The Work Wives by Rachael Johns EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Rachael Johns
- Language: English
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Three months earlier
Deb didn’t know who was more nervous as she turned into the car park at
Smythes Ladies College—her daughter or herself. Even though changing
schools had been Ramona’s choice this time, it was always nerve-racking
starting at a new place, trying to make new friends, getting to know new
‘What are you doing?’ shrieked Ramona.
Clearly, Deb wasn’t the only one on edge. ‘What does it look like I’m
‘No. No. No!’ Ramona pointed ahead to where a row of SUVs that
looked like they were fresh from the car dealership were cruising through the
Kiss and Drive. ‘Drop me off there.’
‘But I thought I’d come in with you. Help you find the right classroom.’
‘Mum.’ Ramona groaned and rolled her eyes as if Deb had just suggested
she wear a clown costume to school. ‘I’m not in kindergarten. I don’t need
you to hold my hand anymore.’
‘I know but …’ Trying not to show her hurt, Deb looked anxiously
towards the school’s vast entrance. Surrounded by immaculate gardens, the
main building with its sandstone walls, steep-sloping roofs and arched
windows, looked like something out of Harry Potter—a stark difference from
the local Catholic high Ramona used to go to. What if she got lost?
‘Mum, please,’ Ramona implored. ‘I’ll be fine.’
‘Okay. If you’re sure.’
As Deb relented and slowed her ancient Toyota Corolla in the Kiss and
Drive, Ramona pulled down the visor and checked herself one last time in the
mirror. Officially, make-up was forbidden at school, but when Deb had called
her out for wearing foundation, blush, mascara and tinted lipstick, Ramona
had told her to take a chill pill—that everyone did it and it was hardly visible
anyway. Deb hoped she was right because the last thing either of them
wanted was Ramona getting in trouble on her first day. Until this summer,
she’d never even bothered with make-up.
‘Let me stop the car before you get out,’ Deb said as Ramona reached for
the door. ‘Having to call an ambulance on your first day would not for a good
She was trying to be funny, but Ramona didn’t laugh. ‘Thanks for the
ride,’ she said, grabbing her bag from the floor and opening the door in one
‘Forgotten something?’ Deb called.
Deb leaned towards the passenger side and tapped her cheek.
Ramona shook her head. ‘Sorry. No time. Wouldn’t want to be late.’
Deb jolted as the door slammed and the sound reverberated around the
cabin. She watched as Ramona hitched her brand spanking new SLC school
bag up her shoulder and joined the hordes of girls—all dressed identically in
the uniform of blue-plaid summer pinafore, white short-sleeved shirts
underneath and black shoes with white socks—swarming up the steps.
What had happened to her little girl this summer? Make-up, slamming car
doors, no kisses—it was like someone had snatched her sweet daughter and
replaced her with a stranger.
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