This is a most satisfying story; the characters are engaging, the pacing is wonderful and right wins in the end. The only thing that seemed off-kilter was the quick ending. Ive thought about this a bit and wonder if perhaps Ms. Garlock plans to add another story to this series.
The story opens with Addie Hyde in growing difficulties. Her husband left to join the Arkansas Regulars four years earlier and has not returned, even though the Civil War is over. She has a young son, Dillon, and two orphans (she has taken in and loves) and Trisha, a mixed-race girl with a chip on her shoulder and anger in her heart.
These five are in danger because the country is adjusting to the end of the war and poor, starving men are taking what they want as if women and property are theirs for the taking. When word circulates that Addies husband died on the way home, men start planning to take her. Into this dangerous situation come freighter, John Tallman, and Indian scout Buffer Simmons.
The name of the book, YESTERYEAR, refers to things that happened in the past and now drive the current direction of the story.
Wabash River Series
1. Lonesome River (1987)
2. Dream River (1988)
3. River of Tomorrow (1988)
4. Yesteryear (1995)
Addie Hyde spent four years waiting to see if the high-spirited husband she had married in haste would come back after the South lost the war. Yet Kirby Hyde was never among the Confederates in rags and tatters straggling through Arkansas. Addie always had spunk, but now she also had a young son, two foster children she cherished, and trouble. Deserters and drifters were making Addie's isolated farmhouse a dangerous place for a pretty woman without a man-until John Tallman showed up in town. He asked about Addie, he watched for her, and suddenly he was using his guns and fists to protect her. His kindness showed Addie not to fear him. Her heart soon told her more. John Tallman had a shadow about him that even love might not chase away. And although yesteryear was gone, it could take all a woman's caring, and all her courage, to make tomorrow theirs...