#4 Thank you to everyone ho visited last week and to those joining us all on the second week of the great new Sweet Saturday Samples please enjoy.
While The Brat is rated 'sensual' and PG, there is no violence or 'explicit' sex in The Brat. There is some background reference, without details, to child abuse.
This scene in my debut novel The Brat published by The Wild Rose Press follows on from last week.
The Brat is pg rated and a contemporary romance.
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"No.” The man shifted in his seat. “I don’t think Mrs. Kouvaris ever bothered to find out.”
“She never…” Shocked, his gaze slid from the road to the man sitting beside him. “Impossible!”
“Take the next left.”
With difficulty Ben refocused on his driving. “How can she not have known?”
“You have to understand, she took the child in for one reason.”
“Yeah!” The long-subdued bitterness spilled over. “She wanted a daughter to replace the son who wasn’t good enough for her.”
“Contrary to your belief, she did not bring the girl into the house as your replacement.” The older man sighed. “Mrs. Kouvaris was not a kind woman, but the one act of kindness I remember her for is sending you to your father.”
“How can you describe such an action as akindness?” Ben demanded. “Where now?”
“Left, then left again, between the first double gates.” Mr. Cranborne waited until Ben drew the hired Jaguar up in front of a modern detached house of warm red brick and large windows. A well-kept lawn sloped away to the right, bordered by lofty rhododendron bushes. To the left a double garage stood back from a paved area.
“My mother could afford a place like this?” Ben gaped at the extensive, well-kept gardens surrounding the property and tried to equate his knowledge of the woman who’d given birth to him with the building in front of him. Whoever called it a
cottage had windmills in their attic at the time. “She must’ve had several influential clients.” He gave a derisive snort.
“Her clients had varied tastes, I believe.”
“That doesn’t explain why she dispatched me to Greece and replaced me with another child.”