If you feel that the story ends too abruptly, well, you're right.
The author never finished chapter 13, nor did he write more of the
series. If you would like to carry on the Fertile Valley saga, how
about writing another chapter? Or maybe two.
For those who enjoyed this work, you might try Homer Vargas'
"Cutter's Creek" which is in the same vain. You can reach his page
at this address: www.asstr.org/~Vargas/