Love in a Small Town
"Molly Hayes might have been able to fight another woman, but her husband was having an affair with his engines and cars. How did a woman fight that?"
Childhood sweethearts, Molly and Tommy Lee Hayes are considered the perfect couple. Together they have built a home and raised three children and are about to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary at the VFW hall. However, beneath the perfection, dissatisfaction smolders. One morning Molly packs her things-- including both her cat and her horse-- and takes off for the sanctuary of Aunt Hestie’s cottage, the place reserved for all women of her family who leave their husbands. Tommy Lee is left bewildered and holding his own anger.
With her engaging style of affectionate humor and emotional drama, Curtiss Ann Matlock goes deep into the hidden desires and needs of a passionate woman and the man strong enough to love her. Proving that no marriage is an island is a cast of colorful supporting characters:
Molly’s family of women—Mama, who goes frequently in public dressed in her robe, and the four other unique Collier sisters. When one is threatened, they come together as an invincible force.
Sam Ketchum, Tommy Lee’s best friend, who has always loved Molly.
Savannah, eldest child, pregnant and emotional, and her husband who wants nothing to do with the family; sons Boone and Colter, grown, but still with expectations of their parents.
And the entire community of Valentine, Oklahoma, everyone having a view on Molly and Tommy Lee’s situation.
In the end, Molly and Tommy Lee discover that they share a commitment far stronger and more durable than either had imagined. And that it is the rediscovered love that may be the sweetest love of all.