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In this heartfelt and poignant follow-up to Earlene Fowler’s national bestseller, The Saddlemaker’s Wife, Ruby McGavin returns to the small town of Cardinal, California, where a year ago she brought her husband’s ashes back to his family’s ranch, and discovered safety, peace, and a love... Ruby never thought she’d return to Cardinal, but she’s hoping the place and people who gave her so much can give her brother Nash—who’s been drowning in drink in Nashville—the fresh start he so desperately needs. Saddlemaker Lucas McGavin is thrilled that Ruby has come back. He hasn’t given up on his love for her, despite the awkward fact that she is his brother’s widow, and he’s well aware that this may be his last chance to win Ruby’s heart.
When Nash starts drinking again and ends up in a devastating accident, Ruby decides she must find her estranged mother to help with an intervention. Two states away, Etta Walker harbors a horrible secret that keeps her from reconnecting with the children she deserted so many years ago. As they struggle with the present and confront the past, Ruby, Lucas, and Etta learn the power of forgiveness…and reach for a new future filled with hope, grace, and love.
About the Author
Earlene Fowler was raised in La Puente, California, by a Southern mother and a Western father. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Allen, and a semi-obedient Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Boudin.
Praise for The Road to Cardinal Valley…
Praise for Earlene Fowler’s National Bestseller, The Saddlemaker’s Wife
“[A] sweetly told narrative… [Fowler’s] well-observed cowboys and cattle farmers have colorful quirks and stiff backbones.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review “A heartfelt story steeped in the beauty and mystery of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.”—Lisa Wingate, author of Blue Moon Bay “[A] poignant tale of a family fractured by the secrets of the past…Fowler, with her gift for drawing painfully real and credible characters, takes the reader along on an emotionally powerful ride.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)