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DETOURS OF THE HEART
BY DONNA SCHLACHTER
THE MISSADVENTURE BRIDES
COLLECTION BY VARIOUS AUTHORS
Please enjoy the following excerpt from Detours of the Heart by Donna Schlachter:
7 Daring Damsels Don’t Let the
Norms of Their Eras Hold Them Back
Chapter 1Terrace Addition
A bedroom community outside Albuquerque, New Mexico
“You will marry him, or you’ll not spend another night under my roof, you ungrateful child.”
Millie Watkins focused on the vein in her father’s temple, the one that emerged, pulsating in tempo with the staccato timing of his words.
He was angry for sure.
She stepped back, putting another foot or so between them. Just out of reach of his ham-sized fists. One of the cats—Mouser or Calico, she wasn’t certain—screeched when her foot made contact with its tail. She staggered to regain her balance, grabbing at a kitchen chair to stay upright.
His hobnailed boots were weapons as formidable as his hands, and she’d not fall victim to either today.
She raised her chin. “I won’t marry that pimple-faced child cleverly disguised as the postmaster’s assistant. Angus Portman is rude, lewd, and crude, as well you know.”
“That boy is as fine a catch as you’ll ever hope to hook. It’s not like you’re any great shakes, girlie.”
Despite hearing these words—and others like them—all her life, they still stung, and she blinked back tears. No, she wasn’t as beautiful as her mother—God rest her soul—but few women were.
“You can’t force me.”
Her words rang hollow in her own ears, and rather than convincing her father to do as she wished, they fueled the sneer that started with his eyes then made its way down to his mouth, revealing teeth yellowed by tobacco, worn down through use, and missing because of bar fights. “Git your things and be gone, then. Cain’t afford to feed you no longer.”
She exhaled. He spoke the truth. A hardscrabble widower farmer, with four younger than her. The next in line, Anna, was of an age to leave school and take care of the house.
He was right. He didn’t need her. Couldn’t afford to keep her.
Didn’t want her.
She nodded. “I’ll be gone in an hour.”
“You ain’t got that much stuff. Git now.”
She turned and left the kitchen, climbing the ladder to the loft she shared with her sister and brothers. Thankfully, they were in school and wouldn’t see her humiliation. She was more of a mother to them than a sister, and her heart ached that she couldn’t say a proper good-bye. Let them know she wasn’t leaving them forever, the way their ma had. There in the morning, dead by the time they came home from school.
No, she’d leave them a note. Let them know she’d keep in touch. Send money when she became famous. Bring them to live with her in California.
Because that’s where she was headed—the silver screen in Hollywood. As she shoved her few belongings into a pillowcase—she didn’t even own a proper carpet bag or trunk—she revisited the glamor of the movies as depicted in the few dog-eared magazines the pharmacist traded for sweeping the shop and stocking the shelves.
The secret she kept from everybody.
The only thing she owned that she didn’t have to share with anybody else.
That, and her dreams.
Images of Greta Garbo greeting her on the movie set of their next feature film. Of John Barrymore holding her hand in the dark. Or a comedy routine with Charlie Chaplin.
She shivered with delight. She’d show her father, that ugly Angus Portman, and the whole neighborhood that she was better than they thought.
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NEW RELEASE! Mary Ann’s Miracle, Book #3 of the California Bound series. This sweet romance novella is set in the 1950s and is out in eBook. Available at Amazon.
From the book’s back cover: When Mary Ann Williams was a teenager, her daddy fell from the lofty pedestal on which she had placed him. It will take a miracle to restore her trust in him and all men…
You can read more about the book here and you can read the first chapter here.