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Stepson by Emma James
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Rose Radcliffe’s life has become exceedingly uncertain. Her older husband, the Earl of Tremont, has died and through an entailment, she has lost her home. A will may have left her something, but it hasn’t been found.

Upon his return from Italy, her late husband’s stepson, Mackenzie Lancaster, discovers his stepfather’s demise and expects to be mentioned in the will. He is aghast to hear that the will is missing.

The earl’s odious nephew, Jarrett Caldwell, who has inherited the title and estate, is determined that Mackenzie and Rose get nothing. The will must not be found!

Jarrett decides to have a fake will forged and tries to pass it off as the real thing. Will his cruel ruse work?

Awe-Struck Publishing; January 2005
168 pages; ISBN 9781587494765
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Title: Stepson
Author: Emma James
She shook her head. “I have no idea what he left you. We have not been able to find the combination to his safe at Tremont House, and we are sure the will is in there.” “What?” He almost shouted but managed to lower his voice. “He has been gone since last August!” She shook her head. “Do you know the title and estate are entailed to his nephew Jarrett?” “I suspected as much, but there was a small estate belonging to my mother and some money that was part of her marriage contract. I was sure that would come to me.” “I wish I could tell you something. I imagine he did leave the property and money to you, but without the will, we cannot be sure.” She shook her head slowly. “I don’t know why the authorities haven’t insisted that it be opened. I suspect Jarrett has used some influence and money to keep everyone away.” “Is this why you are staying in the dower cottage? Has Jarrett taken up residence in the big house?” he asked in a sympathetic tone. “N-not yet; he is coming today.” Rose couldn’t keep a note of bitterness out of her voice. “His sister, an old friend of mine, will be coming also, and staying here.” “Well, I will insist that a safe cracker is hired to get into the safe at Tremont House. I want what is coming to me,” Mackenzie said with determination. “Oh, please do not upset him,” Rose said wringing her hands, all her haughtiness suddenly gone. “He is so unpredictable and I am only allowed to stay here by his good grace, unless...” “Unless what?” “Oh nothing.”
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