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"Sara, come and meet Brian." Jane took Rosy from Sara's arms and led the way into the living room, where the table was set for Sunday tea.
Sara stopped just inside the door. Her eyes settled on the man she'd been urged to meet. Brian came towards her, a smile on his face. He was well built, and Daisy was right, he was very good looking, with broad shoulders and wavy hair brushed back from a wide brow. Mahogany, Sara thought stupidly. Jane was right, it was mahogany. His eyes of dark brown were like rich chocolate, and warm and friendly. Something seemed to vibrate through Sara right down to her toes as he took her hand in his large one and gripped it firmly.
"Sara, pleased to meet you," Brian said easily in a deep voice that made Sara catch her breath. "They said you were beautiful, and they didn't lie."
She shook her head as his eyes roamed over her face with open admiration. Many men looked on her with similar appreciation, but somehow Brian's eyes caressed where theirs appeared to leer. Then he turned to smile at Jane and those eyes held distinct adoration. Jealousy of her sister such as she'd never experienced before surged through Sara like a tortuous agony.
"Yes, she is beautiful, isn't she?" Dennis declared, and Sara winced as he gripped her arm like a vice, pulling her possessively to his side. "I have to watch her like a hawk. Every bloke envies me like crazy having her as my wife." He grinned, looking wolfish, and she suppressed a cry as his fingers bit into her flesh.
"I'll bet they do," Brian agreed pleasantly. He glanced at Dennis's hand on her arm, and when Sara met his eyes again she saw a puzzled look in their depths.
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Alicia’s indomitable spirit sustains her and her large family through two wars, illness, death and loss. From her mother’s example Sara finds the courage to escape an intolerable situation and forge a new life in a new country.
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