Beside The Brook by Paulette Rae

By Paulette Rae

Kirsten unearths herself far from domestic whilst she takes a role within the idyllic Marlborough Sounds, taking good care of a seven 12 months previous woman who misplaced her mom whilst she used to be a child. Sarah is a vivid and bubbly baby, yet her overbearing Grandmother, wealthy and complex, has rules for her grandchild that Kirsten doesn't believe. To make issues worse Kirsten is confronted with the problem of Sarah's mostly absent father Jamie and her roguish uncle Tyler. surprisingly diverse humans, they tolerate one another simply to be with reference to Sarah, the one remnant left of Brook, a lady they either enjoyed. Drawn in via this eclectic family members Kirsten quickly reveals there's extra to their tale than meets the attention. She unearths herself turning to the one one who is prepared to reply to a few of her such a lot urgent questions, Brook herself.

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The application had been made on a whim. Kirsten was desperate to forget a bad experience with a past employer, so the opportunity to flee to the other end of the Island was very inviting. Now she wasn’t so sure. She was also leaving behind fabulous parents and two younger sisters to go and live in a house full of strangers. She had not met Sarah, the little girl she was supposed to be caring for. For all Kirsten knew she could be the demon brat from hell. From what Mrs. Ainsley-Frampton said, Sarah’s mother had died when she was very young.

Set to one side was a small ensuite with a shower over the bath, a toilet and hand basin. The room next to hers was a tiny office which served as a classroom for Sarah. The young girl had never been to a conventional school, so everything she needed was here for home learning, including her own computer. Climbing back down the stairs, they circled the other side of the first floor, finding the downstairs bathroom and toilet, the laundry, a small TV room, formal dining room and large lounge. “We have a cleaner who comes twice a week, but mostly we all pitch in to keep the place tidy,” Beth instructed.

If nothing else the job would be interesting; a challenge she was looking forward to. Nevertheless a storm of butterflies rose in her stomach as the train propelled itself closer to her destination. A small boy in the seat behind her, who had been quiet for most of the trip, but was now obviously bored, poked his smiling face around Kirsten’s seat. His little fingers on one hand gripped the edge of the foam seat from behind. Brown vegemite smears dotted his cheeks, while his other hand clasped the crusty remains of a sandwich.

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