Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Former Puerto Vallarta U.S. consular agent Jenny McGill's last book, "Tales from the Sierra Madre," is now available from Amazon Books and here in Puerto Vallarta.
Jenny McGill and her husband Howard first moved to Puerto Vallarta in 1973. In 1982, McGill was appointed the U.S. consular agent in Vallarta, reporting to the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara. She stayed in the post for 14 years.
Upon retirement, the McGills sought out the tranquility of the western Sierra Madres in the small village of Talpa de Allende, Jalisco, where Jenny penned her first book, "Drama & Diplomacy in Sultry Puerto Vallarta." A lively account of her experiences as the second ever US consular agent in Puerto Vallarta, 'Drama & Diplomacy' became a big hit and went to two printings.
At the time of her death (December 31, 2009,) Jenny had another book nearly finished. Entitled "The Woman in the Trunk," it tells the story of Paula Koch, the wife of Albert Koch, a German miner who made his way to Talpa in the 1860s, amassed a fortune, and is buried in the town’s cemetery, where Jenny ran across their tombstones. Jenny's endless curiosity led her to Paula's descendants, who contributed factual accounts, family records and recipes of that era, making the story come alive.
"The Woman in the Trunk" is just one of the many intriguing chronicles in "Tales from the Sierra Madre," a delightful assemblage of stories about the many people, places and happenings Linda discovered in Talpa de Allende, where she and Howard lived for eighteen years. The book also contains a collection of Jenny's best columns and favorite recipes.
Media celebrity Linda Ellerbee summed up this fascinating collection of tales in the book's forward. "It is a strange book. A book about many things... It is a book about religious and political storms, about customs kept and customs broken, about a particular virgin. It is about a special place, a small mountain village called Talpa, and its people, in all their variety..."
Thanks to the efforts of Jenny's beloved husband Howard and a few dozen of the McGills’ friends who worked tirelessly to put the parts together into a single entity, "Tales from the Sierra Madre" is now available at Amazon Books.Copies can also be purchased here in Puerto Vallarta for $18 USD / $225 Pesos. To get your copy, call Howard McGill at 222-2828 or 044-322-229-2973. Like Jenny was, this book is vigorously alive - and well worth a read.