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Sondra Kraak
Two Ways Home
Sondra Kraak, author

She’s about to lose her home. He never wanted to see his again. And a stalker is staking a claim . . .

Mary Smith was never one to back down from a challenge. Her father’s health may be failing, but their dairy farm was her mother’s dream, and Mary will do whatever it takes to keep her father from selling it—even if it means sneaking off to the next town to earn money by playing the piano in a questionable establishment. No one seems to understand why home is so important to her, least of all her childhood nemesis who’s just wandered back into town.

When injured Texas Ranger Luke Thomas is forced to return to Pine Creek, Washington, he’s hailed as a hero and thrust into the town’s first race for sheriff. But no one knows the secret he carried to Texas, nor the secret he’s brought home. Setting his perfect aim on returning south, he refuses to get tied down by the town’s admiration, his brother’s disapproval, or the spirited, hardworking dairy girl who’s less annoying than he remembers.

But strange things are happening at the Smith dairy and in Pine Creek, and Luke’s instincts tell him Mary is in far more trouble than she realizes. One thing is certain: “home” is about to get more complicated for them both.

Kraak’s winsome Christian historical romance traces the path of redemption by going home again. Set just before the turn of the century, the novel begins in tiny Pine Creek, Wash., a town without much to offer young people who dream of bigger things. So Mary Smith decides to go off to Portland to study music. But with her father at risk of losing their struggling dairy farm, she decides to return home and help make ends meet by milking cows by day and playing piano for miners and lumberjacks by night. Mary’s old enemy from childhood, Luke Thomas, always dreamed of becoming a Texas Ranger, but when he left Pine Creek to pursue that career, his reasons turned out to be more complicated than mere goodwill. Now he has come back home to Pine Creek, wounded, amid a heated race for sheriff. Effective flashbacks reveal a lifelong friendly antagonism between Luke and Mary, fleshing out their characters and offering perspective on the couple’s current relationship—one that appears doomed from the start. Kraak provides plenty of twists and turns in this leisurely paced fun novel centered on Christian values. (BookLife)