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Genre: Women's Fiction
Word Count: 83,700
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Emily Cooper has been kicked out of her life. Once a member of one of Georgia's wealthiest and most highly esteemed political families, she is now left with nothing due to their manipulative tactics and Emily's inability to fight for herself. In walks Camilla Baldwin who is hell-bent on seeking revenge.
(Told in the voice of Sally Sewell, Camilla's cousin)
I knew it as soon as I saw her that I had done the right thing. I knew it like nobody's business. And I knew for a fact that Camilla Baldwin was going to be mad as fire, but I had to help that poor girl.
Norma Watson is in my church group at the Baptist church. She makes the best apple strudel straight from scratch and I make the best coffee, so everyone at church says that we make the best team when it comes to mornin' prayer circle. Well, Norma told me that she heard from Melinda Sawyer 'bout this young woman whose husband decided to up and divorce her and left her no place to go. Said her name was Emily somethin' or other. Said they lived somewheres up near At-lanta. Well, I just couldn't imagine how that was so. How would she have no place to go? Wouldn't she get half? Isn't that what's useful 'bout useless lawyers? Aren't they s'posed to get ya half? Well, I declare, I don't know how such a thing could happen, but it did.
So I told Norma to tell Melinda to tell whoever needed to be told that the poor girl could come live with us. No, I did not even take a breath to get Camilla Baldwin's permission. There just wasn't time.
I picked her up at the bus station bright and early on a Saturday mornin' two weeks later. She was a tiny little petite thing sittin' amongst her luggage and whatever possessions that son of a bitch ex-husband allowed her to take.