Luckily he was conscripted at the very end, and being in the band had allowed him to do a show when the war ended. At the show he saw a girl he couldn’t keep his eyes off of, and a girl he had to ask around about. He made it his job to earn some money and come back for her.
He snuck out of the army compound without discharge papers and headed to the Rio Grande along with his fiddle with hopes of finding Doris.
We follow Simon and three fellow musicians as they make their way in a boat to San Antonio.
When they landed, they had to hide from patrols and find lodging and work. They thankfully found lodging in an abandoned home and found work at different functions and saloons.
They had adventures, and Simon still never forgot about Doris Dillon.
SIMON THE FIDDLER has Ms. Jiles' excellent writing and beautiful detail, but it was a very slow read.
I actually was disappointed since I loved NEWS OF THE WORLD, and was looking for a character to love like Captain Kidd.
If you have time to read beautiful, detailed descriptions and also learn about music, SIMON THE FIDDLER will be a book for you.