Nicolette has learned all the lessons her mother, taught. Some of them too well.
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She found rhubarb and added it to her basket. Mother called rhubarb poor manís strawberry for the sweetness of its stalks. During the war, people boiled the leaves as a substitute for spinach or collards. Many deaths followed the ingestion of the poisonous leaves of poor manís strawberries.
Nicolette hurried. Anna Marie couldnít handle the twins for long, and fatherís gout was, by now, unbearable. Overnight, his elbow had swelled to the size of a melon. She could only imagine his pain; her own heartaches, in comparison, were minor.