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A nice, satisfying read
on 15 October 2006
Terry L, a property developer and millionaire, buys a parcel of land in arid sparcely populated WestTexas, for $1 million off ebay. He intends to build one of his famed retirement resorts. To the side of the land is a cattle ranch with oil wells and that also is a buying opportunity as well. If Terry fails with this development, he could be ruined.
However, situated in the middle of his new property and fronting the highway that leads to Midland and Odessa, is the tiny hamlet of Agua Dulce (Sweet Water). So named because it has the only well of sweet, fresh drinking water for miles around. Most of the water is polluted with a variety of minerals and oil seepage and is unfit to drink or use on crops or grass. Agua Dulce has approximately nine residents, a number of whom are excentric, all of whom are going to be badly affected by Terry's plans for the land. As well of course, as the cowboys who man the ranch.
Marrissa, a talented cook, has returned home to Agua Dulce some months earlier to look after her mother who has Alsheimer's disease. She is now running her mother's cafe and antiques/junk shop, which is situated in a small complex leased off Agua Dulce's owner. When Agua Dulce is sold, Marrissa also finds out that her mother doesn't actually own her home either. All she has is the inventory of the shop and cafe.
Before Marrissa's mother became ill, she was the self appointed mayor of the hamlet, sorting out the other residents problems. They now all turn to Marrissa to do the same and intercede for them with Terry. Despite the fact that Marrissa has enough to cope with looking after her mother and trying to make a living for the two of them.
Terry, is a confirmed batchelor, non-commitment being his middle name. However, on first meeting Marrissa he senses an instant attraction and rapport and soon finds himself wanting a lot more. However, there is the problems that his plans remove both Marrissa's livelihood, but also her home. Also ther is Marrissa's fear of getting hurt and the fact that she is the daughter of a poor single mother, and his parents are wealthy upper middle class.
This is a story of loyalty, commitment, caring and love, vying with the need to make money. A very enjoyable read.