywhere else in a cold, cruel world where she has survived alone since she was nine. It is appropriate, at this juncture, to tell you she carries - not a Bible - but ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I must admit that I’m a sucker for this kind of romance!!!
Maggie Osborne is one of the best (the other is E. O’Connell)!

What is remarkable, and I repeat: REMARKABLE, in this book is the heroine, Jenny!

I don’t think I ever met another heroine like her! She’s big, she’s strong, she’s honorable, she’s the absolute best!

What she isn’t is a lady! She cusses, she wear trousers, she doesn’t wear corsets, she rides astride, she knows how to fight and how to shoot, she smokes and drinks and she doesn’t k
♡Karlyn P♡
Loved it! A great, fun and at times emotional historical about a down-and-out woman who gets a second chance at life – and finds a perfect love that surprisingly does bring some tears at the end. Saved from the firing squad in Mexico, Jenny switched places with a dying woman in exchange to bring the woman’s 6-year old daughter to the father (Robert) in California. The daughter is an heiress, and according to many greedy relatives she would be better off dead so they could inherit the family fort ...more
Wow! There are no words that haven’t been said before, and I’m sure much more eloquently, that describe the wonderful Jenny Jones and the value she puts behind her promise. Honesty is the core of her fiber and she refuses to tell a lie. She believes that telling a lie would be killing the only thing that’s good in her. She believes her worth is in her word. “If I don’t have my word, I might as well be dead. I’d rather die with honor than live without the only thing that makes me feel like I can ...more
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
4 stars

This was a little gem. I liked everything about this book. I love Ty and Jenny, the plot kept me on the edge of my seat, the romance was believable. Some parts of the story did feel a bit unbelievable but it didn't bug me much. This is historical but it had a modern feel to it. I will definitely read more from this author.
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Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Don't think you'd like a heroine who smokes cigars, cusses like there's no tomorrow, and can whip the hero's butt in a fight? Then you probably haven't read this book yet! Breaking all kinds of stereotypes the author creates an untraditional heroine you can't help but admire, laugh with and cry for.

Jenny Jones, accused of killing a man in self defense, is awaiting death by a firing squad when she is approached by a rich dying woman who offers to take her place. Naturally, there is a catch. Jenny
The funniest American Historical Romance I've ever read so far!:)

Still plenty violent as usual happened in the era but much lighter than the one I usually read for this type of story. The affections which growing between Jenny, Ty and Graciela is delightful to read.

The epilogue? I truly loves it and the conversation Jenny have with Marguarita's star is so sweet:)

I certainly will read more of Ms. Osborne's books.
4.5 delighted stars for this historical novel, set in the Wild West, especially Mexico and California. Unique plot! Unique romance, too. Personally, I love credible kids in the plot, but some readers don't, so be warned: the little señorita plays a major role throughout the book. I'm not sure if this was a love story between Jenny and Ty, or between Jenny and the six-year-old child she promised to see safely home, Graciela. But either way, it's a winner on both counts! I laughed out loud repeate ...more
As I read this I kept saying to myself this would make a good movie. Books that make me think that have an interesting scenario, move along quickly (stuff happens), have colorful characters and are visually interesting. This does all that. However, the writing is mediocre and there is quite a bit of implausibility and nonsense along the way. When the hero can only describe his feelings for the heroine repeatedly as "she has great breasts" either the character is very shallow or the author has li ...more

5++ Stars!! I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK!!

One of the most amazing books I've ever read. I loved it all! Fantastic characters; a tough as nails heroine, a larger than life hero, and little girl that will steal your heart. There's action, adventure, romance and undying love that you feel deep in your soul. It's one of those books where you remember everything and when you think about smile. It lived up to the hype and all the great reviews and is a book that I'll be reading again and again. A top
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Jenny Jones is a swearin', cigar smokin', mule skinnin', hard-nosed woman who can hold her own in a fight with the meanest cowboy south of the border. She came up tough & alone and while she swears like a sailor and fights like a man, she's learned to hide her emotions behind a cold facade. Jenny is no lady & glad of it, but her word is sacred. She's sitting in a Mexican prison preparing to face a firing squad the next morning when a real lady - a senorita with breeding, class, and wealth enters ...more
The Promise of Jenny Jones is the first book I've read by Maggie Osborne - and it's a winner!! Not usually a great fan of westerns, this one roped me in (tee hee) and I fell head over heels for the heroine, Jenny Jones, the little girl in the story, Graciela, and the cowboy hero, Ty. This is an unlikely trio - all at odds with each other at different times. It's often humorous hearing the altercations between Jenny and Graciela and Jenny and Ty. With so many problems and obstacles, I wasn't sure ...more
Finally..............a 5 star read

This book was off the charts fucking amazing!!!!! I'm not usually a fan of historical/western romance, but this one never felt anything but modern and realistic. The character depth was solid. The story was heartwarming, action packed, and just incredible from the beginning to the end. The romance was developed. Hell, all the relationships in this book were developed and felt genuine. I fell in love with each and every single character. I cannot recommend this b
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really good rags to riches type story... swoony hero, tough as nails heroine, and some swashbuckling, western action. throw in a stubborn six year old and you've got an engaging and colorful story.
I've never read MO before, but I will definitely check out her other stuff. I actually think I've got Silver Lining on my Kindle.
also, the epilogue was fantastic. Years into the future and high on the sweet, swoony romance.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

You've got promise Jenny Jones...

