Free historical fiction Kindle books for 19 Aug 16

Tangled Lives, Rose’s Mail Order Brides and Grooms, Book 3: Short read, western romance

by Bobby Hutchinson

IF YOU LOVE MAIL ORDER BRIDES WESTERN ROMANCE BOOKS–

TANGLED LIVES IS FOR YOU! Ever had times when nothing is going the way you think it should?

Rose’s Mail Order Brides and Grooms business is becoming successful, but ironically her own romances seem to be failures. Why did Philip, the man she loved and thought she’d marry, desert her and leave town without a single word?

Ë?Ë?Ë? NOW HE’S BACK!

And Rose is furious with him–and horrified when he reveals a secret that can impact Joel, the new man in her life.

Ë?Ë?Ë? But she has business to think of, a difficult match to arrange for a young woman in double trouble.

Laughter, tears and betrayal–Tangled Lives has all three.

Ë?Ë?Ë? IF YOU LOVE WESTERN ROMANCE MAIL ORDER BRIDE SHORT READS, YOU’LL FALL HARD FOR TANGLED LIVES!

If you missed the first two, here’s the links:

OBJECT MATRIMONY:

amazon.com/dp/B00SKFEALM

DARLING CLEMENTINE:

amazon.com/dp/B00VSBR33M

Ë?Ë?Ë? AUTHOR INTERVIEW–WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE TANGLED LIVES??

Life is made up of complications–just as the best books are. I love reading books in which I can’t guess what’s going to happen next. I hope I’ve managed that in Tangled Lives.

I also believe in the inherent goodness in people’s hearts. If we delve deep enough into a situation, we can usually see what makes a person do what they do.

IF YOU LOVE SWEET WESTERN PRAIRIE BRIDE ROMANCE–SCROLL UP AND GRAB TANGLED LIVES.



ROMANCE: THE DUKE’S WIFE : A Secret Baby Regency Historical Romance – Historical Bad Boy Regency Secret Baby Romance (Regency Historical Rake Pregnancy Victorian Romance. 6 BONUS STORIES INCLUDED!)

by Elle Snow

She was promised to marry his father. She never meant to fall for him.

She was quiet and reserved, at least on the surface. When Isabelle came to our estate, I immediately found her attractive. She was different than the other women I had been with, and something about her continued to draw me to her. The only problem? She was engaged to marry my father.

Marrying The Duke of Hampshire was nothing more than a means to an end for me. I needed to get my son back, and The Duke had agreed secretly to let him come live with us. My plan was going along perfectly until a very unexpected surprise came along. William, The Duke’s rakehell son, was brazen and confident. I tried to fight my attraction to him, but the tension between us was impossible to ignore.

When the passion that spreads between them becomes too much to handle, will she risk reuniting with her son to be with him? Will he defy his father to be with the one woman he can’t have?

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My Man Jeeves

by P.G. Wodehouse

Who can forget our beloved gentleman’s personal gentleman, Jeeves, who ever comes to the rescue when the hapless Bertie Wooster falls into trouble. My Man Jeeves is sure to please anyone with a taste for pithy buffoonery, moronic misunderstandings, gaffes, and aristocratic slapstick.



The Billionaire’s Fling

by Tamar Wingfield

Aviva Elliot take pride I her job as lead Saleswoman for Anderson Gems, but it isn’t her passion. As she tries to determine her next move her reason for staying with the company so long, drops the opportunity of a lifetime in her lap. Jeremy Anderson, the genius owner of Anderson Gems has given her all she wanted, now all she needs is him. Will Aviva finally reveal her growing feelings even if it means the possibility of losing it all?

Jeremy Anderson is a pragmatic man, but Aviva Elliot brings out all the emotions in him. She is his muse and the reason he works so hard to create unforgettable pieces of jewelry. Every time he sees her in some of his work, it reminds him of a particular void in his otherwise perfect life. Will he ever cross the line of professionalism to have what he wants most?

If Jeremy doesn’t step outside of logic to see what Aviva really means to him he could lose her forever. By the time he comes to his sensesâ?¦she may already be gone.



