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Sweet Dreams At The Goodnight Motel Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2009
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It has become apparent to Claire, who married her high-school sweetheart then divorced him 15 years later when he took up with a younger woman, that "real life" is out there somewhere and unless she looks, she will not find it. So she quits her job, packs her bags, and heads to Valentine, Oklahoma, hometown to the father she barely remembers. It's not much of a place, but having her car stolen from the Goodnight Motel parking lot compels her to stay awhile, and she discovers that folks there meet their responsibilities with love and honor, and rely on a higher power in times of need. They welcome Claire into their lives, and she not only finds "real life," she also finds love, although she lets it take its own good time. Matlock has set previous novels in Valentine, but her focus is so different in each book that the town seems new each time. A wonderful cast and a perfect setting make for a gentle and reassuring story. Danise Hoover
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After quitting her job, she travels to Valentine, Oklahoma, the last place where she knew her dad lived. In Valentine, few people remember her dad and those that do recall very little about him. However, Claire is adopted by nonagenarian Winston Valentine, becomes close friends with septuagenarian drugstore owner Vella Blaine, and "adopts" abandoned pregnant teen Sherrilyn Earles even as Deputy Sheriff Travis Ford keeps a close eye on her. Claire is happy with her new relationships until Andrew arrives expecting she will take him back.
The latest visit to Valentine is a warm tale starring a coming of age (though Claire is middle age) woman seeking a modicum of happiness in a life that she feels has past her by with little contentment. The support cast in Louisiana and Oklahoma enable the reader to see the transformation of Claire through their eyes. The story line is character driven as Claire seeks her roots and finds a life.
A sweet, enjoyable read.
book. It was good. It had me wondering what was going to happen.Claire
is a woman in her 40's and she leaves her home in Shreveport and goes
to Valentine,Oklahoma. And through the book Claire comes to terms
with things and also finds a place she belongs.