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McColl's Gates:
The Covehill Ladies

by Mary Anne Lonergan

      On her last day of college, Jennifer Anne McColl is summoned to see her grandfather's attorney and long time friend, Harry Moore. It is then she discovers her grandfather, George McColl, has left her twenty million dollars. With the help of Harry and a realtor, Jenny purchases her first home in the country. She also accepts a job working at the Bellwood Museum in the Society of History department.

Jenny's life has been a tragic one. At just eight years of age, both of her parents were killed in a car accident with Jenny being the sole survivor. She spent her childhood growing up at the Covehill Boarding School very much alone. It was while at boarding school that she met her best friend, Macy. But when her grandfather, George McColl, dies, Jenny has no family left at all.

On Thanksgiving, a wounded Irish Setter puppy appears out of nowhere on Jenny's doorstep. She takes in the puppy, naming him Uno, and the two soon become inseparable. Robert Lee Byrne is her dark-eyed, mysterious neighbor who no one in town knows anything about. It is through Uno the two meet.

Jenny and Uno are brutally attacked by a five-hundred-pound black bear, and it is during the several months of physical therapy that Jenny realizes she does indeed have a family all her own.

McColl's Gates: The Covehill Ladies was a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the character of Jenny and admired her strength and personality. Once I began reading, I just couldn't put the book down. I found it to be a very enjoyable read!

The Book

November 1, 2007
Trade paperback
Fiction / General
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NOTE: One deaf character mentioned once in book. A school friend named Rebecca.

The Reviewer

Connie Harris
Reviewed 2008
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