On her last day of college, Jennifer Anne McColl is summoned to see her grandfather's attorney and long time friend,
Harry Moore. It is then she discovers her grandfather, George McColl, has left her twenty million dollars. With the
help of Harry and a realtor, Jenny purchases her first home in the country. She also accepts a job working at the
Bellwood Museum in the Society of History department.
Jenny's life has been a tragic one. At just eight years of age, both of her parents were killed in a car accident
with Jenny being the sole survivor. She spent her childhood growing up at the Covehill Boarding School very much
alone. It was while at boarding school that she met her best friend, Macy. But when her grandfather, George McColl,
dies, Jenny has no family left at all.
On Thanksgiving, a wounded Irish Setter puppy appears out of nowhere on Jenny's doorstep. She takes in the puppy,
naming him Uno, and the two soon become inseparable. Robert Lee Byrne is her dark-eyed, mysterious neighbor who no
one in town knows anything about. It is through Uno the two meet.
Jenny and Uno are brutally attacked by a five-hundred-pound black bear, and it is during the several months of
physical therapy that Jenny realizes she does indeed have a family all her own.
McColl's Gates: The Covehill Ladies was a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the character of Jenny and admired
her strength and personality. Once I began reading, I just couldn't put the book down. I found it to be a very