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Family Bonds

By Claire Eversol

For 24-year-old Abbie Hubert life has always been difficult. Young, vivacious, and holding her beautiful, Abbie is hiding a deep secret behind her gentle smile. Her dad is the town’s sheriff and for years his life has been more focused on the needs of the community than his family at home. After her mom passes from her battle with cancer, Abbey decides to take her $2000 inheritrance and visit New England during the seasonal colors of autumn.

While dining local diner, Abbie meets a man, Rory, who mistakes her for a lady he once knew, Rory shares his story about his son, an injured Veteran who’s given up on life since returning from active duty. 

When Abbie leaves the cafe she sees Rory and his son—who had just stepped into their vehicle, getting robbed at gunpoint. Abbie is fast on /her feet, saving the father and son with self-defense skills. Abbie’s selfless act was the same thing she’d do for anyone, but Rory and Joseph saw it differently—she protected them like family.

Rory offers Abbie a caretaker position for Joeseph, for as long as she wants the job and give her enough money to return home. She will nurture his son back to health, and in return, Rory will pay her three thousand a month and he’ll buy her ticket home if she makes it through a month—somethng No women has done—yet.

Abbie is eager to take on the challenge, how hard could it be? Joeseph seemed nice, in her opinion, he needed companionship more than help. Maybe the other women were too weak—emotionally, but life had been hard, but because it was it hardened her. Her problems of her youth had, suddenly, become an asset and sIf she could make it a month, she’d earn enough money to move anywhere she wanted and with an all expense paid ticket to get her there. 

Abbie moves into Rory and Joesephs house, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize why the other caretakers never stayed around.  Joeseph not only makes conversations difficult,  he makes it clear there is something hidden locked in the room next to hers—something that will change everything she knows, should she become too curious. 


Can Abbie share the truth about her painful past and reach through the darkness of Joeseph’s mind before his dark world consumes the man she has fallen for?

Will the new bond Joeseph finds with Abbie be able to withstand the weight of the secrets of the sealed door— she is about to open?


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