Come A Little Closer

Written by Dorothy Garlock
Review by Marie Burton

Author Dorothy Garlock is known for her novels set in America’s Heartland. This novel continues a series with the Tucker sisters; the previous novel, Keep A Little Secret, focused on Charlotte, and this one focuses on Christina Tucker. The set-up and plot are easy to follow as a stand-alone, as Garlock creates a new storyline following Christina’s path as a nurse in a new town. Christina meets the nephews of her employer, and right away we know that there will be a love triangle that dominates the book. Tyler and Holden Sutter each take a liking to Christina, and she has feelings for both of them for which she must answer to.

Each of the boys has his own issues after returning from World War II, and Christina tries to help both without getting hurt in the emotional crossfire between the brothers. Instead of being a straight romance, though, there is a thriller side to the novel when Christina becomes subjected to the contemptible folks of her new town, and she becomes a prime target for revenge on those she becomes close to. The main characters could have used a bit more dimension and spark, although there was enough insanity amongst the two murderers in Christina’s midst. A quick and light read; there was a bit of predictability to the events but this is still good escapist fiction.