The Road to Cardinal Valley

The Road to Cardinal Valley

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by Earlene Fowler
     
 

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In this heartwarming 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 love...
 
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In this heartwarming 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 love...
 
Back in Cardinal, Ruby is 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 is back. He hasn’t given up on his love for her, despite the awkward fact that she’s his brother’s widow—and that this may be his last chance to win Ruby’s heart.

When Nash starts drinking again and has a devastating accident, Ruby seeks out their estranged mother to help with an intervention, not realizing that Etta Walker harbors a horrible secret that keeps her from reconnecting with the children she deserted so many years ago.
 
As Ruby, Lucas, and Etta struggle with the present and confront the past, they each learn the power of forgiveness…and reach for a new future filled with hope, grace, and love.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This is a nice story that catches us up with characters from Fowler’s previous book, The Saddlemaker’s Wife. It is easy to get attached to all of these characters, especially Ruby, who has been through so much but still fights to make sure she has happiness in her life…The conclusion is satisfying and you will welcome a chance to be a part of this small town and its eccentricities once again.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“A perfect follow-up to the earlier story…Fowler excels at creating realistic characters with all their flaws and fights and secret histories…[A] thoughtful, emotional story…And it’s a powerful story of redemption, the ability of people to change…Anyone who read The Saddlemake’s Wife will welcome the lives that lead to The Road to Cardinal Valley.”—Lesa’s Book Critiques
 
“An appealing panorama of ordinary people trying to live up to their best potential.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“An enjoyable story about letting go, forgiveness, and second chances.”—The Season
Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425253823
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
231,283
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for Earlene Fowler’s National Bestseller, The Saddlemaker’s Wife
“[A] sweetly told narrative… [Fowler’s] well-observed cowboys and cattle farmers have colorful quirks and stiff backbones.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review “A heartfelt story steeped in the beauty and mystery of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.”—Lisa Wingate, author of Blue Moon Bay “[A] poignant tale of a family fractured by the secrets of the past…Fowler, with her gift for drawing painfully real and credible characters, takes the reader along on an emotionally powerful ride.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Meet the Author

Earlene Fowler was raised in La Puente, California, by a Southern mother and a Western father. She is the author of the national bestseller, The Saddlemaker's Wife and the Agatha Award-winning Benni Harper Mysteries.

Earlene lives in Southern California with her husband, Allen, and a semi-obedient Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Boudin.

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The Road to Cardinal Valley 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
planopeggy More than 1 year ago
I have never written a review before, and am not sure how to really go about it. I am not a literary critic! All I can tell you is I loved this book. The characters seemed so real to me and I was rooting for them all. I hated for the book to end. I felt the same way about Saddlemaker's Wife which this book is a sequel too. I would highly recommend any of this authors books (I've read them all) but this book and the Saddlemaker's Wife are my two favorites.
TahoeAK More than 1 year ago
I have greatly enjoyed Earlene Fowler's books featuring Benni Harper, so I was sure I would like The Saddlemaker's Wife and the sequel, The Road to Cardinal Valley. And I was right - her characters are so down to earth, they are like your friends a neighbors. I hated for the book to end!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Earlene Fowler once again tells a great story
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