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Shadow Ranch: A Novel

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  197 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The impact of four-year-old Spencer's death has rocked the Carpenter family. For Lainie, the loss of her son is unbearable, and now both her marriage and her very sanity are threatened. Her guitar-obsessed, slacker brother Russell isn't doing very well either, and his own love relationship is rapidly coming undone. Then there's Bop, her fierce and crusty 80-year-old grandf ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 28th 1997 by Harper Perennial (first published April 1st 1996)
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This Mapson was a nice change from the formulaic ones I was sick of during my last Mapson reading binge in the fall. I found this battered hard back in the United Way bin at the grocery store and my son gave me the $2 to buy it! I didn't think I'd read it despite its age (early 90's) and indeed I hadn't. It tells the usual horse/ woman/ grief/ family story, complete with Mapson's pithy observations and great voice. Nothing spectacular, but a solidly enjoyable read!

I did like Russell, the brothe
Pretty good. I really liked Bop but my favorite character was Earlynn. Parts of Shadow Ranch were tedious and I found it wasn't necessary to read every word. I enjoyed the book and I liked the family.
Bonnie Plested
A good friend and new book-buddy loaned me several of Jo-Ann Mapsons books. After reading a dozen pages of this book, the story was seemed familiar to me. I could remember the cowboy-millionaire randfather, his granddaughter whose son died and the ending. Now that I have children, re-reading this book, pulled strings in my heart otherwise unplayed. Great characters, with a take on the modern western psyche.
I got about 6 chapters into this book and never did finish it. I didn't really care for any of the characters and even after 6 chapters, I didn't feel like the story was going anywhere. I did try another one of her books, The Owl and Moon Cafe which I enjoyed MUCH more!
I read Jo-Ann Mapson for her characters. You feel like you know them, they're your neighbors. Of course, the fact that they're set in Southern California, my home, makes them fun, too.
Reading JoAnn Mapson's books is a wonderful way to delve into lives you wish were friends. And you hate when the story ends.
Isabel C.
Book discarded after 25 pages. I was disappointed. I've read almost all of her books. This one just couldn't hold my interest.
For those familiar wtih Mapson's other books, while I enjoyed this one, it wasn't as good as either Blue Rodeo or Hank and Chloe.
Not my favorite book by this author. I almost didn't finish it. Just didn't enjoy the characters or the story.
Not one of her best. Ends abruptly, suddenly tieing up the loose ends.
a bit explicit but a great story as all her books are. i don't know how i missed this one
Terrific read - great characterization - reading a Mapson book is a wonderful experience.
Norma Bush
I agree with other reviews. Not worth the time. Too many good books to read.
Di Massey
It felt like she got tired of the story and just ended it..... disappointing.
Jun 25, 2011 Susan marked it as to-read
Colchester Library book sale - 6/25/2011
Not my fav of her stories
Another of my favorites.

Didn't finish.
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Jo-Ann Mapson, a third generation Californian, grew up in Fullerton as a middle child with four siblings. She dropped out of college to marry, but later finished a creative writing degree at California State University, Long Beach. Following her son's birth in 1978, Mapson worked an assortment of odd jobs teaching horseback riding, cleaning houses, typing resumes, and working retail. After earning ...more
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