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      The Widows of Wichita County
Jodi Thomas

Apart from sharing the same zip code, Randi Howard, Anna Montano, Meredith Allen, Helena Whitworth and Crystal Howard have absolutely nothing in common–until a fiery explosion on a west Texas oil rig changes everything.Their husbands are men who live to search for "black gold," men who are willing to exchange backbreaking work and long days for danger and excitement–and money. But on a blistering day in early autumn four of the men pay the ultimate price–leaving behind one man who wishes he had.In one brief moment a tragedy binds Randi, Anna, Meredith, Helena and Crystal closer together than a lifetime of friendship. As they gather at the hospital, waiting to learn who among them will not have to bury her husband, they turn to one another for support. And so begins a journey of faith, of strength, of tears and of love.

Praise for the novels of

JODI THOMAS

“One of my favorites.”

—Debbie Macomber

“Packs a powerful emotional punch….

Highlights the author’s talent for creating

genuinely real characters…. Exceptional.”

—Booklist

“Jodi Thomas is a masterful storyteller. She grabs your

attention on the first page, captures your heart, and

then makes you sad when it is time to

bid her wonderful characters farewell.”

—Catherine Anderson

“Fantastic… A keeper!… A beautiful story about

unexpected love. An exceptional storyteller, Thomas

has found the perfect venue for her talent, which is as

big—and as awe-inspiring—as Texas. Her emotionally

moving stories are the kind you want to go on forever.”

—RT Book Reviews

“Jodi Thomas paints beautiful pictures with her words,

creates characters that are so real you feel as though

they’re standing next to you, and she had a deliciously

wry sense of humor… Thoroughly recommend it.”

—The Book Smugglers

“A fun read.”

—Fresh Fiction

The Widows of Wichita County

Jodi Thomas

www.mirabooks.co.uk (http://www.mirabooks.co.uk)

A special thank you to…

My two coffee drinking buddies at the donut stop

who told me tales of the early oil days and set the

background for this story. Thanks Norman Dysart

and Bob Izzard. I love you both.

Thanks to a wonderful professor and nurse at

West Texas A&M University who spent

one rainy afternoon teaching me about burns.

Thanks, Debra Davenport.

To Jay Wilson, a friend and a pharmacist

who answered endless questions. Thanks Jay.

To Natalie Bright and the wonderful ladies of the

Desk and Derrick Club. Thanks for your support.

A special thanks to my cheerleaders in Houston

who’ve been with me from the first as I told stories of

books to come. Thanks TESA ladies.

To the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum and to

Cornette Library on the West Texas A&M University

campus. Thanks for giving me a home.

Contents

Prologue

Begin Reading

Prologue

The last day of August

Clifton Creek, Texas

Randi Howard pressed the fold in the marriage license with one long ruby-red fingernail and slipped it into her huge leather purse.

“Good luck with this one,” the clerk said without smiling. “Sorry we misspelled your name and you had to come pick up another copy.”

Randi waited for her to add, “see you again in a few years,” or “I’ll remember it’s i next time around.” But the clerk moved away without another word.

Suddenly in a hurry to leave the aging courthouse, Randi pivoted on the heels of her red boots, letting the fringe of her jacket fly. The place gave her the creeps; everything echoed off the scrubbed floors and pale marble.
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