A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.
On a quest to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.
Both within the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road continues to call, and surely Shane—a strong, proud man with a painful past and a difficult present—deserves better than a lying vagabond who can’t stay put for long.
This is a hard one for me to grade/review.
Overall I thought it was enjoyable, however, I did hit that 30 second fast forward button during the ‘courtship’ period while Shane and Jimmy were at the Inn, finding each other and themselves.
Jimmy, a broken man winds up in Rattlesnake on a mission to deliverer a letter from a dead man. But things go astray and he soon discovers that one more day is all he wants.
Shane, is also dealing with his own demons from a tragedy tens years ago. But luckily for him he’s got this amazing family that keeps him going.
These two are pair, but holding secrets, and telling lies. By omission and right out. None horrendous but still they lay in between these two and this relationship through out the whole story. What I enjoyed most was that we got to see Jimmy heal and grow. Even at forty three, because he’s been on the street since he was fourteen he’s only known one life. And little by little Shane and his family was able to help with that. On the flip side of that, that’s also the part that dragged on a little and that I kept hitting the FF button.
One of things that threw me was how, passive Jimmy was, how young he acted. You always here how growing up on the streets makes a person grow up fast, hardens them. So to have a character not meet the mold that I’ve been given. Makes me want to know why? And, I just didn’t feel like the information we were given about Jimmy changed that. He had to sell his body at age fourteen onward, family rejected him over and over. Never finished school, no foster family to give the love and support. Arrested, nothing bad. But all leads to ‘harden, jaded, older then his true years’. In my opinion
The ending was perfect, Shane giving Jimmy all the information and letting him come to the discussion he needed to.
And the epilogue with the HEA, including the stagecoach.
I though the narrator did a great job, nailed all the voices, children, women and men.