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63812490 Carole Mortimer Love s Only Deception

63812490 Carole Mortimer Love s Only Deception

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Love's Only Deception
(1983)  A novel by
Her beloved Jeff had had a perfect right to leave Callie a large share of his familybusiness, Spencer Plastics
 —
but she supposed it was inevitable that the Spencer familyshould see her merely as a gold-digging little intruder, and resent her accordingly. Butno way was she going to fall for their plot to marry her off to their son Donald, to keepthe shares in the family! But anyway, once Callie met Logan Carrington and the two of them fell deeply in love, that should have put paid to the Spencer family ...
 
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
 —
''
Spencer 
Plastics?' she questioned sharply.His mouth tightened. 'We would get on a lot quicker, Miss Day, if you would refrainfrom constantly interrupting me.'
 
'Yes, but
Spencer 
Plastics? Sorry,' she mumbled at his quelling look, the eyes behindthe gold-rimmed glasses the cold grey of the sea on a winter's day.Had she gone mad? She had looked warily at the letter when it had arrived last week,should have guessed there was something wrong when she had telephoned the officeof Seymour, Seymour, Seymour, and Brown, and they had refused to divulge thereason for requesting to see her over the telephone.'If we could continue?' James Seymour said woodenly.'Go ahead. I mean
 —
please do,' she blushed at his condescending look.'Mr Spencer, Mr Jeffrey Spencer, that is, left you his shares in the family company
 —
''You mean Jeff 
 —
I mean Jeffrey, was related to the Spencers of Spencer Plastics?' Evenshe had heard of the powerful Spencer family, Sir Charles and Lady Spencer, and SirCharles' sister Cicely. But surely the
Charles and Cissy Jeff had sometimes spoken of couldn't be them…?
 'Jeffrey Spencer was Sir Charles' younger brother,' she was informed distantly.It was what she had already guessed, what she had dreaded him confirming. Jeff hadnever said, never given any indication
 —
Dear God, that family would eat her alive if shedared to claim those shares!'I
 —
Do they know about me?' she asked nervously. 'I believe Mr Spencer told them of your relationship, yes.'No, not that. I mean, do they know about Jeff's will?''Yes, they know.'Oh, lord! They were probably ready to lynch her from the highest tree by now. TheSpencer family was one of the most powerful in the world of plastics, and they wouldhardly welcome a little nobody like her into their midst. If only Jeff had told her who hisfamily was, explained to her what he meant to do!'Sir Charles has expressed a wish to see you,' the lawyer told her now.She would just bet he had, and she could guess what about. 'When?' she asked dully.'This weekend, if that's possible.'It didn't sound as if she had much choice. 'I
 —
Well, yes, I suppose so.'

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