with the strong cords of history, romance and intrigue, MacGregor's
Lantern is a finely paced, fast reading, well-told
tale of Maggie, a strong-minded, high-spirited woman who
takes destiny's hand and heads West to Colorado's South
Park with the incorrigible Scotsman Kerr McKennon in the
Maggie discovers in her encounters with her unfathomable
husband, his proud business partner, Hugh Redmond
MacGregor, and the poor farmboy turned cowboy, Billy, is
nothing less than the untamed landscape of her own heart.
Maggies' personal journey is the story of countless others
who came West to seek their dreams, bringing with them the
traditions and legacies of their home countries. Written
with splendid care, Corinne Brown's story of Maggie and
the ranch she comes to love above all else is both
meaningful and memorable."
Wagner Buyer, Colorado Author ( Glass Eyed
Paint In the Rain, and Red Colt Canyon)
J. Brown's MacGregor's Lantern is a fascinating,
intricate excursion into the heart of the west, that place
where dreams and deeds meet to create myth. The story of
Maggie McKennon, a willful, vulnerable, yet ultimately
forceful woman of extraordinary inner strength, this tale
is that rare novel that allows the reader to completely
enter the protagonist's world.
"Maggie's story is that of a thousand women who
followed their dreams and families to the western
frontier. It's also the story of a unique woman caught up
in the political and romantic intrigue with three men: her
husband, the forceful Scottish cattleman Kerr McKennon:
the intractable, sometimes ruthless Scotsman, Hugh
MacGregor, and the instinctive Billy, a man whose heart is
as big as the Western sky.
descriptions of frontier Colorado and Wyoming are dead-on,
and she writes with the passion of a skilled observer. Her
writing delivers the pristine natural elements and
awe-inspiring vistas of Colorado's South Park directly to
the mind's eye.
Lantern begs the question, "why don't the Scottish
cattlemen occupy a lofty historical pinnacle alongside the
legendary frontiersmen like Charles Goodnight or Oliver
Loving?" This scrupulously researched and artfully
written novel may well correct the situation."
Chandler, author of The Spanish Peaks, winner of
the 1999 Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award for Best First
Novel given by Western Writers of America.