By Linda Gerber
It was once just a couple of weeks in the past that Aphra Connolly’s existence replaced thoroughly. She have been dwelling a quiet life on her father’s secluded island lodge, until eventually Seth Mulo grew to become up and stole her middle . . . and supplied details that led her to discover her mother in Seattle. however the reunion isn’t rather what she anticipated. Aphra’s mother, Natalie, doesn’t appear chuffed to determine Aphra, and Natalie’s boyfriend, Joe, insists that Aphra move domestic. Even worse, Seth indicates up, basically to invite her to come back the hoop he gave her the former summer season. a minimum of Natalie’s hunky neighbor is sympathetic. but if Joe is located lifeless at a close-by espresso store, Aphra discovers her complete journey to Seattle has been in response to a lie. And now a person simply will be attempting to kill her. . . .
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She seemed to be considering it as she slid a glance at me, but then she shook her head and cupped her hand over the phone to whisper to me, “No. ” “Mom. I can wait in the car. ” She hesitated only for a second, but that was enough. I understood a lot in that instant. I was a burden, an extra worry—and she didn’t need any more of those. “Really,” I said. ” The relief on her face was clear. “I’ll be right there,” LiNDA GERBER she said into the phone. She snapped it shut and swerved into the outside lane.
I opened the back door and threw my backpack onto the seat and then climbed into the front. “Put your seat belt on,” Mom said automatically. I almost laughed. Or would have, if I didn’t feel so much like crying. Sad as it was, that was the first motherly thing she had said to me since I had gotten to Seattle—now that I was leaving. She stuck the keys into the ignition, but she didn’t start the engine. For a long moment she just sat, looking out over the steering wheel—at what, I don’t know. ” She traced the pattern of the leather grip on the steering wheel.
I think you’ll be pleased to see where your mother resides,” he said. He dug a key from his pocket to unlock the door. ” He grinned in a way that made me think fortune had little to do with it. The place wasn’t luxurious by any means. Not that I was being a snob, but it was a far cry from the resort—even the employees’ quarters. But it was clean. Obsessively so. Even the couch cushions were symmetrically arranged. I eyed Stuart’s proud smile and knew immediately who was responsible for that touch.