By Beverly Barton
From the again disguise: whilst a stunning scandal exposes southern secrets... because the blazing warmth of summer season supplies method to sultry September, a shroud of suspicion settles over the Noble's Crossing, a sleepy Alabama city. not anything is because it turns out- and not should be back. Lane Noble Graham stands accused of murdering her ex-husband...and the single guy who may also help, Johnny Mack Cahill vowed by no means go back to town that scorned him...or the lady whose love he knew he did not deserve!
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Kent hid it from me, didn't he? He hides my book from me sometimes, until I… until I…" As if suddenly realizing that the floor was littered with re ading material, Mary Martha fell to her knees and rummaged through the volumes. " She snatched up a thin I hard back, its spine broken and pages loose. "Here it is. " Will helped his aunt to her feet. The moment he placed his arm around her waist, he realized she had lost weight and was now even thinner than she had been a month ago. Lillie Mae would say that his aunt was nothing but skin and bones.
He had been the one who had first hi red Johnny Mack Cahill to do yard work on Magnolia Avenue. When Celeste had protested about Johnny Mack's presence, Lane's father had said, in his calm, yet authoritarian voice, "The poor boy needs some one to give him a chance. He has no one, except that drunken Wiley Peters, to see after him. " Celeste had said. In retrospect, her statement had been eerily prophetic. After having overheard that conversation between her parents, Lane had made a point of checking out this dangerous boy.
His exp ression said it all. Her son was lost and confused and hurting. And she wasn't sure there was anything she could do to help him. ' 'Mary Martha isn't your birth mother. I realize you have no reason to believe me since I've lied to you your whole life, but I'm telling you the truth now. Johnny Mack Cahill is your biological father and Sharon Hickman was your biological mother. DNA tests would prove those facts. " Will speared his fingers together, locking them crossways and rubbing the heels of his palms with his thumbs.
After Dark by Beverly Barton