By Kathryn Cushman
Andie Phelps is the envy of Santa Barbara. a loyal mom with a loving son and a profitable husband, her maximum pleasure comes from attaining out to others. Melanie Johnston is the envy of nobody. A unmarried mother who works lengthy hours to pay the money owed, and her maximum joys relate to her teenager daughter and son. Then the twist of fate that alterations every thing. while contrary worlds collide, the influence reaches a ways past those moms' own losses.
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The wrinkles in his cheap suit and his unkempt hair made it appear he might have been sleeping in the alleyway only moments before. " Blair stood, his muscles tense. "Yes, I'm Blair Phelps. " The man's eyes were dark, hard. "What can I do for you, Mr. " He looked at his phone, a hand's reach away, then toward the giant of a man pacing toward him. Smith smiled, revealing yellowed teeth. " He reached into the breast pocket of his suit, removed an envelope, then dropped it on Blair's desk. "You, Mr.
Blair exhaled, thankful that she had seen the truth so easily. "That's all right. " She looked up, her eyes glistening and red. "I didn't mean for questioning the boycott. I mean, I'm sorry that you don't have any other children at home. I know you wanted more. " Oh no. Surely she's not going dawn this road. Blair didn't have the strength to deal with one more piece of sorrow or regret. "Andie, it's not your fault you couldn't have more children. You were a terrific mother to Chad. He was blessed to live his short life with you.
She raked her hand across the top shelf. "See, all the cereals together, the bread products, the cooking supplies. " Andie looked at the shelves. They did look better. But why did it matter? " She turned and walked out of the pantry. Christi followed. The silence grew awkward, and Christi kept looking out the window toward her car. She jingled the keys in her purse. "Want to go for a ride? " Andie shook her head, ready to be alone. "No thanks, but you go ahead. " Although Christi's face remained fixed, a brief spark in her eyes gave away her relief.
A Promise to Remember by Kathryn Cushman