Shannon here: Laura V. Hilton shares a romantic excerpt from her latest Amish Romance, The Bird House. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Sept 7 – 11 to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Sept 19th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Laura:
Greta’s diary, 2012
Who I am, and all I believe, is marred with just one glance into angry steel-blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is sin. Pure becomes tainted, and lines are blurred. It’s my fault; I’m the one who isn’t strong enough. I’ve been damaged, broken. Josh’s words haunt me: “There’s a consequence for every choice you make.”
The hairs rose on the back of Greta Miller’s neck, and her skin prickled the way it did whenever someone stared at her. She should be used to the attention. Used to feeling like a caged circus animal, with all the tourists who came into the Amish Country Store.
But this seemed different somehow. She turned away from the boxes of cereal she’d been unpacking, and her eyes met Joshua Yoder’s penetrating gaze.
He stood stock-still, not ten feet away, his hand holding his hat slightly above his head, as if he’d stopped mid-lift. His blue eyes narrowed.
Her mouth went dry. Her chest hammered.
“Greta….” He lowered his hat to his side and approached, a smile slowly forming on his lips.
Nein. She couldn’t deal with him and those emotions today. Or any day.
She fled down the aisle and ducked inside the door marked “Employees Only.” She would find some work to do in back until her shift ended.
As she dashed past the employee break room, she glanced at the clock. Fifteen minutes till she got off.
He should be long gone by then.
She wiped away a renegade tear.
After Greta clocked out, she made a few purchases—a bottle of olive oil, a jar of yeast, a fresh pineapple, and several avocados—and surveyed the store. Nein sign of Josh. She sagged with relief.
“Bye, Greta.” Her cousin Rachel waved from the cereal aisle, where she’d taken over the task of unloading boxes.
Greta waved back on her way out the door. “See you tomorrow.”
Greta stepped outside and into strong masculine arms that swept her up against a solid chest and swung her around and around.
She screamed, trying to pull away.
The man stopped swinging and released her waist.
His hands immediately cupped her face, and he pressed his lips against hers. Hard. They softened as they moved, igniting an unexpected fire.
She couldn’t keep from responding. Something inside her flared to life. She had a brief taste of peppermint before reality set in.
Nobody had the right to kiss her. Not anymore.
She shoved her hands against his firm chest. “Joshua Yoder!”
He let go with a wink, then bent and retrieved his hat, which had fallen off sometime during the assault, and plopped it on his head before jogging over to his buggy and jumping in.
Leaving her reeling. In more ways than one.
She grabbed the nearest support beam on the porch and watched him flick the reins and drive off with a grin and a wave.
About Laura: Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse releasing in October 2015. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book planned for April 2016.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer. Learn more and connect:
About the book – The Bird House: Twenty–year–old Greta Miller’s daed has been injured in a farming accident during the summer. The supportive Amish community tries to help out, but Greta and her sister must work outside the home to make ends meet, and so Greta rents a booth at the farmers’ market. Because Greta is still in her rumspringa and free to explore the world, her family selects her to sell her homemade jams, jellies, and preserves to Englischers.
Josh Yoder wants to court Greta, but years ago, he made the mistake of rejecting her during a seemingly innocent game; which resulted in him leaving the Amish. Three years later, he’s back, but Greta wants nothing to do with him. Josh struggles to fit in and rebuild relationships he destroyed. Knowing Greta’s family needs help, he steps in, hoping to win her back. When Greta admires one of his birdhouses, he gives it to her, hoping that it will open the door to more.
But as their friendship begins to grow, a series of unfortunate events pull Greta away from the Amish, leaving her rejected by those she loves. Will Greta get beyond her family’s distrust and return home? Will she prove her innocence? Or will she remain outside her Amish community?
Question for Readers: Have you ever kept a diary or journal?
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