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 pals. 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 light allure 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 which may without end shatter her existence and the lives of these she loves.
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I can’t stand it when a man gives me a sad little shake, like a woman can’t handle the real thing. He took his time to look at each of us individually, not as if he • 34 • A LO N G CO M E S A ST R A N G E R were sizing us up, but more like he might want a lasting picture in his mind. 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.
The food is never anything but charred hamburgers, the perfectly round frozen kind; potato chips; and rock-hard brownies. Last year I wanted to go for one reason, and that was to find out more about Tom Baxter. Which I did. Tom and Lorraine had met at Mountain Vision. He came in because he lost his prescription sunglasses, only he called them “dark glasses,” a term I hadn’t heard for years, probably not since my grandfather used to say it at the beach when I was a little girl. I guess Tom came into the eye doctor’s office and Lorraine started chatting, as she always does.
Sometimes she let me go off on a trail by myself and sometimes she gave me a lesson. Ms. Harding’s facial features were straight and strong and her skin wrinkled from a life in the outdoors. ” In her teachings she stressed the importance of a “balanced seat” above all, and she talked of the horses’ character traits as if they were human friends. She also taught me much of what I know about how to take care of a sick or injured animal. I asked her questions about the horses the way my father questioned my grandfather at Sunday dinner.
Along Comes a Stranger: A Novel by Dorie McCullough Lawson