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CLIMBING HEARTBREAK HILL

Copyright © 2013 JOSELYN VAUGHN

ISBN 978-1-62135-162-7

Cover Art Designed by Book Beautiful


For the Koffee Kuppe Ladies, No matter where we are, we will always be together in spirit.


In honor of all those affected by the tragedy at the 2013 Boston marathon. Your courage inspires us. Run on!


Chapter One


"Tara, I feel a bit off."

Tara Mansfield replaced the phone in its cradle and swung her chair around. Leslie Schultz, her boss, pressed her palm against her back, forcing her growing belly to strain against her tailored maternity shirt. She had given up trying to button her suit jacket over her baby bump a month before. Leaning against the door to her office, she said, "Something at lunch didn't agree with me."

"You should lie down. Your next appointment isn't for another twenty minutes." Tara double-checked the schedule for the accounting office. At the height of tax season, it was almost unheard of to have a twenty minute break. Luckily, they'd had a cancellation this morning. Leslie could use a rest.

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