ROMANCE: MENAGE: Triple Temptation (Bad Boy Threesome Pregnancy Romance) (Contemporary Alpha Male Romance)

by Charlotte Sloan

Looking to spice up her life Annie decides meeting a man from an online personal ad is all she needs.

The trouble is she’s married…

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WARNING: 18+ recommended. Adult content.

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ROMANCE: A MAN OF VALOR DELIVERS : A Secret Baby Regency Historical Romance – Historical Bad Boy Regency Secret Baby Romance (Regency Historical Rake Pregnancy … Romance. 6 BONUS STORIES INCLUDED!)

by Elle Snow

Forced to love a man I hate and irresistibly attracted to a man I cannot and should not have. Both of them have power over me and I fear what I’m going to do next…

Losing my first love and having a baby out of wedlock destroyed my reputation. Now I am not permitted to see my own daughter unless I agree to marry the Duke of Feltwell, a truly odious and evil man. But what truly worries me is his son, the rake Charles, the so-called “valour” lover. He has seduced every other women in the estate and now he’s set his sights on me!

He is such a handsome man, but arrogant and without self control. He has come to my door, knocking at night with God only knows what on his mind. I had my heart broken once before and I cannot live through it again. I can only do what I feel, and all of my instincts are telling me to move in the wrong direction. But between Charles and his ghastly father battling for my attention, how can I possibly know what the “right” thing to do is? I need a miracleâ?¦

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HIGHLANDER ROMANCE: Scottish Romance: Scars Of A Highlander (Mail Order Bride Time Travel Romance) (Historical Fantasy Romance Short Stories)

by Cassandra Michaels

Highlander Time Travel Romance With Surprise Bonus Included Inside For A VERY Limited Time!

Martha has been dreading Ross leaving for weeks.

He has been hired as a fishing worker in one of the deadliest seas in the world, doing the same work that killed her father many years ago.

She knows that it has to be done, though. She also knows it’s only a matter of time before she falls apart without him. The house is too quiet and her thoughts are too loud for her to be alone. Once she finds out a record storm is headed for the same sea Ross will be sailing.

Her loneliness drives her out of her house and into the Christmas market. It’s there that she meets an old woman who claims that she can bring happiness back into Martha’s life with nothing but a little bottle of inky blue liquid. This isn’t a fairy tale, and magic isn’t real, so what is she really offering Martha in the bottle? Can it really bring the happiness back to her eyes?

WARNING: Contains Explicit Scenes, Intended for 18+ Readers Only



ROMANCE: MENAGE: Dirty Sins (Bad Boy Threesome Romance) (Contemporary Alpha Male Pregnancy Romance)

by Charlotte Sloan

My husband’s best friend.

My husband.

ME.

Are you ready for some sizzle?

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WARNING: Adult content. 18+ readers recommended.

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ROMANCE: THREESOME: Chisled: (Alpha Male Bisexual Menage Romance) (New Adult Contemporary Romance)

by Sinfully Sweet Books

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Collection Contents:

1. Sins Unleashed

2. Naughty Professor

3. Triple Heat

4. The Mayor

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Allan’s Wife

by H. Rider Haggard

The tale of Allan Quatermain’s second wife, Stella, is also a classic fantasy African adventure, complete with magic and ghosts, plus Haggard’s trademark gripping narrative style.



Clean Romance: Betsy – A Wind of Truth (Contemporary Clean Billionaire Romance Novels) (Coming of Age Sweet Second Chance Short Stories)

by Rachel J. Moore

Paul was a best-selling author, whose first book recounted the true story of his crossing of the Atlantic alone on a wooden sailboat. Along the way, he found his ex-wife’s old diaries and gained insight into their break-up. When the boat sprung a leak at the midpoint in his journey, Paul watched as the diariesâ??and the boatâ??sank into the dark waters.

Casey was captivated with the scruffy writer, and when Hurricane Betsy rolled in, they were marooned together in her lovely Cape Cod apartment, riding out the storm and kindling strong feelings for one another.

Would Casey follow him to California or would she find her bearings in her simple, but meaningful life?

