The Great Recession. A huge change of scenery. A struggle to discover what’s truly important in life, love, and family.

Tough Trail Home is a thought-provoking work of women’s fiction. If you like deeply realized heroines, characters who grow and change, and ties that bind, then you’ll love Marie W. Watts’s captivating novel.

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The Dunwhitty family is flying high until their carefully choreographed life falls apart during the 2008 Great Recession. Lisa’s firm goes belly-up while Michael’s shuts down after selling faulty heart valves. Desperate, Lisa insists they regroup by seeking refuge in rural Central Texas on land she inherits from a distant relative she barely knows.

It’s not the ranch Lisa remembers, but a ramshackle money pit. Michael and their teenage son, Andrew, despise the place. Only their young daughter, Jessica, is happy. After a bitter argument, Michael moves to the city. As his job search drags on, Lisa begins to plant roots; friendships develop for her and the children. With the help of Michael’s parents, her neighbor, and the remains of her savings, she begins to return the ranch to its former glory. The couple continues to drift further apart, Michael turning his attention to another woman.

A call from the sheriff’s department that their son is in custody jolts the couple to the core. Can they repair their relationship for the sake of their son? Or is it too late?

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Genre: Women's fiction
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication Year: 2024
ISBN: 9781685133917
List Price: 21.95
eBook Price: 5.99
Tough Trail Home is a delightful read about a family coming to terms with each other and their new lives.
"Marie Watts' 'Tough Trail Home' opens the barn door on a very American way of life at a unique point in time. Grab the reins and settle into the saddle for an entertaining ride."
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