A very enjoyable story set in a small Oklahoma town, interesting variety of characters, sometimes comical in it's descriptions of small town life.I love how the female character realizes just how strong she is when her husband of 20 yrs leaves her with 3 kids to raise. Another great book by Curtiss Ann Matlock, this book is a sequel to Lost Highways.
After Charlene's husband of 20 years leaves her and her 3 children, she is alone with the children on an Oklahoma ranch. The story is of trials and tribulations of raising children, broken down cars, and of course, love.
After 21 years of marriage, Charlene Darnell's husband abandons her and their three children. Traumatized, the Oklahoma mother takes to her bed and loses herself in episodes of Father Knows Best. She finds that her life has taken the wrong path, but she realizes she can't go back, only forward, especially when there are bills to pay and kids to feed. Like a new driver behind the wheel, Charlene carefully maneuvers around her troubles: her husband has moved in with another woman, her 18-year-old son won't talk to his father, her other teenager develops violent tendencies, her baby daughter starts having nightmares, her sister is going through a delicate pregnancy and her father's health turns fragile. Help comes from an unexpected source. Mason MacCoy has been in love with Charlene for 10 years. Now that she is free he approaches her. She is leery of starting a new relationship, but with Mason's patience and emotional support, Charlene finally takes control of her life: she gets a job and files for divorce.. With her realistic characters and absorbing dialogue, Matlock crafts a moving story about a woman's road to self-discovery.
On the road of life, sometimes you have to shift gears and slow down for those rough patches, but in the end, if you drive carefully, you'll end up home at last.
I enjoyed this book. Mostly realistic romance - and believable people. I plan to read the rest of her books.
This is one of those books that give one a nice warm feeling that stays with you when you have finished the book.
Very nice story! Romance with dicretion