Jack Allan cannot count the number of times he’s been approached with invitations beginning something like, “My sister has a friend…” It seems as if everyone in the small town of Corbett, Idaho, is intent on finding a wife for him--everyone except for Jack himself. The townspeople gossip that this is because Jack, a young widower, has not gotten over the death of his wife, Katelin, and in a way they are right. However, it isn’t his undying love for Katelin which is holding Jack back. Rather it is the memory of events surrounding her death, events about which only he knows, and which have left him filled with guilt.

Undeterred, Ruby Henderson, Jack’s feisty octogenarian neighbor, introduces him to her granddaughter, Ally. Jack unwittingly finds himself attracted to Ally, and it seems she is attracted to him too. So, he is stunned when he finally decides to ask her out and she turns him down by saying it would be best if they were just friends. This sets in motion events which lead Jack into one romantic entanglement after another and with not one possible romantic interest but three.
Set against the backdrop of farming and small-town life, The Reluctant Courtship of Jack Allan is filled with amusing characters. It tells a story which is sometimes humorous and sometimes poignant as Jack struggles with his guilt while also working to sort out his love life and those of the people around him.


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Rather than nagging Jack on the subject of marriage, Ruby’s strategy was to point out possible mates to him. Jack recalled an incident from the summer before when Ruby had spent a good ten minutes scolding him for letting the sprinklers in his wheat field hit her flower garden. She ended by saying, “You should really ask out Elwin Carlson’s niece. He says she is a real nice girl and has lost considerable weight the past year,” as if the only way Jack could make up for causing powdery mildew in her roses was by having dinner with a woman neither he nor Ruby knew.

Now Ruby was even offering him her own granddaughter. Jack knew he should feel flattered.
And it wasn’t just Jack’s mother and Ruby who seemed intent on finding Jack a wife. He couldn’t count the number of times he’d been approached with invitations beginning something like, “My sister has a friend…”  Jack felt certain that everyone in Corbett over the age of forty had a niece or a cousin or the daughter of a friend they wanted to set-up with him. No, Jack’s mother and Ruby were not the only ones trying to get Jack Allan married; they were just the most dedicated to the cause.

Dayle King Searle is a true Idaho girl. Other than two years in California (which her husband says was just enough to give her a little bit of attitude) she has lived her entire life in southern Idaho. She was born in Pocatello, and has lived in Preston, Meridian (where she graduated from high school), Rexburg, and American Falls. She and her husband, Ron, now live in Shelley on a piece of farmland previously owned by his father. They have six children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.
      As a freelance writer Dayle's work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including Rocky Mountain Gardening, Zone 4 Magazine, Farm Times, The Ensign, The New Era, and The Friend. Early in her career, her work received several awards including two first place and a second place awards for fiction in the New Era writing contest in the 1980s and first place for fiction in the American Mothers, Inc. National Literary awards in 1999.
      Following the birth of her fifth child, Dayle took a little time off from writing to raise her large family. When her youngest child started kindergarten, she went back to school as well. She earned an associate of applied science in landscaping from Eastern Idaho technical College and a bachelor's degree in horticulture with an emphasis on landscape design from BYU-Idaho. She owns her own landscape design company, Echoes of Eden, which allows her to feed her craving for every plant she sees by telling other people to plant them in their yards.
      Now with her children all grown, Dayle has gone back to her roots in writing fiction. Her first novel, The Reluctant Courtship of Jack Allan was released in November of 2018.


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