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Pamela Griffin

The Governess's Dilemma

Pamela Griffin The Governess's Dilemma
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Series:

Heartsong Presents

Excerpt from book:

1856
(near Hillsdale, Michigan)

Myrna stared out the streaked window at the icy particles that swirled past at a frightening speed. She felt as if her own inconstant future mirrored the bleak scene.

Cold. Stark. Perilous and uncertain.

Elizabeth, her young, excitable neighbor until yesterday, had told her with anxious eyes that her life must not be blessed. Elizabeth's mother, Mrs. Flaherty, suggested that the good Lord might be trying to get her attention. Even the affable grocer, Sean, had given his usual quirk of a smile and dollop of advice—that forces beyond her control were taking her on a not-so-merry adventure—as Myrna dug deep into her reticule for the tight wad of dollars to pay off her store credit. Money gained at a steep price, her peace of mind lost in the trade.

Perhaps they were all correct in their conjectures, she thought with a weary sigh, resting her head against the icy window.

"Uhhnnnh…"

The soft murmur of complaint broke into her dismal thoughts and came from the fragile young girl using Myr-na's skirts as a pillow. Earlier, Sisi had pulled off her coat, though the railcar was hardly warm, and Myrna used it to cover her. Gently she pushed stray tendrils of light brown curls from the child's damp forehead, finding her skin heated to the touch. She drew her brows together in concern.

Sea-green eyes, a shade lighter than Myrna's, grog-gily opened.

"Are we there yet?" Sisi asked with a yawn.

Myrna grinned at the endless question again repeated. "I told you, we won't be there till the morning. And likely won't be at our cousin's till the early evening."

Myrna didn't admit she had no idea exactly where their cousin lived, having only an address on a sheet of paper found in her late father's things. But she didn't wish to cause Sisi undue alarm. For being all of seven, the child had endured far more fear and uncertainty than many people three times her age.

"Do you think he'll like us?" Sisi pushed herself up to sit, using Myrna's legs as leverage. The coat slid from her thin shoulders and fell to the bench.

"I'm sure he'll love you, my pet. Who could not?" She tweaked Sisi's nose. This earned her a ghost of a smile, as if Sisi was afraid to let the scrap of happy confidence bloom.

There had been far too many wavering smiles in the past and so many disappointments. It wasn't fair, not one bit, and Myrna silently vowed to do all she could to make Sisi feel safe again. If she must work from the first glimmer of dawn to past the setting of the sun, she would do it. The prospect of meeting a distant cousin and begging for work and a roof over their heads failed to settle well with her McBride pride. But for Sisi, she would grovel in the dirt if she must.

Again she noted the pinched look on Sisi's flushed face.

"Are you not feeling well, sweetness?"

"I'm hungry," Sisi complained, holding her tummy.

Myrna wasn't surprised. The bread and cheese Mrs. Flaherty gifted them with before their hurried departure had been devoured long hours ago.

Spotting the flowered hat of the lady who earlier had been selling apples from a basket, Myrna fished a penny from her reticule. "Then we must do something about that. I'll just be a moment," she reassured before rising from her seat and maneuvering the narrow aisle, heading to the front of the train car.

Almost there, she watched a porter move through the door of the attached car. He made eye contact, giving a polite tug of his cap. The mild boredom in his eyes flashed to alarm at the same time the earsplitting screech of metal grinding against metal filleMYRNA McBRIDE IS HEADING TOWARD HER FUTURE 

When her train derails in Hillsdale, Michigan, a wealthy stranger offers her shelter—and a position in his household. Grateful yet wary of the mysterious man, Myrna must guard her secrets—and her heart. 

Returning home upon his brother's death, Dalton Freed is now heir to a grand estate and guardian to his niece. Dalton desperately needs Myrna's help. But even as he looks forward to seeing the beautiful governess each day, he suspects she's keeping secrets. Can she ever earn Dalton's trust and bring light and laughter back to his life?


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