by Dorothy Garlock

January 2003
ISBN: 0-446-52950-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books

Dorothy Garlock has done it again! Her newest novel, A Place Called Rainwater is a true masterpiece mixing intrigue and a wonderful love story. Jill Jones is a woman far from home; she has left her small farming community and come to Rainwater to take care of her ailing Aunt Justine and the hotel Justine owns. Jill isn`t sure that she likes Rainwater and its rough, tough personality but she is enjoying the freedom that she has running the hotel that is until Thad Taylor comes to town. He has been sent by her over protective brothers to watch out for Jill while she is in Rainwater.

Thad Taylor has known Jill since she was a child and has been in love with her for just about as long. He believes that Jill might be in danger in Rainwater and his fears are confirmed when a series of young girls are murdered. Thad believes that Rainwater is harboring a serial killer and he fears that the killer is coming after Jill next. Thad and Jill must discover who is killing all these women before the killer comes after them!

This is one of the best historical novels I have read this year. A Place Called Rainwater provides the reader with a glimpse into the life of an oil boom town in the early 1900ís. The characters are funny, compassionate and true to themselves. The love story is sweet and intriguing as Thad and Jill struggle with their relationship and the evil that has come to their town. The secondary characters are wonderful and help to make the story complete. The only downside to this novel is that it was over too quickly. I truly enjoyed this book and will continue to put Dorothy Garlock`s books on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed in January 2003 by Jen.

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