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The edge of town
Garlock, Dorothy.
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New York : Warner Books, 2001.
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370 pages ; 24 cm
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At 21, Julie Jones is convinced that life is passing her by. Her mothers 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, Julies 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 Evans 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 secretand falling desperately in love. There is growing demand for original hardcover novels by established romance writers. Jane Feather, Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts, and Kristin Hannah are just a few of the authors enjoying significant sales in the cross-over from mass market to hardcover format. Dorothy Garlocks previous novel, After the Parade (Warner mass market, 4/00), was a USA Today bestseller and a Featured Alternate of Doubleday Book Club. It had a first printing of 325,000 copies, and included a preview announcement for The Edge of Town. With over 12 million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and translated into 15 languages, Dorothy Garlocks books reach a huge audience to which this new hardcover will immediately appeal.

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Dorothy Garlock is a Texas native living in Clear Lake, Iowa, who quit her job as a newspaper columnist and reporter at the age of 49 to write novels. She entered her first novel in a contest and lost, but she sold the book. Now, over twenty years later, she has millions of copies in print and has had her work translated into 18 languages.

So many of her more than 40 books are set in the Old West that Dorothy Garlock has come to be classified as a Western Romance writer. She is a member of the Romance Writers Hall of Fame. Popular titles include Almost Eden, The Listening Sky, and Larkspur. With Hope is a gritty, unsentimental romance set in the Great Depression.

Dorothy Garlock also writes under the names Dorothy Glenn, Dorothy Philips and Johanna Phillips.

(Bowker Author Biography) Dorothy Garlock is an award-winning author with over 40 published novels. She lives in Clear Lake, Iowa.

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Booklist Review

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

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Apr. 12) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved