Twice in a Lifetime

Written by Dorothy Garlock
Review by Bryan Dumas

Dorothy Garlock lives up to her reputation as being one of the best writers of Americana with Twice in a Lifetime.

Clara Sinclair is trying to make the best of life in Sunset, Missouri. Her husband had died nine years earlier in 1945, while fighting in the Pacific, and with his death her world slowly spiraled out of control. Their son, Tommy, is now hanging out with the wrong crowd and becoming defiant and out of control. Her mother is showing the first signs of Alzheimer’s, and at her work—as a bank teller—the boss, a disgusting, rotund man, is holding her mortgage over her head as a way to get her to concede to marriage.

For Drake McCoy, 1954 couldn’t be a better year. He’s racing cars, betting drunkards and braggarts in towns across the Midwest that his beat up car could out race any of them. What he doesn’t know is that his mechanic, Amos, has a secret addiction to morphine and had stolen from a dealer who is now chasing them from town to town to collect. However, the racing circuit is wearing on Drake and he is beginning to entertain thoughts of settling down.

Twice in a Lifetime is a fast-paced romance that will appeal to readers of all genres—romance, Americana, or historical fiction. The romantic tension between Drake and Clara pulls the reader along with the two lovers, willing them to finally give in to their emotions. Garlock weaves Amos’ side story into the overall plot in a way that, without it, the story would fall apart. In Garlock’s hands, mid-century small-town America comes to life in vibrant detail—from Main Street to the broken swing on the front porch. A fun little book.