Riding the stagecoach to Willow Grove, Texas, Camille Dupree hoped to leave behind her shocking secrets. For years, she'd brazened out the whispers about her unseemly talents as a professional gambler until it was time to move to the next town. Camille longed to reclaim her innocence and believe in the goodness of others, but would she be given the chance to start over?
In the burgeoning West, a good heart was a valued commodity, and Camille developed a reciprocal appreciation for her neighbors...especially the town's mayor, Tyler McKinnon, who saw more beauty and virtue in Camille than she'd ever seen in herself. With his help, she became a respectable businesswoman.
But ill-wishers threatened to destroy her hard-won acceptance, and Camille found herself in need of the town's forgiveness...and Tyler's. Could she trust the man she loved to bend his principles and extend the pardon that would bless them both?
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|Title of eBook: Twice Blessed|
|Release Date: 04-19-2010|
|Publisher: Steeple Hill Single Title|
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Chapter OneWest Texas, 1884
Camille Angelique Dupree stood on the boardwalk in San Angelo, watching the drunken stagecoach driver attempt to load the luggage. She winced as he dropped a valise for the third time, prompting an angry exclamation from the owner, Mrs. Watson. Unlike the other passengers and the ticket agent, Camille remained outwardly calm, projecting an image of serenity that came partly by nature and mostly by training.
Her dear departed mother's oft-repeated admonition echoed through her mind. Always remember that you are descended from two of the oldest and finest families in Louisiana. You are a lady, and a lady does not display her temper, particularly in front of her inferiors.
Not that Camille considered the stage driver or anyone else as inferior. Life had taught her the lesson her mother had never quite understood - that being born to wealth and privilege did not make one person better than another. Character mattered far more, especially when one was left with nothing else.
Sighing in resignation, she stepped down to the dusty street, intending to ask a young clerk standing nearby to have her luggage returned to the hotel where she had stayed the past few days. Though anxious to reach Willow Grove, risking her neck to do so was sheer foolishness. There would be another stage in a day or two, with a different driver, she hoped. "Mama, he'll kill us all!" The shrill voice rose above the argument between the ticket agent and driver.
"Calm down, Joanna." Mrs. Watson rapped her teenage daughter's shoulder with a closed fan. "Going into hysterics will not help."
"But what can we do?"
Camille stopped beside them. "...
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