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No roof but heaven
Williams, Jeanne, 1930-
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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"Williams creates memorable, powerful stories...Susanna is her most endearing heroine." Review

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Author Jeanne Williams was born in Kansas in 1930. She has written over fifty novels; some of them were published under the pen names of Jeanne Crecy, Kristian Michaels, and Deirdre Rowan. She has won four Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America and received the Levi Strauss Saddleman Award for lifetime achievement in Western literature. She currently lives in Portal, Arizona.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This lightweight frontier romance by veteran novelist Williams ( Lady of No Man's Land ) features yet another of her strong-willed, intelligent and doughty heroines. Fleeing her stultifying Ohio hometown and her grief at losing both her father and her fiance in the Civil War, teacher Susanna Alden takes a post at the Mason-Dixon School outside of Dodge City, Kans. The lingering bitterness between North and South, the tensions between ranger and homesteader and the antipathy of some settlers toward a new wave of immigrants are typified by the residents of the prairie community. Narrow-minded school trustee Saul Prade embodies the worst aspects of the recent conflict, while Susanna and Matt Rawdon, the young doctor she comes to love, possess the strength to overcome the war's physical and emotional devastation. Numerous minor characters and the too-obvious intrusion of historical facts slow the pace of the plot, which otherwise veers toward melodramatic confrontations and overwritten love scenes. Predictably, the book ends with a surge of community spirit and the resolution of all romantic entanglements. Reader's Digest Condensed Books selection. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved