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Fiction "Edith and the Mysterious Stranger" Won’t Disappoint! When I was asked to read Linda Weaver Clarke’s first novel "Melinda and the Wild West," I found that I was transported back in time to a place that we only get to read about in history books. It was a wonderfully captivating story. In her novel, "Edith and the Mysterious Stranger," Clarke’s narrative is just as good as the first. I was transported back to the 1900s when the Western United States was still a diamond in the rough. The natural beauty of the landscape, simple living and gunslingers around the pass still rang true. Seven years have passed in this novel but we are back in Idaho in 1904. It doesn’t seem that the Bear Lake region has grown or changed much from the quaint farming community it always had been. Melinda and Gilbert Roberts are waiting for the arrival of the newest addition to the Roberts’ clan. Enter Melinda’s cousin Edith, a nurse who has come to help during the remaining months of Melinda’s being "with child." She is wise, gentle and a hardheaded old-fashioned girl at heart. It’s not until she returned to Paris and her family home to help that she even realizes that there’s something missing in her world. Her life begins to slowly change when she starts to receive mysterious letters from a secret admirer. Everyone has their own theories as to who is behind the letters but no one can tell her for certain. It’s through these letters she learns not only how to look at others without passing judgment but also discovers her true self. She finally finds that she’s falling in love with a stranger she had yet to meet. What a meeting that turns out to be — especially when it’s revealed who came up with the idea to send the letters in the first place. But Edith’s love is not the only love blooming in the prairie sunshine. Jenny is falling in love with the new young ranch hand hired for the yearly cattle drive. Unfortunately, no one knows that David Walker is actually helping a cattle rustler who plans on wrangling the herd as they’re driven across the state to market. Because of the personal growth and development that David’s character goes through, he finds himself torn between two lives and is forced to make a choice that ends up hurting many. Will their young love continue to develop? You’ll just have to read the novel to find out. As in the first novel, Clarke draws the reader into a world full of color and intrigue right from the first page. Her characters have faults that you want to see them overcome as you laugh, cry and cheer at just how genuine and vivid they are. They could easily be the neighbor next door. It’s refreshing to be able to read a story that can make you run the full range of emotions. The end is uplifting while making you wonder what could happen in the next addition. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend "Edith and the Mysterious Stranger" to anyone looking for a novel that is easy to read and just makes you feel good. –Review written by Melynda Gasgoyne, Amherst Bee Newspaper, Buffalo, New York As with the first book, history is woven into the story. I learned that Irish immigrants brought the concept of dressing up on Halloween to America, and about the opening of the New York subway in 1904 – a response to the terrible blizzard of 1888. An important aspect of this book, also evident in the first book, is the value of equality between the sexes, the emergence of early feminism, and the right to vote in some states. In these books, the central women have professions. Melinda is a teacher and Edith is a singer and a nurse. Traditional women’s work–taking care of children and a home–is also appreciated and valued as real work. Even though his tone is stern, what Gilbert says here made me cheer: "Don’t talk to me about these so-called wifely duties. If a man can’t help with the household chores, then what kind of husband is he, anyway? I tell you this, I enjoy helping and serving whenever I can. A man who comes in the house after his job is done and then sits down to read a newspaper while his wife is fixing the meal is no example of a husband who truly loves his wife. Why can’t a husband help? Is there a written law that wives should wait on their husbands? I don’t think so." ~Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, Linda Weaver Clarke This book is an enticing combination of genres–Wild West, historical fiction, romance, Christian, mystery–that any reader age twelve and older should enjoy. I certainly did, and look forward to reading the third novel in the series, Jenny’s Dream. Linda Weaver Clarke’s books are fun to read, and full of adventure and romance. –Review written by Susan Ortlieb, Suko’s Notebook The Power of the Written Word — this is the life lesson I took away from Linda Weaver Clarke’s book "Edith and the Mysterious Stranger." I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in a good inspirational read from beginning to end. You won’t be disappointed. I’m definitely a fan and will be looking for another installment in the Roberts family saga. –Review written by Wendy Cleveland, Reader Views Watch a book trailer at You Tube: ..youtube../watch?v=LwNiG1oag50 About the Author: Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching a Family Legacy Workshop, encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of eight novels. The historical romance series, "A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho," includes: Melinda and the Wild West – a semi-finalist for the Reviewers Choice Award 2007. 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