- Author: Rochelle Alers
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Since 1988, nationally bestselling author ROCHELLE ALERS has written more than eighty books and short stories. She has earned numerous honours, including the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Theta Zeta Chapter. A full-time writer, she lives in a charming hamlet on Long Island. Rochelle can be contacted through her website, www.rochellealers.org.
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Twins for the Soldier
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A New Foundation
A NEW FOUNDATION
© 2021 Rochelle Alers
Published in Great Britain 2021
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Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine
by the sides of thine house: thy children
like olive plants round about thy table.
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“Momma was really full of surprises today. I still can’t believe she waited until today to tell us that she bought a condo in a gated community, listed the house with a Realtor, and now she plans to take a two-hundred-forty-five-day around-the-world cruise. But what really threw me for a loop was willing us a dilapidated property and expecting us to restore it.”
Taylor Williamson met his sister’s eyes for a millisecond before he shifted his gaze back to the road and the bumper-to-bumper traffic heading for the tunnel leading into New York. “Firstly, Mom is a widow and an empty nester, and that means she doesn’t need a house with six bedrooms. And she’d always talked about taking an around-the-world cruise when Dad was alive, but she knew he would never go with her because his parents were killed during a boating accident.”
“I’m aware of that, Taylor, but why didn’t we know that Daddy had inherited a mansion he’d planned to restore once he retired?”
“That’s something I can’t answer, Viola.”
“And when Momma asked if you would supervise the restoration of his ancestral home I couldn’t believe you said yes.”
Elise Williamson had waited until her children were all together at the same time to reveal the details of her late husband’s will. Conrad Bainbridge Williamson had left her and their sons and daughter a mansion in northern New Jersey.
“I agreed because it’s something both Mom and Dad wanted. And, don’t forget I wasn’t the only one to agree. Tariq said he was willing to get involved once he finished his postgraduate program, and then later fulfill his obligation at the horse farm. Even Joaquin is willing to become involved as the landscape architect. Only you and Patrick are the holdouts.”
“But that means you have to quit your position at the engineering firm where you’ve just been promoted to an assistant project supervisor.”
A hint of a smile tugged at the corners of Taylor’s mouth. “I know, but if I assume the responsibility of overseeing the restoration, then not only will I supervise my own team, I’ll be working for the family.” His mother had given him two steamer trunks filled with blueprints, floor plans, correspondence and documents linked to Bainbridge House. Conrad had stored the trunks in the attic of the farmhouse with the intent to review them once he retired.
“Right now, you’re the only one in the family that has actually committed. There’s no guarantee that Joaquin and Tariq won’t change their minds a year or two from now.”
Taylor wanted to ask Viola why she insisted on being a Negative Nelly. He really did not want to argue with his sister, not when he’d grown tired of her complaining that she wanted to run her own restaurant kitchen. As a professionally trained chef she had secured a position at an Upper East Side Michelin-starred restaurant. And if she did agree to come on board once the hundred-room mansion was restored to its original magnificence she would have the autonomy she’d craved since graduating culinary school. She would supervise her own staff at the