Bantam, Oct 2001, 5.99, 391 pp.
In 1838 in the Republic of Texas, Billy Weathers dies from natural causes. Jackson Stennett inherits most of the estate because Billy felt that his friend would clean up the mess he left behind in New York when he followed Austin into Texas. For no one else but Billy would Jackson travel east, but the man was like a father to him.
When he reaches the big city, Jackson learns that mess is not quite the word he would have used, as he now knows that Billy changed his name and abandoned his family including three children almost two decades ago. He visits Billy's daughter Lindsay MacPhaull who struggles to save the family business. He informs her that her father died and that he owns everything. Lindsay tries to persuade Jackson not to sell off the business. However, someone wants either one or both of them dead forcing the pair to unite, but neither one expected to fall in love.
Americana romance and mystery readers will gain much pleasure from the vividly descriptive story line of JACKSON'S WAY. The tale uses real events like the Panic of 38 to provide depth to a strong historical romantic suspense that could easily be labeled romantic mystery. Jackson and Lindsay make for quite a pair as they struggle with the varying memory of Billy, an unknown assailant and why he or she wants them dead. Anyone of these calamities threatens their love. Leslie LaFoy has written a powerful novel that fans of historical fiction, regardless of sub-genre will find absolutely engaging.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner