The Lady Fugitive


Although Ada Brownell was an unknown author to me, I usually enjoy novels with a historic western setting so I decided to give “The Lady Fugitive” a try. I found it to be an engrossing story with solid characters and a strong message of salvation woven through it.

When Jenny Parks makes a desperate run for freedom from her abusive uncle, she continues to cross paths with William O’Casey, a peddler who is also committed to presenting an early moving picture, “The Passion of Christ” in the towns he travels through. As William frequently comes to Jenny’s rescue, the pair begin to develop some feelings for each other but between personal complications and misunderstandings, any hope for a future together seems doomed.

The plot of “The Lady Fugitive” moved at a steady pace and contained numerous plot twists and surprises along the way. With numerous positive characters as well as villains, there was never a dull moment. I would not hesitate to recommend this novel.

This book was provided for review by the Book Club Network, Inc.


How does a respected elocutionist become a face on a wanted poster? 

Jenny Louise Parks escapes from the coal bin and her abusive uncle offers a handsome reward for her return. Because he is a judge, he will find her. 

Determination to remain free grips Jenny, especially after she meets William and there’s a hint of romance. But while peddling household goods and showing a Passion of the Christ moving picture, he discovers his father’s brutal murder. 

Will Jenny avoid the bounty hunters? Can she forgive the person who turns her in? Will she find peace, joy and love?


ADA (NICHOLSON) BROWNELL’s prolific writing career began in her teens with writing for youth magazines. She taught youth much of her life. She and her husband had five children of their own.  Nearly 300 articles of her articles and stories have appeared in 45 Christian publications, and she spent 17 years as a journalist, mostly at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado. Brownell has a B.S. Degree in mass communications and a certificate of ministry from Berean School of the Bible, now Global University. She continues to write books; articles for Christian publications, and occasional op-ed pieces for newspapers.