He blew in with the storm.
Miriam scurried inside and grabbed a sturdy chair from the nearest table. Part of her wanted call the Brenneman boys--her Rachel’s fiancé Micah would be here in two shakes of a tail--yet she craved some time alone with this stranger. She told herself she was giving him a chance to recover before anyone else saw him in this sorry state—
“If ya don’t mind my drippin’ on your floor, I’ll just rest here for a few.”
Miriam jumped. Why wasn’t she surprised that the man had already stood himself up and come in without her help? He eased into the chair she’d pulled out.
“I’d ask what ya were doin’ here at this crazy hour, in the pitch dark,” he murmured as he looked around, “but I guess that’s none of my business. I’ve got to tell ya, though, it smells so gut I must’ve passed through the pearly gates and into heaven.”
Miriam laughed again in spite of her agitated state. “I'm bakin’ pies and decoratin’ cakes for the bishop’s surprise party tomorrow. Getting the day’s breakfast and lunch started, too,” she replied. “Welcome to the Sweet Seasons Bakery Café…”
From AUTUMN WINDS.
Copyright © 2012 by Charlotte Hubbard
Published by arrangement with Kensington Publishing Corp.
All rights reserved.
Change is blowing through the Amish community of Willow Ridge, Missouri, in Autumn Winds, book two of Charlotte Hubbard’s entrancing Seasons of the Heart series. Surely widow Miriam Lantz feels that when traveling blacksmith Ben Hooley arrives in the doorway of her Sweet Seasons Bakery. Suddenly Miriam experiences a stirring of emotion long missing in her life, even though Ben’s rootlessness gives her pause. Is his arrival providential? It isn’t that Miriam doesn’t have suitors, but Bishop Hiram Knepp is not the type of man she could ever love, and his refusal to take no for an answer is discomfiting. As Ben’s kindheartedness wins over the residents of Willow Ridge, will Miriam open her heart to the love she deserves?
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra Books ( September 01, 2012 )
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