By Dorie McCullough Lawson
The summer time 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 acquaintances. 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 together with his mild appeal 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 that may ceaselessly shatter her lifestyles and the lives of these she loves.
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He’d always wanted to travel, he said, ever since he could remember. In fact, years ago, he got in his car alone and headed to California. “I wanted so badly to see the West I had read about since I was a boy—and California. I wanted to see the Pacific,” he said almost wistfully. ” He stopped. ” 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.
Rushed he was not—not by the commotion, or by the excitement of the day, or by Lorraine, who literally leaped from her chair and nearly danced around each of us making the introductions. People around us, and Clara, were intent on watching the parade, so there wasn’t much time for standing chitchat. Tom offered me his seat, I refused, and he insisted, so I sat down next to Lorraine. She elbowed me and I smiled and nodded, but kept my face looking straight. I think she giggled. Tom and George were standing behind and I realized that Tom was soon asking George a million questions about paleontology.
We were so grateful to have a baby that we each caught ourselves up short whenever the urge struck to complain about the sleepless nights and the general upheaval of our lives. I had still been doing horse work, but I stopped to be home with Clara, and for the first months, George stuck very close to Hayden. He just couldn’t bear to be away from us. I did everything I’d read I was supposed to do. I breast-fed her and when she started eating food I steamed the vegetables and fruits myself and made our own baby food.
Along Comes a Stranger: A Novel by Dorie McCullough Lawson