Worthy Brown's Daughter

Worthy Brown's Daughter

Book - 2014
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In nineteenth-century Oregon, lawyer Matthew Penny agrees to help newly freed slave Worthy Brown free his teenage daughter, but when Worthy is arrested for murder, the new turn in events raises the stakes significantly.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2014
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed. --
ISBN: 9780062298683
Characteristics: 430 p


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Nov 05, 2017

I wasn't sure I was going to like this obvious departure of Margolin writing a period piece set in 1860's Oregon and although the legal aspects are quite simplistic, I rather enjoyed the story. It's intriguing that Margolin based it on an actual incident in history. Margolin spends a little more time on characterization than he does in his regular novels but this area is still not his forte.

Written at a grade 10 reading level. It takes an interesting aspect of law in the wild west and stretches it out through violence, romance and Victorian mores. I was taken in by the book reviews. This is not an author I would ever read again, although I might suggest it to a younger reader who would like a black and white plot line.

Aug 29, 2015

The first few chapters were very interesting; then everything kind of degenerated to predictable and boring.

May 26, 2015

The author provided an interesting legal story inspired by actual historical events but failed to convince me that he had a good grasp of other historical details. It's worth reading to understand the difficulties of Blacks in early Oregon but it's not a great novel.

I really enjoyed this story.

athompson10 Aug 26, 2014

Simplistic. In the author's notes, Margolin says this was a book he worked on then put away when his legal thrillers hit. Sorry to say, it reads like a first novel attempt. Very basic characters and plot. About the only interesting thing is the time in which it's set - Oregon, on the brink of the Civil War - and even that's not well drawn.

May 03, 2014

An interesting tale that reveals sordid aspects of slavery but also the character of the black family - so much more human than some of the "whites" in the story. Good courtroom scenes.

May 02, 2014

Excellent, couldn't put it down.

akasq May 02, 2014

Phillip Margolin brings to life the
1860"s , The old north west territory
with clear beauty. A legal thriller that
is something special . A good clean
satisfying ending.

KCLSLibsRecommend Apr 22, 2014

A well researched and intriguing historical narrative based on a true story. Wonderful characterization, setting, and suspense, as in his other titles.

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