The Saddlemaker's Wife

The Saddlemaker's Wife

by Earlene Fowler

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Ruby McGavin has inherited part of a cattle ranch from her late husband, only to discover that his family is very much alive, in contrast to what he told her. Even as she is drawn to handsome saddlemaker Lucas McGavin, she learns more about her late husband's family-and wonders if she ever really knew him.

Piecing together the truth, Ruby uncovers a legacy of pain and denial that has pursued the McGavin family for too long.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425215784
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Series: Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 356,504
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Earlene Fowler was raised in La Puente, California, by a Southern mother and a Western father. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Allen, a large number of quilts, and twenty pairs of cowboy boots.

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Saddlemaker's Wife 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Saddlemaker's Wife is the 1st novel outside the award winning Benni Harper mystery series. You will love this book if it's the first ever Earlene Fowler you've read, or if you are a long time Benni Harper fan and wait breathlessly for the next book to be published! Earlene's style makes you connect with the characters right away, and want to know everything about them. I find that I devour the book so quickly, that at the end, I'm sadly disappointed that the book is over. I have taken to reading them all over again slowly, to see what I might have missed. In the Saddlemaker's Wife, something Ruby is going through was very similar to something in my life. I cried so hard, I couldn't breathe through my nose and had to trade the book for a kleenex. It was the kind of cry where you just let the tears flow, no sound coming out, until you are just about cried out. The books are just as good the 2nd time around. Earlene has another mainstream novel just out, Love Mercy, which is a fabulous read too. You can view the book trailer on UTube - there is a link from her website,, as well as a link to her new blog. If you haven't tried Earlene Fowler yet, please rush to your nearest Barnes & Nobel and pick up a copy.
gmathis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This deserves five stars, but doggone it, I'm withholding 1/2 because Earlene leaves us wanting more! She is a pro at making you fall in love with her homey, sometimes eccentric, small town characters. Hoping, hoping, hoping for a sequel to tie up some loose ends!
krsball on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little romance-y for my taste, but a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper series and The Saddlemaker's Wife was just as entertaining. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, The Road to Cardinal Valley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A light and fast read.
ChurchladyGL More than 1 year ago
Earlene Fowler's novel, the saddlemaker's Wife is a complete departure for the author. It is not a mystery or a crime drama, although there are elements of both in it, but it is a character study and disection of a dysfunctional family. The mystery is the answer to shy the family is dysfunctional, but in many ways that is merely a sideshow to how the main character relates to other members of the family. It is not a bad book but I did not find it nearly as entertaining as a typical Benni Harper novel. Sorry, Earlene, but this mystery buff is was not entertainingly mystified.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As much as I love anything written by Earlene Fowler, this book is my favorite. I wish she would have a sequel because she left the ending a little open as to what may happen next with the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Fowler brings her characters to life. If you want to escape from your day, choose any of her books. They will soon become a part of your book-reading family! What happened to Ms. Fowler? Can't wait to read more with this new series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished the 12 book series and was surpised to see there was one more book not related , the saddlemakers wife was just as good, and I went in search of other books by this author , I don't see any at this time but I will keep looking Thank you for writing books that are clean and interesting
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not read the description before I opened the book and was expecting B. Harper as my main character. Was initially disappointed as I was all prepared to enter that same familiar world. However, this is a great book. Expertly told - the number of characters was hard to keep in place at first but they evenutally merged into a family dynamic. Fowler never disappoints!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was very good and enjoyed the character building that led to the final secret being told. I was hoping Ruby would find her mother but not to be. I can see a sequel being written with some of the stories that weren't quite finished.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Cole and Ruby McGavin were married six months when he died in an apparent accident in which his truck was found in the bottom of a ravine. Ruby mourns her sudden loss, but receives a second shocker when she learns that she inherited part of his family spread, the Circle MG Ranch in Cardinal, Tokopah County, California. The stunner is that Cole insisted his entire family died ironically in a car accident near Bakersfield. --- Taking Cole¿s ashes to his hometown while also planning to sell her share of the ranch, Ruby meets her in-laws. Cole¿s Aunt Birch is especially welcoming to her, the total opposite of her mother-in-law June, who treats her with disdain and fears she will bankrupt their spread with her quarter share. However, the biggest surprise is Lucas, Cole's younger brother, a former San Francisco lawyer who came home to become an impoverish saddlemaker. He has the same obsession as her, a need to know what drove Cole to deny his family¿s existence. They team up to learn the truth, but family members are silent leading them to Cole¿s friends as their only hope. --- Displaying her talent without Benni Harper to help, Agatha Award winner Earlene Fowler provides a deep family drama starring two likable protagonists needing to know the secret that led to Cole¿s actions. The story line is character driven especially indirectly by the late Cole. Fans of powerful psychological thrillers that require a one sitting read will want to know why at least as much as THE SADDLEMAKER¿S WIFE needs to know too --- Harriet Klausner