Hesterwine, Texas, 1943 by Dot Ryan

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"This superbly written novel details the comings and goings of ordinary people gracefully confronting extraordinary circumstances in the small town of Hesterwine, Texas in 1943...It is immensely enjoyable and deserving of an honored place on bookstore shelves."
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When strangers, white Mary Kenny and “colored” Leeta Bulow, run out of bus ticket money in a small Texas town and are threatened by the bigoted sheriff with ties to the Klu Klux Klan, they are rescued by elderly spinster sisters, Clara and Justine Hesterwine, and taken to the sisters’ once opulent old mansion.
Mary and Leeta soon discover that they are not the only ones plagued by troubles; Clara and Justine have an abundance of them, the least of which is “the windmill sitter,” their crazy widowed cousin, Etta Ruth Morley.
Moreover, the sisters might lose their ancestral home to a calculating banker with an eye for their property and whose son-in-law, the sheriff, helps him block every effort made by Mary, Leeta, and friends from town to earn money to pay the elderly sisters’ mortgage.
As Mary and Leeta’s lives find new meaning in Hesterwine, a fifty-year-old rift between Clara and Justine is always just beneath the surface: “A love triangle between one man and two women is always a bad situation, but a love triangle between one man and two sisters is disastrous, isn’t it, girls,” taunts their annoying pixilated cousin, Etta Ruth.
All parties involved (as well as the reader) are in for a shock when the half-century feud between Clara and Justine comes to an unpredicted halt.

Hesterwine, Texas 1943 is a heartwarming story about friendship, determination and the unexpected power of love.
“A fantastic story of heartbreak, loss, and redemption, the sweet and funny Hesterwine, Texas 1943 will keep you laughing out loud and rooting for these wonderful characters.” – Cara Lockwood, USA Today bestselling author of I Do (But I Don’t)
 

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Published May 1, 2016 by Checkered Swan Publishing. 322 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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"This superbly written novel details the comings and goings of ordinary people gracefully confronting extraordinary circumstances in the small town of Hesterwine, Texas in 1943...It is immensely enjoyable and deserving of an honored place on bookstore shelves."

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