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    Acts of Kindness
    Claudia's Shadow
    Daddy's Girl
    Dream Train
    Dreaming In Color
    Fresh Air
    Gentle Stranger
    Gifts of Love
    Grace Notes
    Hidden Meanings
    Intimate Friends
    Julia's Sister
    Leftover Dreams
    Love Life
    Matters of the Heart
    Meet Me In Time
    Mixed Emotions
    Moments of Meaning
    Mood Indigo
    Night Magic
    Painted Lives
    Parting Gifts
    Perfect Fools
    Pieces of Dreams
    Running Away
    Somebody's Baby
    Sudden Moves: The sequel to Fresh Air
    Sweeter Music
    Times of Triumph
    Where Is The Baby?
    The Young Person's Dreambook

    Katharine Marlowe Titles
    Heart's Desires

Daddy's Girl

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Katharine Marlowe

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by Charlotte Vale-Allen

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Mattie Sylvester, widow of one of America's most celebrated painters, spends most of her time gazing out to sea on an island off the Atlantic Coast, reviewing her past, and remembering.

Her new secretary, Sarah Kidd, is fascinated by the eccentric household and its mistress--the elegant, feisty and brooding Mattie. Slowly an unlikely bond forms between the two women as Mattie talks about the past--her early life, her circle of artist friends in the 1920's, her handsome, charming, sexual wizard of a husband, and their sons--but Sarah is shocked as the remembrances give way to a simmering rage.

As they talk through the nights, Sarah learns the truth about Gideon Sylvester and the incredible enormity of the crime he committed against his wife.