The Farmer's Wife

The Farmer's Wife

by Lori Handeland

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" . . . a remarkable glimpse into the many relationships people experience in their lives as husbands and wives, parents, children, siblings, friends and lovers." Romantic TimesThe secret they've kept can either bring them together or tear them apart.Youngest sibling and only sister, Kim Luchetti returns to the Illinois family farm after her father's heart attack. Eight years ago she vowed never to return, believing only distance would allow her to forget the tragedy that broke her heart. Returning means she must face everyone's questions, including those of her first love, Brian Riley, the only one who knows her secret.Brian has always loved Kim, despite his hurt and anger over her having abandoned him when he needed her the most. When she appears at his farm, surprise causes him to tumble off the barn roof and break both of his wrists. Kim's guilt makes her agree to stay and help him until he is healed.Living in such close proximity forces Kim and Brian to face the past and their unresolved feelings. Will talking about what happened help them heal? Or will the memories of their heartbreak keep them apart forever?The Farmer's Wife is the first book in the six book Luchettis Series by New York Times Best Selling author Lori Handeland. If you enjoy Kristan Higgins and Robyn Carr download The Farmer's Wife today!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786279654
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 09/09/2005
Series: Luchetti Brothers Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lori Handeland is the author of more than fifty romance novels. Her books have won several awards, including the prestigious RITA Award in 2005 for Best Paranormal Romance for Blue Moon, and the 2007 RITA Award for Best Long Contemporary Romance for The Mommy Quest. Best known for her popular Night Creature series, she has also written several other series including The Phoenix Chronicles and Shakespeare Undead.

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The Farmer's Wife

By Lori Handeland

Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Copyright © 2002 Harlequin Enterprises Limited
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-71099-2

Chapter One

Kim Luchetti returned home eight years after she'd left it running.

Well, perhaps running wasn't the right term. But what was?

Fleeing? Crying? Aching? Dying? Kim put a stop to those words and the thoughts they would lead to by turning up the volume of her car radio so high she could think of little else but the music. She'd become adept at avoiding memories since she'd left. So much so that the first sight of her father's silver silos brought tears to her eyes.

Eight years ago an American flag had flown atop only one of them. Now the Stars and Stripes proudly waved over three. Her father hadn't been lying when he'd said the farm was doing well. Silos cost a whole lot of money. For that reason, when a farmer paid off his debt on one he perched a flag at the pinnacle or painted an icon on the side to let everyone know the towering, grain-filled structure belonged to him forever.

"Way to go, Daddy," she whispered. The heavy beat of "Another One Bites the Dust" shook her rented Miata sports car, the same make she drove back in Savannah. The lyrics caused a hysterical giggle to tickle her throat. Biting the dust was not something she cared to hear about with her father still in the hospital - present condition unknown.

Kim flipped to another frequency, then winced as the twang of country-and-western music filled the air. But she didn't change the station. She was almost there.

Like the silos, the stone farmhouse and bright, white outbuildings came into view from several miles away. People didn't call folks from Illinois flatlanders just to be rude. When Irving Berlin wrote "from the mountains to the prairies" he'd obviously been referring to Illinois - one great big prairie, dotted with farms and the occasional city. Even Chicago, home of the Sears Tower and various other buildings of every shape and size, was not exactly a Mecca of hills and valleys.

Kim turned onto the gravel lane that led from the main road to the house. Within seconds the sound of the engine brought the farm dogs running. While most farmers employed canines with herding tendencies such as sheepdogs and collies, or mutts because they were tough, smart and free, on the farm of John Luchetti purebred Dalmatians ran with the cows, pigs, cats and chickens. Her father had always been an original in more ways than one.

Kim's eyes burned with tears she had yet to shed. "Dear God, let him be all right," she murmured, and made the sign of the cross for good measure.

She hadn't talked to God much lately. Not since the last time her fervent prayers had gone unanswered - eight years ago, to be exact - but she'd do anything, beg anyone for her father's life. She'd already done the unthinkable in coming back here.

Kim parked next to a line of pick-up trucks in an array of colors. From the display she calculated three of her five brothers were present. No big surprise that two were still MIA.

