The Midwest in the 1920s is the setting for this romantic melodrama featuring the spunky, independent little sister of Julie Jones, the heroine of another Garlock novel, The Edge of Town. Jill Jones has recently come from Missouri to the boomtown of Rainwater, Okla., to help her ailing Aunt Justine run her hotel, a former house of ill repute. Shortly after her arrival, her flirtatious childhood friend and self-appointed protector, Thad Taylor, shows up and sweet-talks his way into a job. He is wary of the attention Jill is receiving from some of the other men in town, including Hunter Westfall, a womanizing oil tycoon, and Lloyd Madison, a creepy lawyer with "the mark of the devil" on his face and a longstanding vendetta against Justine. There are scads of supporting characters, including Radna, Justine's devoted mixed-race housekeeper, and Laura Hopper, an attractive young widow who catches Westfall's eye. Things turn grim when Thad and Jill discover the remains of a badly mutilated young woman buried in the sand. The detailed depiction of the Oklahoma oil town lends an air of authenticity, as does the colorful (if at times overdone) period slang. Garlock is most entertaining when she focuses on the love affairs percolating among the cast members, but the murder-mystery subplot feels out of place and the identity of the killer is obvious from the beginning. Overproduction may be cramping Garlock's style-her last novel, High on a Hill, came out in June of this year.
This story takes you back to the 1930's during depression... In Okalahoma, a town is developed during the oil find... A farm girl leaves Missouri to go to a city to take care of her Auntie and runs her hotel... A fast moving suspenseful novel...dg
I loved this series !! I now have a new author to look for! Great story and loved the characters..
I really enjoyed this book. All the books in this group were great!
This book is pact with love action and adventure
jill jones and thad taylor are two great charachters in another wonderful Dorothy Garlock experiance!
Typical Garlock romance - enjoyable, filled with well-defined characters in an interesting historical setting. Nice way to spend a rainy afternoon.
The oilman of Rainwater call Jill Jones a little wildcat. She doesn't take guff and she'll use a broomstick on any roustabout who dares to spit on the porch of her aunt Justine's hotel. The youngest of the Jones clan of Fertile, Missouri, Jill may find that her bravado is not enough to handle what lies ahead: a fight for the hotel, a killer stalking local women, and the arrival of good-looking takecharge Thad Taylor, who arouses both her temper and diesires. Danger is about to turn Jill's world upside down, calling into question everything she believes about her aunt, her own strength of willl and the needs of her heart.
Great read. Main characters are full of spunk and lots of action. Essentially there are 3 romances which could each stand on their own in a seperate book (with a little flesh) but they are tied together by the actions of a killer in their midst.
They are set in the 1920's during the depression. Here's brief synopsis from the back of this book: "Celebrating America's heritage of ideals and spirit, Dorothy Garlock creates an unforgettable portrait of a woman carving a place for herself in a man's world. Here is Oklahoma during the 1920's and the special men and women who followed the rush of black gold and their own wild, unstoppable dreams"
About a wildcat woman in the 1920s.
GREAT GREAT BOOK> I JUST LOVE DOROTHY GARLOCK!!!
Good story and a good read.
THE OILMEN OF RAINWATER CALL JILL JONES A LITTLE WILDCAT. SHE DOESN'T TAKE GUFF, AND SHE'LL USE A BROOMSTICK ON ANY ROUSTABOUT WHO DARES TO SPIT ON THE PORCH OF HER AUNT JUSTINE'S HOTEL. THE YOUNGEST OF THE JONES CLAN OF FERTILE, MISSOURI, JILL MAY FIND THAT HER BRAVADO IS NOT ENOUGH TO HANDLE WHAT LIES AHEAD: A FIGHT FOR THE HOTEL, A KILLER STALKING LOCAL WOMEN, AND THE ARRIVAL OF GOOD LOOKING TAKE CHARGE THAD TAYLOR, WHO AROUSES BOTH HER TEMPER AND DESIRES. DANGER IS ABOUT TO TURN JILLS WORLD UPSIDE DOWN, CALLING INTO QUESTION EVERYTHING SHE BELIEVES ABOUT HER AUNT, HER OWN STRENGTH OF WILL AND THE NEEDS OF HER HEART.
Set in the Oklahoma oil fields during the 1920's, this story is well told, keeps you reading.
A good read by an author I had not read before.
This is the third book about the Jones family of Missouri and most of it takes place in the small oil boomtown of Rainwater, Oklahoma. Daughter Jill Jones has come to Oklahoma to help her ailing aunt, Justine Byers, run her hotel. However, Justine is not getting better and things are starting to happen in town.
Joe Jones and Thad Taylor (from the first story) are back and come to Rainwater to check that things are not too hard for Jill. The heroine is not one of my favorite Garlock characters. However, there are lots of cupids running around in this story and Laura's tale makes up for my irritation with Jill.
Jazz Age Series
1) The Edge of Town (2001)
2) High on a Hill (2002)
**3) A Place Called Rainwater (2003)
4) River Rising (2005)