Dangerous Times Series
Josh Shafer has purchased an old run-down theater and bar in Juneau, Alaska Territory, to get away from his abusive father. He invites his brother Zeke and Zeke's new wife Addy, who are on the run from a crime family, to come and help him.
Muriel Giovanni, Addy's cousin, was married into the crime family until her husband was killed in a shootout with the police. Now with a new daughter, she learns the Giovannis want the child. With the help of her parents, the young widow takes her baby and follows her cousin to Alaska, where hopefully the crime family won't find her. Or will they?
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He had put his head in his hands and leaned his elbows on the desk as Muriel told him what happened at Millie's, and now he looked the picture of despair. He slowly raised his head. "Well, that's it, isn't it? Muriel, I'm sorry you had to come into this. You seem to have traded one problem for another."
Muriel caressed his shoulders. "I'm sure Sarah and Amos can find out what really happened. When they do, the townspeople will come around."
"We may not be here by that time." He straightened and threw his hands up. "I really wanted to prove to myself that my father was wrong, that I could make something of my life. Well―" One hand slammed down on the ledger.
Muriel's chest tightened. He could be right about having to leave. She didn't want to think it, but her eyes swam with tears. How could he blame himself, though? He had worked so hard.
Josh looked at her through the mist in his own eyes. He stood and took her in a gentle embrace, then pulled back quickly. "I'm―I didn't mean to―"
Muriel put her fingers on his lips. "Don't apologize." She drew him toward her again, and they gazed at each other for a moment before she put her hand on the back of his neck and kissed him.
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