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When Elise married the man of her dreams, she thought her life would be perfect

When Elise married the man of her dreams, she thought her life would be perfect. She hadn’t reckoned with her husbands spoiled daughters and an ex-wife who continued to drain him dry—emotionally and financially.


MARRIED: With Stepchildren

By Tonya Thomas


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MARRIED: With Stepchildren

By Tonya Thomas


It was getting late and the condo was still a mess with boxes left to be unpacked. Just one more, I told myself, and reached for a box marked books. Box cutter in hand, I slit the tape and opened the carton. Ah, yes . . . these were the books I kept in the bedroom on a shelf in my nightstand. Comfort reads, I called them. I’d reach for them whenever I was feeling blue. I’d read them over and over again during the past eight years. I’d needed a lot of comfort.

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