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He's at Grammie's door and he has a gun...

Marguerite (“Reet”) Carey has spent her life taking care of people. Now a widow and in her golden years, Reet is finally taking some well-deserved time for herself. But when her adult daughter decides to head off to rehab, Reet willingly volunteers to take in her two young grandkids. Who better than Grammie to see them off to school, feed them nutritious meals and snacks, tuck them into bed at night? Reet loves her grandkids and her only desire is to see them healthy and happy. She’s not about to deny them a safe place to stay...especially with their father locked away in prison.

Until one morning when the doorbell rings, and Reet comes face to face with an unexpected visitor… a man she despises and hoped never to see again. But Lloyd Walsh is out of prison, he’s on her front porch, and he’s come for his kids.

And this time, he has a gun.

It’s a grandmother’s worst nightmare. When Lloyd forces his way into Reet’s house, she’s forced to confront her own worst fears. How far will Lloyd go to get what he wants? How far will a grandmother go to protect her grandchildren? As the two of them settle down in a tense six-hour standoff waiting for the school bus, Reet knows that whatever happens between her and Lloyd in the coming hours will determine all their fates. Life or death, it’s up to her.

The Story
Behind the Story
Kathleen Irene Paterka
March 9, 2024
10 am ~ 1 pm

Indulge in a royal extravaganza of shopping, connecting, and celebrating! Join me at historic Castle Farms of Charlevoix on Saturday, March 9, 2024 for the Community Castle Event. It will be fun, it will be fabulous, and admission is FREE.

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Interested in having Kathleen as a Guest Author at your Book Club? All you have to do is ask! She’s a more-than-willing participant at local book clubs, and even started a book club herself with friends earlier this year.  One of her favorite things is talking with other women about the books they love... especially when it comes to Women's Fiction!


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