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By Jenn McKinlay

An all-new sequence from New York occasions bestselling writer Jenn McKinlay

Not basically is Scarlett Parker’s love existence within the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont may say—it’s additionally long past viral with an embarrassing video. So while Viv indicates Scarlett depart Florida to put low in London, she hops at the subsequent aircraft around the pond. Viv is the owner of Mims’s Whims, a girls’ hat store on Portobello street bequeathed to either cousins by means of their liked grandmother, and she or he wishes Scarlett to ultimately sign up for her within the millinery business.

But a couple of surprises look forward to Scarlett in London. First, she is met on the airport now not by way of Viv, yet through her good-looking enterprise supervisor, Harrison Wentworth. moment, Viv—who has a few whims of her own—seems to be lacking. nobody is simply too considering the unpredictable Viv until eventually one in every of her posh consumers is located lifeless donning the cloche hat Viv made for her—and not anything else. Is Scarlett’s cousin in difficulty? Or is she in hiding?

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I dragged myself upstairs. I debated looking out Viv’s room, however it was once already well beyond middle of the night and that i figured if her room used to be something like her laptop or her table it should supply me a sizzling headache. it may well wait until eventually day after today, then. With face washed and the teeth brushed, I climbed in among my chilly sheets. I pretended to run in position to hot the sheets up and once they weren't so icy, I lay nonetheless and listened to the rain beat at the glass window as though trying to find a tiny crack or crevice to sneak its manner into the nice and cozy condo. i used to be extra damage and offended at Harrison’s insinuation that I had anything to do with Viv’s disappearance than I loved. It shouldn’t have afflicted me that he idea so lowly of me. even so, didn’t i believe an identical factor approximately him? I questioned if it troubled him. There needed to be the way to song the place Viv had long past: receipts, billing statements, whatever. high-quality, possibly she used to be out of mobile phone diversity and with spotty entry to her email. nonetheless, i wished to work out proof that she had received airplane tickets or made a inn reservation someplace. having said that, as her company supervisor, did Harrison do this for her? If he did, why didn’t he inform me? simply because he had anything to conceal. It used to be the single rationalization. good, the following day he may well simply clarify it to the police. I didn’t care what my mom or Aunt Grace stated. I had a humorous feeling approximately Viv being lacking that I couldn’t shake, and that i was once going to record her lacking the next day. We’d simply see how Mr. Harrison Wentworth felt approximately that. Ha! The final notion that flitted via my head sooner than I conked out used to be that for the 1st time in days, I felt as though i used to be getting a bit of myself again. i used to be making judgements and taking motion. It felt stable. • • • I used to be nonetheless aggravated with Harrison while I awakened within the morning. I frowned whilst i assumed of him. I couldn’t think that he had, oh so properly, mentioned that i'd be the reason for my cousin’s disappearance. Jerk! i used to be nonetheless hopping mad at him, and if I did see him, i presumed it most probably that i'd now not be ready to squash the urge to kick him, within the shin, after all. the store opened at ten, so I waited till cost arrived for paintings after which i made a decision to take an early morning walk locally. I picked up a sizzling cup of espresso from the Starbucks on Portobello after which made my far more than to Ladbroke street, the place the neighborhood police station sat at the nook. whilst I had determined upon this plan of action this morning, it happened to me that popping in to speak to an individual in regards to the scenario with Viv will be the easiest, as the least bit hysterical, option to deal with the placement. i peeked up on the huge stone construction that housed the Notting Hill police station. It was once intimidating, and for the 1st time I puzzled if I should still cross forward with my plan. It wasn’t as though Aunt Grace or my mom or Harrison appeared overly excited about Viv, yet nonetheless I felt like I may still inform an individual simply in case anything was once unsuitable. I leaned opposed to the stone rail that jutted out from the development whereas I meditated my explanations.

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