Elizabeth was on a two-week vacation at her aunt and uncle’s in Center Lovell, Maine.

Grandmother invited her to visit.

And that was that. Grandma hadn’t called her here today simply to receive medical advice. She needed Elizabeth to do what she’d been unable, or perhaps, unwilling, to do all these years: find the identity of the mysterious woman in her ex-husband’s pocket watch.

“Grandma, I understand why you’re curious, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious too, but…I’m going to school to be a nurse, not a detective. I wouldn’t even know where to begin.”

Grandma waved her hand dismissively. “You’re a smart girl. You’ll find a way.”

Elizabeth held up the pocket watch. “And how am I supposed to do that, exactly?” I can’t just walk around showing the picture to people and asking them. ‘Do you know this woman?'”

Her grandmother scowled. “This is just like you, Elizabeth. Trying to avoid hard work just to make your life easier.”

“I’m not…! Elizabeth took a deep breath and forced herself to calm down. “Look, if you had anything to go on besides the picture, then maybe–“

Grandmother gave Elizabeth a telling clue…


About C.E.Robinson

Christine Elizabeth Robinson, a former nurse practitioner ventures into the world of fiction to write books. Published in May 2022, THREE YEARS OF HER LIFE, a historical fiction, comes from her love of researching family history. A background as a published poet, experience in writing fiction, non-fiction and screenplays, is an advantage in her writing career. Christine lives in Southern California. A sequel to the debut book, BEYOND THREE YEARS OF HER LIFE, in progress, will be available in 2023. The plot explodes and the characters evolve, moving forward. Even their victories create conflict and consequences. http://cerobinsonauthor.com
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  1. GP says:

    Oh, you do like to keep us hanging, don’t you, Christine?!

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  2. Timothy Price says:

    “You’re a smart girl. You’ll find a way.” That will get you going. The nursing school detective would make a good title.

    Liked by 1 person

    • C.E.Robinson says:

      (laughing) A catchy title I never thought of. Too late now, it’s already a finished cover. Three Years of Her Life has two meanings. Elizabeth was 3 years in nursing school. And it took her 3 years to uncover Grandfather’s secret. 📚🎶 Christine

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  3. A tantalizing titbit, Christine.

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