Beyond the Rock

Beyond the Rock

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by Alice Blue
     
 

Letty Schultz and her four young children are physically and verbally abused by husband, Rudolf Schultz. When Letty finally fights back, she thinks she has killed him by hitting him on the head with an iron skillet. Letty flees with the children so she won't go to prison and leave the children with Rudolf. They go down the Rock River and across Lake Koshkonong. She…  See more details below

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Letty Schultz and her four young children are physically and verbally abused by husband, Rudolf Schultz. When Letty finally fights back, she thinks she has killed him by hitting him on the head with an iron skillet. Letty flees with the children so she won't go to prison and leave the children with Rudolf. They go down the Rock River and across Lake Koshkonong. She wonders what lies beyond the Rock River, on her way to her brother in Colorado. Widower David Whitfield loses interest in his law practice in Wisconsin. He would rather raise horses. He agrees to help a deputy take a prisoner to Omaha. He decides to continue on to Colorado to visit his best friend, Letty's brother, Ed Winthrop. Letty and David remember a time in their youth when they had planned a life together, and now they looked forward to doing that. And when irate husband Rudolf arrives in Colorado, Letty is prepared both mentally and physically. She also has divorce papers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593741846
Publisher:
Whiskey Creek Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005

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June 1886

Run, Danny, Run!" Letitia Schultz pushed her young son behind her before his father hit him again. She warily watched her irate forty-year-old husband, Rudolf, as she and Danny backed slowly around the kitchen's heavy oak table toward the outside door and safety.

All it had taken was for Mother Schultz to innocently announce how nice it was that David Whitfield returned to Fort Atkinson from New York, to move into his deceased father's house. Since his high society wife had become something of an invalid, he had decided to return home so she could enjoy a quiet existence that country living afforded her. When he did, he'd taken over his father's law practice.

That news had sent Letty's husband into a viciously jealous tirade about her former beau. Rudy's sister, Marta, hurried upstairs. A frightened Mother Schultz quickly retired to her room. Their three younger children scampered to bed like small mice to their holes. Rudolf angrily snapped his wide suspenders, then stomped off to the nearest tavern.

Now he had returned, drunk, and angrier than ever. His shouts rattled the window panes. "You will not take up with Whitfield! You will not talk to Whitfield! I forbid it! You hear me now!"

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