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Stay a Little Longer (Tucker Family #1)

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  547 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Rachel Watkins has her hands full. Her mother had been the town midwife, but after her daughter Alice died under her care, she refused to assist in a childbirth ever again. Since then Rachel has assumed the work. She also takes care of Alice's six-year old, Charlotte, because the child's father was lost in World War I. But Rachel's principal job is running the boardinghous ...more
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Published April 30th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2010)
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May 05, 2010 Angelc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Watkins' life irreversibly changed when her sister Alice died in childbirth. Rachel became a mother to her niece, Charlotte, and took over from her mother as the town midwife. Rachel's mother lost her courage to help bring new lives into the world after the loss of her daughter. Rachel is also in charge of the boarding house that her mother owns with her uncle. Rachel blames her sister's death as well as all the struggles of her new life on the fact that Alice's husband, Mason, died in th ...more
I wanted to like this book better than I did. It was about a woman raising her niece while running a boarding house in the 1920s. A hobo comes to stay. Sounds good but it really just missed somehow. Turns out the man is her dead sister's husband who never came home from WWI. Why? He was too scared he was hideously ugly after having acid scar one cheek. Just that. Not half his face and losing an eye or having his legs blown off or something, just the fleshy part of one cheek. I'm like, for that y ...more
Dina Roberts
I thought this was a sweet book; though I also thought it was a bit cheesy and predictable at times. The villains felt one-dimensional to the type you'd get from an episode of Scooby Doo.

The book is about a family struggling through the years after one of the daughters has died in childbirth.

The storyline that was the most interesting and touching to me was the one dealing with the mother of the deceased. Alice was her favorite child, and when she dies, the mother becomes a recluse.
This book was good, but I had a hard time with it right off the bat. I know this is not the authors fault, but the book cover let me down. In the very first sentence of the story, Rachel is described as having coal black hair and in chapter two Jasper is also described as a black dog. On the cover both are a strawberry blonde color and I let that bother me.
As for the story itself, it was okay, but I couldn't get past the character flaw I found in Mason. It's all well and good that he came back,
Julie Failla Earhart
Rachel Watkins has her hands full in Carlson, Minnesota. She is the full-time caregiver for her niece and mother, tries to scratch out a living running in the family’s deteriorating boardinghouse and midwife, tries to save the home from foreclosure, and cares for her alcoholic uncle who lives with them.

Rachel’s life began to unwind eight years earlier. Her sister, Alice, married Mason shortly before he left for the battlefields of WWI. Mason is missing in action and presumed dead before he learn
Jun 13, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I'd like to write a real summary because this one is absolutely horrible. It's not even correct.

Eight years before the beginning of this story, a family is torn apart. Rachel's sister Alice marries Mason, who is sent off to fight in WWI soon after their wedding. After he leaves, Alice finds out that she is pregnant, and not long after that, she receives news that he is missing in action. This brings her into such a depression that she dies giving birth to her daughter Charlotte.

DNF. I didn't like this book at all. I gave it to 43% but life's too short to spend more time on this clunker.

The H & h FINALLY met in chapter 13. The whole book up to 43% was blah. To the point that I was skimming/skipping paragraphs in the hopes that SOMETHING would happen.

Rachel's described as a midwife - she delivers one child in the first chapter. Who knows, maybe she delivers more later. Her niece is an amazingly annoying little girl. Mason, the hero, did zippo for me. The uncle's an
Apr 29, 2010 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book through the "first reads" on goodreads. I wasn't sure I would like it when I received it. It seemed like it may be a little cheesy, however it was pretty good. I had the end of the story figured out pretty early on, but I was still interested and there were unexpected twists and turns. I would recommend this as a fun, easy read.
Apr 15, 2015 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat enjoyable but mostly predictable historical romance. It definitely did not live up to the high praise on the back cover. I wish there had been more content about the main character's work as a midwife as well as about life in the 1920's. The time period of the novel was during Prohibition, but Otis was constantly going to the tavern, which was apparently a public place and not anything secret or hidden. Even though this is fiction, and some "poetic license" can be used, I would expect t ...more
Ms. Marie
Typical Dorothy Garlock...good for a fast read, but leaves nothing to ponder..
Feb 04, 2011 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so light, so predictable, but it did help me go to sleep at night!
Mar 20, 2014 Sherri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this because I was in the mood for a romance, something I haven't read in a while, so I chose an old favorite author. In the past I have read a lot of books by Dorothy Garlock, and really loved them...unfortunately, I was VERY disappointed in this one. The thing about romances is that when you read one, you generally know how it's going to end before you even begin; the jacket will let you know who is ending up together. What makes these books fun to read is the story that gets ...more
Aug 17, 2013 Dyana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The last book I read was a literary masterpiece. This one sure paled in comparison. It was full of cliches, caricature characters, and the cover picture didn't match the book! Why did I finish it? - because I have liked other Dorothy Garlock books and thought it had to get better.

- Mason Tucker married Alice and then went off to war in France.
- He was missing in action and presumed dead. Alice dies heartbroken during childbirth after losing Mason.
- Her sister, Rachel, is left to raise the child
Laura Beasley
May 22, 2014 Laura Beasley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mary Ann
Would give this book 3.5 stars. Good story. Rachel is raising her niece after the death of her sister,Alice. Alice's husband went off to war and died and Alice gave up on living and when she died her mother also gave up on life. Alice died during childbirth. For 8 years times were very hard and then a mysterious stranger comes back to town and things are going to change. Threats are also being made against Rachel and her family to sell the boardinghouse they live in. Enjoyable and easy read and ...more
May 15, 2014 Lex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was entirely unable to connect with the characters in this story, or find their romance believable. Their just wasn't enough development or dimension. Instead of wasting valuable text explaining the intents and beliefs of the one lone boarder, I think it might have been a better idea to give the stranger some more introspection and explanation for his complete turnaround in thought and action.
Geeta Schrayter
I stayed up well into the night finishing this story.. But admit it was more out of a determination to finish then finding the book positively riveting and impossible to put down. I don't think I'm a tough critic when it comes to reading. I love books, love reading, and don't often come across stories I dislike. This one is no different.. I didn't dislike it.. But I didn't love it either.

Despite a plethora of plot-lines, I found it dry. It might have been the writing style.. I never seemed to q
May 14, 2010 Gayle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, first-reads
Rachel found herself in the role of mother after her sister, Alice, died giving birth to Charlotte. Alice's husband, Mason, has left to fight in WWI. For eight years, Rachel raises Charlotte alone - Rachel's mother can't get beyond the grief and guilt from losing Alice, and her uncle is a drunk. All of them believe Mason is dead until Charlotte comes upon him in a shack in the woods.

Garlock does a fine job of moving the story along. At times, her style seemed somewhat remedial to me. She would
May 01, 2010 Edee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as part of the First Reads program. This book was an easy read and the story was heartwarming. The book provides insight into what life might have been like for those touched by World War I. You get the chance to live through the struggles facing Rachel, who is left with the burden of running the family's boardinghouse, caring for her grief stricken mother and alcoholic uncle in addition to raising her niece Charlotte. You also experience the loneliness of Charlotte who has ...more
Maggie Shanley
This was a repeat for me, something I seldom do but somehow acquired the book twice so gave it a reread. It is nor Garlock's best book, not as emotionally compelling as her others but the heroine was still brave and courageous, the hero strong and tough, all the good guys were likable, all the bad guys were despicable.
Jul 15, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read Dorothy Garlock before. Even tho she is a local author. It was a good easy read. Even tho you know who will end up with who there was enough mystery to keep you reading to see how it all worked out. I will read more of her books in the future.
Heidi Biggs
Dec 07, 2013 Heidi Biggs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still reading, but just had to say that the cover doesn't match up with the story AT ALL. One would think that there'd be someone in charge of making sure the art went with the story, but clearly, whoever that was hadn't read this book. I was a paragraph in when I realized that the main character (with the 'coal black hair') was not the woman depicted on the cover. And it didn't take reading much further to see that the 5 yr old looking girl and her yellow dog on the front didn't go with thi ...more
Elizabeth Hale
Oct 13, 2015 Elizabeth Hale rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointed. Good story but the writer doesn't do it justice at all. Extremely predictable. I will probably give this author another go, however, since a lot of reviews that I've read for this book say that this is a rare misstep for Dorothy Garlock.
Sep 15, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-and-fluffy
This book was okay...nothing special. And I felt like the Jonathan character just sort of disappeared. He's obsessed but then he's gone? Didn't add up for me
Oct 06, 2014 Maryann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for our book club, enjoyed, but it wasn't one I couldn't put down.
Feb 16, 2014 Missy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing spectacular, but I will probably listen to the whole series.
Oct 08, 2014 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great historical fiction work by DG
Mar 13, 2014 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable but fun read
Apr 11, 2010 Desiree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Initially it took a while for me to be interested in this book, it didn't hook me right away. However I continued to read because I did want to know what would happen; the plot cover on the book had intrigued me. The writing is decent, but I wished that it would of been fully committed to the time frame. It felt like the writing wanted to fit into the time frame but just couldn't. The plot was interesting, albeit predictable at most times. This book was received from Goodreads First Reads for fr ...more
Written in 2010 (contemporary), this is nevertheless historical fiction based around the years of World War I. Garlock has written many novels, but this is my first one and I look forward to discovering the rest. I would have almost called this a "cozy read" in all respects except for two scenes: one a near rape and the other a rather dramatic beating. This story features a strong young woman facing some difficult circumstances. You kind of know it is all going to work out somehow, yet it is nev ...more
Don't judge me for reading this book, my MIL pressed it on me. The books I've read most recently were heavy (The Kite Runner, Jacob's Ladder) so I'm letting myself regress with a non-challenging read.
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Dorothy Garlock is from Texas, but lived for a long time with her family in Iowa. Her romance novels have been translated into over 20 languages.

The mother of two and grandmother of three started her book-writing career in 1976 after working for 14 years as bookkeeper/columnist for the local newspaper. She had received 21 awards from various magazines and writer's groups. She was selected as Outst
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