Once Upon a Thanksgiving by Winnie Griggs EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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Kathleen Sanderson cracked open the door. Before her stood a roughlooking man twisting a battered Stetson in his hands. His bent head revealed
overgrown, untidy brown hair. Her glance took in the trail-worn, dusty,
“Rosie, I know you told me to stay away, but I need your help.” He
raised his head to reveal demanding brown eyes that widened before they
bored into Kathleen. “You’re not Rosie.”
“True. She’s busy with the baby. If you’ll wait—”
“Buck.” Rosie’s voice rang with shock as she joined Kathleen in the
doorway. “I thought I’d made myself clear.”
“I’ll take the baby.” Kathleen lifted nine-month-old Lilly from her
mother’s arms and retreated to the far end of the room, wishing the house
was larger so she could escape and let these two work out their differences
without her as audience. Yet this way her curiosity might be satisfied.
“Buck,” Rosie continued, keeping her words low but not disguising her
concern, “I told you I don’t want to be associated with—” Her voice
dropped to a whisper. “You know… Go away before you ruin everything.”
Buck lifted his head, glanced past Rosie, saw Kathleen and shuttered his
feelings, but not before she’d seen stark misery. He didn’t shift his gaze
away, making it impossible for her to get a satisfying breath. Then he
returned his attention to Rosie and her lungs expanded with a whoosh.
“I wouldn’t be here if I knew what else to do.” A beat, two, in which
Kathleen wondered if Rosie found his statement as demanding as she did.
“Rosie, I have a son and he’s ill. I can’t chase after cows or live in a
bunkhouse with a sick kid. You’re my sister. My only relative. Surely you’ll
help me for the sake of my son.”
Rosie gasped. “You’re married? Without even letting me know?”
“Not married. I adopted the boy. Help us?”
“I don’t know.” Rosie glanced over her shoulder toward Kathleen as if
seeking some signal one way or the other from her.
Kathleen sensed how troubled Rosie was. Understood something about
this man made her tremble.
She shifted Lilly to her hip and moved to Rosie’s side to indicate her
support, but it wasn’t clear in her mind if she meant to encourage Rosie or
her brother. “Rosie, how would you feel if it was one of your boys?” She
had two—Mattie, two and a half, and Junior, four years old—who both
nosed around the corner of the bedroom where they’d been playing to eye
this stranger at their door.
Buck sent Kathleen a grateful glance before he appealed to Rosie. “I’d
help you. You know it.” The emotion in his tone caught at Kathleen’s heart.
A man who cared deeply. Her heart buckled and bowed with feelings she
didn’t recognize. Had never before in her nineteen years experienced.
Buck stepped aside. “Look at him.”
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