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Mother road
Garlock, Dorothy.
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Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, [2003]

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567 pages ; 23 cm
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The national bestselling author breaks new ground with this first of a series of novels set on Route 66--the Depression's famed road to the Golden West. This first novel takes place in Oklahoma in the hot summer of 1932, where the love of two people is tested at every turn.

Author Notes

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

In 1932 Route 66 through Sayre, Oklahoma, saw a steady stream of dust bowl refugees, and many stopped at the garage owned by one-legged Andy Connors for fuel, repairs, a drink of water, or to rest in his campground. Big, brawny, and relatively well-off, H. L. Yates has come to Sayre to pay an old debt to Andy and finds the perfect way to do it when Andy is bitten by a rabid skunk. After taking him to the hospital, Yates takes over running the garage and watching over widowed Andy's young daughters and strong-willed sister-in-law, Leona, who the small-minded people of the small town have branded as a fallen woman. Yates, who wants no attachments, falls hard for Leona, whose sanctimonious holy-roller brother is a real threat to her and Andy's girls. Best-selling Garlock's endearing characters and vividly depicted milieu will enchant her legions of readers. Garlock's claim, I write to entertain my readers, is fully validated with this suspenseful romance. --Diana Tixier Herald Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The author of A Place Called Rainwater (and dozens more) is back with another sweetly entertaining historical novel. Widowed Andy Connors, his single sister-in-law Leona and his two young daughters run a gas station alongside the famed Route 66 (the "Mother Road") in Depression-era Sayre, Okla. They cater to families fleeing the dust bowl for the orange groves of California, give a helping hand to the occasional tramp and enjoy a peaceful and happy life-until one sweltering June day, when a rabid skunk bites Andy, leaving him unable to care for the family under his protection. Enter Yates, a mysterious man whose life Andy saved years ago, who passes the garage at just the right moment. He steps in to take over while Andy is recovering in the hospital, and finds that his ramblin' feet are very happy by the fireside with a beautiful woman and two impish children. But all of Sayre doesn't feel as he does. The town's religious busybodies, led by Leona's bullying, fanatically religious brother Virgil, have their own ideas about a woman who lives with a man without benefit of marriage-even if their relationship is entirely innocent-and they are determined to put her back in her place by any means necessary. Leona's prim and proper ways keep romance on the back burner, and Yates, a cowboy Prince Charming, saves the day perhaps one time too many, but this is a gently engaging tale, spiced with Depression-era detail. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This is a love story with elements of murder and suspense, with passion, courage, and dreams. Set in a small rural town in Oklahoma in 1932, the novel, read by Lewis Grenville, concerns Andy Connors, a widower with two young children, who owns a gas station and garage alongside Route 66 (the Mother Road). Andy's sister-in-law, Leona, lives with him and takes care of his daughters and the garage, but she refuses to marry Andy for the sake of propriety. Her brother, Virgil, the fanatical leader of the local fundamentalist church, sporadically appears to bully her. When Andy is bitten by a rabid skunk and must go to an Oklahoma City hospital for six weeks of treatments, Virgil sees a chance to take control of Leona and his young nieces. Fortunately, Yates, a man whose life Andy once saved, stops by for gas and immediately alters the state of affairs. Uplifting, tender, and moving, Mother Road has a sweet charm to it. Recommended for public libraries.-Carol Stern, Glen Cove P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.