Along Comes a Stranger: A Novel by Dorie McCullough Lawson

By Dorie McCullough Lawson

The summer season of 1995 marks Kate Colter's 15th 12 months within the small city of Hayden, Wyoming. a brand new Englander at center, Kate loves her husband and daughter and is keen on her pals. 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 sequence of unusual and suspicious occasions is prime her to a terrifying end which could ceaselessly shatter her existence and the lives of these she loves.

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Along Comes a Stranger: A Novel

The summer time of 1995 marks Kate Colter's 15th yr within the small city of Hayden, Wyoming. a brand new Englander at center, Kate loves her husband and daughter and is keen on her buddies. 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 attraction and interesting dialog, like a bit piece of the house she so misses.

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Would she teach? Would she go to graduate school? Would she work at a library? You know how she loves to read. Maybe she’ll • 28 • A LO N G CO M E S A ST R A N G E R go to law school—you know a lot of English majors go into law—but wait, what was her major? It wasn’t English, was it? So when I met George on the train soon after college and he brought me to Wyoming, it was as if a new type of person and then a new world were revealed to me. First, George was a man who knew what he wanted to do purely because of his interests and the work itself, not because of what his career would do for him.

I won’t be able to tell it • 45 • D O R I E M C C U L L O U G H L AW S O N in the charming way he did, but here’s the story: Three old ladies, sisters, lived together. They were old—I mean old—but that didn’t hold them back one bit. They went out at night and they went on trips, driving a spiffy Packard all over the place. Didn’t bother them a bit that between the three of them they had only one license. “Old ladies all look the same to the police,” they’d say, so whoever was driving had the license.

Then along came the Hayden Home Health Care nurses. ” She leaned forward in her chair as if getting a bit closer would help me see. “The gal with the curly red hair. Right there. ” “OK. Yup. ” It didn’t ring a bell, but Lorraine didn’t notice. “Well, I’m just dying to see her bedroom. Evidently, it’s gorgeous—a patriotic theme. She has red carpet and blue striped wallpaper with a stencil star border. Sandy told me she got the stencils at Coast to Coast. Her pillow shams look like the American flag, and I imagine the drapes do, too.

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