Return to Whittakerville - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
"I lie here thinking of what could have happened to her with that lunatic. I wonder if Jebediah will ever leave us in peace? The man has been dead for twenty years but still he haunts me."... "I keep thinking about those years long ago when Martha's father sent you and I to find her in the wild Wyoming territory. Now it is as if history is repeating itself, but it is not my brother Jebediah that married Martha and disappeared, but his illegitimate son and Anna. If he is half the bastard that Jebediah was, Anna could be in great danger. I just feel so helpless."
In Dreams and Nightmares: The Martha Whittaker Story, Shirley A. Roe introduces us to the Whittaker family as they leave England, traveling across the ocean to end up in what will later be named Whittakerville, Wyoming. In Dreams and Nightmares, Martha and her three stepsons find a life that is filled with dreams of escaping Jeb Whittaker and nightmares that only a person as evil as he can bestow on his family.
In The Whittaker Family Reunion, Roe takes us to St. Louis where Martha and the boys have escaped to with the help of Jeb's brother Jeremy. The boys have grown into three loving men that have taken charge of their lives. As the family gathers for Martha's 40th birthday, disaster strikes again in the form of a stranger who stalks the family.
And in the final episode Return to Whittakerville, the disaster continues involving Martha and Jeremy's daughter Anna. Anna has left the family to travel to Whittakerville with the stalker. Anna is a very spoiled 15 year old that has always had her way and will let nothing stop her from acquiring whatever she wants. Some members of the family believe she left with the stranger to save the family, while others believe she left for selfish reasons. Will life with this man provide her with the sources to make her happy or will her life be another nightmare in Whittakerville?
I have thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books that make up the Martha Whittaker Story. I hated to see the family stories end but understand Roe will continue to write using the individual characters as the story source. Well Ms. Roe, I'm impatiently waiting.