Still in thought, she nearly bumped into Mark as he suddenly stopped and let go of her hand. Watching him with curious eyes, she realised he was searching for the keys. Once he had found them, he handed them over to her.
One corner of his mouth was pulled into a slight smile. “Go ahead. It’s yours now.”
Taking a deep breath, she took the keys and opened the front door. Feeling like Alice in Wonderland, she took a small step over the threshold. The smell of a closed-up building engulfed her straight away, but there was no disgust, only pride and joy welling up in her. The jaded odour of mothballs still lingered in the air, mixed with a mouldy smell, as well as a slight scent of plants. Sophie turned to Mia, who was still holding on to Mark.
“Come on, sweetie. Let’s go exploring and open these windows,” she said as she held her arms open for her sister to reach out.
They both moved from room to room, opening curtains and windows, taking in each room and its interior. The lounge room was to the right of the entrance with the kitchen opposite. They went past them and further back into the house. First room, then another room, a bathroom, and finally what seemed to be the master bedroom with an ensuite. Two showers! Sophie’s tight expression relaxed into a smile. All rooms sparsely yet fully furnished. Beautiful, old-fashioned furniture.
Sophie turned in a full circle to take a second look at everything again. The temptation to let out a scream of delight was almost overwhelming. It was like being in a dream. She swallowed the big lump in her throat, choked back a sob as she touched a lovely mahogany cabinet. The polished wood was cool and smooth beneath her fingertips. Solid. No, it wasn’t a dream. They found a single bed in the back room and a double bed in the master. The third room had a roller desk in it.
That was going to be her study room!
“Thank you, Clara Bellinger. Thank you, whoever you are,” Sophie said aloud.
The chance to start life all over with the help of a stranger.Twenty-two-year-old
Sophie Levesque has been guardian to her eight-year-old sister Mia since their mother’s death a few years ago, and it hasn’t been easy. Luck comes their way when they inherit a small house in Hobart. Problem is, though, they don’t know and have never heard of Clara Bellinger, the testator. Settling into their new life, Sophie is still afraid it’s all a mistake.
Mark O’Connor, attorney in Hobart and the bearer of the good news for Sophie and Mia, curses himself for the lack of information about the testator. However, researching the questions gives him an opportunity to see Sophie again, and the more time he spends with the two, the more he realises that his life is missing something. And it’s not his casual lover Linda.
But then there’s Zach, Sophie’s sexy neighbour from across the road… and a very good friend of Clara’s.
Will unravelling the mystery unravel Sophie and Mark’s promise of a future?
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I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Blobel’s novels, but I adored New Beginnings. This is a
feel good story centered on love and hope, Sophie’s dedication to her younger sister, Mia, is incredible. The child is the center of her universe and there’s nothing she won’t do for her. Concerned the recent inheritance is all a mistake, Sophie wants to know more about the woman who gave them a home. Helping her is a drop-dead gorgeous attorney and the handsome, hunky neighbor. Sophie’s journey of discovery is a beautiful one, and when she gets her answers, she finds the last thing she ever thought she would–love. Looking forward to the next book in this excellent series.
Wow…what a tangled web we weave! Sophie has got it coming in all directions with the mystery of the testator. These are the type of stories that I love…since it has a bit of everything in it. Not only do we get a bit of a love triangle but add some mystery and thriller to it. Now, that makes a perfect book by Ms. Blobel! But let me remind you that this is nothing new since I find myself always wrapped up in this author’s writing since she writes with emotion and feelings. Whether it be anger, happiness, sadness – you name it…Ms. Blobel gives us the whole package in her stories!