Item description for Improbable Solution by B. Glad Judith...
Welcome to Whiterock, Oregon, where peculiar happenings are taken for granted. Where Sally Carruthers nurses her dying father. Where Gus Loring seeks forgetfulness. To find it, he'd have to do the impossible and forgive himself. Whiterock is a town where people are from, because there's nothing to hold them there. Every year more of the stores on Main Street close, and every year more of its young people leave to find their fortunes somewhere else; yet somehow it endures. So perhaps there's something more to Whiterock than dusty streets, shabby buildings, and discouraged residents, something as hungry for love as Gus and Sally.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Jan 12, 2007
Publisher Zumaya Embraces
ISBN 1934135402 ISBN13 9781934135402
Reviewed by Michelle Anne Cox-Lomas for Reader Views (3/07)
You are going to enter an adventure that takes place in the state of Oregon, in a very small town called Whiterock. This is a town where everyone knows everyone, and everyone knows all about you. The two main characters in this story are Sally Carruthers and a very handsome stranger who we come to know as Gus. Sally has the task of taking care of her elderly Alzheimer-inflicted father, but her real passion is fashion design, which she has put on hold to work as a seamstress for a local company doing hems and other little duties, but she never stops dreaming the big dream of designing costumes for big play productions. She certainly is talented enough to do this, but her duty as a good daughter has to come first. Gus, who was once an influential and very prosperous executive type himself, has a very sad history. He decided to leave the corporate world to hide out and away from the world because of a heartfelt family tragedy that he blames himself for. Gus takes on the boring job of being a delivery man and has an assignment to deliver items to Whiterock. One of his delivery stops is to Sally Carruthers. Once meeting each other the sparks start to fly...literally! Could it be static electricity, or could it be something more? Try as they might not to become involved with each other, it seems that fate itself holds all the cards.
Something seemed to be pushing them together!
Along with that passionate plot, we have the town itself, growing and unfolding and revealing its history. There is something very supernatural about the town and it seems as if the town itself, not the residents, but the town itself, is "alive" and wants to continue to grow and repopulate through its residents and through bringing in new blood. Could one of those people be Gus? Gus is seeking forgiveness within himself and Sally is an important part in helping this to happen. Sally too is trying to figure out where her destiny is supposed to be. What is she going to do once her father dies? Will there be anyone there to help her through it all?
As the storyline unfolds it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Your mind may think that the plot goes one way, when it makes a turn and goes in another direction, only to reveal an even better unfolding story. The end of this novel holds the best surprise of all!
I totally loved this passionately heated, romantic thriller! I could relate completely with the small town "feel" and the energy it holds because I live in the same kind of small town. I really liked all of the characters in this novel and the story line was definitely A+! A page turner from the first page to the last! I highly recommend "Improbable Solution" to anyone who loves mysteries and romance novels all mixed into one! Excellent writing indeed!
Timeless Tales review Sep 20, 2002
By TT reviewer Irene Marshall
Gus Loring has been wandering the country, going from job to job, for several years in an attempt to escape his memories. While delivering dry cleaning, he visits Whiterock, Oregon and meets some of the locals, including Sally Carruthers. Sally has given up her business in costume designing to return to Whiterock and care for her dying mother. She stays, after her mother's death, to care for her father when he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.
Soon Gus is living in Whiterock and working in a garage. When the owner wants to retire, he asks Gus to buy him out. Gus agrees, but in his mind, he has no intention of staying there, as the memories are still with him and he knows that he'll move on when they get too bad.
Soon he and Sally enter into an affair, which the whole town knows about and seems to approve of. Strange things are beginning to happen to the town. A landmark statue is repaired, the bandstand in the park is repaired and repainted and the abandoned stores on Main Street are suddenly looking less rundown. But there's no explanation of how these things are being done.
Gus continues to deny to himself that there is anything lasting going on between him and Sally. When Sally tells him that she loves him, he decides to leave, now. But can he? Throughout the entire story there is an "alien" voice that keeps cropping up, to the reader only, and when Gus tries to leave, something seems to want him to stay.
This is one of the most unusual and entertaining stories that I've read in years. The characters are so real that they could be anyone in your own life. I grew up in a small town, and as it died we saw the same results as are described on the story. Unfortunately, we didn't have an "alien voice" to help. This author has such descriptive abilities that the reader feels the emotions of the characters and the ending was so unexpected that it really gave me goosebumps. Made me rethink living in small towns.
I'll be recommending this book to several of my friends and looking for more by Ms. Glad. This is the first that I've read by her but believe me, it won't be the last.
Timeless Tales review Sep 20, 2002
By...reviewer Nancy Williams... for the surprise of her life when she shows up for her job interview to find that the man she'll be working under is no stranger. (That's the understatement of the century!) Scott Richards is the man she fell for-hard- four years earlier, even ending her long time marriage when she realized it lacked one essential ingredient, romantic love.
In fact, four years earlier, she and Scott symbolically bound themselves together with gold rings in a Celtic knot design, signifying a never-ending bond.
But he didn't keep his promise to wait for her the two months she needed to let her husband down gently. And in fact, when she tried to find Scott, he seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth.
Now he's materialized living with Francine, a beautiful, but insecure woman, and playing father to her precocious four-year old daughter. He's been trying convince her to marry him, because he's particularly close to the child, but for some unknown reason, she still balks at the idea, even three years later. And to complicate things further, Francine's father owns the firm.
Naively, Scott and Carolyn plan to put the past behind them and work together, but the ghosts of the past aren't easily cast aside. When things go sour for Scott and Francine, she runs to her brother-in-law, Bill, a slick opportunist, who would like nothing better than to ruin Scott and move into his prestigious position.
Francine, upset when she realizes Scott lied about the past he and Carolyn share, finds and gives Bill just the ammunition he needs to prove their liaison and undermine the owner's trust in Scott.
When Francine dies suddenly, she leaves chaos in her wake. With no marriage license to legitimize the union, Francine's parents take the child and leave Scott to fall apart. Emotionally needy now, he appears at Carolyn's door, hoping for a connection.
But Carolyn is angry, seeing him as an immature man with many issues to resolve before she can ever trust him again. What is it that makes him so insecure?
Threats, deception and blackmail force them to take steps they could never imagine, as things deteriorate. Will the emotional roller coaster never end? Will they learn to understand each other, and rebuild the shattered trust of their past?
Author Mary Taffs spins a convincing yarn, filled with unexpected twists and turns, misunderstandings, and half-truths for her star-crossed lovers. They admit to not taking time to learn to trust each other before falling in love, an unfortunate but fortunately not a fatal mistake. And you and I get a ringside seat as the action unfolds. A riveting and satisfying read for a cool autumn night.