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John Jacob Worthington Jones -- EPUB

  •  John Jones is going to jail. A strange woman intrudes, saying he is her husband. 
 This triggers events that could cost John his life.
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Release Date:
July 21, 2015
Cover Artist:
Carol Fiorillo

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In 1935 John Jones is an unrepentant hobo and con-man whose past has caught up with him. He is being carted off to jail, when a strange young woman with a two-year-old child on her hip, stops the police chief, insisting, there has been a mistake. The man he has in tow is her husband, Reverend John Jacob Worthington Jones.

Ruth Harvey needs a man with nothing to lose. Who better than someone at odds with the law? She says a short prayer, and tells a little lie. The domino effect of her hasty falsehood, sets in motion a chain of unexpected events that will change her life forever.


The Police Chief took John's arm and led him toward the jail.

He has a Bible, that's a sign of good character, isn't it? Edith stood glued to the spot as she argued with herself. Should I or shouldn't I?

If she ever intended to act, it had to be now. Edith pushed through the crowd of onlookers and yanked on the Police Chief's shirt sleeve. "Why are you taking Reverend Jones to jail?" She stood Annie on the ground and threw her arms around the stranger's waist. "I've been worried about you, darling." She punched him in the back with her fingers, hoping he would recognize it as some kind of signal.

"Do you know this man?" The Police Chief asked, his voice lifting in surprise.

Dear, Lord, don't strike me dead for telling such a lie. Edith stooped and lifted Annie into her arms. "Do I know him? He's my husband."

John's mouth fell open as a look of astonishment flitted across his face and lodged in the velvet brown of his eyes.

"I see." The Police Chief stroked his chin with a thumb and forefinger. "What's your name?"

"Edith Jones, Mrs. John Jones." She nodded toward the child on her hip. "This is Annie."

The Police Chief still held onto John's arm. "Your daughter?"

Edith smiled. "Our daughter." Inside she was shaking like a leaf.

The Police Chief scanned the scruffy looking man beside him from head to toe. "You say this man's a preacher? What denomination?"

Edith feigned indignation. "Baptist, of course.

The Police Chief shrugged. "I should have known by his voice." He nodded toward John. "You're free to go with your wife."

Edith gave Annie to the startled stranger. "You carry the baby, dear. I can manage your bag."

Without saying a word or changing his expression, John Jones took Annie from Edith's arms and gave her his bag.

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  1. This book should be made into a movie. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Aug 2015

    I loved, loved, loved “John Jacob Worthington Jones”! It is the first book in a very long time that grabbed me on the first page and never let me go, not for one instant. The story is simultaneously serious and funny, strange yet believable, and never predictable. I fell in love with the masterfully drawn characters, even the rascals—no, make that especially the rascals. The rural setting of depression-era America is absolutely perfect for this story of sweet romance, simple faith, and hardscrabble living. Do yourself a big favor and read this book.

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