MISSISSIPPI RELLE by Clements Ripley
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Good escape reading, In a glamorous, romantic tale of a gay and gifted and lovely girl, as Irish as her father, wooed and won by an importunate Southern gentleman, who tries to make her over into his image of the mistress of a Southern plantation. They quarrel, over her loyalty -- misplaced he feels -- to the Irish paddies, bound out to them, and over her thoughtless flinging of her money in his face. He gambles -- loses everything- and kills himself. And she accepts the offer of part interest in the gambling house which the man who won from him was planning for New Orleans. From then on she leads a double life, -- at night a singer and hostess in the house; by day the quiet widowed mother of a child, until she feels impelled to send him away to a convent school. Finally, when she thinks she must give him a normal background, she goes to Memphis -- and establishes herself in her role as widow. But love and fate catch up with her; a duel is narrowly avoided; the aging Andrew Jackson comes to her defence -- and, at the final moment, the gamler, Blake, thrusts his own interests aside, and gives her back to the man she loves. The tricks are old ones, with a new turn. Good entertainment.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1941
Publisher: Appleton-Century