by Dorothy Garlock

June 2004
ISBN: 0-446-69305-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Trade Paperback

Mary Lee Clawson has never had it easy. She grew up with the entire town knowing that her mother was a drunk. Even though she had her father’s love, she grabbed the first man who came along and got out of town as quickly as possible. Unfortunately for her that man was no better than the mother she left behind. Now she finds herself right back where it all started at the Cross Roads Motor Park. She must plan for the future of her unborn child.

To the rest of the world, the bunch of cabins on Rt. 66 might not seem like much but Mary Lee can still remember when they were her daddy’s dream and she is determined to turn the now run down park into something profitable. She only wishes for enough cash to cover expenses for her and her unborn child. Making the cabins turn a profit would be a hard job in and of itself, but it is not the only obstacle she must overcome. She also has to deal with her mother whose mind has been adversely affected from the years of alcohol abuse, the bank who wants to take ownership if she doesn’t come up with payment in a few months and a few people that have their own reasons for making sure she not only fails but that she disappears from their town for good.

As the book progresses, Mary Lee gets her very own hero in the form of Jake Ramero, the handsome and charming man the whole town thinks is nothing but a no good ex-con. Garlock also introduces a charming group of secondary characters that will leave you laughing out loud and clutching your hand to your chest as they all come together to hear the true song of the road on Rt. 66.

The depression era has always been a period of time that most romance authors have skipped over and I think Dorothy Garlock has done an outstanding job of showing the struggles of the common man and woman who had to fight hard for their dreams no matter where those dreams might take them. This new book by one of my favorite authors did not disappoint in the least. I was especially glad when I found out one of my favorite characters from the past would get his very own love story.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Shelby.

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