“A Sweet Romantic Entertaining Tale
Sarah Hunter, an IRS Examiner was sent to the small town of Clayton, Iowa to investigate five residents whose IRS returns seemed to be wrong in that they were active and yet their income was too low and so they must be defying the new 1982 IRS law that says that any bartering must be accounted for as income, although there was a fine line between gift and income. Although Sarah originally lived on a farm, as soon as she could, she escaped to Chicago, got her degrees in accounting and adapted 100% to being a city girl, accustomed to the finer things in life because she lived with and had been in partnership with Andy, her boyfriend. She acted as his hostess when he entertained clients since his joining a prestigious accounting firm in Chicago.
The story was composed of a cast of unusual, independent, small town folks, who have adapted their life styles to surviving under their idea of sharing and the usual town gossip that spreads as fast as wild fire. Sarah hoped to sneak into town as an investigator and the first day there was taken to the Cozy Inn, a defunct building large enough to house a crowd, where the entire townsfolk were gathered and she was introduced to them. She managed to make appointments with the five individuals she was to investigate, but found that she had to meet them on their turf while they are doing their thing such as hiking through the woods in her high heels helping Peter Wulfric pick morel mushrooms. When first meeting Doc Bendenhoff, the dentist, he took off because he saw that the fishing was good (his office on the edge of the river) and she had to join him in his boat. But then all of the fishing boats were warned that there was a body floating down stream, it caught on Sarah’s hooks, she pulled the body up and went into shock. And such were the little vignettes that occurred as Sarah became more and more drawn into the lives of these people.
This story has its chuckles as Sarah faced these unusual people, as she attempted to adapt and as she fought the attraction she felt for tall, handsome K.C., a tow truck owner and his Scottish Terrier, Ralph, an important star in this story. For a quick, enjoyable, amusing light read, almost like a fairy tale, I recommend this book.