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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Earlene Fowler Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a nice story that catches us up with characters from Fowler’s previous book, The Saddlemaker’s Wife. It is easy to get attached to all of these characters…The conclusion is satisfying, and you will welcome a chance to be a part of this small town and its eccentricities once again.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “[A] likable sequel to The Saddlemaker’s Wife…An appealing panorama of ordinary people trying to live up to their best potential—if they can figure out what it might be. Fowler demonstrates that such a story can be religious without being sanctimonious.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/20/2014

    " This was a pleasant read. It's a continuation of the earlier Saddlemaker's Wife, so if you like to read things in order, get that one first. I prefer the Benni Harper quilt mysteries but honestly, I'll read anything Earlene Fowler writes. Hope there are more of both series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen Blinn | 1/25/2014

    " Earlene Fowler, author of the popular Benni Harper series, here offers a stand-alone novel set in Cardinal, California in the present day. The book features various members and ex-members of the McGavin family who own a large ranch in the valley. Ruby, widow of son Cole, moves to Cardinal after spending almost a year in Nashville, TN caring for her alcoholic younger brother, Nash. Cole had kept his family a secret from Ruby during the brief time they were married before he killed himself by running his truck off the road, saying his family had all been killed in an accident. Ruby came from an extremely dysfunctional family. How Ruby finds her place in Cardinal society and tries to fix her family form the crux of the story. I had a hard time keeping all of the characters straight for the first half of the book and did not find that it held my interest all that well. However, it really picked up steam in the last third and left me wanting to read more to learn the resolution. Fowler fans will want to read it, but it might not be the best of her books to start with for new readers. On the other hand, perhaps others will find it more gripping than I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 1/24/2014

    " I didn't remember a lot of the details from The Saddlemaker's Wife, but they started to come back as I read this book. It was The Saddlemaker's Wife that sent me to Earlene Fowler's other books, and I can always rely on her for a good story and realistic characters with depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kayt18 | 1/23/2014

    " I have to say I really enjoy the Benni Harper mysteries much better. This book delved deep into the characters. I was happy to see dogs play a bigger part in this book, always love dogs. I was surprised the way the main relationships turned out, but all for the better. "

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