Setting: Rawlings, Oklahoma, 1945. Sensuality: 7. Johnny Henry returns from World War II to a boisterous hero's welcome, but the only face he really wants to see is that of his estranged wife, Kathleen. Craving assurance that he is alive and well, Kathleen watches him from afar, never realizing that he searches the crowd for her. After the parade is over, Johnny struggles to rebuild his life and deal with his love for Kathleen--a love that he is convinced is now forbidden. For her part, Kathleen's heart is breaking as she's often thrown into Johnny's company in the small ranching community of Rawlings, Oklahoma. The tragedy that tore the couple apart before Johnny shipped out for the Pacific still haunts them both. And the depth of misunderstanding that lies between them seems insurmountable until Kathleen's life is threatened and Johnny is forced to confront his fears.Garlock offers a keen insight into the mores and character of 1940s middle America in this post- World War II novel. Blue-collar workers and the rural atmosphere blend well with the hint of deranged obsession that threatens the heroine in this fourth and final of Garlock's books set in Oklahoma. --Lois Faye Dyer
He was the spark; she was the flame . . . Baptiste Lightbody had found the beautiful young girl named Maggie in Missouri Territory. From the moment they met, they became two parts of the same spirit, joined in flesh and soul with an underlying fire. Shunned by a world that called him a half-breed and her a witch, they struck out together into the wilderness after the same fierce dream: a paradise of their own. But ahead of them lay dangers that could take Maggie away forever: brutal river pirates, rampaging Indian renegades, and a secret that followed them into the virgin forest. And soon they would both face a test that could break their hearts--or join them in a love that would become a legend on the untamed American frontier.
When her parents died, lovely Annie Lash was left alone in old St. Louis--a prize catch for the elderly suitors lined up at her door. But, yearning for a man who could love her completely--and whom she could love in return, Annie refused them all. Then a young frontiersman named Jefferson Merrick offered her the chance to love in a distant settlement. Dreaming of a future by the wide Missouri, she accepted--never realizing that she would have to face hostile Indians, river bandits, and Jefferson's political enemies. Even more dangerous were the storms of her own heart. For the rugged man who dared to tame the wild country around them was now starting to tame the wild Annie Lash.
Colton, Montana, 1931. Struggling through the Great Depression, Maddy Aldridge agrees to run an illegal speakeasy in order to save her family's mercantile store. Keeping her dangerous new business partner at arm's length is no easy task, but her bravery faces its biggest test when Jack Rucker unexpectedly comes home. He left town seven years ago, breaking his promise-and her heart-when he didn't return so they could get married and start a family. Now Jack is willing to do anything to earn her forgiveness . . . anything except reveal one important truth: that he's a Prohibition agent on an undercover assignment. How far are Maddy and Jack willing to go to keep their secrets? What happens when the truth finally comes out? With violence threatening to shatter their world, Maddy and Jack have only one chance to rekindle their love and trust for each other, one chance to claim a future together.nts him to go back and hide in plain sight. With a pain-in-the-rump partner breathing down his neck, what will Jack do when he finds out what Maddy is up to? Can he and Maddy rekindle the love they once knew? If Jeffers discovers Jack is a federal agent, to what ends will he go to silence him forever?
America's Heartland, 1946. World War II has ended, and everyone is pursuing peacetime's bright promise with fresh energy and hope. Newly-arrived in a small Wisconsin town, Christina Tucker now dares to chase her long-cherished dreams: put her wartime nursing skills to use and reconnect with country life. But helping a shell-shocked veteran recover soon tests her determination and disturbs town memories best left buried. She has no choice but to turn to her patient's seemingly-irresponsible brother, Tyler Sutter. A restless ex-soldier, Tyler can't believe this pretty ladylike nurse can heal his family. Yet as Christina begins to understand Tyler's own fears, the two grow close, then closer still-as a terrible secret sparks one man's violent, vengeful spree. With both the guilty and innocent alike in harm's way, Tyler and Christina must face all their fears . . . or never live to see the future.
The million-copy bestselling author of Wind of Promise and Annie Lash continues her breathtaking Wabash River Trilogy with this second exciting novel set in Arkansas in 1819. Amy Deverell joins Rain Tallman as he blazes new trails across the American frontier--and across her heart.
Alaska is the land Kelly has always loved. But when she meets Jack, she feels a passion so strong that she follows him to Boston. Once there, however, she discovers that Jack is really the wealthy Jonathon Templeton III, and Boston society chills her as no Alaskan winter could. Fleeing her new husband, Kelly struggles to reopen her father's Alaska resort and mend her broken heart. Then who appears at her cabin door? An angry Jack, determined to repossess his beautiful wife! When Molly's father dies she has no choice but to follow the directions he left in his will if she hopes to keep her beloved wilderness home. But could she marry a cold, arrogant stranger- and pretend to all the world she loves him? Isolated in the Alaskan wilds, Molly finds her panic soon turns to burning desire. Adam wants her too, but can he ever truly ye her?
