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Notes: Reviewer Janet Elaine Smith, author of 11 published
novels, including best-selling Dunnottar, and her two
latest: Par for the Course and And They Called Her
that I began this book with trepidation. I am a devoted Dorothy
Garlock fan, but I do not like books written during the depression
Road Garlock refers to is the famous Route 66. It is set in
Oklahoma in 1932. A Texan, known only as "Yates," makes
his way along Route 66 to Andy's Garage Gas Camping site to repay
a debt he owes Andy, the owner. When he arrives, he finds not only
Andy, but Leona (whom he assumes is Andy's wife) and their two young
like trouble follows Yates wherever he goes. He no sooner arrives
at Andy's Garage than Andy is bit by a skunk. Fearing that the animal
might be rabid, Yates takes Andy to the hospital in Oklahoma City.
Yates promises Andy that he will take care of his family until he
comes back home.
so often the case, things are not what they appear to be. Yates
learns that Leona is not Andy's wife, but is in fact his sister-in-law.
Andy's wife-the mother of his children-is dead. Leona's reputation
is anything but stellar in the small Oklahoma town, as she is "living
in sin" with her brother-in-law. Her brother, a Bible-thumping
outspoken hypocritical fundamental church-goer, does everything
he can to destroy Leona's life, as well as threatening to remove
the children from their "evil home."
story unfolds, Yates and Leona find themselves attracted to each
other, but Leona is afraid to let her feelings go. The truth begins
to be revealed when the oldest of the girls disappears. A crooked
deputy sheriff, Leona's brother, the minister and the doctor all
play an important part in uncovering the mystery which surrounds
the disappearance, and an outbreak of serious illnesses add to the
Dorothy Garlock comes through with delightful characters, as well
as a well-woven plotline, making Mother Road as delightful
as her previous books, even in a time I do not care to read about.
I highly recommend it. It will leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling.