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The Road to Cardinal Valley
by Earlene Fowler

Overview - In this heartfelt and poignant follow-up to Earlene Fowler's national bestseller, "The Saddlemaker's Wife," Ruby McGavin returns to the small town of Cardinal, California, where a year ago she brought her husband's ashes back to his family's ranch, and discovered safety, peace, and a love...  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this heartfelt and poignant follow-up to Earlene Fowler's national bestseller, "The Saddlemaker's Wife," Ruby McGavin returns to the small town of Cardinal, California, where a year ago she brought her husband's ashes back to his family's ranch, and discovered safety, peace, and a love... Ruby never thought she'd return to Cardinal, but she's hoping the place and people who gave her so much can give her brother Nash--who's been drowning in drink in Nashville--the fresh start he so desperately needs. Saddlemaker Lucas McGavin is thrilled that Ruby has come back. He hasn't given up on his love for her, despite the awkward fact that she is his brother's widow, and he's well aware that this may be his last chance to win Ruby's heart.
When Nash starts drinking again and ends up in a devastating accident, Ruby decides she must find her estranged mother to help with an intervention. Two states away, Etta Walker harbors a horrible secret that keeps her from reconnecting with the children she deserted so many years ago. As they struggle with the present and confront the past, Ruby, Lucas, and Etta learn the power of forgiveness...and reach for a new future filled with hope, grace, and love.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780425252840
  • ISBN-10: 0425252841
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: December 2012
  • Page Count: 304
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-11-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fans of Fowler’s Benni Harper mystery series will welcome this likable sequel to The Saddlemaker’s Wife (2006), which follows troubled but mainly goodhearted characters in Cardinal, Calif., a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Lucas McGavin is restlessly looking for a profession or a woman he can commit to, in particular gentle Ruby McGavin, who’s still hung up on her dead husband, Lucas’s brother. In addition, Ruby is terribly worried about whether Nash, her own younger brother, can stay off liquor and drugs. None of what happens with these characters or the vividly drawn supporting cast is earthshaking, but together the events make up an appealing panorama of ordinary people trying to live up to their best potential—if they can figure out what it might be. Fowler demonstrates that such a story can be religious without being sanctimonious, though outrageous authorial manipulation at the conclusion weakens the effect. Agent: Ellen Geiger, Frances Goldin Literary. (Jan.)

 
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