Out the Summerhill Road
From Jane Roberts Wood comes a quietly riveting novel revealing the
banal faces of evil in a small East Texas town. In 1946 a young couple
is brutally murdered in Cold Springs. And, now, thirty-four years later,
the rumor is that Jackson Morris, who had been the only person of
interest in the murders, has come home. Or has he?
When the four women of the Tuesday bridge club hear this rumor, their
responses range from a reckless excitement to a shaky uneasiness.
There’s Isabel, compelling and passionate, who foolishly and
inexplicably longs to see Jackson, her first love, again while the
seemingly innocent Mary Martha prays that the sheriff will put Jackson’s
head in a noose. Although the eternally optimistic Sarah looks to the
law to determine Jackson’s fate, the fourth woman, an Irish immigrant
and a misfit in Cold Springs, is guided by the spirit world, including a
cat, in deciding his guilt or innocence.
When a second murder occurs after Jackson’s return, Cold Springs reacts
with fear and paranoia while the women struggle to protect their
friend’s reputation and desperately try to find a murderer.
Praise for Jane Roberts Wood’s Fiction:
“A genuine Texas treasure.” —The Dallas Morning News
“Wood handles whatever she touches with delicate precision, and leaves
an impression, not of bitterness of life, but of the tenderness of the
human soul.” —The New Mexican
Praise for the Lucy Richards Trilogy:
“It’s a winner!—A real down-to-earth story that keeps you spellbound
from page to page.” —Liz Carpenter, former White House press
“A truly fine tale of the indomitable human spirit, told in the honest
voice of a strong young schoolmarm in early day West Texas.” —Larry L.
King, author of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
“Wood’s lively, eccentric characters leap off the page and will live in
the reader’s heart long after the book is closed.” —Jean Stapleton,
“Wood has a rare gift for transcending the ordinary and this
heartwarming continuation of her earlier novels is no exception. Wood’s
narration is seamless and she is especially masterful in creating
meaningful characters.” —Publishers Weekly