Anabel Lee and her father have made a middle-of-the-night move from their former home to a remote hilltop house in Missouri. Anabel is glad that she was able to finish high school before the move, but has resigned herself to the fact that her father's bootlegging business has made them nomads and left her with a life of loneliness. So when a young boy named Jack Jones comes to the door, hungry and looking for work, Anabel eagerly invites him in. And Anabel's father quickly recruits him for his operation. Meanwhile, Jack's older sister is looking for her runaway brother and begs law officer Corbin Appleby to find him. Corbin does so easily, but he also stumbles across the rumrunners-and Anabel, who attracts him immediately. What's an honest lawman to do?
Prolific romance author Dorothy Garlock returns to 1920s Missouri in her latest historical. At 21, Annabel Lee Donovan leads a nomadic life, constantly uprooted by the urgent demands of her father's mysterious occupation. When they move to a house on a hill outside the small town of Henderson, she's determined to create a home. With the help of rough but loyal Boone, her father's best friend, Annabel plants a garden and buys a few chickens and a cow. The young woman's domestic dream is threatened by the suspicion (soon confirmed) that her father is a bootlegger and by the lascivious moonshiner who has his eye on her. Meanwhile, the whole town is curious about Corbin Appleby, the handsome lawman from Garlock's The Edge of Town, and no one is more interested than Annabel. This volatile mix of illegal alcohol and love at first sight culminates in gangster warfare and a passionate elopement. National bestseller Garlock is clearly comfortable with her gifts as a storyteller, and she knows her audience. The romance between Annabel and Corbin is sweetly nostalgic (they keep their passion in check until their wedding night), but Garlock isn't afraid to be earthy and funny, nor does she shy away from serious topics like rape and domestic violence.
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Grand Central Publishing
October 31, 2002
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