This is my first book by Dorothy Garlock; I enjoyed reading about this area (northern Louisiana) and this time frame.
The premise seemed interesting: Adrianne Moores father has died (her remaining parent) and she finds that attorney Richard Pope has stolen her inheritance. In order to get some of it back, she must agree to marry him a week from Sunday.
Realizing that she cannot marry such an obvious and odious thief, Adrianne decides to run away. It is odd that she waits until the day of her wedding to leave home.
It also struck me as odd that she would drive in a serious rain storm. If she had left a day or two earlier, she probably would not have had the wreck.
Richard Pope and Lola Oxnard were cardboard characters. They had no redeeming characteristics; remember that even Adolph Hitler had Eva Braun -- who loved him, black soul and all.
The fact that Quinn Baxter (Adriannes love interest) did not choose to see Lolas evil intentions toward Adrianne seemed ludicrous. He fairly dismissed the fact that Lola locked Adrianne in the attic which could have led to her death. Odd.
I was surprised by some things in the epilogue. Although the characters had discussed the fact that Jesse (handicapped brother to Quinn) did not want to spend his life running the bar, it was rebuilt after the fire. Why? This wasnt explained.
The thing that really bothered me was the time inconsistency in the epilogue. Jesse was a beginning high school junior at the beginning of the story. However, by the end of the story hed graduated. The epilogue did not indicate that such a long time had transpired.
I enjoyed the story but saw there were lots problems with the execution of this book.
I can't think of any Dorothy Garlock book I've read that I haven't enjoyed, and I can add this one to the list. I especially enjoy those from this time frame; she does a great job creating the mood and feelings for the time setting.
I really liked this book, as I've liked all Dorothy Garlock books I've read. I think she did a great job of depicting a small, southern, sawmill town and the residents in it! Great read.