CHAPTER ONECallie added jam to her buttered toast, knowing she would have to start getting readysoon, but lingering reluctantly over her breakfast, making herself another cup of coffee. After all, it wasn't a long drive from London to Berkshire.She wished she didn't have to go, that Jeff hadn't put her in this position. Hadn't shegone through enough the last six months
her mother's death, Jeff's own death in a caraccident, and now she had to meet his family, a family who hadn't even wanted tospeak to her themselves but had contacted her through a lawyer. She had dislikedJames Seymour on sight.He had sat in that dusty-looking office, surrounded by rows and rows of huge official-looking books, the whole room looking like a mausoleum. And James Seymour hadbeen totally in keeping with the room, fusty and old, looking down his nose at her as heinformed her she was the sole beneficiary of Jeff's will.'
am?' she gasped. 'Oh, but surely there must be some mistake,' she protested.James Seymour looked as if he thought so too, and that Jeff, dear kind, loving Jeff, hadmade it! 'I can assure you there is no mistake,' he said in his haughty voice. 'I was MrSpencer's lawyer for many years, did in fact draw up this will for him. Caroline Day, 28,Hill Apartments, London. That is you, isn't it?'
'Well… yes. But I don't want any of—
of that,' she pointed wildly at the will laid out infront of the lawyer.He looked at her as if she were slightly deranged. 'Three-quarters of a million pounds,seven hundred and sixty-three thousand pounds, to be exact
''Oh, let's be exact,' she said shrilly, sure this man didn't know what he was talkingabout. Jeff hadn't been rich, not that rich anyway. Three-quarters of a million pounds!It was unthinkable, unimaginable.James Seymour looked at her over the top of his glasses. 'I was being exact,' he saidstiffly. 'There is also the matter of thirty-seven and a half per cent of the shares of Spencer Plastics
Plastics?' she questioned sharply.His mouth tightened. 'We would get on a lot quicker, Miss Day, if you would refrainfrom constantly interrupting me.'