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Bent Road by Lori Roy
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Sep 06, 11

Read in September, 2011

For twenty years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve's death. As a young man, Arthur fled his small Kansas hometown, moved to Detroit, married Celia, and never looked back. But when the 1967 riots frighten him even more than his past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to the road he grew up on, ...moreFor twenty years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve's death. As a young man, Arthur fled his small Kansas hometown, moved to Detroit, married Celia, and never looked back. But when the 1967 riots frighten him even more than his past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to the road he grew up on, Bent Road, and that same small town where Eve mysteriously died.

While Arthur and their oldest daughter slip easily into rural life, Celia and the two younger children struggle to fit in. Daniel, the only son, is counting on Kansas to make a man of him since Detroit damn sure didn't. Eve-ee, the youngest and small for her age, hopes that in Kansas she will finally grow. Celia grapples with loneliness and the brutality of life and death on a farm. And then a local girl disappears, catapulting the family headlong into a dead man's curve...

Good first book for the author. Wasn't sure what to expect. It took just a few pages to get into her style of writing. As mentioned in other's reviews you have to kinda figure out what ages the children are which a held a minor importance in the novel. It was a nice mix of two of my favorite types of novels - historical fiction and mystery. I always gage a good mystery by if I have figured it out before the end. I would have to say with this book there was a main element I had not figured out before the story was coming to a close.
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