The Saddlemaker's Wife

The Saddlemaker's Wife

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by Earlene Fowler
     
 

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National bestselling author Earlene Fowler's Agatha Award-winning novels have made her a treasure for fans of home-grown suspense. Now, she spins a tale of a grieving widow whose search for the truth uncovers a family's secrets - and the sins of the past...

Ruby McGavin isn't quite sure what she's doing in the small town of Cardinal. After the death of her husband

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National bestselling author Earlene Fowler's Agatha Award-winning novels have made her a treasure for fans of home-grown suspense. Now, she spins a tale of a grieving widow whose search for the truth uncovers a family's secrets - and the sins of the past...

Ruby McGavin isn't quite sure what she's doing in the small town of Cardinal. After the death of her husband, Cole, Ruby is shocked to learn from his will that she had inherited part of a cattle ranch in the rustic grasslands of Tokopah County, California. But she is even more surprised to find out that the family he claimed died years ago is very much alive.

With her own family history still haunting her, Ruby arrives in town with her husband's ashes intending on selling her part of the ranch back to the McGavins and leaving town to start a new life. But as she comes to know them-- in particular the handsome saddlemaker Lucas McGavin -- Ruby learns even more surprising family secrets about her departed husband and his family that make her wonder if she ever really knew Cole.

Driven to uncover the whole story, Ruby tries to piece together the lies she was told with the truths she isn't sure she can believe -- and uncovers a legacy of pain and denial that has pursued the McGavin family for too long...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fowler's lucky 13th novel, a departure from her Agatha Award-winning Benni Harper series (Delectable Mountain, etc.), offers a poignant tale of a family fractured by the secrets of the past. Ruby McGavin, grieving over the recent death of her husband, Cole, is shocked to discover that Cole lied to her about his family. They're not all dead, as he told her, but very much alive, and in his will, he has left her his share of the family ranch in California. Ruby heads to tiny Cardinal, Calif., with Cole's ashes, intent on selling her share of the ranch, but she quickly realizes that Cole had hidden many things from her. Cole's younger brother, Lucas, who has fled his life as a lawyer in San Francisco, has returned to Cardinal, where he scrapes out a life as a saddlemaker. Slowly Ruby and Lucas edge closer to the truth of a secret that haunts both their lives. Fowler, with her gift for drawing painfully real and credible characters, takes the reader along on an emotionally powerful ride. This could well be her breakout book. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Ruby McGavin discovers surprises on a California cattle ranch upon the death of her husband-plus a legacy of pain and denial. Fowler, author of the "Benni Harper" series, lives in Southern California. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A young widow confronts the family her late husband denied he had. During the six months they were married, Cole McGavin told his wife Ruby that his family had died in a traffic accident outside Bakersfield. But it's Cole whose truck is found at the bottom of a ravine off Ortega Highway, leaving Ruby to discover a will leaving her one-fourth of the Circle MG Ranch in Cardinal. Bearing an urn with Cole's ashes, she leaves Southern California for the high desert, not knowing what to expect from the kinfolk he's left very much alive. His aunt Birch, who loved Cole far better than his distant mother June did, treats Ruby kindly even before she knows who she is, offering her the best room at the Tokopah Lodge, which she owns with her half-Mexican, half-Paiute-Shoshone husband Bobby Hernandez. And brother Lucas, who took over Cole's saddlery when his law practice brought him too close to the dark side of humanity, also finds himself drawn to the lonely widow, even though his mother warns him that her claim on the ranch could bankrupt the Circle MG. But it's Cole's longtime friends Ely Grey and Lincoln Holyoke who tell Ruby about Cole's past, revealing the dark secret of the man she loved but barely knew. The creator of Benni Harper (Delectable Mountains, 2005, etc.) has produced a lovely crossover novel, a family tale with flair and heart.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425207789
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/02/2006
Series:
Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Earlene Fowler was raised in La Puente, California, by a Southern mother and a Western father. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Allen, a large number of quilts, and twenty pairs of cowboy boots.

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