Sunfire Romance Novels
In the 80s, the world was lit by Sunfire!

Jacquelyn Quick Notes

Jacquelyn by Jeffie Ross Gordon is Sunfire #12. (Jeffie Ross Gordon is a pseudonym for the two-person writing team of Judith Ross Enderle and Stephanie Jacob Gordon.)

Jacquelyn Front Cover (Credit: Joel Iskowitz)

Front Cover Blurb: Hard times have taken everything but her courage. Will they now take away her greatest love?

Back Cover Blurb: How can she think only of herself in these hard times?

Main Character: Jacquelyn Penelope Carleton (“Jacky”), daughter of a Chicago millionaire who loses everything in the Great Depression. She is the oldest Sunfire girl, almost 17 at the start and five months from her 19th birthday by the end of the book. She has black hair that she cuts off into a bob and gray eyes. Her older brother, Baxter, refers to her as “J.P.”; David nicknames her “Jake,” which IS kind of cute.

Suitor #1: Broderick Winston Stokes III, brown hair, green eyes. The son of a wealthy business associate of Jacky’s father. He and Jacky get engaged at the beginning of the book…and you just know it’s not going to last through Jacky’s hardship.

Suitor #2: Stefan Ericsson, 20 years old; blond hair, blue eyes. He and his family (including sister Heidi, who becomes Jacky’s friend) are Jacky’s neighbors when the Carletons are forced out of their mansion. Stefan’s a good guy, cute and reliable, but old-fashioned and a total snore.

Suitor #3: David Burns, brown hair, “rusty” brown eyes. An out-of-work dancer who can’t afford a package of crackers. He runs into Jacky twice randomly before they officially meet.

Setting: Chicago during the Great Depression. The book spans almost two full years, starting in December 1931 and ending in September 1933.

Front Cover: Middle, Jacquelyn, wearing her dancing girl costume; right, Stefan. There is some debate about who is on the left; is it Broderick or David? I’m going with David for a couple reasons. First, he’s more important to the overall arc of the story. In addition, his…theatrical ensemble would never be worn by “old money.” You would more likely see Broderick in tennis whites. Lower right: Jacky and David embracing. There’s also some gangsters, because what would 1930s Chicago be without them? Also shown is, probably, the Carleton mansion.

I never really liked this cover. I feel like Jacky is almost but not quite looking straight on, which gives her kind of a vacant expression like she’s staring off into space. And even though she’s pretty useless at most jobs, she’s certainly motivated and not really an airhead. Otherwise she does fit her description as written. I just would rather have seen her looking like a girl who faces the challenges of suddenly supporting her family, including an invalid father and a mentally ill mother. Maybe Scholastic thought if the Depression looked too depressing, no one would read the book!

Back Cover: Texas Guinan’s dancing troupe and the train to Hollywood.

Jacquelyn Back Cover

I think I received Jacquelyn as an eight-grade graduation gift. I distinctly remember finding it tucked in my mom’s dresser drawer when I was putting laundry away, and sneaking peeks at it whenever I could! This post took a while because I had to reread the book for details. I remembered a lot of the plot, and the three guys (mostly), but I remembered Jacky as much more of a spoiled brat than she turned out to be. She’s really nowhere near, say, Amanda level. She’s not thrilled to lose everything, but she pretty gamely accepts reality and steps up to the plate. Her one hangup is trying to hold on to Broderick as long as she can, but I really think that’s because she’s looking for ONE patch of solid ground, and shouldn’t your fiance be that for you?

I have to wonder if, five years later, Jacky ever ran into Roxanne in Hollywood and shared notes.


One Response to “Jacquelyn Quick Notes”

  1. your Roxanne reference made me lol. I never liked this cover either but mostly because the original bobs weren’t that pretty to me. The hollywood page boy looks of the late 30’s early 40’s got better though.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: