The Family Feud

How to Capture Kate

Kate Collins never had the opportunity to meet her grandparents until her parents’ tragic deaths. She had overheard bits and pieces about the long-standing squabble between her mother and grandfather by eavesdropping on her parents.  This was her first spy-like skill as a child.

Julia Hollingsworth was engaged to Howard Kensington when she first met  her future husband, Travis Collins. She married Travis only a month after meeting him.  Julia never returned home and officially broke off her engagement with Howard.  With her father’s mindset, he would probably have had the marriage annulled anyway.  Edward was determined that she was going to marry his best friend, Richard’s son from pretty much the moment they were born.  Edward could never get over what he considered his daughter’s betrayal.  How dare she marry a man he didn’t approve of first?  Travis wed his daughter without seeking his permission, even thought he knew it would never have been granted.

Edward was determined not to take in a child sired from two parents who obviously had no respect for him or his old-fashioned ways.  As Kate is eavesdropping yet again, she hears her grandfather profess that he doesn’t want her living with him.  Her grandmother is tougher than she looks.  She doesn’t back down, and Kate is allowed to remain in the mansion.

I came up with the matchmaker part of my story from real life.  My mom’s best friend sought her assistance in fixing me up with a family member when I was almost sixteen.  I felt no chemistry with this young man, but he fell in love with me.  Shortly afterwards, sparks flew between me and my husband during the summer.  My mom and her friend continued to try to reconcile me with the relative.  My mom was told by her best friend that he carried my picture around for years.  I had been married for quite a while when his girlfriend called my mom and wanted to know why he was obsessed with me.

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