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A jockey turns into the only real heir of his overdue brother's enterprise, horse, mistress, and enemies.

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My throat was so dry I was surprised any sound came out. “But he didn’t do anything wrong,” I said again. For some reason I thought if I repeated myself, they would see the logic. Willy put on a smile that held not a hint of amusement. ” The other men laughed out loud. Hot tears sprang up in my eyes, but I willed them not to fall. I would not cry in front of these awful bastards, these cowards. I recognized a tall, skinny one as J. T. Mack, the overseer at the McFarland plantation. He slurred his words as if he were drunk.

I pointed at Alice. “Oh, now I remember. ” Amelia pointed at me, giggling at her own cleverness. Was there any sweeter sound in the world? I knelt down and kissed her, then her sister, and gathered them both for a big daddy-hug. ” “Mama says you’re in trouble,” Amelia reported. ” Alice crowed with laughter. ” That voice brooked no nonsense. They ran from my arms. Chapter 11 I WILL NEVER FORGET the rest of that evening, not a moment of it. Not a detail has been lost on me. “You and I are living in two different marriages, Ben.

S. Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. com/littlebrown First eBook Edition: August 2009 Little, Brown and Company is a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. The Little, Brown name and logo are trademarks of Hachette Book Group, Inc. The characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.

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