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  • When their mother dies in childbirth, Emma Thatcher who has been the nanny to his 3 children but now has an infant to care for. The children grow up and Frederick becomes rich and successful. He and Emma marry, as it turns out right before his death, and his will becomes a source of trouble between the children and Emma.

    - Written by Rebecca Fennig <beckles@earthlink.com>
  • After his wife passes away in childbirth, inventor Frederick Smith looks to Emma Thatcher, his housekeeper and nanny to add the motherless newborn and three older siblings to her charge. She performs this job faithfully for 32 years, over which time one of Smith's patents makes him a millionaire. As the decades go by, his children grow to adulthood under her nurturing care. They enjoy all the advantages that great wealth brings as Isabelle marries a count, and Ronnie, the youngest and Emma's favorite, buys his own plane and realizes his dream to be a pilot. With all the children grown, Emma decides to take her first vacation, but she and Smith realize that he and the family could not do without her nurturing care, so he impulsively asks her to marry him, and her trip to the Niagra Falls turns into their honeymoon. Unfortunately, Smith succumbs to a heart attack upon their return. The family lawyer discloses that Smith, not trusting the maturity of his offspring, has left control of his estate to Emma, who as executrix would allocate the distribution of the money to her stepchildren. Emma modestly rejects the provision and believes the money should go directly to the Smith children. However, when three of them accuse her of greed and avaricious motives, she angrily throws them out of the house. Ronnie remains loyal to his de facto mother, but while he is out of the country, his vindictive siblings go to the district attorney with circumstantial evidence, and Emma finds herself facing charges of murder.

    - Written by duke1029@aol.com
  • After decades of raising the motherless Smith children, housekeeper Emma Thatcher is faced with resentment when she marries their father.

    - Written by duke1029@aol.com


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