Cowboy in a Kilt by Kait Nolan EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Kait Nolan
- Language: English
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“It always rains the day a good man dies.”
Raleigh Beaumont felt a smile tug the corner of his mouth, because
the weather was bone dry. They’d been in a drought for the past few weeks.
“Mama used to say that. She’d also say not to speak ill of the dead.”
“Your daddy was probably the only thing your mama and I really
disagreed on.” Charlotte Vasquez came to lean beside him on the split-rail
fence bordering the north pasture, propping one booted foot up as they both
looked out over the rolling hills of the East Texas ranch that had been in his
family for generations. “Luther Beaumont was a bastard, and we both know
“You’re not wrong.” One corner of his mouth quirking, Raleigh glanced
down at the tiny Latina woman, who barely came to the top of his shoulder.
When Raleigh’s mama, Lily, had been diagnosed with stage-four cancer,
it had been Charlotte who’d taken a leave of absence from her job as a highpowered executive and moved in to care for her—and by extension, Raleigh.
His daddy hadn’t stuck around to watch Lily’s decline as illness stole her
vitality and vivaciousness, leaving her only a shell of the woman she’d once
been. Luther had thrown himself into keeping the ranch running smoothly. At
the time, Raleigh had convinced himself his father was only outrunning the
inevitable grief. That he was protecting the legacy he’d married into.
He’d learned better since.
“I mean, come on,” Charlotte continued. “He moves that little hussy—”
Said hussy being Twila, Luther’s second wife, who was a bare seven years
older than Raleigh himself. “—into the house when your mama’s barely been
six months in the ground? She only married him for his money, and he
married her for the trophy.” Her tone rang with bitter judgment, though it had
been nearly fifteen years.
Raleigh stretched an arm across her shoulders, tugging her in for a hug. In
the wake of Lily’s death, Charlotte had convinced Luther to let her stay on as
housekeeper, so she’d be around as a mother-figure to Raleigh because, God
knew, Twila didn’t have a maternal bone in her body. Back then, he hadn’t
understood what she’d given up for him, but at sixteen, that link to the
mother he hadn’t wanted to forget had saved Raleigh.
And though he was
well grown now, somehow, Charlotte had never left. He’d once asked her
why, and she’d told him that losing his mother like that had shown her there
were far more important things in life than breaking her back to climb a
corporate ladder, and until she found another of them, she was staying
planted near him.
“You didn’t have to be here today. I’m a big boy. I can handle the reading
of the will.”
She squeezed him back, her head only coming to his shoulder. “Of
course, I did. You need somebody here who’s an ally.”
They both turned to see a black Ford F-150 pulling up in the circular
drive in front of the house.
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