Along Comes a Stranger: A Novel by Dorie McCullough Lawson

By Dorie McCullough Lawson

The summer time of 1995 marks Kate Colter's 15th 12 months within the small city of Hayden, Wyoming. a brand new Englander at middle, Kate loves her husband and daughter and is keen on her friends. but, privately, she feels disconnected from the folk round her. Then alongside comes Tom Baxter. Her mother-in-law's new suitor from "back East," Tom instantly attracts Kate in along with his mild allure and interesting dialog, like a bit piece of the house she so misses. yet inconsistencies in his tales are piquing Kate's curiosity—and a chain of surprising and suspicious occasions is major her to a terrifying end that can ceaselessly shatter her lifestyles and the lives of these she loves.

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Anyway, I went to meet Wayne Fritz for the first time and I started right in telling him all about my experience with horses. ” He pointed to a stall at the end of the barn. ” When I was done with the stall he nodded and pointed to a mare on the cross ties. “Now tack her up. ” That was the interview, and at the end of an hour and a half, I had the job. I thought, Wow, what a place! No questions, no show• 30 • A LO N G CO M E S A ST R A N G E R me-how-accomplished-or-smart-you-are attitude, just can you do it?

Second, Wyoming was a place where people hardly ever ask what you plan to do next, what your ambitions are, what you’re interested in, or even much about where you’ve come from and what’s happened to you in the past. People seem to care about the moment and politely never want to pry. What a relief it was to me! The space, isolation really, relieved me, too. There’s a hometown feeling that encompasses the entire state, yet the distances remove anything that in another place I might have interpreted as oppressive.

There is something for everyone—joggers can put on their cowboy boots and hats and run in the Boots & Spurs Road Race, cooks can enter two cookoffs, Biscuits & Gravy and Chile & Cinnamon Rolls, and husbands can easily find the company to stay out all night. For the parade, everyone in town turns out. Even those who grew up here return from cities and suburbs to show their children and remind themselves of what they see as the romance of small-town life in the West. Businesses close. Mr. Stanley respects the town’s traditions and locks tight the doors of his office.

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