Stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, U.S. Route 66 was the road to adventure for treasure-seekers, displaced farmers, and Hollywood hopefuls during the Great Depression. Now bestselling author Dorothy Garlock captures the romance of that fabled highway in an exciting new novel.
Leona Dawson is instantly on the alert whenever a dusty car slows at her brother-in-law's place of business-Andy's Garage Gas Camping on Route 66 in rural Oklahoma. Most people are honest and courteous. A few want a handout. And some-bootleggers, con men, and desperadoes-are downright dangerous.
Then a mysterious Texan, a tall, quiet man called Yates, drives in and lingers for a few days. When Andy is attacked by a rabid animal, it's Yates who rushes to his aid. He even promises to run the station while Andy recovers in the hospital.
But Leona, as independent as she is and protective of Andy's two young daughters, is leery of accepting help from a stranger who reveals nothing about his past. As an unmarried woman living openly with her sister's widowed husband, she's been the subject of enough gossip and scandal among the locals.
Drawn to this tough and tender woman, Yates is soon defending her reputation even as his presence risks further "disgrace." And Leona is just beginning to trust him when her worst nightmare comes true. Tragedy strikes along this stretch of Route 66, and suspicions spread like wildfire. Against a storm of threats and violence, Yates and Leona uncover a devastating secret…and undergo a harrowing test of their love. Filled with surprises and suspense, MOTHER ROAD vividly portrays a uniquely American time and place. Once again Dorothy Garlock introduces us to men and women we care about and tells an unforgettable story about their passions, courage, and dreams.