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Song of the road
Garlock, Dorothy.
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New York : Warner Books, [2004]

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402 pages ; 21 cm
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Widowed, pregnant, and penniless, Marilee returns home to Cross Roads, New Mexico, only to find that her father has been dead for six months and that her mother hasn't been sober since. But Marilee's determined to make a good life for herself and her baby. Her first order of business: fix up the family's Wayside 66 Motor Court, now rundown and overrun by outlaws. It's dangerous with bootlegger Jeb Pierce around; he'd taken charge of the place and wants nothing to change. When his actions become frightening, Marilee finds an unexpected ally in another resident. Hank Sloan was a hell raiser for years but is now making something of himself. Together he and Marilee will face danger in the fight for their newfound dreams.

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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

It's 1935 and Mary Lee Clawson, widowed and pregnant, returns to the motor court her late father built in Cross Roads, New Mexico. The complex has become trashy, and Dolly, her drunken mother, doesn't even notice that she is home until Mary Lee starts cleaning up the place. In residence are ex-convict Jake, who seems strangely familiar to Mary Lee; Frank, who is bad news all around; and Mary Lee's guest, a hardworking and loyal 13-year-old hobo named Eli. Jake; Eli; Mary Lee's stocky friend, Trudy; and Deke, the diminutive, kindhearted jokester from Mother Road 0 BKL Jl 03, try to help her make a go of it, but Frank is murdered, and someone wants to prevent Mary Lee from giving birth to the only descendent of wealthy landowner Ocie Clawson. Meanwhile, Mary Lee finds herself falling in love with Jake. Garlock enacts a deus ex machina ending that seems unnecessary, but does tie everything up for that all-important happily-ever-after ending. --Diana Tixier Herald Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pregnant, spunky Mary Lee Clawson returns to Cross Roads, N.Mex., and the motor court her beloved late father built on Route 66 in this engaging Depression-era romance, Garlock's third to feature the legendary highway. All is not right at the motor court: Mary Lee's alcoholic mother is surrounded by trashy friends and has let the motel fall into disrepair; she also resents Mary Lee's return, especially after she learns her daughter owns the motor court. Thankfully, a disarming, green-eyed man Mary Lee met on the bus turns up to help, revealing that he is former jailbird Jake Ramero, back in town to clear his name. Falling for Mary Lee is the last thing Jake planned, but he soon finds himself protecting her from the demands of her dead husband's father, Ocie Clawson, who wants to move her and the baby onto the big ranch, and Ocie's jealous right-hand man, Lon. The bad guys get theirs, the good win out and one plot twist comes as a pleasant and unexpected surprise. Marred only by out-of-place sex scenes late in the book and one out-of-character incident for Mary Lee, this sweet romance is a treat, buoyed by strong characters and Garlock's old-fashioned, no-nonsense storytelling. Agent, Karen Solem. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved