By Carole Mortimer, Rebecca Winters, Marion Lennox

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Then might I suggest you look elsewhere for the man who bought you that ring? ’ If he had dismissed her in that icy tone, Juliette knew she would have wanted to curl up in a ball and hide. It didn’t have quite the same effect on the more resilient Rosemary, but the other woman did, after one last contemptuous glare in their direction, turn on her heel and flounce out of the room, slamming the door behind her seconds later. Which was the cue for Juliette’s legs to fold neatly beneath her, so that she fell to the carpeted floor.

But what’s so interesting outside at—? ’ She wailed her dismay after a glance at her bedside clock. Somehow, in all the churning emotion of last night, she must have forgotten to set her alarm. ’ she groaned as she threw back the bedclothes and swung her legs to the floor. Rob grinned down at her, his teeth looking very white against his olive skin. ‘Executive order, Juliette. You aren’t going into work today. Neither of us is. Take a look outside,’ he added, as she opened her mouth to argue with him.

Rob queried. She hadn’t been asked! Not that she would have gone, even if she had been. Ten days in the close confines of a foreign resort, with Sybil, Rosemary and David, had to be her idea of hell! No, even staying alone in her apartment, watching all the re-runs on television, indulging in Christmas pudding for one, would be preferable to that. ‘No, I wouldn’t,’ she said with a laugh, trying to dismiss the subject. ’ Actually, she did. One of the last holidays they had taken as a family, before her mother had become ill, had been a skiing holiday in Canada’s Whistler resort.

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