The Widow’s Baby by Becki Willis EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Author: Becki Willis
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Taryn’s hand trembled as she stared down at the distinctive handwriting.
The letters were neat and evenly spaced, the cursive styling precise. Time
lent the paper a distinct yellow cast and curled its edges inward. A ripple of
ink blurred one word and left the letters smudged. From a fallen teardrop?
She turned the letter over, searching for another clue. The empty
expanse echoed the barren canvas of her heart.
Forty-five words summed up the whole of her lineage. One simple
paragraph to explain who she was and where she came from. Pathetic little
to explain this aching void in her soul.
Taryn always wondered what it must be like to have a forever home.
Having roots that grew so deep and so strong that one could never tug them
free, no matter how hard one tried.
Not, mind you, that she would try. If she were ever lucky enough to
have roots, she would never try to dig her way free. This was the first hint
of the family tree she so desperately craved. A message from her birth
mother, as brief and ambiguous as it may be.
“I finally find a root,” Taryn murmured aloud, “but it’s not even
* * *
“So, Taryn, any idea of what you’ll do now?” Molly Shaw asked over
Taryn Clark twirled a spiral of spaghetti onto her fork, fascinated by the
bits of sauce clinging to the noodles. Like I cling to the idea of finding my
“Earth to Taryn. Come in, Taryn. Are you there?”
“What? Oh, sorry.” Dropping her fork, she tucked her hand beneath the
table to keep from playing with her food.
“Are you all right, girlfriend? I thought you were okay with this new
phase in your life.”
“I am,” Taryn hastily assured her best friend. “And stop looking at me
like that, because I am. Seriously. They gave me a nice severance package
when the firm closed, so I’m not in a financial crunch. And they offered
letters of recommendation, even though I’m not ready to look for something
new just yet. Seriously, having some extended time off is just what I need
“Then what’s that all about?” Molly indicated Taryn’s plate, with its
series of spaghetti towers twirled in a row.
Taryn shoved the offending plate away with a troubled sigh. “You know
how I said this was the perfect time to clean house and go through all my
“Sure. Everybody says that. But nobody means it,” her friend assured
her. “Don’t beat yourself up over it,” she advised.
“The thing is, I did do it. And I found something. Something I’d never
“What?” Molly smirked. “The floor in your closet?”
“That, too,” Taryn admitted with a grimace. She leaned forward to
continue. “There was a box up on the top shelf, filled with the few
childhood possessions that made it through the round of foster homes.” Her
sigh bore the weight of a heavy heart. “Needless to say, it wasn’t a very
Molly’s face lost all trace of humor. “I’m sorry,” she said in earnest.
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