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knew was busy baking and cooking or the plannedactivities.Being single, she was not. “Go now, Joshua. I’ll bene.”“I promise, I’ll close the rest o the week,” he saidas he shrugged on his coat.Judith crossed her arms over her chest. “Youbetter,” she teased with a mock rown.However, she doubted her
had even noticedher expression. He was already beyond the wreath-adorned door that was closing behind him with a jangling o bells.Judith watched through the store’s large picturewindows as her brother weaved in between twoparked cars and then, reaching the sidewalk, almost knocked into a woman carrying a wrapped package.He was practically racing home.
To his new home.
Just two months ago, he and Gretta had told thewhole amily that they were moving into a smallhouse two blocks rom the store. Living above theamily shop no longer made sense, especially withGretta in a amily way again.No member o the Graber amily disagreed withtheir decision.But, o course, none o them had been preparedor the adjustments that would have to be made nowthat Joshua would no longer be on the premises at all times. Now each member o the amily had to
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