Wyoming Homecoming by Diana Palmer EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Diana Palmer
- Genre: Small Town & Rural Fiction, Western Romances
- Publish Date: November 8, 2022
- Size: 3 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
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THE FUNERAL HOME was crowded. Charlie Butler was well-known in Catelow,
Wyoming, and he owned a considerable amount of property outside the city
limits, in greater Carne County. In fact, his land adjoined a small ranch that
Cody Banks had purchased the year before. He’d been reluctant to leave his
rented home in the city limits, but he was tired of people. Cody wanted room
to breathe. Most of all, he wanted a refuge from his job.
He loved being sheriff of the county. This was his second term, and no
serious opponents had jumped up to run against him in the last election.
Apparently he was doing a good enough job to satisfy his critics as well as
the handful of people he called friends.
He was alone, standing apart from the crowd in his uniform. He’d come to
pay his respects. His late wife, Deborah, had been distantly related to Butler
by marriage. So he was sort of family. He’d been fond of the old man. He’d
stopped by to see him often and made sure he had heat and groceries and
whatever he needed while he fought the long battle with cancer that finally
claimed him. Cody had a deputy in a squad car standing by to lead the funeral
procession to the cemetery, after the service.
He glanced toward the closed casket where a woman was standing with a
little girl. He knew them. He winced. It had been a long time. Almost six
years ago. He’d stood in the parking lot at the Denver hospital where his
beloved wife, a doctor, had just died, and accused the woman and the child of
The child had been sick with a virus that was deadly to a handful
of people, his wife included. It hadn’t been until days later that he’d learned
the woman and child had been at a funeral home to arrange services for her
brother and sister-in-law, who’d been killed in an accident. His wife,
Deborah, a distant cousin to the deceased woman, had gone to the funeral
home to see them and express her sorrow. It was there that she’d contracted
the fatal virus, and not from the woman or child, but from a funeral attendant
who later also died of exposure to it.
Cody had been out of his mind with grief. They’d only been married for
two years, much of it spent apart while his wife pursued her career as a
neurologist in Denver, at a famous hospital. She’d commuted and only
managed to get home one or two days a month, sometimes not even that
much. It had been largely a long-distance relationship, but Cody had loved
her so much.
Too much. He thought his life was over when she died. But he
picked himself up, thanks to his cousin, Bart Riddle, a local rancher, and he’d
gone on. It had been hard. He hadn’t been thinking clearly, then. He’d lashed
out at the most innocent people. The woman and child, standing by the
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