Mother Road - Route 66, Bk 1 Author:Dorothy Garlock National bestselling author Dorothy Garlock breaks new ground with this first of a series of novels set on Route 66 -- the Depression's famed road to the Golden West. — On a hot summer day in 1932, Andy Connors, who owns a garage that serves Route 66, finds himself in major trouble: He's been bitten by a rabid skunk. Fortunately, Yates, a... more » man whose life Andy had once saved, is stopping by for gas and immediately takes control of the situation. After driving Andy to Oklahoma City for treatments, he returns to manage the garage while Andy recovers. Yates is also there to help Andy's two daughters and Leona, the woman who tends them -- and who is the town scandal because she's not married to Andy. Drawn to this tough and tender woman, Yates is soon defending her against the local residents and her brother, who's intent on punishing Leona for disgracing him. Caught in the turmoil of gossip and threats, Yates and Leona will find their love tested at every turn -- especially when her brother is murdered.« less
This was my first introduction to D.Garlock and I immediately fell in love with her writing. This is down-home, southern style writing at it's best--reminds me of Fanny Flagg meets Billie Letts. It's a story about a gentler time where a mans word was as good as a check in the bank and where honesty is defined as much by what you DON'T say, as what you do, with some mystery and crime thrown in for extra good measure--a must read--I have since bought the sequal [Hope's Highway" ]to this as well, simply becuase this book leaves you attached to the people and makes you feel like you know them and they're your neighbors. I hated to see it end. I wished she would make this into a series.