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The first of three kindred novels set in the American Midwest of the 1920s describes how Julie Jones's life is turned upside down when her widowed father finds love, the mysterious son of the town drunk returns home and begins courting her, and a series of brutal rapes rocks the town. 100,000 first printing.
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Dorothy Garlock is an award-winning author with over 40 published novels. She lives in Clear Lake, Iowa.From Publishers Weekly:
First love is sweet for a fresh-faced country girl in bestselling author Garlock's latest romance, set in 1920s Missouri. Since her mother's death, lovely Julie Jones has cared for her farmer father and five siblings. She dotes on her family, but she also dreams of the day a worthy love will come and whisk her away. When Evan Johnson, the son of the Joneses' despised neighbor, Walter, comes home to take over his father's farm, he proves a pleasant surprise. The handsome young WWI vet has a college education, and is nothing like his drunken, abusive father. Julie worries that he'll never notice a country girl, but Evan falls fast for her and her lively, tight-knit family. The course of true love does sport a few bumps: a neighbor's pretty sister, Birdie, and her daughter come to visit and Birdie sets her cap for Julie's father, Jethro, managing to stir up plenty of trouble. Meanwhile, local lawman Corbin Appleby is stalking a rapist who has been preying on the young women of the county for years, and who hovers frighteningly near the Jones family. A secret Julie has kept for years threatens the lovers' happiness, too, but trust and justice win the day in this heartland romance. Garlock's dark and incongruously graphic rape subplot seems out of place in an otherwise charming story, but her sprightly dialogue and convincing depiction of family farm life rescue the tale. Major ad/promo; pre-sell tour.
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Book Description Warner Books, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 9.25x6.25x1.12 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0446527696
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Book Description Time Warner Publishing, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 370 Pages From Booklist Evocative of Catherine Cookson's fictional families, Garlock's Jones family is close-knit, loving, and hardworking. While Julie has looked after her five younger siblings since she dropped out of high school to nurse their mother through the last year of her life, Fertile, Missouri, has grown big enough as the 1920s roar to life to need a police presence. The town leaders hire Corbin Appleby, who has a hidden agenda. Evan Johnson, a decorated veteran of the Great War and son of the town's drunken bully, also comes to town, as does the scheming widow Birdie Stuart and her spoiled young daughter. As Julie begins to date Evan, Birdie creates big problems that could tear the family apart and send Evan to prison. And that's not all: a serial rapist is on the loose. With settings and characters so authentic the reader believes they have a past and a future, Garlock's heartwarming romantic historicals are Americana at its best. Diana Tixier Herald Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved Book Description At 21, Julie Jones is convinced that life is passing her by. Her mother's death four years ago left her in charge of caring for her father and five siblings, and dashed her hopes of meeting that special someone who would whisk her away to the glamorous big city. Then all at once, Julie's predictable existence is overturned when her father finds love with an attractive widow, and Evan Johnson, the mysterious son of the town drunkard returns home and starts courting her. With his arrival, however, comes a series of devastating tragedies as Evan's father is found murdered, and a series of brutal rapes rocks the town. In a rush to judgment, the townsfolk are all pointing to Evan as the guilty party, except for one person. Amid growing tensions, Julie Jones has been hiding a dark personal secret-and falling desperately in love. About the Author Dorothy Garlock is an award-winning author with over 40 published novels. She lives in Clear Lake, I. Seller Inventory # 0904A362600
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