Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, by Sheila Williams
Read in 2004
Juanita Lewis, mother of 3 grown dependent, ill-mannered children, has had 42 years of hard living in abusive relationships, so she has decided to RUN AWAY from Ohio to Montana. Certainly life can be no more difficult than what she has already faced. Along the way, in Butte, Montana, where her skin color does stand out BIG TIME, she "runs into" a gay truck driver, who delivers her to Paper Moon, Montana. Juanita walks into the local diner, owned by Jess Gardiner, with the menu lacking basic breakfast fare, Juanita takes over cooking and NEVER looks back. Jess doesn't know what "hit" him nor does he realize how Juanita's chance arrival will change both of their lives forever.
I remember how much I enjoyed reading this book. Hope you will give it a shot!
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