Loved this! Absolutely delightful. I'm looking forward to reading more from Maggie Osborne.
Jenny Jones was fricking amazing. This story is more about Graciela and JJ than about JJ and Ty. Though I would have liked to know Ty better, I am not entirely disappointed with the package.

This marks my first Maggie Osborne, I am sure looking forward to more books.
Miranda Davis
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves vivid characters and great romance
Recommended to Miranda by: Jill
Okay, right up front I'm going to admit I will not be able to convey my utter, absolute delight with this wonderful book. Ms. Osborne grabbed me by the throat and yanked me into this story from the opening scenes.

There is only one thing tragically wrong with this book: it’s not an ebook readily available for anyone who loves extraordinary, intelligent storytelling and lively, unique and achingly funny characters. This is just flat-out magnificent. MAGNIFICENT. I nabbed a OOP paperback on amazon
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Pattrycia by: Jill
I was in the mood for something angsty & emotional, so I decided to pick this up. This story is about Jenny Jones, a strong & tough woman who thinks she had nothing to offer the world except for her words. She placed such a high value of her words & she would never break a promise. As a child, she was unloved and thrown out of her house at the age of 9. She had to do hard works like skinning a mule for example in order to survive in the big bad cruel world.

Jenny was sentenced to death for a kil
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance fans, history buffs, action-adventure fans, fans of strong female leads
Four stars? Me, giving a romance book four stars? I know!

I've read a lot of books in my time, and I can honestly say that Maggie Osborne has one of the greatest gifts for pacing I've ever seen. Things progress exactly as they should, and the sexual tension between the love interests is dragged out just long enough for one to feel the slight tinge of frustration before being granted satisfaction. Usually in romance fiction you get one of two things; the couple fall into bed far too early and end
I'm not sure if I can express my feeling about the book. I guess I'm not exaggerating if I say it's one of the best book I've ever read.

Plot and story progressing was so successful and unique! There is not overly drama or not emotionless manner of telling. Jenny Jones, heroine, is very successful character, it's kind of her journey. I felt that as if author tried to say, if a person truly being honest and honorable, one day he'll receive his reward. Jenny Jones's story is one of hopeful fiction,
Overall rating: 5 "Crude on Crust" stars!!

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May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Promise of Jenny Jones is definitely one for the keeper shelf. I loved every word of this one and couldn't put it down until the end.

Jenny Jones is not your typical heroine...... rough doesn't even begin to describe her. While on death row in a Mexican prison, a dying woman approaches her and proposes that she take Jenny's place in front of the firing squad if Jenny will agree to transport her 6 year old to her father in California. This begins a journey that will change the course of Jenny
Jess the Romanceaholic
I'm such a sucker for stories (especially historicals) about tomboy females who finally get a chance at love.

I'll be the first to admit, I don't like children in romance. They're either vomit-inducingly cute and perfect, or way too mature for their ages. That said, I adored Graciela. She was spoiled, annoying, smart-mouthed and manipulative. In other words, she was six lol It was nice seeing her mature throughout the story, and I loved her interactions with Jenny (especially since Jenny hated ch
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Near perfect if it could make a hopeless romantic out of me.
Duchess Nicole
4.5 stars

This is an unexpected gem of a book! I knew from the blurb that it would be emotional. And it was! I was tearing up on page fifteen. What I didn't expect was how funny Jenny - the awkward, manly cowboy of a heroine - would be, or how endearingly precocious Graciela would become.

Jenny Jones is honest to a fault. Most of us will say little white lies so as not to hurt someone's feelings, or tell half truths as long as no one gets hurt. Jenny Jones doesn't. Her word is all she has. She vi
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
I'm in the minority here, but meh...
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved this book. So far it is my favorite of 2018!

Jenny Jones was a fabulous heroine. She won me over by the middle of the first chapter. She was strong, funny, sometimes sweet and endearing and could cuss with the best of them.

The story unfolded perfectly. IMHO that is. There was never too much of one thing and not enough of the other. It just flowed.

Sweet little Graciela. What a pip she was. I so enjoyed her relationship with Jenny. Poor Jenny didn’t know what the heck to do wit
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Maggie Osborne is the author of I Do, I Do, I Do and Silver Lining, as well as more than forty contemporary and historical romance novels written as Maggie Osborne and Margaret St. George. She has won numerous awards from Romantic Times, Affaire de Coeur, BookraK, the Colorado Romance Writers, and Coeur du Bois, among others. Osborne won the RITA for long historical from the

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“Go to sleep now and rest. Our job is done. You kept your promise, and I kept mine...” 17 likes
“Honesty is all I've got," she said finally, speaking in a low voice. "I don't have family. I don't have beauty, or a man. I don't have money, and I sure as hell don't have a future. All I've got to prop up my pride is my word." Her chin rose. "When Jenny Jones says something, you can bet your last peso that it's true.” 15 likes
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