This book is second in the Wabash River series. If not read in order, you will not understand many of the references to other characters that appear in the novels of this series.
It was a delight to see Farr and Liberty again. It is 7 years after the first book, LONESOME RIVER (now 1818). When Rain Tallman returns, he talks of new land near the Arkansas River. This renews Farrs desire to move some place where he and his family can stretch out; Quills Station is becoming crowded with new families.
As the story begins, Amy has been waiting years for Rain to return. Shes a widow now and 19 years of age. When Rain arrives, they have an uneasy time of reestablishing their relationship as adults. It does not help that Rain has brought Eleanor Woodbury, a drop-dead beautiful woman with him. She is meant to be a wife for Rains friend, Will Bradford, a military officer.
However, Eleanor leaves no stone unturned in her efforts to get Rain to notice and admire her. Amy doesnt waste much time warning Eleanor off Rain is hers. Their hostility is ignited and no one can miss the animosity. Rain tells Amy that he is taking Eleanor to her fiancée and asks her to come along for appearances sake (Eleanor needs a chaperone an unmarried woman traveling with a man is a no-no). Amy reluctantly agrees.
Thus begins a long trek to Belle Point, where Rain expects to deposit Eleanor with her fiancée. The bad boys (from book one) emerge again stirring up murder and mayhem. They provide much of the suspense and action of this story. As usual, Garlock makes this a page-turner to the last paragraph. 4 stars
1. Lonesome River (1987)
2. Dream River (1988)
3. River of Tomorrow (1988)
4. Yesteryear (1995)