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Train from Marietta
by Dorothy Garlock
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Warner, 2006 (2006)
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* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

Train from Marietta by Dorothy Garlock, 'the voice of America's Heartland', takes place in the 1930s. Katherine Tyler is on her way via train to San Francisco, where she will join her uncle to work as a nurse at a prestigious hospital. She leaves her father John Tyler, as well as her step-mother and half-sister in New York.

Unfortunately, before she reaches her destination, Katherine is kidnapped by several men, one of whom is Eddy, the nephew of her father's business partner. John Tyler is a very wealthy man, and her kidnappers demand a ransom that will allow his partner, William Jacobs, to buy out the business and leave John out in the cold.

Luckily for Katherine, Tate Castle is a fellow passenger on the train. Though their first encounter is a humiliating one that leaves a bad impression, Tate later comes to her rescue. Thus begins an adventure for wealthy Katherine Tyler. It's one dangerous experience after another as she and Tate run for their lives, pursued by the kidnappers. And of course along the way, the two fall in love.

Though Dorothy Garlock's simplistic prose is not to my usual taste, I found this book refreshing. Aside from the kidnapping story, a sub-plot focuses on Tate's six-year old daughter. Handicapped, and a little bit spoiled and unruly, she was abandoned by her self-centered mother (Tate's ex-wife). Both story lines kept me interested to the end.

Train from Marietta reads likes a John Wayne movie, with a lot of action and romance, but told in an old-fashioned style - I recommend it to those who enjoy historical romances that are more wholesome than some of the recent raunchier reads.

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