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This is a standalone short story with HFN ending.



ROMANCE: FOOTBALL CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: FIRST HIT : The Good Girl’s Bad Play (Bad Boy Alpha Male Athlete First Time Sports Virgin Romance) (Bad Boy Contemporary … Sports Romance. 6 BONUS STORIES INCLUDED!)

by Elle Snow

They were never meant to be togetherâ?¦

Rebecca White is as vanilla as it gets. She hates drugs, partying, late nights, alcohol, and breaking the rules. As far as college goes, she’s already regretting her decision to live on-campus.

Her roommate, Sophia, is a nightmare waiting to happen. Sophia’s boyfriend, Sean Thompson, is the most gorgeous human being Rebecca has ever seen. The most popular basketball player in school, and a secret genius to boot, Rebecca can’t get past his charm.

Shortly before he and Sophia break up, Sean becomes Rebecca’s lab partner. After a wild night in a classroom, Rebecca can’t figure out what comes next.

As she struggles with her identity crisis and Sean struggles with his ability to fight against cultural expectations, the two of them are forced to answer the question of the hour: Are they meant to be? And how are they going to beat the odds, when it seems that everything is turned against them?

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La marca de la luna. Lila, la niña. El origen (Spanish Edition)

by Amelia Noguera

En una aldea de la India, la madre de Lila fallece al traerla al mundo. Su abuela Asha se hace cargo de ella y le evita así su cruel suerte: morir por no ser varón. Pero la vieja Neeja, cegada por el odio ancestral de quienes viven en la oscuridad, la maldice: cualquier hombre al que Lila comience a amar morirá. Asha intenta contrarrestar la maldición de su consuegra: la esperanza vendrá de la mano de un extranjero.
La pequeña, con la marca de la luna en el vientre, crecerá aprendiendo los secretos de la magia hasta que, huyendo de la maldición, emprenderá un periplo que la conducirá a Checoslovaquia. Allí, su destino se verá ligado al de algunos de los protagonistas de la Historia reciente de Europa como fueron los integrantes de la Legación española en Praga, centro neurálgico desde donde se movían los hilos de las Diplomacias republicana y rebelde durante la Guerra Civil.
En una insólita combinación de realismo mágico, novela histórica y thriller, esta novela aúna una trepidante trama que encaja con precisión en los acontecimientos históricos del primer tercio del siglo XX.
Este ebook contiene solo la primera parte completa de la novela, la que transcurre en la India, y constituye más de un tercio de la obra. Esperamos que la historia de Lila (la niña, el origen), le atrape como a nosotros y a los lectores que ya han hecho suyo a este personaje inolvidable.



Barbarossa: A Historical Novel of the XII Century

by Conrad von Bolanden

Towards the middle of the 12th century, Milan had conquered for herself a powerful supremacy throughout all of Upper Italy, and with the exception of the proud Genoa and the maritime Venetian republic, all the cities of Lombardy acknowledged her sovereignty. Lodi, Pavia, and some few of the neighboring towns, had made bold attempts to assert their rights, but all their efforts were unsuccessful; and had only resulted in riveting more tightly their fetters, while the pride of the Milanese, and a desire for more extended power, increased in proportion to the failing strength of their adversaries. The majority bore in silence the yoke which they could not shake off preferring the advantages secured to them by prompt submission to the danger of losing in the unequal struggle every vestige of their former independence.
Lombardy, it is true, was an appanage of the Germanic empire, but the sovereignty of the Emperor was almost nominal, and only acknowledged by the turbulent Lombards, when forced so to do by his victorious arms; and whenever a war broke out between the Monarch, his great feudatories, or the Church, the smouldering embers of rebellion at once burst forth into open insurrection.
Scarcely had Frederic the First, of Hohenstauffen, mounted the throne, when his attention was attracted to Italy by an event of grave and unusual importance.
In 1158, whilst Barbarossa, as the Emperor was usually surnamed by the Italians, was presiding over a High Court of Justice at Kossnitz, and listening to the various cases submitted for his decision, two men, wearing upon their backs a wooden cross as a symbol of their misfortune, presented themselves before the throne with a long list of grievances against the Milanese, by whom, they alleged, the city of Lodi had been destroyed after the pillage and the exile of its citizens. They had come now to implore the intervention of the Emperor, whose power alone, they urged, could check the tyranny of the Milanese and save from utter ruin the other cities of Lombardy…



