If you read this post when it first went up on June 22nd, you’ll know my heroine, Ariel Pennybaker, is a woman who wears many hats (and very sexy lingerie). Well, not only is she juggling her responsibilities and her two men, but she’s also going on tour. Twenty-five blog stops in one day. Even she might get tired! If you’d like to stop by for a quick “hello” here is where we’ll be:
Now, back to the original post:
From WWI Hello Girl … to femme fatale … to philanthropic socialite … some women can juggle many hats one after the other. Or, for that matter, at the same time.
Yet, how many of them can also juggle two very accomplished lovers?
Meet Ariel Pennybaker….
Born Ariel Trumont in the small town of LaSalle, Quebec, Canada to French and German parents. She grew into a beautiful and intelligent young woman with no idea of the twist her life would one day take. Just prior to World War I, Ariel and her parents moved from Canada to the U.S. Ariel went to work for the telephone company.
At the onset of the war Ariel, like many other bi-lingual telephone operators, were recruited by General John J Pershing to become part of his Expeditionary Forces. Their job was to translate communications between the American troops and their French allies. They were referred to as “Hello Girls”. Required to complete basic training and wear military uniforms, it would be decades before they were recognized as veterans, as opposed to civilian employees.
It wasn’t long before the Allied Forces realized Ariel had far more value than just that of a translator. Ariel also spoke fluent German and was recruited for ‘other’ duties over and above those of a telephone operator. Just how far would Ariel go for her adopted country and in the name of liberté?
While stationed in Chaumont, France, Ariel met Hershel Pennybaker, a handsome American doctor. Together, they formed an alliance in the form of a picture-perfect marriage. He would provide her with wealth and an enviable position in post-war New York society. She would act as his beard.
Fast forward a year and a half later. Dr. Pennybaker has died, leaving the young Ariel a grieving widow and sole administrator of the rehabilitation facility he’d established for military veterans. Ariel takes her responsibilities seriously and works very hard to raise money for the facility and carry on her late husband’s legacy.
Now, if she could only get laid.
A chance meeting with a handsome WWI aviator has her imagining thoroughly naughty thoughts. When a second man walks into her life, her naughty thoughts turn downright decadent. What better way to fulfil her fantasies than by sharing both men’s beds.
As tempting as the idea is, Ariel has a huge secret, one she must protect at all costs. And, it’s possible one or both of her lovers is not what he seems.
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