Book Reviews for Letters to Mary Susan
Jerry has received some very nice reviews from readers. You can find them here.'
Jerry Hammersmith put a ton of heart and effort into this historical fiction novel, “Letters to Mary Susan From Her Outlaw Father” and it shows… This is a fascinating and impressively written and researched book postulating the premise that the most famous outlaw of all, “Jesse James” indeed was not assassinated as everyone thought, but went on to live to be a very old man under the name Jim Howard. He did serve time in a Saskatchewan Penitentiary for manslaughter, and it was during this time that he writes a series of letters to his estranged daughter (hence the title of the book) that is mixed in with strong, detailed narrative regarding his life and escapades. Hammersmith brings the past, and the characters to life here in these pages…it really captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. The narrative was riveting, impressively detailed, and flowed smoothly from one scene to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… you really just want to keep going. The scenes were so well-researched and felt true for the time and era – the details and the dialogue. Shows an intimate, human side of one of history’s (possibly) most notorious criminals. A fantastic read with a great ending. A must read for fans of historical fiction. (5 stars)
“Letters to Mary Susan…” by Jerry Hammersmith is an and epic piece of historical fiction! One of the most enticing and well-crafted novels I’ve read in a long time. I was completely drawn in from the get-go, (enjoyed the way the author set up the historical context and controversy surrounding Jesse James) and absolutely loved Hammersmith’s use of description of the different scenery and locales, and his attention to historical detail on so many fronts. Great characters that we really root for and grow to love, despite the flaws (or perhaps because of them). James Howard “Jim” makes for a very compelling lead, and many of the supporting characters were just as engaging. The use of the letters was a great tool to help us really connect with him intimately, and it was a blast experiencing this ‘alternative’ version of history through these characters’ eyes. The narrative is strong, and very well-written -I also noticed and appreciated the near flawless editing throughout. Despite the multitude of subplots woven throughout, the story wraps up quite nicely (loved the ending also!) and I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to lovers of literary historical drama. (5 stars)