Cover art by Donald Chance
A third generation cattleman and veteran WWI doughboy, Deke Sadler didn't miss much. Best lifelong friends with Rosalie Leonard since both were small children in the tiny ranching village of Primrose, New Mexico, he watched life from the Leonard family's roadside café and service station, where Rosalie was a waitress, as changes came slowly to a place that steadfastly resisted change.
While he and Rosalie met regularly to share each other's intimate company on the Leonard's dusty back porch sofa, the time never seemed quite right to—as Rosalie had once put it—make her an honest woman. But fifteen years of blizzards, bootleggers, gossips, coyote plagues, train disasters and sad brushes with mortality taught Deke that change is inevitable, no matter how slowly it comes; and the time was always right to make his old pal his wife, if only he’d realized it.