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Ties That Blind

by Leigh Michaels


Published by Leigh Michaels at Smashwords

http://www.leighmichaels.com


Copyright 2010 Leigh Michaels

First published 1993

All rights reserved

Cover illustration copyright 2010 Michael W. Lemberger


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CHAPTER ONE


Janice Stafford was already in the big country kitchen when Abbey came down the stairs. She was standing by the long windows looking out over the garden at the back of the house, with a china cup and saucer in her hand. Her mind, however, was obviously elsewhere, for she didn’t hear Abbey.

That her mother was up, dressed and drinking coffee at this hour was no real surprise, Abbey thought. Janice had never been the sort to loll around in her dressing gown till noon. But her trimly tailored blouse and crisp flared skirt were not quite what Abbey had expected, either. It was barely seven o’clock.

“High heels? At this time of the morning?” Abbey said, reaching for the coffeepot.

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