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A ROCKY PATH



LAURALYNN ELLIOTT



Published by Lauralynn Elliott at Smashwords



Copyright 2010 Lauralynn Elliott



Cover Art by Anya Kelleye



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AUTHOR’S NOTE: The following is a work of fiction. All people, places, and events are purely products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual people, places, or events is entirely coincidental.




Chapter One


Emily Adams brushed her long, dark hair behind her ears in a gesture that had become a habit in recent weeks. She looked up anxiously at the huge mansion, for it couldn’t be called just a “house”, and almost jumped back into the taxi. The house was made of stone and was three stories tall. There was probably a basement level, which would bring it to four stories total. She had never set foot inside a house of that size before. The taxi had crossed a stone bridge, which matched the house, over a small river in order to get to the house. There were lamp posts alongside the bridge as well as in the front of the house. The whole property screamed rich.

‘This was a bad idea,’ she thought. ‘I can’t do this!’

She had lost her husband six months ago in a car accident, and now she was without any family, except assorted aunts, uncles and cousins whom she had never seen before. Her apartment in New York had constantly reminded her of Tom, and the life she had before her world had come crashing down around her. She hated her job at an accounting firm, so she was miserable whether she was at work or at home. She was twenty-nine years old, already widowed, and already unhappy with her life.

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