Berkley, Jul 2003, 5.99, 327 pp.
In 1870, Chicago attorney Jacob Whittaker arrives in Prescott, Territory in Arizona to escort his client's granddaughter back to the Windy City. However, he expects a lady of some sort, but instead sees an arm wrestling female that makes Jacob believe his fee ought to double because he must change “George” into Georgia. Initially refusing to go east, Georgie girl is forced to when Jason informs her the mine she sold to Cougar Barnes was not hers to sell.
In Chicago, her grandpa offers her a deal. If she stays for one year and accepts the courting of his hand picked dolt, he will give her the mine outright even if she fails to wed his chosen one. As she struggles to change from a brawling mine working George into a facsimile of lady Georgia, Cougar arrives demanding ownership of the mine he bought from her.
BECOMING GEORGIA is an amusing mid nineteenth century Americana romance reminiscent of “Annie Get Your Gun”. The story line contains a strong cast to include the lead couple, a secondary duo, her grandfather, and her friend Essie that bring Chicago and to a lesser degree Arizona in 1870 to life. However, it is the humor that makes this tale stand out in the bookshelves as fans will appreciate the antics of George of the desert turning into Georgia of the Windy City.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner