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Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in Worthy Brown's Daughter a compelling historical drama set in nineteenth century Oregon that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twistsOne of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown a newly freed slave rescue his fifteen year old daughter Roxanne from their former master a powerful Portland lawyer Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangmanAt the same time hanging judge Jed Tyler a powerful politician with a barren personal life becomes infatuated with a beautiful gold digger who is scheming to murder Benjamin Gillette Oregon's wealthiest businessman When Gillette appears to die from natural causes Sharon Hill produces a forged contract of marriage and Tyler must decide if he will sacrifice his reputation to defend that of the woman who inspired his irrational obsessionAt Worthy's trial Matthew saves Worthy by producing a stunning courtroom surprise and his attempt to stop the deadly fortune hunter ends in a violent climax


10 thoughts on “Worthy Brown's Daughter

  1. says:

    My sincere thanks to Harper Collins for giving me the opportunity to read this before publication I'd recommend Worthy Brown's Daughter to reader's looking for a good historical novel that explore the themes of women grieving slavery and justice Margolin sets his story in mid 1800 Oregon an area that he is familiar with and one that he can comfortably and expertly depict I was immediately drawn into the story by its first chapter always a good signAs not to spoil the story for you I'll leave out some details but suffice it to say that Matthew finds himself practicing law in Portland His clients are the poor farmers of this region likely to pay him in produce or trade as in cashFirst case we're privy to involves a man Clyde Lukens accused of stealing 200 from a guest at the town's inn Some would hang him without a trial but this is not Matthew's form of Justice Sharon Hill the woman claiming that she was robbed is of uestionable character and Lukens dubs her a jezebel Matthew agrees to take Clyde on as a client I'll not tell how this works out but Hill and her morals continue to be a pertinent part of the story Matthew's character is now set in our minds He is approached by Worthy Brown whose daughter Roxanne learns of the new constitution of Oregon which abolishes slavery Worthy asks his owner Barbour do set them both free Barbour refuses but eventually agrees that if Worthy works for him one year he'll let them go When the year is up Caleb Barbour reneges on this promise orders Worthy off his property and refuses to let Roxanne leave Worthy wants Matthew to bring Barbour to court and get freedom for his daughter What I likedThe Brown vs Barbour case and whether justice will be served for all our citizensThe setting and description thereofMargolin's rendering of the timesA love story that I've told you nothing aboutThe many moral dilemmas presented made me thinkI liked the characters but their speaking voices and sometimes even their thoughts fell flat for me With a realistic dialog this would have been a superior book As I stated in the beginning if you like historical fiction and the subject of justice then Worthy Brown's Daughter might fit the bill for you One thing which may or not make the final cut as my read was from an uncorrected proof but I so loved the dedication that I'd like to share it For Doreen who was with me when I started Worthy Brown's Daughter and is still in my heartMargolin's wife Doreen Stamm also a defense attorney died from cancer in 2007


  2. says:

    I'm overwhelmed with disappointment in this book It's seriously terrible overwrought plot stilted dialogue banal narration despite a promising plot description And Margolin is billed as a best selling author which makes me wonder whether stepping out of his normal genre is the issue or if there's just no accounting for taste The plot line from the title is that a prominent Portland attorney brought two slaves with him from Georgia a man and his adolescent daughter Slavery is illegal in the new state of Oregon so the wily lawyer strikes a deal with his former slave Worthy Brown to let him work for his own freedom and that of his daughter The lawyer reneges on setting the daughter free however keeping her as an indentured servant Worthy approaches another Portland attorney Matthew Penny to help him free his daughter What could have been an in depth examination of racism and the law instead becomes a ridiculous soap opera with all the elements Margolin adds The aforementioned wily lawyer Caleb Barbour is a immoral alcoholic lecherous sleazeball without a single redeeming uality The protagonist Matthew is so stilted and self righteous with all his internal conflicts I wanted to hand him the world's smallest violin A second major plotline about a vindictive prostitute steals the show most of the time even though it's a stock melodramatic storyline without any actual depth The only reason I even finished this book was my sense of responsibility for suggesting it to my book group For that I'm truly repentantRead for book group October 2014


  3. says:

    I so wanted to like this book than I did It has a great premise based on a true story a man agrees to free his slaves once they help him get settled in Oregon but he reneges in part of his deal leaving a young woman as his indentured slave What could have and should have been a fascinating look at the legal system in the new West reflecting the racial economic and social issues of the time became a superficial pile up of wacky plots and a main story that went nowhereThere was little to no character development Except for the main character of Matthew everyone else came across as a cardboard character The villains were clearly villainous the martyrs virtuous and the heroes were too good to be true Anyone who was introduced with a sliver of conflict such as the whore turned scam artist and the judge who lusted after her lost that sliver as soon as the story moved on And there was little to really like about the main character other than his integrity Matthew who is still in mourning after two years trudges along feeling sorry for himself and his circumstances throughout the novel There are a few positives for him but they sort of fall into his lap not really earned at all The plot moves uickly and if it hadn't I probably wouldn't have finished the book The main legal conflict Worthy Brown's suit to free his daughter becomes mired in subplots of the murder of the master and the scam of Portland's wealthiest man The legal aspects of the case should have been enough to create a compelling story; the subplots weren't tied into the book well enough to make them worthwhile and the scam plot was resolved rather uickly it could have been excised from the book and no one would have noticed It was a disappointing readIn the afterword Margolin claims this is the best book he's written and since it's the first of his I've read I doubt I'll pick up another one This premise and Worthy Brown's daughter deserved better


  4. says:

    Inspired by real legal cases Worthy Brown's Daughter is set in Oregon in 1860 There are two concurrent but unconnected plots which are linked by Matthew Penny a young lawyer In the first Worthy Brown is a former slave who enlists the aid of Penny to free his teenaged daughter from their former master The second involves a circuit judge and the richest man in town who are both brought low by the scheming prostitute Sharon Hill This is a novel and interesting setting for a book I know nothing about Oregon's history and this book was a very entertaining introduction to its society and legal system Don't worry the trials are not boring at all There is also a charming non sappy love story All of the characters were well developed and acted in a believable manner Matthew Worthy and his daughter were particularly appealing characters I thought there were some giant holes in the final legal argument but I still found the ending very satisfyingI received a free copy of this book from the publisher


  5. says:

    Portland Oregon is the 1860's is a typical frontier town a place where things are not very easy Yet Matthew seizes the opportunity to relocate there from the east and he and his wife join the wagons heading over the Oregon Trail Matthew makes it to Oregon his wife does not Once in OregonMatthew who is a lawyer becomes embroiled in a few cases over a property dispute and lands on the wrong side of a man who does not easily forgive He also decides to undertake the lawsuit of a negro the said Worthy whose daughter in still being held as a slave even though slaves are illegal in Oregon Margolin has written legal thrillers for many years so he knows his way around a courtroom and this one is loosely based on a true incident Really enjoyed Matthew's character and the rough and tumble of this western town The corruption and graft violence never far from the core It was very unusual for a white man at that time to take on the defense of a black man yet it was done There were a couple of subplots that I felt were not really necessary taking away from the main plot which was very interesting Also at the end Matthew's new love interest lectures Worthy's daughter about doing something with her life rather than being a servant something I did not like and could have been left out All in all a good solid read


  6. says:

    Worthy Brown's Daughter is 2014 Harper publication written by Phillip Margolin I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThe 1860's Matthew Penny and his young wife make the journey from Ohio to Oregon where he wished to set up a law practice Tragically on the journey Rachel dies in an accident Bereft Matthew continues on with his plans and sets up a law office in Portland He isn't really doing all that well with the firm when he becomes embroiled in a case involving a man accused of stealing money from a strikingly beautiful woman The man is found guilty but Matthew is certain he was connedOn another note Matthew meets a charming young lady named Heather For the first time since Rachel's death he feels like he could have a chance at happiness Fate intervenes when Worthy Brown visits Matthew will a shocking revelation In return for this information Worthy wants Matthew to sue Worthy's former owner Why? Worthy and his daughter Roxanne were made a bargain that would set them free from slavery They did their part but Worthy was the only one set free His daughter is still enslaved and Worthy wants her releasedMatthew is faced the an unprecedented moral dilemma He agreed to take Worthy's case never suspecting the outcome of his involvement In the 1860's Oregon was a new state and there were new rules or laws concerning slave ownership Worthy had a right to have his daughter returned but once again fate intervened and Worthy finds himself imprisoned facing the gallows Can Matthew save him before it's too late?This is a compelling historical fiction mystery based in part on a real case The attitude regarding blacks often led some to the helpless conclusion that they were not worth defending They had no future not way to educate themselves and very little money This trap would lead Worthy to make a decision that would set a guilty man free because he felt one man's life was worth than another's Matthew disagrees vehemently and fights for justice however he can get it In the meantime the beautiful con artist sets her sights on Heather's widowed father and attempts to take Heather's inheritance from her Once Matthew must try to bring the wily mastermind to justice once and for all So there are two crimes Matthew is seeking to bring a close to His future is also uestionable as he isn't sure if he should try to tough it out in Oregon and maybe have a future with Heather or to pack it all in and return to Ohio Matthew's character is very honorable despite his flaws He is pretty hard on himself at times Heather is also a likeable person and I admired her for sticking with the man she loved through some shocking truths and very difficult times The political and judicial corruption was alive and well in 1860 as much as it is today Men were bribed promised powerful positions and blindsided by their own goals and greed There were a lot of bad guys in this one all with an agenda of their own Overall this was an interesting crime drama that explored a painful period in our history I give this one a B


  7. says:

    Worthy Brown is a humble man He works hard for what he wants For example he was a slave but now he is finally a free man Not without a lot of hard work and pain If there was any other way Mr Brown would take it but there is not Thus he takes himself down to Matthew Penny's office Mr Penny is an attorney Mr Brown's former employer made a deal with Mr Brown that if he and his daughter worked for him for another year then he would release them both As you can imagine he broke that deal Now Mr Brown will do everything he can to get his daughter back and give her her freedom I was first introduced to this author by reading his book Sleight of Hand After reading that book I knew I needed to check out this author's other books When I got the chance to read Mr Margolin's newest book I knew I could not pass up the opportunity Plus I have always been fascinated by the South and this time period Instantly I was spellbound by this book and the story of Mr Brown and his daughter This book was so great that as soon as I finished the last word I ran to by co worker and raved about this book I told her she needed to write down this author's name and this book and check it out when it became available In fact this book was so good that I even compared it to another one of my all time favorite classic books that I readTo Kill a Mockingbird Yes I did just make this reference Worthy Brown's Daughter is a must read and must keeper


  8. says:

    Sadly disappointed in this Oregon historical fiction Loosely based on a true story of a slave who is emancipated and whose child is not released by the wealthy land owner so the fight for her release ensues I was hoping for a less Harleuin Romancey story complete with its light sex scenes rape and pimps in a whore house In all it was too pat for me and there were too many sub plots that got checked off in the last few short chapters check check check ok good I'm done Oh PS of course the last paragraph was a setup for a seuel Meh


  9. says:

    This fast paced historical drama set in Portland Oregon in 1860 has exciting plot twists in almost every chapter A must read as a mystery novel and as a historical novel


  10. says:

    Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in Worthy Brown's Daughter a compelling historical drama set in nineteenth century Oregon that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twistsOne of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown a newly freed slave rescue his fifteen year old daughter Roxanne from their former master a powerful Portland lawyer Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangmanAt the same time hanging judge Jed Tyler a powerful politician with a barren personal life becomes infatuated with a beautiful gold digger who is scheming to murder Benjamin Gillette Oregon's wealthiest businessman When Gillette appears to die from natural causes Sharon Hill produces a forged contract of marriage and Tyler must decide if he will sacrifice his reputation to defend that of the woman who inspired his irrational obsessionAt Worthy's trial Matthew saves Worthy by producing a stunning courtroom surprise and his attempt to stop the deadly fortune hunter ends in a violent climaxRead this book You just must I haven't read any other books by Margolin but after reading the blurb for this one I had to read it And it didn't disappoint Fascinating book The picture on the cover is so haunting I really loved the work Margolin has put into this one and I highly recommend this entertaining read