The Stepmother

The Stepmother

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Baker & Taylor
When a lonely widower and father of three grown children marries a much-younger personal trainer, the woman becomes the target of a murderous attack that inadvertently causes the death of her husband, forcing her to prove her innocence by identifying the killer from among her stepchildren. By the author of The Trophy Wife. 35,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
When Steven Armstrong tells his children he has fallen in love, he expects them to be happy that his life as a lonely, sixty-five year old widower is over. Instead their father's intended thirty-three year old personal trainer Charlene Hendricks is exactly the kind of woman they fear. Through marriage she becomes not only the stepmother to his three grown children, but their rival for their father's world class fortune. Suddenly an attack is made on her life. All the children are suspect,but which one has the best motive? Then a second attack backfires and mistakenly kills her husband, making the stepmother a wealthy heiress. Now, it is the children who accuse her of murdering their father. Only by finding the real killer can she prove her innocence.


Blackwell North Amer
When sixty-five-year-old multimillionaire Steven Armstrong tells his three children that he is going to remarry, he expects them to be happy for him. But his new bride isn't the stepmother they have in mind. Charlene "Charlie" Hendricks is his vivacious, thirty-five-year-old personal trainer, the single mother of a teenage daughter. To Steven's midlife children, she is a gold digger who has seduced their father to steal their inheritance. If only there was some way to talk him out of his engagement.
Days before her wedding, Charlie, training for a triathlon, decides to go for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Somewhere in the water an engine begins to rev. Before long a mysterious figure on a speeding Jet Ski makes an attempt on her life. The children head the list of suspects - but which one plotted her death? The oldest son, who runs the family business? The daughter, whose art gallery depends on Steven's generosity? Or the Hollywood son, desperate for funding for his next picture?
But Charlie refuses to give in to their campaign of intimidation. After the wedding, a second attack backfires and mistakenly kills her husband when their whaler is blown up, making her a wealthy heiress. Now Charlie is the most likely suspect, even though it appears that the bomb was intended for her. The children accuse her of murdering their father. Is Charlie a ruthless fortune hunter or the innocent victim of her husband's greedy heirs?

Baker
& Taylor

When a lonely widower and father of three grown children marries a much-younger woman, she becomes the target of an attack that inadvertently causes the death of her husband, forcing her to identify the killer from among her stepchildren.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312337278
0312337272
Branch Call Number: Fiction Dia
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 25 cm

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