By Barbara Delinsky

Every little thing Claire Raphael has she's earned. On her personal. The difficult method. She equipped her part-time company up from not anything and made it profitable via her mind's eye, creativity, and difficult paintings. She has nice childrens and Dennis, a husband she loves thoroughly. Then, one night, whilst Claire returns from a tough business journey, Dennis arms her divorce papers in addition to a courtroom order to vacate their residence. Claire is devastated. She had no concept her marriage used to be near to catastrophe, that Dennis have been making plans this ambush for weeks, if no longer months, or that her disturbing yet satisfied lifestyles was once approximately to come back crashing down round her. Claire does not understand the place to show or whom to belief. yet in a number of brief weeks she learns what such a lot of girls have needed to discover—that whilst the going will get tricky, a woman's as tricky as she has to be.

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Here was a name. I had heard it before, but not in the context of law. " "A woman. " I was trying to place the name. "Have I ever met her? " "Oh God, I do remember. " But hot and heavy for a time, if memory served, though I wasn't sure how I knew that. It wouldn't have been from Brody. His love life was one of the few things that was off limits between us. While he might mention in passing that he was taking someone to a particular restaurant or show, I learned more from Hillary Howard's column in the local weekly.

But I tried my "best. Was I being punished for earning more than Dennis? Well, damn it, he had once had everything going for him--great business, impressive client list, name recognition--and he blew it. Was I supposed to sabotage my own career, just because he had screwed up? The car behind me honked again. I released the brake and rolled ahead. As soon as we were at another stand-still, I snatched up the phone, dialed home, heard my own message. That meant Dennis hadn't brought the kids home yet, because Kikit loved answering the phone.

I had taken notice of him not because I knew anyone who had used him, but because he was the brother-in law of my Philadelphia franchisee. Given the connection, I was sure he would see me quickly. First, though, I wanted to see my kids. Jack nixed the idea. "I wouldn't. You're upset. They'll pick up on it. " I opened my mouth, then shut it. I didn't know what I would say. It seemed important, for the children's sake, that Dennis and his parents and I coordinate our stories, but I had no idea what they had already said.

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