2014 – December 30 – Endings and Beginnings

Letter with redacted passages

Love letter from a spy.

On the 30th day, we’re reading “Endings and Beginnings” by Joanne Jagoda.

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“Hey Cass . Aren’t you done? We should be at Denise’s soon. She wants to leave by 2 so we make it to Tahoe before dark.”

“Yeah, I’m almost finished.”

“You’re bringing way too much stuff.”

“I know Rob, but I can’t decide what to take.”

“Why are you in such a crappy mood?”

Souvenir book cover

Anne Donaldson’s Year to Remember.

Anne Donaldson’s Year to Remember has certainly been that. We’ve been through the proverbial wringer with this woman, from her being targeted for extortion, falling in love, working with Mossad, working a sting. It was touch and go for a while for both her and her daughters. Last month she introduced her new man, a normal guy names Sandy, to her kids. It went very well. Happy ending achieved. Nothing more to see here. Move along… or maybe not?

Cassie blurts out, “I did something sneaky … behind Mom’s back.”

“Ooo … this sounds too good. You, Cassie, the Perfect Donaldson Daughter??? Come on Cass, what did you do?”

“Rob, I’m serious. Mom got a letter and I hid it from her.”

“Go on.”

Cass digs under a pile of clothing in her top dresser drawer. “Here … it came a week ago. I was curious when I saw the envelope.”

Robin picks it up and notices the postmark from Scotland. “I don’t get it. Mom doesn’t know anyone in Scotland.”

“Yeah, she does. Read it. “

Turns out our scuzzball stalker/mercenary is free and living in Scotland. He works at a pub and would like nothing more than for Anne to come visit, give him a second chance. He regrets lying to her, deceiving her, trying to kidnap her daughter, etc, etc, etc. That wasn’t the real him.

Is Cassie right to hide the letter and the plane ticket that was enclosed? Anne can be so gullible when there’s a hint of adventure involved. The ending of this final installment may give you a clue. It certainly got my heart pounding.


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I live in beautiful New Castle, Pennsylvania with fellow writer, Susan Urbanek Linville, and a herd of reformed feral cats.

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One Response to 2014 – December 30 – Endings and Beginnings

  1. susan tepper says:

    Joanne, your ending grabbed me by the throat. We women just want to be loved. It’s what makes us fall for the bad boys… Fabulous story cycle!!! Happy 2015!

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