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by Rebecca Leigh
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Romance
Description: Barbara Curtis is a 1950s divorcee in a small midwestern town. She has lived the life everyone expected of her - marriage, house, kids. Even after her divorce, she continued the typical routine of a Maple Street housewife, sprinkling daily chores with the appropriate measure of gossip. But when a scandal grips Springfield and brings the FBI to town, Barbara's life changes dramatically. Sally Norton is a FBI stenographer and de facto agent who comes to Springfield with Agent Theodore Hoover to investigate an interstate embezzlement plot at Springfield's local branch of National Federal Savings and Loan. Sally kindles sexual desires Barbara tried her entire life to suppress. In the midst of the scandal, Virginia Anderson moves to Maple Street. Unlike Barbara and Sally, Virginia is not afraid to express her sexual preferences - or share them with her new friends. The three women explore their sexual attraction in the midst of the worst scandal Springfield has ever seen and in the face of gossip that could force their relationship to end before they come to terms with their true feelings.
eBook Publisher: Ravenous Romance/Ravenous Romance, 2011
eBookwise Release Date: June 2011
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [251 KB]
Reading time: 157-220 min.
Midwestern United States, Springfield Township, 1954
"That hussy's at it again!"
Barbara could hear Kathy Johnson's shrill voice from three doors down. Since she wasn't that far away, the sound echoed. She looked up from the white daffodils she was tending to see the redhead running from the steps of her blue trimmed house, across the street, until she reached the threshold of Barbara's yard.
"Barbara Curtis, did you see what that hussy did?"
The hair on the back of Barbara's neck bristled when her neighbor used her last name. Barbara had known Kathy for nearly twenty years. Her oldest son, Tony, and Kathy's son, Bo, had been best friends since kindergarten. The two boys had even gone off to college on the East Coast together. Hell, even their husbands had played weekly cards together until Barbara's had screwed his secretary and divorced her a couple of years back.
Kathy only used another woman's last name when she was excited about some mutual social engagement, when she had a bone to pick, or when she was boiling over with the latest morsel of juicy gossip. Barbara wasn't exactly sure which one it was this time, but she had a good idea. Barbara was sure she hadn't done anything recently to make Kathy mad, and there were no parties or events on the horizon. Kathy had been ranting about the same thing ever since their boys had all come home for a short mid-semester break.
"Barbara? Did you hear me?" Kathy screamed at the top of her lungs as she walked uninvited through the gate of Barbara's white picket fence and stood less than two feet from where Barbara kneeled in her garden.
"You're standing in my sunlight, dear." Barbara said in the calmest voice she could muster. When she'd woken this morning to the warm sun shining into her bedroom window, a pleasant foray from the cool days that had overtaken her hometown of Springfield the last couple of weeks, she'd been sure it was going to be a beautiful day. Her definition of beautiful days did not include Kathy Johnson's incessant complaining about the escapades of the woman Kathy considered more of an archenemy than a neighbor. It's not that Barbara didn't like the occasional bit of gossip, but today of all days she wasn't in the mood to listen to Kathy go on about the "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts" of Maple Street's youngest homeowner.
Barbara had hoped her careful brush-off would work, but she was mistaken.
"Eloisa Mae is at it again," Kathy said, hands on her hips and left foot tapping frantically on the cobblestone walkway that wound through Barbara's perfectly manicured lawn and past the patches of the spring flowers she tried to keep alive as long as possible this time of year.