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The Widow's End

by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Published by Astraea Press

www.astraeapress.com


Smashwords Edition

Copyright © 2013 LEE ANN SONTHEIMER MURPHY


This is a work of fiction. Names, places, characters, and events are fictitious in every regard. Any similarities to actual events and persons, living or dead, are purely coincidental. Any trademarks, service marks, product names, or named features are assumed to be the property of their respective owners, and are used only for reference. There is no implied endorsement if any of these terms are used. Except for review purposes, the reproduction of this book in whole or part, electronically or mechanically, constitutes a copyright violation.


THE WIDOW'S END

Copyright © 2013 LEE ANN SONTHEIMER MURPHY

ISBN 978-1-62135-136-8

Cover Art Designed by For the Muse Designs


Chapter One: Arrival


Her toes ached in the too-tight buttoned-up shoes by the time she walked from the train depot out to the Pythian House on the northern edge of Springfield. Katie wished she hadn't chosen the shoes, but her worn out boots with holes in the soles looked ridiculous with the new black on black striped suit, pleated skirt and all. So she begged the shoes from a neighbor but bought the hat, a jaunty little black tam with a defiant feather attached. Maybe she should've done what the well-meaning preacher's wife suggested and worn traditional mourning, a long dark veil and shapeless gown, but Katie was twenty-five, not sixty-five. By rights, she shouldn't be a widow on her way to live out her days far from home at the opposite end of the state, but Louis had left her destitute.

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