Heart of Palms by Holly L. Aasen

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Heart of Palms is a series involving a wealthy family that is unknowingly manipulated by a palm reader close to the family, who is in actuality only out to achieve her own goals at all costs. She has dedicated her life to a small religious sect that worships Eris, the goddess of chaos, in order to demonstrate the superiority of the religion over common mainstream religions. In order to reach her goals, this family and those associated with them will naively become pawns in her game, altering their lives out of a whirlwind of chaos, danger, and malice.

Episode 9

The butler introduced the sisters to an unexpected visitor. The girls were delighted to meet this handsome neighbor who so thoughtfully came by to introduce himself and brought a large basket of fruit to welcome them. His name was Thomas and he explained how he was staying at a house down the road. He wasn’t a resident but often stayed in the neighborhood as a favor to the homeowners when they were on an extended vacation. He explained how he knew many of the residents, including the director that owned this house, because he was an architect who helped design many of the homes in the neighborhood. Housesitting was fun since he was single and he would never be able to afford such extravagant mansions.

Thomas stayed for a while and showed the girls details about the home and the surrounding area. Lily noticed that Ella was behaving quite differently. She was giggling way too much and kept twirling her hair nervously. Lily had never seen her this way. She was actually flirting with Thomas. He was quite a bit older but in great shape and very charming. Lily decided to dismiss herself and venture out to the pool in order to leave them alone. Eventually, Thomas and Ella made dinner plans for the next evening.

Meanwhile, Ivy was trying to help Veronica who had been on a downward spiral. Between the investigation into her husband’s poisoning, the investigation into her business and both of her daughters leaving, Veronica was deeply depressed. Her life had been turned upside down and this usually calm and cool businesswoman was drinking more than usual, sleeping more than usual, and even working less than usual. Ivy knew she had to do something to break her out of this dark cloud she was under.

Ivy thought about it and decided that in all likelihood, Veronica’s marriage was over and she could no longer continue to counsel her to stay with him. Instead she needed something or someone to light a spark in her. Ivy had an idea but it would take some time and planning. Perhaps, she could advance Veronica to a position of even higher power if she got together with just the right person. First she decided that she would insist on a new tarot card reading. It had been a long time since she had read her cards and she must know what the universe had in store for her. She needed a new direction in her life. Ivy would then plant the seed in Veronica’s mind that a new romance was on the horizon. She needed to open her self and her heart to embrace this romance in her life. This would not be easy, Veronica had closed herself off to any thought of men since she was still married and didn’t see divorce as an option given the stake she had in the company. Vote below on what will happen next or if reading in email click Take our Poll.

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