Scottish Romance: Highlander Romance: Child of Two Clans (Alpha Male Secret Baby Romance) (Fantasy Time Travel Romance Short Stories)

by Cassandra Michaels

Steamy Highlander Romance With Full Length Bonus Stories Included. Intended for 18+ Readers Only.

Sophia is excited when her father tells her that she is finally old enough to attend the clan gathering, which happens once a year for one night only.

When the night finally comes, she meets a handsome stranger who is keeping his secrets close to his chest. She can’t help but be drawn to him through sheer curiosity.

They agree to meet, but when the time comes she is surprised to find that he had been badly beaten by his clan, and he has no real explanation as to why it happened. She doesn’t push him for answers, and instead, she finds herself blindly trusting his every word. She takes him in as a member of her own family.

Eventually, word spreads there is a traitor in their camp..And it just might be him.

What will Sophia do when she’s staring down the blade of a sword held by the man she loves?



Bajo la Sombra del Turco (Historias del Ayer nº 1) (Spanish Edition)

by Francisco Colorado

Año 1532. Enrique y Rosa Ferrer son dos jóvenes hermanos de una aldea de la Albufera valenciana. Ajenos al devenir de su tiempo, pronto sus vidas se verán sacudidas al ser esclavizados por las hordas de Jeireddín Barbarroja. Separados en un mundo desconocido, ambos tendrán que hacer frente a los numerosos obstáculos que la nueva situación les deparará, él como soldado, ella como odalisca. Desde el amor prohibido a la conspiración, desde la traición más abyecta a los más perversos individuos, los dos hermanos pelearán por sobrevivir y encontrar la felicidad en el camino hacia su libertad. ¿Lo conseguirán?



ROMANCE: Paranormal Romance: GUARDIAN : Wild Tales of A Silverback Shifter (Alpha Male Billionaire Protector BBW Mail Order Bride Shifter Romance) (Paranormal … College Romance. 6 BONUS STORIES INCLUDED!)

by Elle Snow

Anne is about to find out her true purpose. A decision that has passed hands for centuries will lead her to a secret that will forever change her perceptionâ?¦

One woman, one destiny and one defining moment. Who is Blake and what is so strange about him?

One step into an old estate will change everything.

Just another day, but it wasn’t. I was packing and I knew where I was going, but I had no idea why.

A deal was met and I may not understand, but I know my duty to my family. They have groomed me for this day, but could I really know what I was getting myself into.

I see the angst on my mothers face and I know she does not approve. I’m considered the chosen, but what exactly am I chosen for?

The man is handsome, sophisticated, but he has this strange aura about him. I feel something in the air, like a storm brewing, but it’s inside the man.

Five yearsâ?¦five years and then I could have my life back. Five years is not so longâ?¦or it could be an eternity. Blake is nothing like me. He was born with greatness thrust on his shoulder, so why does he hide from the world?

I was about to find out!

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Loggerhead: A Mary Fisher Novel (Green Flourish Book 6)

by T. A. Peters

Winner of the 2015 New Apple Literary Award – Medalist for Historical Fiction

As the world prepares for a second Great War, a woman imprisoned in Europe puts pencil to paper to record a time in her youth, forty years earlier, when she bore witness to similar happenings in a distant land . . .

Florida. 1896.

When Mary and Abigail find themselves in the small town of Loggerhead, they believe they’ve discovered an ideal paradise in which to have a three day holiday featuring good food, relaxation, and indoor plumbing. The idyll is shattered, however, when Abigail falls victim to a jewellery thief. After quickly capturing the bumbling larcenist, and recovering the stolen jewellery, the young lovers attempt to resume their vacation, only to find themselves embroiled in an ever-escalating, interrelated series of crimes that include rape, robbery, murder, and a political conspiracy reaching to the highest government office in the state.

