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.
The following morning, a bright ray of sunlight made its way in through the opened two-story window of old Sam’s barn. A cool breeze coming in pushed a couple of blond hairs out of place. Taking a careful finger, Annie placed them back under her kapp. Ginger whinnied and snorted.
Annie knew the signals by heart. So did Sam. Grinning, Annie rose from the wooden rocker he had made especially for her and stepped to Ginger, running an affectionate hand over her thick brown mane. “You need attention, don’t you?”
In response, the horse wagged her long neck and clomped an impatient hoof against the cement. Annie reassured the old gal she loved her. After planting a firm kiss on the dirt-brown face that smelled of straw, Annie returned to her spot.
Stepping closer to the artist and his project, she took in old Sam’s passionate expression as he bent over a beautiful oak board and etched lines into wood with great care and detail. Others had attempted to match his uncanny ability to create the very designs that made his work come alive.
Annie remembered what she’d told Levi about something bad turning into something good. Esther’s passing had resulted in Annie’s close friendship with the hope chest designer and his unique talent. She studied the widower’s face and pressed her lips together thoughtfully. It was the poster visage of wisdom and insightfulness. He’d once told her that every line on his skin represented a lesson in life.
She trusted Sam to keep what she said in confidence. And she was certain he wouldn’t judge her. She wanted to talk to him about Levi. She couldn’t go to Mamma. And definitely not to Elizabeth. To talk to them would send out unnecessary alarms and cause more worry. Her journal, unfortunately, didn’t offer desperately needed answers.
She cleared the knot in her throat. “Sam, there’s something I want to ask you.”
He stopped to raise an inquisitive brow. The lines around his eyes deepened. “By the serious tone in your voice, I’m guessing it’s something important.”
She drew in a small sigh. “Uh-huh.”
He blew on the chest lid. Dust particles floated gracefully in the air before settling on the floor. In the background a pair of pigeons fluttered their wings.
“It’s about Levi Miller and me.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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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