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.
Annie’s sister, Lizzie, lowered the pitch of her voice. “Talk is that David Stutzman wants to court you.”
Annie’s brows drew together in a frown. “Now where’d you hear that?”
“At the singing last week.”
Annie considered this development. She liked David very much. She didn’t know him well, but he was nice. His parents were well-respected farmers who owned a lot of cattle and specialized in dairy. David was two years older than her. He was…jovial.
“Annie, the family’s honest and hardworking. There’s no better man in town than his father. And word has it that David’s just like him.”
Annie gave a dismissive shrug. “He seems shy.”
Lizzie raised her voice. “Annie, he’s not. Oh…” She stopped herself.
“What were you going to say?”
Lizzie’s voice was edged with uncertainty. “Maybe he’s just bashful around you.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“It’s just that…sometimes…” She took a decisive breath and met Annie’s defensive gaze. “I imagine boys might be a little intimidated by your directness. I mean, maybe you shouldn’t say so much? Other girls aren’t quite so…verbal. I know you don’t mean to scare boys off.”
Annie squared her shoulders and took in her sister’s uncertain expression. “Do you know how ridiculous that sounds? Why on earth would I hide what I’m feeling? I don’t want to be anything other than straight to the point. Still, I don’t know how I could scare anyone off.” She shook her head in dismay. “And if a man’s afraid of me ’cause I speak my mind, maybe he’s not enough for me.”
Lizzie’s eyes doubled in size.
“I’m serious. I don’t know what my future holds, but I am sure of this: whoever spends his life with me will have to take me the way I am. And if I don’t marry?” She lifted her palms to the ceiling. “So be it. I want someone who likes me for me. Nothing less.”
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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