Colin - brother number three - was a foreign correspondent, usually lost in some godforsaken hellhole, reporting from a cave. Brother number two - Bobby - had escaped long before Kim, joining the army in a desperate attempt to get out of Dodge. He'd thrived in the military, entering the Special Forces and rising through the ranks. Speaking of godforsaken hellholes, Bobby had seen quite a few. He was probably stuck in one right now.

Kim's estimation of which family members were present proved correct when she glanced at the porch. Brothers one, four and five leaned on the railing and smirked as she fought her way out of the car.

Jabbing a fire-engine-red spike heel at the nearest dancing Dalmatian, she waved her purse at another and ordered, "Get!"

While Dalmatians were known for their polite and aloof manner with strangers, once they recognized a friend they could be as friendly as any puppy. When Kim had left, Bear and Bull - their names tributes to her brothers' favorite sports teams, quaintly known as Da Bears and Da Bulls in local lingo - had been puppies. They must have amazing memories, or maybe amazing noses, to remember her for so long.

At any rate, her attempts to disperse the dogs only caused them to prance faster, wiggle harder, jump higher. Her brothers laughed. Eight years hadn't changed them. They'd never been much good for anything beyond torment.

She made the mistake of glowering at the men and taking her attention off the dogs. Bear promptly placed his manure-encrusted paws on her shoulders. Since it was Kim's misfortune to stand under five feet tall, the four-inch heels only allowed the animal to kiss her on the mouth rather than the forehead. He needed a Tic Tac in the worst way. Bull took the opportunity to rub his ice-cold, slimy nose across the back of her sheer stockings.

"Aargh!" She shoved at one and sidled away from the other. Unabashed, they trotted toward the barn, tongues lolling with idiotic doggy joy. Brothers and Dalmatians had a lot more in common than one might expect.

Kim wiped the remnants of the kiss from her lips and glanced down. Her heels had sunk into the gravel about an inch. Her cream blouse sported smelly paw prints. Her black skirt was coated with a layer of dust and ... She wrenched her neck and looked at the back of her legs.

Yep, there was dog drool running down her calves. She must be home.


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The Farmer's Wife 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Repetition throughout entire book was boring; Everyone was fighting or mad constantly; she regretted the "bad thing" she did like 1000 times in this short book. Would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good story it kept me interested. I felt parts you would need tissues. I did like the characters and how she would go back and forth. Some of the other main characters are there so you know it is going to be more, but this is a stand alone book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was confused, too many story lines started at one time, but as I got deeper into the book, it was hard to put down. Loved the sheep who thought she was a dog.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this lost love, love found book. Recognized most of the characters from true life. Having lived on a farm most of my life it felt good to read of someone who understood what that means. Supper, anyone?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the book. The relationship she had to fix with her family good, the relationship with the mom and dad good, but the problem with the love of her life i didn't like so much it was too kiddy or childish. I understand how things from your pass can eat at you but she needed to grow up is all I can say
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, light, but predictable
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Reader_for_LifeTG More than 1 year ago
This sweet story reunited childhood sweethearts. The great thing was it also included their families and the struggles they face. It's a tearjerker and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At 172 pages, this is a story! Kim left Brian because he wanted to marry her. She loved him too much to tell him the truth about what she had done to their unborn daughter,because once she confessed what she had done, he would hate her. This conflict spurred her to run. She left her friends and family to find a real life away from Brian and his farm. The only reason she had returned after 8 years was her father's heart attack and hospitalization. She did not want to come home for fear that Brian would turn up. I enjoyed this storyline because it supports my belief that the lack of communcation kills relationships....
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the beginning it was a little hard to follow. Then it took till the end of the book to find out what they had done. I did like the book though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read ,couldn't wait to get to the end.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light reading of love, loss and a farmers life.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story - Two young teenagers who drove off to elope came be without being married and then the girl disappeared for years. Neither would tell what had happened. The story was good enough to keep one's attention and several parts were funny -- a sheep who thought it was a dog!? Could these two reunite? Doesn't seem possible .......
judiOH More than 1 year ago
i loved this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although, this a cute romance story, I did truly enjoyed this book. I will read more by this author. mjw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Will read more by this author.