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As a young woman suddenly exposed to a multitude of conflicting philosophies, Mary could easily become lost in her personal struggle to discover who she truly is. Fortunately she has the beautiful, impulsive Abigail not only to help guide her but steady her as she finds herself encompassed by evil at every step of her journey of self-discovery.



ROMANCE: FOOTBALL CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: FILTHY HERO : The Good Girl’s Bad Play (Bad Boy Alpha Male Athlete First Time Sports Virgin Romance) (Bad Boy Contemporary … Sports Romance. 6 BONUS STORIES INCLUDED!)

by Elle Snow

Soccer had always come first. Soccer and girls and fun.

So, Philipe is in for a surprise when Erin walks into his life. She’s everything he’s spent his academic career staying away from. The more of a funloving heartthrob he can appear, the better.

Erin has spent her life trying to be the best she can be, dying for the opportunity to move away from what she grew up with. Philipe’s party-focused lifestyle is a far cry from what she envisioned having in a boyfriend.

But suddenly Philipe is thinking, maybe it isn’t so bad to spend some time embracing the other side of himself he’s spent so long hiding from others. And Erin is wondering if first impressions are always accurate…

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Stagecoach To Destiny

by Juli Robin

Abigail was excited that her family was moving out west. She could never have imagined how much her life was about to change.

Finding true love and unanswered questions about herself was only the start.



PAESANO

by Bettina Baggetta

Living in poverty stricken Southern Italy in the early 1900s a young boy, Pietro Romeo, dreams of immigrating to America. He leaves his home and family when he was 15 years of age with $30.00 in his pocket and a small bag containing his meager belongings, sails across the Atlantic on one of the many immigrant ships and enters America through Ellis Island.
His life changes dramatically when he arrives in the new country through the people he meets, the events he lives through and the decisions he makes.
He works in the mines of Pennsylvania with his brother, Marcello, until he is involved in a horrific accident and forced to leave his job.
He leaves for New York and sees first-hand the dreadful conditions immigrants with little money are subjected to and the discrimination towards Italians in general during the early 1900s. While in New York he seeks out his uncle, Antonio Romeo, who Pietro had always admired; only to learn he had become a greedy, cruel “padrone” who preys on the poor. When Pietro confronts his uncle with what he has seen, it forces him to make a decision that would remain with him all his life.
While traveling on a train across the country, he meets a “paesano” from his hometown, Felice Manzano. They form a lifelong relationship as they make plans for their life in California. In San Francisco he meets a family that welcomes him as one of their own and he learns, from the patriarch of the family, how to use his talents to help himself and others along his life journey.
He marries the beautiful, Rosa Trento and together they have a family and live through the various decades that changed their lives; the 20s, the depression years of the 30s and the war years of the 40s.
You will meet his family, friends, acquaintances and paesani, who are all instrumental in his life and join him at his proudest moment when he became an American citizen and all that implies.
“Paesano” to all who knew him.



Erma Puckett’s Moment of Indiscretion (Snippets from Cedar Hollow)

by Melinda Clayton

2013 Pushcart Prize Nominee Short Story

Short Story: Nineteen-forty-six was a turning point for young Erma Puckett for three reasons. First, it was the year she became rich. Second, it was the year she fell in love. And third, it was the year she was run out of town.

Brokenhearted and alone, Erma fled to the tiny village of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia, where she quickly realized she was the town’s first and only black resident. Summoning her courage and refusing to give in to the doubts that plagued her, Erma fulfilled her goal of purchasing and running the town’s only boarding home, Vines and Roses.

“I hadn’t realized you were colored,” the former owner had said, hooking thin, brown hair behind an ear with a pale hand and studying Erma through squinted eyes.

“Well,” Erma said, chin jutted forward, “now you do.” She leveled her gaze. “And does it matter? My money is the same color as yours.”

Throughout the years the townsfolk went from suspicious, to curious, to welcoming, and Erma and Vines and Roses became a beloved addition to the little town.

