By Maggie Shayne

After witnessing a brutal crime, Jasmine Jones left city with not anything yet her seven-year-old son and the construction blocks of a complete new id. And even though she hadn't intended to mislead the close-knit Texas manufacturers, claiming to be their new neighbor, Jenny Lee, was once her in basic terms probability at survival. Jasmine notion her mystery was once secure - until eventually one model begun asking questions...

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