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Damaged: A gripping short read, the perfect escape for an hour

Язык: Английский
Год издания: 2018 год
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      Damaged: A gripping short read, the perfect escape for an hour
Barbara Taylor Bradford

A gripping and dramatic short read from the master storyteller Barbara Taylor Bradford.Beautiful, artistic and creative, Allison Jones is a force to be reckoned with. Growing up amongst a family of men, she is the treasured gem at the heart of a large and boisterous clan of cops.After the tragic death of her mother, Allison had thrown herself into her work, but then she meets Mike. Neither one of them is prepared for the power and intensity of their love for each other.So, when tragedy strikes, Allison’s life is derailed once again. Her over-protective family have looked out for her all her life, but they cannot protect her from herself…

Copyright (#u524cd948-53e5-5614-83bf-bb7d463954d7)

Published by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd

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First published in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers 2018

Copyright © Barbara Taylor Bradford 2018

Cover layout design © HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd 2018

Cover photographs © Shutterstock.com (http://shutterstock.com/)

Barbara Taylor Bradford asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

A catalogue copy of this book is available from the British Library.

This novel is entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental.

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on screen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, down-loaded, decompiled, reverse engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical, now known or hereinafter invented, without the express written permission of HarperCollins.

Ebook Edition © January 2018 ISBN: 9780007503438

Version: 2017-11-02

For Bob, with all my love always.

Table of Contents

Cover (#u55ccea6b-2fb0-56c3-9db6-b5f37a8f6132)

Title Page (#u5da8bdd8-4319-5452-a175-d84bdb4ebd02)

Copyright (#u33c548c9-2e0e-57a9-83f5-11c42a0aa8d3)

Dedication (#u276209f6-7541-5d86-a43f-155ce0febe52)

Aftermath (#u760ea363-ea47-53ab-b20f-46980fd66fa3)

Allison (#uf6f04916-b62c-56cd-b60d-741f0700bf62)

The Beginning (#u20004732-7f43-5be2-bfd3-d5b19e8ee890)

Allison and Jimmy (#ua36dd2d7-7b78-5879-8edb-091e98ea8d0a)

Mike (#u36d28d8d-0f5c-5f78-a32b-9abce55b292c)

Allison and Mike (#uf354aa48-e5db-5dbb-9ef7-b70bcadac28d)

The Jones Family (#litres_trial_promo)

Allison and Peter (#litres_trial_promo)

Peter (#litres_trial_promo)

Allison, Kevin and Mike (#litres_trial_promo)

Mike, Peter and Allison (#litres_trial_promo)

Mike and Allison (#litres_trial_promo)

Kevin (#litres_trial_promo)

Allison and Mike (#litres_trial_promo)

Mike (#litres_trial_promo)

Allison and Peter (#litres_trial_promo)

Defeated (#litres_trial_promo)

Allison (#litres_trial_promo)

Renewal (#litres_trial_promo)

Mike (#litres_trial_promo)

Allison (#litres_trial_promo)

Allison (#litres_trial_promo)

Mike and Allison (#litres_trial_promo)

Keep Reading … (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Author (#litres_trial_promo)

Books by Barbara Taylor Bradford (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Publisher (#litres_trial_promo)

Aftermath (#u524cd948-53e5-5614-83bf-bb7d463954d7)

Allison (#u524cd948-53e5-5614-83bf-bb7d463954d7)

Manhattan

Allison needed a drink. Her brother, Jimmy, had made his usual foray to her rented room, picked the lock, and dumped her precious stash of Tullamore Dew down the drain. It felt like Jimmy and her dad were on speed dial at every liquor store in New York’s Five Boroughs. The minute she cobbled together enough money to pick up a pint of cheap whiskey, the proprietor would pick up the phone and rat her out. After she had paid, of course.

Cops! She was surrounded by cops. It was the Jones family’s curse. You were either a cop or a drunk; her father, her brother, her uncle, three cousins … all were cops. Even her mother, her beautiful, iconoclastic mother, had been a cop. Shot dead by a sixteen-year-old punk trying to make a name for himself. The whole family were cops, except for Allison. She was the drunk. Someone had to do it.

And drunks needed to drink.

That need was not the only thing propelling Allison Jones towards West Forty-Fifth Street on this bitingly cold November night. She needed to be with people. She needed the rowdiness of an Irish bar, the smell of shepherd’s pie mingled with corned beef and cabbage, and beer. She needed to hear laughter. When, she wondered absently, as she waited for the light to change, had she last laughed? Not just pretended she was having a good time so some guy would buy her another drink.

Never, maybe.

But even as that bitter thought came, she knew it wasn’t true. There was a time, not long ago, when joy and laughter and love were as familiar to her as the emptiness was now. Once she had a big, loud, loving Irish family. Once she had had a career, owned a thriving business.
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