by Lisa Jones Baker
GENRE: Inspirational (Amish)
Annie Mast and Levi Miller were childhood best friends until his father was shunned. Now, 10 years later, Levi returns to Arthur, Il, and he and Annie discover their bond is as strong as ever. Soon they begin imagining a future together, but that’s unlikely to happen. Levi is part of the English world, and Annie is Amish. But together, with love on their side, they may just find their way to an answered prayer.
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Levi closed his eyes for a moment and Annie’s beautiful face popped into his mind. He took a deep breath to gather his composure.
Their childhood had been ripped apart. Yet ten years later, they had immediately picked up where they’d left off, as if they’d never been separated. This time, leaving her would be different from before. He planned to stay in touch. I want more. For some reason, he needed her like he needed air. Their friendship was strong. In a strange way, it was as if she was part of him. Perhaps it was because they knew each other so well. He could write her. Call the phone shanty her family shared with the neighbors, too, though he didn’t want to cause a stir in her community.
It didn’t take much to start talk. He wouldn’t cause her pain. In the Amish world, Annie didn’t have many choices. In the plain faith, men and women had set roles. If gossip started about him and Annie, she’d never be able to escape the community’s wrath. He wouldn’t be here to endure it, but she would. He needed to protect her. To do that, he must end their happy relationship.
A strong bolt of lightning stopped his thoughts. The cracking sound was so loud, he jumped. In a split second, bright orange flames sprang from the barn’s roof. He blinked to make sure he hadn’t imagined the fire.
Catching a surprised breath, he ran out into the hall and shouted, “Uncle Marlin! The barn’s on fire!”
Lisa Jones Baker is a multi-published author with Kensington Books. Her debut book of THE HOPE CHEST OF DREAMS series, REBECCA’S BOUQUET, won a Publishers Weekly starred review. A former teacher with a BA degree in French education, Lisa has been on 5 out of 7 continents, is a dog lover, enjoys positive thinkers , volunteering in her church’s food pantry, and strong female characters.
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