By Barbara Delinsky
Every little thing Claire Raphael has she's earned. On her personal. The challenging approach. She equipped her part-time enterprise up from not anything and made it profitable via her mind's eye, creativity, and difficult paintings. She has nice teenagers and Dennis, a husband she loves thoroughly. Then, one night, whilst Claire returns from a tricky business journey, Dennis arms her divorce papers in addition to a courtroom order to vacate their condo. Claire is devastated. She had no inspiration her marriage was once on the point of catastrophe, that Dennis have been making plans this ambush for weeks, if now not months, or that her worrying yet chuffed existence used to be approximately to return crashing down round her. Claire does not recognize the place to show or whom to belief. yet in a couple of brief weeks she learns what such a lot of ladies have needed to discover—that whilst the going will get tricky, a woman's as difficult as she should be.
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She'll give it to you. I'll ask as soon as we get done. " "No. We went to Bertucci's. Are you okay? " Tears had a way of doing that. "No cold. " "I'm trying to figure that out. " "I love you, Johnny," I rushed out to catch him before he passed on the phone. A chipper Elizabeth came on the line. "Well, hello, Claire. How are you? You missed a good supper. The children had pizza, and Howard and I had pasta. Bertucci's is a national chain, I believe. Have you seen one in Santa Fe? How lucky you are to be there.
I wasn't wasting the energy. Gathering what little was left of my dignity, I put it together with my fear and my pride, and walked out the door. Panic hit ten minutes later. I was sitting in another traffic jam, going nowhere fast. The court order lay crumpled on the passenger seat, beside the parking ticket that had been put under my wiper while I was in Lloyd Usher's office at an hour that didn't require meter money. I didn't understand either one, didn't have a lawyer to explain either one.
Hurriedly, I gave him my name, that of his sister-in-law, and the bare bones of my situation. I should have known he wasn't the man for me when he offered to see me the following afternoon at two, but his was the only name I had, and I was desperate. So I pleaded. I said it was an emergency, that I had concerns about my children that couldn't wait until the next day. He complained that everyone had concerns that couldn't wait, and that he had to leave the office by seven-thirty. I promised to be there before then and take only a few minutes.
A Woman's Place by Barbara Delinsky