Linda’s Review of Born and Bred Texan by Jinx Schwartz
January 7, 2023
A lonely and grieving young widow moves back home and overcomes insurmountable obstacles to create a new life for herself.
Blue Bonet, widowed and in mourning, returns to Magnolia Bluff in her home state of Texas. Her grandmother had bequeathed an old lake house to her, and she cherishes childhood memories there. She arrives at the lake and finds the house she remembers as being grand, is now in disrepair.
She tackles the repairs, and is determined to make a new life for herself,
It seems like an uphill battle.
A rollercoaster of ups and down conspire to destroy her dream, and she begins to wonder if you really can’t go home again.
Review by Linda Pirtle:
Born and Bred Texan by Jinx Schwartz is a fun and fast read. Jinx skillfully entertains the reader with a dry sense of humor. Having been born and bred as a Texan myself, I enjoyed the purely Texican flavor of the language used by the characters. Blue Bonet, the protagonist, moves back home to Magnolia Bluff after the death of her husband. Right away, she adopts a stray dog, discovers a dead body and a field of bones in the back forty.
Handy, a gentlemen who graduated with Blue’s mother, becomes one of Blue’s most reliable new friends. He is the genius carpenter, plumber, and electrician who helps Blue renovate the old family lake house inherited from her grandmother. As she sifts through her grandmother’s possessions room by room, Blue Bonet
experiences a myriad of emotional memories of days gone by, especially when she unpacks her grandmother’s china. Unwanted tears trickle down her cheeks.
The author seamlessly moves the reader from one nostalgic scene to one that will result in laughter. For example, Blue Bonet’s mother insists she accompany her to the Magnolia Bluff High School class reunion. Grudgingly, Blue acquiesces. Perhaps she did so because the theme was western.
Blue visited second-hand thrift shops and spent very little money to assemble a western look. A shoulder holster and a real gun completed Blue’s attire which, according to her friend Gloria, made her look more like Pancho Villa than a cowgirl.
At the end of the evening, Blue sees a teenage boy removing a tire from her mother’s car. She yanks the gun from her holster and fires it in the air. Scared, the boy runs away. Only after “saving” her mother’s car from vandals does Blue learn that her mother had paid the young boy to change a flat tire.
Jinx Schwartz skillfully portrays how a lonely and grieving young widow moves back home, overcomes insurmountable obstacles to create a life for herself, and along the way, finds fulfillment and joy within.
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