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jeanne_moore
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Hi, Cynthia,

Here is the backstory for the main female character in my yet-to-be published contemporary romantic women’s fiction. It still needs more editing before I can think about publishing.

<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Barbara Hamilton Dunbar was orphaned at the age of 10 when her parents were killed in a traffic accident. Her mother’s sister, Clover Burke took her in and became her legal guardian. Shane Spencer’s parents (they were friends with Barbara’s parents), were in the same car were also killed in the accident. Clover took him in as well and became his guardian. He is 5 years older than Barbara. Barbara was a go-getter. A smart achiever, everyone always told her she would go far, that the small coastal community of Moonbeam Shores was too small for her. She set her sights on college and a career. Upon graduating from high school, she left for college at UCLA where she’d gotten a full-ride scholarship for 4 years. She was majoring in business administration and the world was hers. She’d climb the corporate ladder or she’d have a business of her own.  Then she met handsome, charismatic Parker Dunbar. They married as soon as she graduated. She became pregnant and a stay-at-home mother. It became clear that Parker had no intention of giving up womanizing. After 10 years of marriage, Barbara divorced him; he had no interest in his daughter and willingly gave up custody and visitation rights. </span>

<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Without having worked for 10 years, it was difficult for her to find a job. She was working part time doing the books for the landlord/manager of the apartment building she and her daughter moved into after the divorce. After 2 years of barely making ends meet, she receives a letter from her Aunt Clover offering her a job doing the books for and managing the inn Aunt Clover owns in Moonbeam shores, the inn where Barbara grew up.  </span>

 

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