Rida Owen didn’t know married life on the Colorado frontier could be so difficult. Nothing in her Catholic upbringing prepared her for long, lonely nights when her husband, Bert, goes drinking. And womanizing. And then comes home to beat her.
Her mother-in-law thinks she’s stuck up when she doesn’t participate in homestead washday. Rida only wants to hide her bruises and preserve her marriage.
Then a neighbor from her past stops to say hello and reveals a secret of his own.
A Shenandoah Neighbors story that reveals a dark corner of the Owen Family universe.