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Keep a little secret
Large print ed.
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, ©2011.
Physical Description:
447 pages ; 23 cm.
When a teaching position opens up in Oklahoma, Charlotte Tucker jumps at the opportunity to take a room on John Grant's ranch in Sawyer to begin her new career. She soon befriends Owen and Hannah Wallace, a brother and sister who have come from Colorado following the death of their mother. Abandoned at an early age by a father they never knew, they are set on revenge against the man who left them -- a man they believe is John Grant.


Call Number
LP ROMANCE Garlock, D.
LP Garlock, D.

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"Published in 2011 by arrangement with Grand Central Publishing"--T.p. verso.

Author Notes

Dorothy Garlock is a Texas native living in Clear Lake, Iowa, who quit her job as a newspaper columnist and reporter at the age of 49 to write novels. She entered her first novel in a contest and lost, but she sold the book. Now, over twenty years later, she has millions of copies in print and has had her work translated into 18 languages.

So many of her more than 40 books are set in the Old West that Dorothy Garlock has come to be classified as a Western Romance writer. She is a member of the Romance Writers Hall of Fame. Popular titles include Almost Eden, The Listening Sky, and Larkspur. With Hope is a gritty, unsentimental romance set in the Great Depression.

Dorothy Garlock also writes under the names Dorothy Glenn, Dorothy Philips and Johanna Phillips.

(Bowker Author Biography) Dorothy Garlock is an award-winning author with over 40 published novels. She lives in Clear Lake, Iowa.

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Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Slow and bland, this historical romance set in 1939 Oklahoma features moments of high tension, such as a wildfire and a stampede, that somehow manage to seem unremarkable. The romance between school teacher Charlotte Tucker and mysterious cowboy Owen Williams is set against a background of Depression-era ranches and has all the ingredients for eliciting interest, but the hazy language and vague historical details make it seem as faded and devoid of taste as an old photograph of a forgotten dessert. A rancher vowing revenge on Charlotte's host and a pair of twins searching for their long-lost father similarly fail to add much to the book. Garlock must have been tired when she wrote this book, which is a disappointing addition to the canon of an author who's produced some of the best contemporary historical fiction around. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

All the elements that keep Garlock's fans coming back for more are here in a new story featuring Charlotte Tucker, whom readers met as a child in Stay a Little Longer (2010). A grown woman in 1939, Minnesotan Charlotte has accepted a teaching job in the small, rural, and friendly town of Sawyer, Missouri, where she will live on John Grant's enormous ranch. Charlotte meets the Wallace twins, Owen and Hannah, who are about her age and also fairly new to Grant's ranch. Hannah works at the bank in town and is warm and outgoing, while Owen, a ranch hand, seems her opposite. When their mother died, Owen swore he would find out the identity of the man who had impregnated and deserted her, leaving her to raise the twins in scandal and poverty. A stampede and a fire could spell disaster for the ranch, but were they accidents or intentional? Garlock is a master at developing characters through their actions and evoking settings so real they transport the reader back in time.--Tixier Herald, Diana Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Just arrived to take a teaching position in tiny Sawyer, OK, Minnesota native Charlotte Tucker is surprised to be both annoyed by and attracted to moody, rude Owen Wallace, one of the ranch hands at the spread where she will be living. The attraction between them is mutual, but Owen is on a deadly mission of his own, and he's not about to let anyone, not even Charlie, change his mind. Still, she has to try. VERDICT Anger, regret, and revenge are the driving forces in this action-packed story that in classic Garlock style brings 1939 rural Oklahoma to vivid life, gives readers a sweet pair of rewarding love stories, produces a villain or two, and dramatically dishes out justice. This follow-up to Stay a Little Longer should please the author's many fans. Garlock lives in Clear Lake, IA. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.