Behind the Pine Curtain by Gerri Hill

By Gerri Hill

Jacqueline Keys used to be ostracized from her small place of birth of Pine Springs, Texas whilst she was once seventeen, despatched away simply because she was once homosexual. Her kin was once the most important corporation within the county, possessing Pine Springs Lumber, and her father used to be mayor of this small city. Her mom couldn't settle for the truth that her simply baby used to be homosexual, couldn't tolerate the gossip approximately her kinfolk. So, with 100 funds in her pocket and a one-way bus price ticket out of city, Jacqueline was once informed to not get back until eventually she had come to her senses. And that integrated being ready to marry the son of a company affiliate of the relatives. Fifteen years later—long after she’d hitch-hiked to la, lengthy after she’d labored nights to place herself via collage, and lengthy after she’d written her first top vendor, No position For Family—Jacqueline is persuaded to return to the tiny city of Pine Springs after her father’s demise. the fast journey she’d predicted for the funeral becomes weeks as she learns her father’s enterprise is all at once hers to regulate. and she or he is additionally back face-to-face with the lady who, as a young person, were Jackie’s first weigh down. She and Kay were inseparable as young children, and later as kids. They locate themselves falling again into their outdated conduct, and Jackie is quickly scuffling with an identical emotions she’d had whilst she was once seventeen. yet dwelling at the back of the pine curtain, Kay is frightened of her love for Jackie, scared of what her family members will say, scared of how town will react. Jackie refuses to conceal, refuses to move slowly again into the closet, so once more, she leaves Pine Springs . . . by myself. Will Kay permit her cross? Or will Kay persist with her middle?

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Jesus Christ,” she murmured. John smiled. ” 23 All content of this eBook is copyrighted CHAPTER FIVE Jacqueline had one free day before the funeral, so she took Mary’s advice and drove into town, foregoing her original thoughts of playing a round of golf. You don’t play golf the day before your father’s funeral, even if the weather was perfect for it. She found herself driving back toward the old downtown area, the buildings looking much drabber now in the light of day. And small. Pine Springs had not changed, not really.

And the sight of her caused Jacqueline’s heart to beat just a little faster. She waited until the customer left, then moved closer, standing with her hands shoved nervously in the pockets of her jeans. She watched as Kay straightened the pens in the jar next to the cash register, waiting for her to look up. Kay finally did, her light blue eyes moving slowly over Jacqueline, stopping when they reached her face. A slight frown as her eyebrows drew together, then a widening of her eyes as recognition set in.

Jesus. Stubborn. ” They stared at each other, finally breaking down into laughter. “I’m sorry. I haven’t seen you in . . ” “It’s okay. ” “No, you don’t. It wasn’t like you ran away or anything. ” Kay again wrapped her arms around Jacqueline, pulling her into another hug. “It’s just such a shock to see you. ” “I wasn’t certain I would even look you up. ” Kay’s eyes widened. ” “Stopped by the café for coffee. ” Kay laughed. “She would. She always loved you. ” Jacqueline’s eyebrows shot up. “You’re kidding.

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