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A Place Called Rainwater (Missouri, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446611468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446611466
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Midwest in the 1920s is the setting for this romantic melodrama featuring the spunky, independent little sister of Julie Jones, the heroine of another Garlock novel, The Edge of Town. Jill Jones has recently come from Missouri to the boomtown of Rainwater, Okla., to help her ailing Aunt Justine run her hotel, a former house of ill repute. Shortly after her arrival, her flirtatious childhood friend and self-appointed protector, Thad Taylor, shows up and sweet-talks his way into a job. He is wary of the attention Jill is receiving from some of the other men in town, including Hunter Westfall, a womanizing oil tycoon, and Lloyd Madison, a creepy lawyer with "the mark of the devil" on his face and a longstanding vendetta against Justine. There are scads of supporting characters, including Radna, Justine's devoted mixed-race housekeeper, and Laura Hopper, an attractive young widow who catches Westfall's eye. Things turn grim when Thad and Jill discover the remains of a badly mutilated young woman buried in the sand. The detailed depiction of the Oklahoma oil town lends an air of authenticity, as does the colorful (if at times overdone) period slang. Garlock is most entertaining when she focuses on the love affairs percolating among the cast members, but the murder-mystery subplot feels out of place and the identity of the killer is obvious from the beginning. Overproduction may be cramping Garlock's style-her last novel, High on a Hill, came out in June of this year.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Garlock secures her standing as the premier writer of Americana romance with her third book featuring the Jones family and friends. Jill has traveled to the rough and tumble oil-boom town of Rainwater, Oklahoma, to help her ailing aunt by managing her hotel, the only one in town. Thad Taylor, who years earlier had saved Jill from a serial rapist (The Edge of Town [BKL Ap 15 01]) turns up, sent ahead of her brother Joe to keep an eye on her until he can arrive. When out walking, Thad and Jill find a severed arm that turns out to belong to a young woman who has been murdered and dismembered. Garlock provides top-notch, edge-of-the-seat suspense as an evil predator stalks Aunt Justine and imperils Jill and everyone connected with the hotel. "Jelly" Bryce, the FBI's most famous real-life sharpshooter, plays a role in this Prohibition-era tale of romantic suspense that features three well-developed love relationships and an authentic feel for the time. Diana Tixier Herald
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More About the Author

National bestselling and award-winning author of thirty-five romances that often feature the exciting backdrop of the Old West, Dorothy Garlock is one of America's-and the world's-favorite novelists. Her books, all enthusiastically reviewed, now total more than eight million copies in print with translations in 15 languages. She lives in Clear Lake, Iowa.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tanya L. Schaub on May 31, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this sweet romance from DG. In this story there is a lot going on.
Jill Jones is called a wildcat by the oilmen of Rainwater. This comes from her dumping water on a man who was tracking gunk onto her freshly washed porch of the hotel. Jill comes to Rainwater to help her Aunt whose health is failing. When her brother finds that she is in this wild western town all by herself he sends their close family friend Thad to watch out for her.
This is where a lot of the romance starts but there is also a murderer among them, long held secrets etc... to mention a few things. There is more than one romance happening in this story. I really enjoyed the development of the characters etc...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "poohpooh_75" on May 19, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book had somewhat of a predictable plot, but it was an enjoyable book to read. It consists of love and mystery. At times it will make you laugh and then make you cry. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. N. Olson on February 27, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I only discovered Dorothy Garlock books about a month ago, and have already read four. I've been hitting used book stores for more! This book is set in a oil boom town with Jill sent there to take care of an ill Aunt. I like these books because they are an easy read with twist and turns and of course a spunky romace. I have family from the areas she writes about and can envision them as young vibrant people with hopes and dreams, it makes me want to research my family history more. A great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on February 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It was a good book...really it was. I mean, I read it in 2 days. I was just a little disappointed in the end. There wasn't an epiloge (or how ever you spell it!) to tell me what happened to Thad and Jill. That's why I was disappointed. Usually, Garlock tells you what has happened to the characters in an epiloge but this time she didn't. Sigh...I guess I have to make up my own ending. Don't get me wrong though, the book was pretty darn good. I recommend it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By maric on June 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Typical Dorothy Garlock. Once I pick up a book by her I don't stop reading till the book is finished. Even though most of her story lines are similar, she adds just right amount of a twist to make it different. A good read for a lazy day.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tina M. Musial on February 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you have read any of Dorothy Garlock's other books, you can probably predict most of what happens in this book. The characters are endearing, the setting and description of history is great, but the plot is so predictable. It is like many of her past books, well to do man in town is always the bad guy, has the wool pulled over the town town, take hero/ine who is from wrong side of tracks to figure it out. I read it because it continues the story of the characters from The Edge of Town, but it isn't as good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Reynard VINE VOICE on April 25, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was almost another disappointment for me. In it, we are reintroduced to old characters, Jill, Joe, and Thad from the first book (they, with the exception of Thad are siblings of the main character) and are introduced to several new characters.

Jill has traveled to Rainwater, an oil town, to take over the running of a Motel while her namesake Aunt is sick. Not shortly after she arrives, Thad comes along to look after her until her brother Joe gets there.

Unfortunately, while she and Thad are out on a walk, they find the headless body of a woman. All signs point to the rich oil baron of the town, at least the signs pointed out by Lloyd Madison, a lawyer with a strange red devil mark on his face.

Madison doesn't just cause trouble for the oil baron though, he also seems to like to antagonize Jill's aunt for a reason unknown to all but the aunt. He also likes to stir others into a frenzy when it suits him.

The story revolves around finding the killer and the budding romance between Thad and Jill. There's a lot of drama and mystery with just a touch of a love story thrown in.

Like the other two novels I've read by her, this one shares a common theme. In each of the three books thus far in the Missouri series, at least one girl is a victim of a rape. There is also a great deal of mentioning breasts. While I can understand these as use for plot motives, does it have to be in every single book? Some variety would be nice. In addition, this one's language and the character's actions still don't fit with the time period.

Garlock's writing is nice but I wonder if she wouldn't be better suited to write about a different time period.
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By Lynn on January 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Dorothy Garlock at her best. I have read this book over and over and each time is just like the first.
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