Lunch with Mary Flaherty was coming to and end. Mary’s warmth, sense of humour and even foul mouth had won over Livia, who was usually suspicious of new people. She liked what she saw as Mary’s fundamental honesty, Christian faith and how she was able to interpret the Ten Commandments to suit her needs. Livia liked Mary’s simple knack of making her laugh.
Somehow, through a single meeting, Livia actually trusted this woman, something enjoyed by nobody else except perhaps her own son.
Had Mary not bewitched Livia, she might have thought differently. She was after all a serious rival