Keep a little secret

Dorothy Garlock

Book - 2011

When a teaching position opens up in Oklahoma, Charlotte Tucker jumps at the opportunity to take a room on John Grant's ranch in Sawyer to begin her new career. She soon befriends Owen and Hannah Wallace, a brother and sister who have come from Colorado following the death of their mother. Abandoned at an early age by a father they never knew, they are set on revenge against the man who left them -- a man they believe is John Grant.

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Published
New York : Grand Central Pub 2011.
Language
English
Physical Description
369 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780446540124
0446540129
Main Author
Dorothy Garlock (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

All the elements that keep Garlock's fans coming back for more are here in a new story featuring Charlotte Tucker, whom readers met as a child in Stay a Little Longer (2010). A grown woman in 1939, Minnesotan Charlotte has accepted a teaching job in the small, rural, and friendly town of Sawyer, Missouri, where she will live on John Grant's enormous ranch. Charlotte meets the Wallace twins, Owen and Hannah, who are about her age and also fairly new to Grant's ranch. Hannah works at the bank in town and is warm and outgoing, while Owen, a ranch hand, seems her opposite. When their mother died, Owen swore he would find out the identity of the man who had impregnated and deserted her, leaving her to raise the twins in scandal and poverty. A stampede and a fire could spell disaster for the ranch, but were they accidents or intentional? Garlock is a master at developing characters through their actions and evoking settings so real they transport the reader back in time. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Just arrived to take a teaching position in tiny Sawyer, OK, Minnesota native Charlotte Tucker is surprised to be both annoyed by and attracted to moody, rude Owen Wallace, one of the ranch hands at the spread where she will be living. The attraction between them is mutual, but Owen is on a deadly mission of his own, and he's not about to let anyone, not even Charlie, change his mind. Still, she has to try. VERDICT Anger, regret, and revenge are the driving forces in this action-packed story that in classic Garlock style brings 1939 rural Oklahoma to vivid life, gives readers a sweet pair of rewarding love stories, produces a villain or two, and dramatically dishes out justice. This follow-up to Stay a Little Longer should please the author's many fans. Garlock lives in Clear Lake, IA. [Page 91]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Slow and bland, this historical romance set in 1939 Oklahoma features moments of high tension, such as a wildfire and a stampede, that somehow manage to seem unremarkable. The romance between school teacher Charlotte Tucker and mysterious cowboy Owen Williams is set against a background of Depression-era ranches and has all the ingredients for eliciting interest, but the hazy language and vague historical details make it seem as faded and devoid of taste as an old photograph of a forgotten dessert. A rancher vowing revenge on Charlotte's host and a pair of twins searching for their long-lost father similarly fail to add much to the book. Garlock must have been tired when she wrote this book, which is a disappointing addition to the canon of an author who's produced some of the best contemporary historical fiction around. (Apr.)? [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Charlotte Tucker moves to Oklahoma to take a teaching job, only to find that her new friends, brother and sister Owen and Hannah Wallace, are intent on getting revenge on the father they never knew--a man they believe to be the ranch owner who is renting Charlotte a room.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In a sequel to Stay a Little Longer, Charlotte Tucker moves to Oklahoma to take a teaching job, only to find that her new friends, brother and sister Owen and Hannah Wallace, are intent on getting revenge on the father they never knew--a man they believe to be the ranch owner who is renting Charlotte a room. 25,000 first printing (hardcover).

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author follows Charlotte Tucker, the young girl from Garlock's most recent novel, Stay A Little Longer, into adulthood. As a child, Charlotte Tucker was raised in small town Minnesota where the only real company was the people who came to her aunt Louise's boarding house. Several years later, Charlotte is a young woman and thirsty to get out of her hometown and see the world. When a teaching position opens up in Oklahoma, she jumps at the opportunity to take a room on John Grant's ranch in Sawyer, a small town to the north, to begin her new career. She soon befriends Owen and Hannah Wallace, a brother and sister who have come from Colorado following the death of their mother. Abandoned at an early age by a father they never knew, they are set on revenge against the man who left them -- a man they believe is John Grant. As the summer heats up and a brutal storm wreaks havoc on the town, a secret is revealed that threatens to change Charlotte's life -- and her new friends -- forever.