The Covered Bridge\Fallen in Plain Sight\Outside the Circle
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A STRANGE, SHRILL VOICE dragged Abigail from deep sleep. No, it was two voices, one low-pitched, one high. She huddled under her sheet and quilt, then thrashed against them. Dreams had haunted her again—of a couple running through a cornfield, whooping in delight, with Ben leading the way. Ben laughing, knocking over the stalks…running in crazy circles… Had she been dreaming of Ben and Liddy? No. The voices were real. She could hear them right now.
Clutching the covers, Abby sat bolt upright. At least the people weren’t outside her house. Maybe down by the creek, or on the covered bridge. That often funneled sounds her way. Probably rumspringa kids, maybe some she knew. Drinking beer, staying out late, just as she had during her running-around time. Or maybe it was outsiders telling ghost tales on the old bridge where, if you shouted loud enough, your voice echoed. Ja, scaring someone about the Amish girl and Englische boy who hanged themselves there years ago because their love was forbidden.
Despite the fact she was sweating, Abby shivered. She didn’t believe in ghosts but she knew the story: the Amish girl had argued with her lover, saying it was wrong to take a life, but he had convinced her to put he noose around her neck and jump with him into the darkness….
Abby stopped breathing and strained to listen to the high-pitched voice again. Ja, it was a woman’s, strong and strident. Land sakes, couldn’t they quiet down and let a body sleep?
Trying to keep calm, Abby fumbled on her bedside table for her flashlight, clicked it on and shot its beam toward her battery-run clock. It was 4:14 a.m.! Now she’d never get back to sleep. She had to get up before dawn to make more mushroom chutney and relish for the Saturday farmers’ market. And she wanted to take a loaf of friendship bread over to her new neighbors across the creek, plus harvest more mushrooms.
Her feet hit the rag rug on the floor, and she found her slippers by feel. Though her place was six miles out of town, and the nearest Amish farm was two miles away, she’d lived here for years, first with both grandparents and then just with Grossmamm. She’d never felt afraid here, she told herself, and she didn’t now. She knew Wild Run Woods behind the house, Killibuck Creek—really a river—and the old bridge better than anyone. And people had better learn to be quiet at night! As she wrapped a shawl around her flannel nightgown, another thought hit her. Maybe the folks who had taken over the old Hostetler house across the creek had gone down to the bridge and were arguing. If she were the woman who had just moved into that run-down place, she might be shouting, too.
By now her curiosity was as awake as she was. In the front room, she knelt by the window she’d left cracked in the crisp September air, and raised the sash a bit higher. The woman’s voice wasn’t Amish in tone or rhythm. Abby couldn’t be sure, but the man must be a modern, too. This part of Eden County had folks who weren’t Amish, but they all had the good sense not to be disturbing the peace this time of night.
Copyright © 2012 by Harlequin Books S.A.
The publisher acknowledges the copyright holders of the individual works as follows:
THE COVERED BRIDGE
Copyright © 2012 by Karen Harper
FALLEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
Copyright © 2012 by Martha Johnson
OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE
Copyright © 2012 by Patricia MacDonald
In Dark Crossings, three beloved authors present a romantic, suspenseful trio of tales set amid the Amish.
In “The Covered Bridge” by Karen Harper, Abigail is overjoyed to see Benjamin Kline return to the fold. But when mysterious happenings in their Amish village threaten Abby, can Ben save her and their future? Marta Perry’s “Fallen in Plain Sight” finds the relationship between Sarah and Jacob growing beyond friendship, until a series of accidents puts their faith—and newfound love—to the test. Isaac Bowman is an outsider in Patricia Davids’ “Outside the Circle,” but Lena extends kindness to the widower and his daughter. When a ring of poachers divides the town, Isaac vows to keep Lena safe. But what about the danger to his heart?
Hardcover Book : 320 pages
Publisher: Mira/Harlequin Enterprises ( July 03, 2012 )
Item #: 13-588051
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.8inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)