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.
“I hope you don’t mind, but there’s something I came to talk to you about,” Annie began. “It’s…confidential.”
Rebecca winked. “I’m a good secret keeper.” Suddenly, her lips dropped and the tone of her voice changed. “I hope your family’s all right. Your mamma...”
Annie gave an immediate shake of her head. “My folks are fine. And really, it’s nothing having to do with health. It’s personal.” She cleared her throat, feeling embarrassed. She felt a bit selfish coming to busy Rebecca for a problem about herself but desperately needed to confide her dilemma or she would go crazy.
She carefully considered her next words, then she straightened her shoulders and lifted her chin, looking straight into her friend’s intense eyes. “Rebecca, you’ve got it all.” She glanced from side to side. “And your relationship with William; well, it seems too good to be true. But was there ever a time when you had something come between you?”
When Rebecca didn’t respond, Annie went on. “I’m sure your relationship must have been challenged in some way when you helped William’s dad in Indiana.”
Rebecca hesitated. “Challenged is putting it mildly,” she finally said. “Annie, I came close to losing him. Everything.”
Annie sat up straight with interest. Despite the serious confession, she smiled with relief. “I knew I could talk to you, Rebecca. You’re the one person who might understand what I’m going through with Levi Miller.”
Rebecca lifted a surprised brow.
“When we were kids, Levi and I were best friends.”
Rebecca’s eyes lit up as she took a drink and returned her glass to the wooden coaster, ice cubes jiggling. “I remember. You guys were practically joined at the hip.”
Annie lowered her gaze to the table and fidgeted with her hands on her lap. She tapped the toe of her black shoe against the shiny hardwood floor. Moments later, she met Rebecca’s gaze and went on. “As you know, he was back for the wedding.”
Rebecca nodded eagerly. “We were so happy to see him.”
“Me too. It gave us a chance to catch up.”
Rebecca stopped what she was doing and sat very still. Annie took in the uncertain expression on her face, as if she wasn’t sure what to expect.
Annie’s voice cracked with emotion. “And Rebecca, something happened. Something so wrong.”
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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