Welcome to Whiterock, Oregon, where Sally Carruthers nurses her dying father, and dreams of the day she can go back to her real life. Where Gus Loring seeks forgetfulness, but to find it, he'd have to do the impossible and forgive himself.
Whiterock is a town where people are from, because there's nothing to hold them there. Every year more of the stores on Main Street close, and every year more of its young people leave to find their fortunes somewhere else. Where what you see today may be different tomorrow.
Maybe that's why the town persists. Because there is more to Whiterock than its 639 residents, the elk statue by the park, and the Bite-A-Wee Caf�. More to it than a place where Gus and Sally find temporary passion together. Whiterock is more than just a town. A lot more...
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About the Author
Sidetracked by reality, Judith started a family, followed a couple of careers, went back to school and ended up as a botanical consultant. Eventually, the kids all left the nest and she cut back on the consulting, leaving her with time to work on creating those worlds. She and her favorite hero had a long and happy life together in Portland, Oregon, where flowers bloom every month of the year and snow usually stays on the mountains where it belongs. It's a great place to write, because the rainy season lasts for eight months--a perfect excuse to stay indoors and tell stories.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story begins with a spark--literally. Guy meets girl, something that probably happens every minute of every day. Sally is a caregiver, caught in a tender trap of love, loyalty, and responsibility while she watches over her demented dad. Gus drives a delivery truck even though he has college degrees that could earn him some big bucks. Clearly there is more to both than meets the eye. Their parallel journeys to self-discovery and emotional healing make for an intriguing read. Quirky secondary characters add touches of humor and pathos. And cradling them all is Whiterock, the old mining town in which they live. Whiterock is as big a character in this book as anyone else. And the sway it holds over its inhabitants is as fascinating as it is eerie. Ms. Glad has written a moving story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Gus Loring, running from a guilty past. Sally Carruthers, confused and exhausted from the exigencies of nursing a father afflicted with senile dementia and inexorably dying by degrees – just as she sees her career doing while she cares for him. When the pair are thrown together by circumstance in Whiterock, Oregon, neither wants the connection but still the peculiar magnetism is there. How they negotiate the delicate path through their difficulties and doubts towards a workable solution makes the story eminently and sometimes heart-rendingly compelling. I was especially intrigued by the suggestion that the town is much more than the passive setting for the drama as it plays out. But hey, maybe it is just the struggle towards forgiveness, hope and love in themselves that changes Sally and Gus’s perception of the world around them. This quirky book gained and held my interest to the end. Gus and Sally are real people, the small town atmosphere felt real, and the author has made all the secondary characters natural and authentic. There is wisdom, experience, sorrow and humour aplenty. I was rooting for Gus and Sally, willing them to make it work for them, but life isn’t always happy endings. Their doubts kept me turning the pages right to the end. A great read.