Sandra Brown, Author . Simon & Schuster $23.95 (256p) ISBN 978-1-4391-7277-3

Bestseller Brown (Smash Cut ) brings Depression-era Texas to vivid life in this poignant short novel. At the recommendation of Dr. Murdy Kincaid, Ella Barron, a hardworking woman whose husband deserted her, accepts David Rainwater, a relative of the doctor's, as a lodger at the boarding house she runs in the small town of Gilead, Tex. As the local community contends with a government program to shoot livestock and the opposition of racist Conrad Ellis, a greedy meatpacker, to poor families butchering the meat, Ella grows closer to David. Meanwhile, David becomes a special guardian angel to Solly, Ella's nine-year-old autistic son. Dr. Kincaid has gently suggested Ella put Solly in an institution, but she refuses to do so. Brown skillfully charts the progress of Ella and David's quiet romance, while a contemporary frame adds a neat twist to this heartwarming but never cloying historical. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 10/26/2009
Release date: 11/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
Compact Disc - 6 pages - 978-1-4423-0071-2
Hardcover - 341 pages - 978-1-4104-2143-2
Open Ebook - 256 pages - 978-1-4391-7613-9
Paperback - 339 pages - 978-1-59413-408-1
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4423-0072-9
Mass Market Paperbound - 316 pages
Open Ebook - 978-1-4587-9586-1
Paperback - 245 pages - 978-1-4391-7764-8
Compact Disc - 978-1-4423-4502-7
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4561-1331-5
Ebook - 256 pages - 978-0-7318-1489-3
Show other formats
Discover what to read next