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Roberta Leigh - Cupboard Love _1976

Roberta Leigh - Cupboard Love _1976

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CUPBOARD LOVE © Roberta Leigh 1976It was through her job as a cook that Miranda Jones met the wealthybanker Blaize Jefferson, but she had certainly never expected to beadmitted to his social circle. Then he invited her to work for him at hisprivate house, and the situation changed — to the extent that within ashort while she was engaged to him! But alas, the ‘engagement’ was only apretence, to protect Blaize from a scheming woman — his ex-fiancéeRosemary, now conveniently widowed and setting her sights on him again.Blaize admitted that he still loved Rosemary, but he was determined tofight what he knew to be a disastrous attraction. He never paused toconsider what Miranda’s real feeling might be . . .ONE“Your father and I would fell much happier if you came with us toKuwait,” Mrs. Jones reiterated to her daughter Miranda. Most girls would jump at the chance.“For a holiday, maybe,Miranda replied, “but not for two years.“You needn’t to stay if you don’t like it.
“No, mother.” Miranda pushed a long strand of black hair away fromher forehead. “This little pigeon wants to leave the nest, and Barbara’soffer is exactly what I’ve been looking for.”But, she’s so worldly and –If she weren’t, you’d use that as an excuse too,” Miranda saidimpatiently. “If I’m going to live with another girl, surely it’s better is she issomeone who knows her way around rather than a young innocent?”When you put it like that.” Mrs. Jones said it doubtfully, “I’d supposedyou’re right.”Miranda saw the reply as the final submission. Has she been less kind-hearted she would have taken the bit between her teeth long ago, but itwas difficult to be obstreperous when one had parents who did everythingthey could give you what you wanted—short of personal freedom. Butnow at last even that was imminent, and she longed to fling out her armsin joy, only refraining because her mother might start to wonder whathorrifying things she planned to do when she was finally left alone.Your father will put extra money into your bank account,” Mrs. Joneswas speaking again. “Then if you don’t like working for Barbara, you canfly out to join us.I’m sure I’ll like working with her. It’s a great chance for me,Mummy.”
Mrs. Jones sighed. “When we agreed to let you go to Madame Elise wedidn’t see you becoming a professional cook. We only saw it as being agreat advantage for you when you married.“Oh, it will be,” Miranda assured her, “and it will be a greatadvantage for me while I’m single too.”Forestalling any further comment, Miranda gave her mother a hug,silently counting the days until their Kensington flat was closed and shecould move in with her friend. Barbara had little time for worrying parents;an orphan brought up by an unloving cousin, she had, over the past fouryears, carved out highly successful career for herself.“My cousin only sent me to Madame Elise,” Barbara had once told her,“because she wanted to train me to be a cook housekeeper for her. WhenMadame asked me to stay on as her assistant, I thought heaven comedown to earth!It was during Barbara’s time as a teacher at the school that Mirandahad come there, and though she did not have Barbara’s flair as a cook,she was considerably better than average. The two girls had remainedfriends even after Miranda had qualified, and six months later Barbarahad also left the school, though in her case it had been to start her ownbusiness. Six months after that had come a call for Miranda to join her.

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