Sealed With a Loving Kiss by Ellie Dean EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Authors: Ellie Dean
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PEGGY REILLY WAS restless after her long, intimate talk with young Mary
Jones, and she lay awake staring into the darkness, thinking of the tangled
web of lies and secrets that she must keep to herself. It had been imperative
to dissuade Mary from continuing to ask about Cyril Fielding, for the truth, if
told, would cause lasting hurt not only to little Mary, but to others who’d
been innocently drawn into Tommy Findlay’s deception. And yet she’d hated
the subterfuge, for it went against her open and honest nature, and she knew
how easily lies could be uncovered – and when they were, they inevitably
brought more hurt than ever.
Her thoughts whirled and she eventually became impatient with them.
There was nothing more she could do except keep an eye on the girl and
make sure there was no further trouble from Tommy Findlay, for Mary was
determined to stay in Cliffehaven, and she would have been deeply
suspicious if Peggy had forced the issue and tried to persuade her to go back
She climbed out of bed. Pulling her old dressing gown over her long
winceyette nightdress, she put on her slippers and quietly checked on Daisy
before she left the room. Her baby was almost a year old now, born on the
terrible day that Pearl Harbor had been destroyed and Malaya had been
invaded, but she could sleep through anything, and was thriving despite the
restrictions of rationing, the noise of air raids and the absence of most of her
Beach View Boarding House was silent but for the occasional creak and
groan from the Victorian timbers, and Peggy closed the kitchen door before
turning on the light. The kettle was always left filled in case there was a
bombing raid and the water supply was cut off, so she placed it on the hob of
her Kitchener range and waited for it to boil.
She had lived at Beach View for most of her forty-three years, and it was
so much a part of her that she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Her
parents had started the boarding house business shortly after the railway line
had reached Cliffehaven and the popularity of seaside holidays soared. When
they had retired, Peggy and her husband, Jim, had taken over and raised their
family here. The day trippers and holidaymakers had stopped coming once
war had been declared, and so Peggy had decided that to make ends meet she
would have to take in permanent lodgers.
But the war had brought huge changes to Peggy’s family, for they were
now scattered to the four winds and she rarely saw them. She regarded the
photographs with longing, for they were lined up on the mantelpiece below
the framed picture of the King and Queen. Jim looked handsome in his army
uniform, the twinkle in his dark Irish eyes undimmed as he gazed back at her.
He’d been called up and was on his way to India now, and she was waiting
impatiently for his next airgraph.
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