Luck of the Draw
Stella's husband, Rolf, is a professional poker player, traveling the country, following the game. While Rolf always says that he has 'the luck of the draw' - Stella has her doubts.
With Rolf mostly gone, Stella and her four children live in a 20 foot camper, traveling from town to town. Sometimes Rolf wins big, showering them with gifts and money, sometimes he takes what little they had to stake the next game.
Then one morning Rolf returns, handing Stella the deed to a lakeside property in Ohio.
She races to claim the house, thinking their luck had finally changed for the better...instead, the house is hidden in a jungle of weeds and ramshackle old buildings.
Determined to make this grim, lifeless old house into a home, Stella digs in her heels and battles weeds and wild animals, finding unexpected allies along the way. But in the end, Stella must decide just how far she is willing to go to keep this home for her family.
I. C. Talbot left a lifetime's worth of short stories to her daughter K. A. Jordan when she passed away. K. A. Jordan edits these tales and publishes them.
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