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Tabor Heights, Ohio: The Family Way -- EPUB

  • Lies, suspicions, and in-laws sabotage Lisa and Todd's marriage.  What can they do when love doesn't seem to be enough?

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Release Date:
February 1, 2010
Cover Artist:
Jenifer Ranieri

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Everything is going right for Lisa. Her comic strip is becoming a book, and she is pregnant -- finally, her critical father-in-law will admit she is a good wife.

Todd comes home in a foul mood and destroys her happy announcement with: "Is it mine?"

He tries to make things right, but everything he does only worsens Lisa's pain because he has never learned to apologize. Their marriage disintegrates, until his own sisters urge Lisa to leave him. Todd slowly, painfully learns to face family secrets, and break free of his father's poisonous influence.

Lisa knows she must forgive and learn to love Todd again, even as she wonders why. Todd never loved her, so why try to make their marriage work?


Lindsey, Todd's oldest sister and her husband, Kevin stood in the hall. They were both dressed up for an evening out; suits and high heels, that cashmere coat that looked so good on Kevin, and Lindsey had her hair swept up with the blue and pearl clips Lisa had given her for her birthday.

A stab of envy shot through Lisa, followed by a sharp hunger pang. They were going out for dinner. How long had it been since Todd took her out?

"You're not ready," Lindsey said, after looking Lisa up and down. She chuckled. "Are we early again?"

"Ready for what?" Lisa stood back and beckoned for them to come in. The mantel clock in her office chimed the half hour.

"Yep," Kevin said. "We're early. How's the cartoon business treating you, Lisa?"

"Fine." She looked back and forth between the McNeals, feeling grubbier with each passing second. "What's going on?"

"Todd said you two had something important to tell everybody, so he made reservations at the Mediterranean." Lindsey took a step closer, her blue eyes narrowing a little as she looked over Lisa¿s baggy jeans and sweatshirt. "Don't tell me my idiot brother forgot to tell you what time?"

"He didn't bother inviting me." Her throat closed for a minute, then Lisa swallowed hard and tried to smile. "Look, whatever is going on, I'm really not in the mood. I spent the whole day bent over my desk and my head hurts -- "

"What do you mean, Todd didn't invite you?" Kevin said. He and Lindsey exchanged glances. "He asked us to pick you up, since he had to work late tonight."

"This is the first I've heard of it." Lisa considered Kevin and Lindsey's clothes and tried to think what she had that was ready to put on and didn't need much fussing. She couldn't handle fussing right then.

Then something came to a jolting stop inside her. Why should she put herself out to convenience Todd?

"But ... Todd said the two of you wanted to take us to dinner," Lindsey said. "He's been a jerk again, hasn't he?"

"Jerk?" She tried not to burst into tears. Or was it hysterical laughter that caught in her throat?

"He's done this since we were little. Instead of just saying he's sorry, he has to buy a present and do something big to make up for what he did."

"Todd certainly has a hard time saying he's sorry, doesn't he?" She forced her lips into a smile.

Why hadn't she ever seen this before? Todd never said he was sorry when he forgot something they had planned, or he let her down. He made a big fuss the next time they went out together, or he brought her flowers or a full Chinese dinner and rented her favorite movies so they could spend an evening just goofing off at home together. Lisa had always thought he was just being romantic.

It was easier for him to spend money than say he was sorry.

Probably because he wasn't sorry, just doing what it took to keep her quiet and content.

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