Written by Meredith, best friend to Charlotte Bessette
From A Cheese Shop Mystery by Avery Aames
Hi, all. Meredith, chiming in. Charlotte and I have been best friends for forever. How long? Oh, I don't know, maybe kindergarten. Except I remember playing in a playpen with her, so probably before kindergarten. But our first memories are when we have pictures in kindergarten. Both of us in tutus. Pink with sparkles. Talk about looking silly!
I have such great memories of times spent with Charlotte. Chatting in my bedroom, listening to music, painting our toenails. Oh, and get this. She was always chasing the boys. When she was seven, she had this one guy she liked a lot, Jimmy, and she chased him behind a tree and kissed him every day for a month. Okay, I did the same thing with Davey. We were both boy crazy.
At one point, she liked my older brother, Freddy. He's so cute. He was a gymnast in school. Really active and coordinated. Not like me. I could dance and run, but I didn't have any coordination otherwise. I was into books. Books, books, books, that's me. I'm a teacher now. In fact, I was the teacher for Charlotte's nieces last year. They're not really her nieces. They're her cousin's children, but she calls them nieces. It's a long story. I'm madly in love with their father, Matthew. Another long story.
Anyway, I'm so excited. I'm trying to get the funding to change a long-abandoned winery in Providence into a liberal arts college. We could really use higher education. Many of our high school students don't want to leave the area. And there are many more in Ohio who would really like to live in Providence. It's such a charming little town. There are artists and musicians and, well, so many who would love to live here.
At the beginning, Charlotte was really excited about having a fund-raiser, but then she thought a little more about where I want to throw the party--at the winery, of course--and she got cold feet. Yes, the winery has a little history. Okay, a lot of history. A pretty weird family lived there. The man who owned the place was a cold unfeeling man. His wife was possibly a little cuckoo. Their son...need I go on? Charlotte's freaked out and I'd really like her to calm down. The family is gone. The history is past. The place is empty and ready for an overhaul. I'm thinking a fondue party would be perfect.
What do you think? What can I say to convince her it's going to be just fine? I'm inviting art students to commemorate the event. Isn't that perfect? One of them is my talented niece, Quinn. Perfect, right?
I'm open to your thoughts.
Oh, P.S., my author wanted to say a few words because LOST AND FONDUE is coming out in a few weeks.
This from Avery:
I'm running a month-long "launch" contest. The rules are on the home page of my website: Avery Aames. Follow the instructions and you could win a fondue pot or bookstore certificates. Check it out!
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