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Along Comes a Stranger

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The summer of 1995 marks Kate Colter's fifteenth year in the small town of Hayden, Wyoming. She is a woman who is generally happy in her marriage and with her now predictable day-to-day life as wife, mother, and part-time breadwinner. Even though she is a New Englander at heart, Kate has reached a point where rodeos, summer heat, sharp light, and the vast, desolate beauty of the West have become almost second nature to her. She loves her husband and daughter, is fond of her neighbors, and enjoys the company of her mother-in-law. Yet, privately, she longs for the conversations and stories of her past, and she can't help but feel disconnected from the people around her.

In walks Tom Baxter, Kate's mother-in-law's new suitor from "back East."

Kate is immediately drawn to Tom—his gentle charm and engaging conversation spark an unusual companionship. Tom seems like the little piece of home that Kate so misses. She's curious about him and about his story, but finds unexplained gaps and inconsistencies that pique her interest to a new level. Then a series of peculiar and seemingly suspicious events leads Kate to a terrifying conclusion—a conclusion that could forever shatter her life and the lives of those she loves.

In this debut novel, Dorie McCullough Lawson vividly captures a familiar American landscape. Filled with unforgettable characters and written in eloquent yet suspenseful prose, Along Comes a Stranger is a darkly humorous novel that examines the depth of identity and family life.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"I read this in one sitting. I loved her story." - Sandra Brown

"A very satisfying read." - Mary Higgins Clark

Used availability for Dorie McCullough Lawson's Along Comes a Stranger

Hardback Editions

April 2007 : USA Hardback

Title: Along Comes a Stranger
Author(s): Dorie McCullough Lawson
ISBN: 0-06-088475-4 / 978-0-06-088475-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

June 2008 : USA Paperback

Title: Along Comes a Stranger: A Novel
Author(s): Dorie McCullough Lawson
ISBN: 0-06-088477-0 / 978-0-06-088477-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Along Comes a Stranger: A Novel
Author(s): Dorie McCullough Lawson
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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