THE WORLD OF JENNIE G. by Elisabeth Ogilvie

THE WORLD OF JENNIE G.

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Second novel in a chatty Scotland/Maine period trilogy, this oversees the arrival to a small farming and fishing town by the Maine coast of Jennie Gilchrist and Alick Gilchrist--good friends masquerading as man and wife, who fled Scotland after Alick accidentally caused the death of Jennie's scoundrelly husband Nigel. In 1809, the two Gilchrists, along with the boatload of Highlanders, are welcomed cordially by Maddox town's top honcho, General Colin MacKenzie; and with English Jennie's welcome by the snobbish General's lady, the loan of a fine cottage, Alick's job with a shipbuilder, and Jennie's position as a governess in the General's household, the worries and horrors of the past seem to be over. Still, there is that nagging matter of the pair living as man and wife--in the eyes of the town, that is. (In private, Alick and Jennie are still just good friends.) Then other troubles seep in: a local slime named Zeb and his mother are after Alick and Jennie for bringing him to justice; Jennie's dear friend Lucy withdraws from life after the death of her baby; and Jennie discovers, to her horror, that she's preggers by the dead Nigel. All things sort out, as Ogilvie's cozy down-East town sagas are apt to do. Forlorn children of a suicide are rescued; a pair of young lovers are reconciled to separation; Jennie is a happy mother; and she and Alick. . .finally. . . With a few scattered reminders of the times when British pressgangs were snatching American sailors (in a prelude to the War of 1812, ""By God, this will mean war!""), this is essentially one of Ogilvie's warmbiscuit tales with a modicum of sentiment, a whiff of Maine seasalt and generally bland personae. However. for her following--congenial and chummy as always.

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 1985
Publisher: McGraw-Hill