Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy Garlock

Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy Garlock
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (384 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Buckton, Indiana, 1956. As post-war America brims with new opportunities, a young woman discovers the courage to follow her dreams-and her heart . . .

Gwendolyn Foster’s life seems like a dream come true. A bright future in front of her, the successful, traditional man her parents wanted at her side. What more could a girl ask for? But Gwen has a different dream altogether-to be a writer-and she won’t rest until it comes true. Strong arms to support her, not own her . . . that’s what she needs. And she finds them in the most unexpected of places.

Hank Ellis has long been haunted by his little brother’s death. He knows the entire town blames him for the accident, but it’s only fitting. He blames himself too. So he’s shocked when Gwen ignores the vicious gossip and befriends him. And before long, everything changes for them. Folks warn Gwen about Hank, but she knows in her heart that they’re wrong. Drawn to this man of bravery and kindness who encourages her to pursue her passions, Gwen can finally envision the life she’s always wanted. And with Gwen, Hank finds the strength to let go of his guilt, as he dares to hope for a future with her.

But braving the town that turns against them isn’t the only challenge they face. For Hank still harbors a dark secret, a shocking truth that may force him to lose Gwen forever . .

Enthralling and beautifully written, Sunday Kind of Love, shines a bright light on social customs and deep-seated beliefs of a woman’s “place,” while a love story emerges like a beautiful flower among ugly weeds.

Intelligent, well-educated Gwen Foster wants a writing career as well as a husband and family—an idea frowned on by many. Even her boyfriend Kent Brookings says that “anybody that hires a woman to write can’t be much.” My goodness, I wanted to snatch him up and give him a good talking to.

After a near-death experience, Gwen’s life takes a turn. Hank Ellis, the most despised person in Gwen’s hometown saves her. The tentative start to their relationship, after she bids Kent GOODBYE, gets buffeted from all directions. But Gwen’s Aunt Samantha gives her some advice that made me want to give that eccentric lady a hug.

Hank’s back story overwhelms and seems beyond repair. How Dorothy Garlock reveals and untangles the mess little by little keeps one reading with anticipation. Masterful writing!

As Jed Ringer, the town bully, and his side-kicks become bolder in their harassment of Hank along with other more secret doings, anxiety builds to a fever pitch.

Amid all the hostility, Gwen writes an article and gets it published in the local newspaper. Her writing becomes an important part of bringing things to a climax that reveals and resolves two mysteries. What fun to have an inside track on what is happening as the author keeps the reader in the loop at all times. Great foreshadowing!

Dorothy Garlock engages the reader’s senses and emotions page after page as she brings that time in history to life and develops a love story where the hero and heroine “save each other.”

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