A "New York Times" extended list bestselling author, DorothyGarlock has won acclaim and awards for her unique ability to convey boththe romance and reality of frontier America. Here she presents one ofher most beloved stories, a tale of a woman in danger of losing both herhome and her heart.<P>Victoria McKenna is a Western woman -- tough on the outside and soft onthe inside, where she keeps her dreams. Now both her strength and herheart will be challenged. Her late pa's cattle ranch on Wyoming'snotorious Outlaw Trail, the only home she has ever known, has beenunderhandedly sold to a stranger named Mason Mahaffey. Soon Victoriafinds herself confronting a rangy, handsome cowboy with five orphanedbrothers and sisters -- a man whose level blue eyes suggest she has mether match. <P>Her choice is clear. She can fight him with all her might... or listen to the feelings that tell her Mason is the right man for both this wild country and a woman born of the West.
A New York Times extended list bestselling author, Dorothy Garlock has won acclaim and awards for her unique ability to convey both the romance and reality of frontier America. Here she presents one of her most beloved stories, a tale of two outcasts who must learn to take a leap of faith--and take a chance on love. She had narrowly escaped the lynch mob that unjustly hanged her foster father. Now lonely Willa Hammer has nothing left--except her dog Buddy, her faith in herself, and the protection of a strange, secretive family. She joins their wagon train, headed west . . . never realizing that she is traveling to the wilds of the Big Horn Mountains, where a run-down, intrigue-ridden ranch and the arms of an untamed, hardened cowboy await her. Haunted by his past, Smith Bowman has the power to infuriate Willa and hurt her. But a love greater than the Big Horn can be theirs if they can surrender to the gentle giving of their hearts.
Out of print for nine years, a classic western romance by the bestselling author of Homeplace and Ribbon in the Sky has been brought back by popular demand. The Macklin ranch seemed to be a refuge for Johanna and her ravaged younger sister--until the cruel rancher forces Johanna to marry hisson . . . then Johanna faces overwhelming desire for her new husband.
From the bestselling author of "The Edge of Town" comes a novel about a young girl who must choose between a bootlegging father and the lawman on his trail.
After the death of her stepdaughter, Ana struggles to raise her late stepdaughter's child in a dangerous situation, but soon finds a new way to dream.
The 'Voice of America's Heartland,' national bestselling author Dorothy Garlock, delivers the second novel in her evocative, Depression-era trilogy. Ernie Harding may have stolen Margie Kinnard's savings, but he didn't shatter her dreams of going to California to become a movie star. Help arrives from an unexpected source: Margie's long lost father. Newly widowed, he's westward bound himself and offers Margie a ride. Soon after the two set off, they form a caravan with fellow travelers heading for the Golden State. Then the unthinkable happens. Ernie Harding reappears, and days later, Margie's father dies. Did he pass away peacefully in his sleep, or is Ernie guilty of more than petty theft? And will Margie's dreams of Hollywood get sidetracked by Brady Hoyt, the handsome rancher who's taken on the role of her protector?
The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author follows Charlotte Tucker, the young girl from Garlock's most recent novel, Stay A Little Longer, into adulthood. As a child, Charlotte Tucker was raised in small town Minnesota where the only real company was the people who came to her aunt Louise's boarding house. Several years later, Charlotte is a young woman and thirsty to get out of her hometown and see the world. When a teaching position opens up in Oklahoma, she jumps at the opportunity to take a room on John Grant's ranch in Sawyer, a small town to the north, to begin her new career. She soon befriends Owen and Hannah Wallace, a brother and sister who have come from Colorado following the death of their mother. Abandoned at an early age by a father they never knew, they are set on revenge against the man who left them -- a man they believe is John Grant. As the summer heats up and a brutal storm wreaks havoc on the town, a secret is revealed that threatens to change Charlotte's life -- and her new friends -- forever.
When 23-year-old Kristen Anderson received word that her uncle had died and left her his Larkspur ranch in Montana, she at least had a choice in life. Relegated to the role of servant in her brother's house, she had accepted her fate, but now she had a chance to live on her own. Over her brother's violent opposition, she boarded the train in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.<P>On her arrival in Big Timber, Montana, she found a suspiciously eager buyer waiting to purchase the ranch she had yet to see. With a little help from a local citizen, she evaded the schemer and made her way to the ranch, only to find two men living on her land: one young, strong, and with ideas of his own about the property; the other sad, senile, and completely dependent.<P>Kristen had inherited trouble with her legacy -- and mystery. Would the two men help her fight the venal Forsythe forces who sought to wrench the ranch from her? Would she meet life or death here? Would she discover undying hatred -- or eternal love?
