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The Edge of Town

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At 21, Julia Jones thinks life is passing her by. Her mother's death four years ago left her in charge of caring for her father and five siblings. When her father finds another woman, Julia suddenly...
At 21, Julia Jones thinks life is passing her by. Her mother's death four years ago left her in charge of caring for her father and five siblings. When her father finds another woman, Julia suddenly...
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  • At 21, Julia Jones thinks life is passing her by. Her mother's death four years ago left her in charge of caring for her father and five siblings. When her father finds another woman, Julia suddenly gets another chance for happiness and romance.

 
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    Prologue

    March 17, 1918

    FOR THE PAST WEEK SHE HAD FELT AN ACHE in her lower back but not as sharp as this one. When the muscles of her body relaxed, she lowered herself to the stool to start milking the cow. Her strong fingers grasped the cow's teats, and streams of milk hit the bucket. It was only half filled when a sharp pain knifed through her abdomen, and she realized she could no longer ignore what was happening.

    Her time had come.

    Clinging to the patient cow, she pulled herself to her feet and then, holding to the stall railing, inched her way to the barn door. An agonizing spasm of pain brought her to her knees and she feared that she would never make it back to the house. She tried to push open the barn door but had no strength.

    Oh, Lord! It hurt so bad. She'd never dreamed that there could be such overpowering, racking pain. She fought to keep fear from clouding her mind. She was alone, and the baby inside her was tearing her apart.

    "Remember," she muttered. "Remember to take deep breaths, remember to push down."

    Oh, Lord, when it comes out, it will drop down onto the dirt floor.

    Grasping the rail, she dragged herself back past the two big friendly workhorses, who neighed a greeting. In an empty stall covered with fresh straw, she shrugged out of her old sweater and quickly pulled the loose dress off over her head. When the cold air hit her damp body, she scrambled to pull the sweater back on again. First she got to her knees, then rolled over onto her back with her knees raised. She panted for breath and tried hard to remember everything she knew about childbirth.

    Lord, help me!

    "Help me! Somebody help me." She tried to shout, but her voice came out in a whimper.

    I can't breathe! She began to panic and rolled back onto her knees and, holding the stall post, positioned herself with her feet far apart. She remembered Mrs. Johnson, their neighbor, saying that Indian women gave birth in a squatting position.

    The surge of water came first. From that moment on, her only reason for existing was to push from her body the thing that was causing the excruciating pain. She sobbed, she yelled, she prayed.

    "Why me, Lord? What did I ever do to deserve this?"

    She felt between her legs and realized the lump emerging from her was the baby's head.

    She drew in quick, gasping breaths. Holding tightly to the railing to ease her cramping legs, she concentrated on pushing the child out of her. After what seemed an eternity, the wet, bloody lump dropped from her body.

    Sweating, exhausted and relieved, she hung there until she could get her breath. Movement alerted her to the live bundle between her knees. She picked it up, dug into its mouth with her finger to remove the mucus and saw with relief that it was breathing. The cord was still attached. Having nothing to cut it with, she severed it with her teeth and wrapped the baby in her dress. Too weak to stand, she squatted there, having completely forgotten about the afterbirth until she felt the surge of liquid between her legs.

    Not even checking to see the sex of the child, she hugged it in the dress against her body and pulled the sweater around it to keep it warm. She was cold and tired but knew that she had to get to the house and prayed that she had the strength to climb the slight rise.

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  • After retiring as a newspaper reporter and a bookkeeper in 1978, Dorothy Garlock began her career as a novelist, with the publication of Love and Cherish.

    She is one of America's -- and the world's -- favorite novelists. Her work consistently appears on national bestseller lists including USA Today and the Washington Post. There are over twelve million copies of her books in print, translated into eighteen languages. She has won more than twenty writing awards including five Silver Pen Awards from Affaire de Coeur and three Silver Certificate Awards. In 1998 she was selected as a finalist for the National Writer's Club Best Long Historical Book Award.

    A proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Dorothy Garlock resides in Clear Lake, Iowa.

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