A Kept Woman by Louise Bagshawe

By Louise Bagshawe

Diana Foxton has all of it. wealthy, British and lovely she is married to the pinnacle of a publishing empire and fills her days with lunches, inside adorning and garments buying. by no means out of the society pages, she hosts the main noted events in big apple and makes being the precise spouse an paintings shape. Then she discovers her husband is having an affair, her glamorous bubble is burst and she or he unearths herself with none cash or any skills, avoided via the glittering society that when embraced her. by myself for the 1st time, she takes the single activity she will get, and settles awkwardly right into a very assorted existence. yet can she make it on her personal? And why does her new boss, the good-looking Michael Cicero, take rather a lot excitement in observing her fight?

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It took him a week to find Seth Green: a smart, gay kid at NYU with a mad talent for drawing. He knocked out a version of The Owl and the Pussycat in three days. Joe's father gave them a break on the printing run, and Green Eggs had its first book. Then all he had to do was sell it. He didn't have a dollar for advertising, but he had passion. Michael loaded up copies of Owl into a knapsack and cycled round every kindergarten, and x6 library in Manhattan. For every nine 'no's, he got one 'yes'. After a month he had sold every copy.

It was good to be marrying a man who other people talked about. ' 'Businessmen should be ruthless, shouldn't they? Anyway, under Ernie, profits went up. ' 'I don't, but people say he was still pretty cut-throat, even by modern publishing standards. He fired over a thousand people. He closed a printing operation--' Diana shivered. She didn't like to think of people losing their jobs. ' 'Why would he? ' 'I don't know too much about his business. ' Milla recalled the nasty jokes that had circulated in Private Eye and decided not to share them with the bride to be.

But things like that help with the business. You needn't plan it, just keep the twenty-first free. ' Ernie grunted. Diana pouted. ' It was the way to his heart; or at least to his wallet. Ernie liked spending money where it showed. Fast cars, flashy jewels. Maybe her engagement ring was just a little vulgar, it was so large, but Diana had never complained about it. big? ' Ernie nodded. ' He ignored his young wife's knowing smile. She thought one would turn into two or three. But if he didn't like what she produced, it wouldn't.

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