The new novel from the Voice of America's Heartland, Dorothy Garlock. Two friends, middle-aged Pearl and pretty, young schoolteacher Hallie, have just about decided to leave the rough Western town of Whiskey Bend, where both are disillusioned with the way they have been treated. The final straw comes when they witness their friend Mary being assaulted in the street by her stepbrother Chester and no one steps forward to help her. They decide to leave and take Mary with them. They go out to the shack where Chester and Mary live to get her, but when Chester attacks them, Pearl shoots him in the leg. He screams after the three that he will follow them wherever they go. Desperately they drive away in an open wagon seeking a new life and safety. One night along the way they are caught in a violent storm and Mary nearly drowns in a roiling river. She is saved by a daring young rancher who brings them back to his home to stay until Mary recovers. The rancher has troubles of his own. He is condemned by his mother for having left his father to run the ranch alone years earlier. He is searching for the murderer of his younger brother. And someone now is trying to kill him. Attracted to him and grateful, Hallie vows to help him.
In the 1880s, Jane Love comes to Timbertown, Wyoming to escape her heritage and begin a new job and an independent new life. But upon her arrival, she discovers that she and 19 other women were recruited, not to work, but to become wives of lumberjacks. Jane is appalled by the arrangement but agrees to a mock marriage with the town's owner. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Her cornsilk hair loose in the wind, Liberty drove her Conestoga wagon as if the devil were after her. She had run away from New York when her pa demanded she marry Stith Lenning, a domineering coward who would use her body and break her spirit. Liberty's response was NEVER . . . never, as long as a land waited in the West where a river ran fast and a woman was free to follow her dreams. But rampaging Indians along the Wabash's deep waters and Stith's relentless pursuit were more than even a feisty beauty could handle. Then, guns blazing, frontiersman Farr Quill rode into her life. With the same steely strength that had tamed the wilderness, he offered Liberty his protection . . . all he demanded in return was her total surrender.
She was 17 and all alone. Running into the Kentucky wilderness from the family who had attempted to sell her, Cherish Riley knew her enemies were tracking her. She never dreamed that a tall buckskin-clad man with a large brown dog would offer his protection--and that within hours he would propose marriage.
17 years old and terribly alone, Cherish Riley runs into the Kentucky wilderness from the low-down family that dared to sell her. She meets a man named Sloan Carroll, who proposes to her, but he finds that it will take a little more to win her heart.
A consistent Waldenbook bestselling author, Dorothy Garlock writes also under the pseudonyms Johanna Phillips and Dorothy Phillips. Casey Farlowe gives up all hope of a normal life--including marriage and children--after a car crash leaves her scarred. And Dan Murdock, the man who rescued her from the burning auto, must convince her that he loves her just the way she is.
Available for the first time in over a decade, two classic Dorothy Garlock romances - SING SOFTLY TO ME and GENTLE TORMENT - are coming back into print in an irresistible two-in-one volume. SING SOFTLY TO ME: She thought she'd escaped the man - and the memories. But Tom Clary suddenly appeared in Minnesota to summon her home. Without hesitation, Beth Marshall left her hospital job and made the hazardous winter drive back to Cody, Wyoming, with the brash cowboy she'd tried so hard to forget. She couldn't refuse Tom's imperious command to return to nurse her ailing sister. But how could she share Tom's house, where her sister now lived? The magic was still there but so was the danger. Tom's searing embrace rekindled passions that had slept but never died. He swore the past was behind them. But had he really changed, or was she headed for heartbreak -again? GENTLE TORMENT: Tawny-haired Lindy Williamson fled the sun-graced south for the promise of the Alaskan frontier - leaving behind Jake, the rugged ex-husband who'd tormented her even as he tempted her. Facing a challenging job with an oil drilling company, Lindy was determined to build a new - and single - life for herself. Then Jake came to claim her, barging into her life to reopen the wounds he'd inflicted, to revive the yearnings he'd aroused. His burning kisses had seduced her once. Would his fiery passion win her again?
Dorothy Garlock, bestselling author of Dream River, weaves a powerful story filled with all the passion and adventure of the pioneer West. Mara Shannon McCall returns home to Wyoming to find her family ranch in shambles . . . and only virile Pack Gallagher can save her heritage!
The new Americana romance from bestselling author Dorothy Garlock, this time set against the backdrop of WWII. Sophie Heller's family immigrated from Germany to Victory, a small town in Illinois, before WWII began. Now that the war has affected the town, the townspeople discriminate against Sophie and her family. When a train derails, it is an accident but the Heller family is blamed. Coming to Sophie's rescue is a teacher from the high school, and despite their cultural differences, a romance starts to bloom.