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LEAVING WHISKEY BEND
DOROTHY GARLOCK
ISBN# (10): 0-446-69534-3 / (13): 978-0-446-69534-3
November 13, 2008
Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book Group)
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Paperback
$13.99 U.S./$15.50 Canada
368 Pages
American Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Elijah Morgan returns home to Bison City only to learn his father is dead. To make matters worse his older brother believes he is the long-dead Abraham Lincoln. Things get more complicated when his mother ends up accusing him for all the bad mishaps.

Hallie, a schoolteacher, meets Eli after she and two friends, Pearl, and Mary are caught in a rainstorm. Hallie tries desperately to help her dear friend Mary through a troubled abusive ordeal. When Eli offers their home, the women accept.

Eli faces many obstacles once he returns home and makes discoveries about his family. His mother is bitter that Eli left town instead of staying home to find out who killed his younger brother. When he happens to find three stranded women needing help during a storm and brings them to the rundown spread, his mother does not emit much hospitality to the women. Hallie, Pearl, and Mary, have their own problems, and protecting Mary from an abusive man is one of them. As the days pass before them, trouble seems to follow Eli in one way or another especially with the women at his home. With trouble almost knocking at their door, will Eli ever have any peace in his life, especially when a madman intends on finishing business?

Leaving Whiskey Bend takes on a journey with many different characters, some with bad memories, others wishing to begin with fresh ones. It is a story of demons and trying to get past the ill feelings within the family. I could see the bitterness that the mother held within her heart with Eli, as well as others. She was indeed a hostile woman. Eli is a compassionate man who steps in to help the women even though he has pressures, and demons, burdening him that he wishes to control. Dorothy Garlock creates some colorful players in this easy-going read that allows the reader to feel a part of the old west and the tragedies that many had to face, while trying to overcome to make life better.

Cherokee
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