By Dorie McCullough Lawson
The summer season of 1995 marks Kate Colter's 15th yr within the small city of Hayden, Wyoming. a brand new Englander at middle, Kate loves her husband and daughter and is keen on her friends. but, privately, she feels disconnected from the folks round her. Then alongside comes Tom Baxter. Her mother-in-law's new suitor from "back East," Tom instantly attracts Kate in together with his light attraction and fascinating 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 major her to a terrifying end which may ceaselessly shatter her existence and the lives of these she loves.
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I asked. I’m sure George was cringing with me asking another question. • 48 • A LO N G CO M E S A ST R A N G E R “I turned around,” he continued. “I’ll never know what made me do it, but I just turned around and went back. ” Tom took a clean white handkerchief out of his pocket and wiped his brow and around his mouth. ” He took a deep breath and smiled. “That’s why I’m here now. ” I asked. “Ohhh, why Hayden. Well, I had to decide whether I’d go north or south first. ” “So, ‘If ’tweren’t for the flip of a coin .
50 • chapter 5 6 I have an aunt, Joanie. I mentioned her before; she’s the one who always sees to the heart of things quickly. She’s a career woman, a portfolio manager for “high-net-worth individuals,” in Boston. She’s only twelve years older than I am, and on the surface we have so little in common, except our past and family in Bristol. She’s single, always has been, and she’s totally directed in her career. I’m not directed, obviously, and most of my life is wrapped up in being a mother and a wife.
31 • chapter 4 6 I wanted to meet Tom Baxter, but I never expected to like him as immediately as I did. It’s not that I thought I wouldn’t like him, it’s just that I assumed I wouldn’t feel one way or the other about a boyfriend of Lorraine’s. When Tom Baxter stood up to shake my hand in the sharp sunlight in front of Olsen’s Trophy Shop, I was interested in him right away. ” Rosicky, an immigrant and a city man, was successfully farming in the American Midwest. His eldest son married Polly, a good-hearted young woman who had somewhat sophisticated tastes, and the son brought her to the country to homestead.