MORE THAN MEMORY by Dorothy Garlock

MORE THAN MEMORY by Dorothy Garlock, (c) 2001. Dorothy Garlock is one of my favorite authors. I pick up her books where I buy nearly every book I read, in flea markets and yard sales and thrift stores. I picked this one up nearly a week ago, but I read the last two books I posted about first. Today I started reading this one, starts out in 1949 Iowa, with a pregnant 16 year old girl named Nelda Hansen and her 18 year old boyfriend, Lute Hanson forced into marriage and quickie divorce to give her baby a real legitimacy. Nelda is quite intimidated by her marine father who’s a big tough bully of a man. Lute is upset she won’t go against her fatjer. She is too weak willed. Lute is sent packing and he joins the Navy. Nelda and her father move to Virginia where he remarries and his wife helps Nelda run away with her 6 month old baby girl back to Iowa and her grandparents. Soon after her baby girl dies and Nelda enrolls in college in Chicago. Now here it is 9 years later, Lute and Nelda are older and wiser. Nelda is not a woman to be intimidated anymore and Lute has a chip on his shoulder about the painful past they share. It’s starting out rather well as most Dorothy Garlock books do.

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