Tenderness

Tenderness

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by Dorothy Garlock
     
 

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Deep in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Jesse Forbes delivers babies and tends to the sick with a feisty bravery. But her courage may doom rebel Wade Simmer, who's been branded a troublemaker by the powerful Harper family, and when the whole town blames Wade for a horrible crime, Jesse must prove his innocence -- and her love.See more details below

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Deep in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Jesse Forbes delivers babies and tends to the sick with a feisty bravery. But her courage may doom rebel Wade Simmer, who's been branded a troublemaker by the powerful Harper family, and when the whole town blames Wade for a horrible crime, Jesse must prove his innocence -- and her love.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nurse Jesse Forbes first meets Wade Simmer when she rides out in 1902 to combat scarlet fever among rural families outside Harpersville, Tenn. Wade is considered somewhat dangerous: he is a loner and folks suspect he might be ``The Looker,'' a man who has been breaking into homes and blindfolding and fondling women. Jesse finds that Wade is a charming, if mercurial man who seems dedicated to obtaining an education for Jody, a young black boy he has taken under his wing. Jesse returns to town to discover that her father, Dr. Hollis Forbes, has hired Louella Lindstrom to be a housekeeper and help care for Jesse's half-siblings, Susan and Todd. Louella, a ``greedy, manipulating'' woman, conceals her poisonous personality from Hollis, on whom she has designs. Jesse is outraged that a mere housekeeper has such aspirations--an intriguing contrast to the book's benevolence toward Jody's hopes. When Garlock's ( A Gentle Giving ) story stays with simple, small-town characters and events, like Jesse's nursing and Wade's hesitant courtship, it is fairly successful (the contrived ``Looker'' subplot aside). But her attempts to make Louella a major criminal fall flat. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759522817
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/26/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
225,767
File size:
1 MB

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