Jacky Faber has a habit of making waves--even when docked in her adopted city of Boston, where she is attending to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps a bit too much exuberance for the very Puritan populace, she purchases the Pig and Whistle Inn, determined to revive her old stomping grounds and establish a musical theater.
quickly finds herself at odds with the Women's Temperance Union and a
town roiling with tension over the arrival of hundreds of Irish
laborers--brought in by her very own Lorelei Lee. As things
heat up, both literally and figuratively, she's soon back in Judge
Thwackham's courtroom facing the dozen lashes promised the last time she
stood before the judge. Thwarted at every turn by her enemies, Jacky is
finally forced to confront her shortcomings--and possibly lose her
beloved Jaimy Fletcher in the process.
It doesn't seem right to not finish out my reviews on the Jacky Faber series. The penultimate book finds Jacky in Boston supposedly just trying to live her life right and carry out her business while waiting for Jaimy to arrive back from Rangoon. Of course Jacky being Jacky, she manages to make new enemies in a local temperance group and, through an unfortunate event, also loses Jaimy in a manner of speaking.
I enjoy Jacky and love her adventures and as usual her past has a way of making her careless and she is careless because she doesn't seem to learn from her past. I think she has definitely grown though as a person since the first book, but she is so impetuous that it makes it difficult for her to stay out of trouble. It's funny because though I don't want anything awful to happen to her, I also like the moments when her clever schemes did not work to her advantage for a chance. I think it's a good learning opportunity for her.
I was significantly less fond of Jaimy Fletcher though. I wish he would quit being an idiot. Like a lot of conflict in books, much of the drama could have been avoided if he had just asked Jacky instead of assuming and I was disappointed with him in the end.
All in all, I am looking forward to the last book though I am sad that it is the last.