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Heart of a Secret

Opal’s grandmother has fallen ill and her parents let Elizabeth know she will be leaving school temporarily to go visit her. Instead of taking Opal out of school, Elizabeth offers up her spare bedroom to house her student. Opal’s parents accept the offer.

Abigail heads to the jail to pay Henry a visit. She tells him she is happy he is testifying against the railroad. He tells her he made the deal to save his own skin.

Elizabeth finds out the hard way that babysitting a little girl may not be as easy as it looks. She finds Opal at Abigail’s Café covered in sticky jam, and ends up getting some on her own white blouse. As Elizabeth is washing up, she confides in Abigail that she didn’t realizes the challenges of actually having sole responsibility over a child. Abigail laughs and tells Elizabeth “welcome to parenthood.” Later on that night, Opal has trouble sleeping and tells Elizabeth she is worried about her grandmother. Elizabeth recommends she count her blessings and Opal responds that Elizabeth is one of her blessings.

As Abigail is closing the café, Bill stops by with the mysterious blonde woman Dottie and Florence spotted earlier. He introduces her as Marlise Bennett and says Abigail should stay to hear her story. Marlise tells Abigail that Carson is a doctor who was once married to her sister. She says her sister was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor, but Carson insisted on operating on her anyway and she died on the table. Marlise says it took her two years to track Carson down and now that she has found him in Hope Valley, she wants to sue him for negligence. When Marlise leaves, Bill tells Abigail to not take any actions against Carson until he gathers all the facts.

Rosemary hands out fliers promoting her work at Dottie’s Dress Shop. She corners Shane and offers her services. He tells her he doesn’t think he can afford to hire her as a stylist unless he gets a raise from his boss… Rosemary’s husband, Lee! Dottie confides in Abigail that she is nervous about the lack of business her dress shop is getting, but Rosemary assures her that she will see customers in no time.