A sparkling story about what happens when you let someone into your life… but they turn out to want more than you’d bargained for!
Sarah Dee has the perfect life. A high-flying job in a law firm, a beautiful daughter and a house to die for. So how does she find herself looking in through the kitchen window while another woman enjoys it all?
When Sarah takes pity on a struggling young graduate who can’t get a job, she thinks she’s doing the right thing. She’s being kind, generous and helpful to others, as she always is. But as Sarah allows the younger woman into her home, her law firm and even her family, is there more to this pretty youngster than meets the eye? And could this be a good deed that goes further than expected?
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As it happens, I was plan-free right through till the following Monday morning. If I was very lucky I might get to see an episode of House of Cards that I hadn’t seen before on Netflix and maybe, just maybe, I might even chance a sneaky glass of Pinot Grigio when I had the house to myself.
As you could see, it was set be another wild weekend in the life of Sarah Keyes.
‘No, just a quiet one for me.’
‘Say no more,’ Lauren smiled very sweetly. ‘I get it. A romantic Friday night in with your husband, am I right?’
‘A romantic night in with who?’ I asked, looking up at her, confused.
‘Your husband,’ she said, two chocolate-brown eyes blinking innocently back at me.
‘I’m not married,’ I replied, just a bit too quickly. ‘At least, not any more I’m not.’
‘Oh, I’m so sorry, me and my big mouth,’ Lauren said, blushing very prettily as she rubbed a dollop of cuticle cream in. ‘It’s just that you’re wearing a wedding ring, so I assumed—’
‘Ahh,’ she said, nodding. ‘I see. Do you have children?’
‘Just one. Darcy. She’s sixteen.’
‘I’m sure she’s a wonderful girl,’ Lauren said diplomatically.
Oh yes, a wonderful girl all right, I thought. If you overlooked the sudden downturn in her school results ever since Tom and I broke up, the mitching off school, the sulkiness, the violent mood swings and don’t even get me started on the amounts of cash that seem to disappear out of my purse on a daily basis.
Back then my brain melted with the guilt of how badly Darcy had been dealing with the whole separation. And, of course, every time I tried gently to broach the subject with her, I’d either get the sulky silent treatment or else her bedroom door slammed square in my face.
‘Absolutely,’ I agreed, with as bright a smile as I could muster. ‘Darcy’s a terrific kid, thanks.’
Claudia was born in Dublin and is a graduate of UCD, the College of Music and of the Gaiety School of Acting. Since then she has worked extensively as an actress on the Irish stage, but is probably best known for her role as TV’s Nicola Prendergast in the long running Dublin soap opera, ‘Fair City.’