But after a long, fulfilled life, just as Erma begins to consider retirement, unfinished business appears in the form of a very unexpected guest.



Ruhelos ist unser Herz …, Band 1: Leichen im Keller – Historischer Kriminalroman (German Edition)

by Jutta Ahrens

Das Buch:

Augsburg um das Jahr 1500:

Agnes, eine Tochter aus gutem Haus, ist ins Kloster eingetreten, weil sie glaubt, dort Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit zu finden. Als eine neue Anwärterin aufgenommen wird, beginnen rätselhafte Ereignisse, die sich immer mehr zuspitzen. Agnes lassen sie keine Ruhe, und sie findet heraus, dass sich alles ganz anders verhält, als sie geglaubt hat.

Die Reihe:

Im ersten Band dieser historischen Krimi-Reihe erwirbt sich Agnes – oder wie ihr Ordensname künftig lauten wird: Schwester Bernadette – erstes Ansehen als scharfsichtige Beobachterin, die dem Augenschein misstraut und sogar ein erstes Verbrechen klären kann. In Zeiten des aufkommenden Hexenwahns steht ihr mit der Oberin Veronica Welser eine mütterliche Seelenführerin zur Seite, die sie behutsam auf ihrem Lebensweg als Nonne begleitet.

Die folgenden Bände werden zwar jeweils ein Verbrechen zum Inhalt haben, aber das Augenmerk liegt mehr auf dem historischen Roman: Leben (und Sterben!) im Augsburg der angehenden Renaissance aus der Sicht einer Nonne. Das Mittelalter ist vorüber, der Buchdruck ist gerade dabei, die Welt zu verändern, Jakob Fugger, der reichste Privatmensch, der jemals gelebt hat, wohnt gleich um die Ecke, Martin Luther wird sich in Augsburg für seine Thesen zu verantworten haben, und einige der grö�ten Künstler der Zeit liefern Werke auch in das Katharinenkloster, in dem unsere Schwester Bernadette lebt. Kurzum: Eine aufregende Zeit in einer aufregenden Stadt.



The Glass Dagger: The Tudor Queen’s Glassmaker (The Tudor Queen’s Glassmaker Series Book 1)

by Peter Cooke

Being talented can be dangerous!

Giacomo Bellini ignores Venetian societies unwritten rules for a nobleman and becomes a glassmaker like his grandfather. His romance with the daughter of a prominent senator, sets in motion a chain of events that leads to a false charge of treason. After a corruptly obtained conviction, he is sentenced to five years as a galley slave. Escaping to England, he changes his name to Jacob Bell. In London, his talent brings him acclaim, but his past catches up with him. His dishonest rival, Adrian Ragazoni, now Venetian Ambassador to London, is married to Jacob’s love and plotting to kill the Queen. Jacob must defeat Ragazoni and his assassins, to save his love Maria and the Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I.



Investing In Jemima

by K M Shropshire

Jemima Collins knew she was far from being a beauty, but as the daughter of a wealthy businessman she wasn’t without suitors. Despite possessing a curvaceous figure, her copper-colored hair was unfashionable, and her blunt manner of speaking left most males feeling out of their depth. Mr. and Mrs. Collins feared their daughter was being left on the shelf and wanted her to marry. Jemima’s plan was to follow in her father footsteps by taking over his half of the business. She loved creating designs for beautiful pieces of furniture — a talent her parents attempted to keep hidden from merchant society. The thought of giving up her independence filled her with dread. She had seen too many intelligent, young women give up on dreams of being anything more than a wife and mother. Society left a female with few alternatives.

Lucian Douglas had known Jemima most of his life. They were good friends in their youth, but the last few years brought a change in his feelings for her. He kept himself busy as he tried to sort out just what he felt for her. What had been friendship had ripened into something more. To him, she was a beauty. Lucian loved her spirited manner and blunt way of speaking. His hands itched to run though those red tresses and to caress those lovely curves of hers. His father’s illness brought him home to stay, and Lucian knew what was in his heart regarding Jemima. Would she be able to see him as anything more than a dear friend? He had a plan to that happen, and his heart was fully invested in the scheme.



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