By Carole Mortimer, Rebecca Winters, Marion Lennox
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His disappearance into the kitchen at least gave her a few moments’ respite to try and gather her shattered self-confidence. Rosemary had always had the effect of totally disrupting her life. Although this time, with Rob’s help, Juliette had to admit that the other woman hadn’t succeeded in doing so. It had to be a first! It also sounded, from what the other woman had said, as if David had come to his senses where Rosemary was concerned. Juliette certainly hoped so. She wasn’t in love with him herself, and never would be, but despite what he had done he was a nice man, and certainly deserved better than Rosemary.
Juliette took the bag and glanced warily inside, the tension starting to leave her shoulders as she realised it was only her father’s jumper that she had lent to him a couple of evenings ago— freshly laundered and ironed, by the clean smell of it. ‘Thank you,’ she said huskily, unconsciously holding the bag to her chest. She was pleased to have the jumper returned to her; it was one of the few things of her father’s that she had managed to salvage when Sybil had cleared out his things from the house only a week after his death.
And he had brought her coffee! ‘Sorry,’ she sighed, sitting up to push the tangle of hair from her face. ‘But what’s so interesting outside at—? ’ She wailed her dismay after a glance at her bedside clock. Somehow, in all the churning emotion of last night, she must have forgotten to set her alarm. ’ she groaned as she threw back the bedclothes and swung her legs to the floor. Rob grinned down at her, his teeth looking very white against his olive skin. ‘Executive order, Juliette. You aren’t going into work today.