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.
Annie returned her journal to old Sam’s beautiful gift. As the light, pleasant scent of oak filled her nostrils, she smiled. The smell prompted comfort. She closed the lid with great care and focused on the recipe. She traced her finger over the ingredients that Sam had engraved with such expertise.
She blinked at the sudden sting of tears. While her hand lingered on Sam’s work, she allowed her mind to wander. Something about this sentimental piece pulled her to it every evening. It had become a significant part of her life. Because buried inside lay her innermost thoughts. Things she didn’t dare share with anyone, not even old Sam. Written between the lines were her greatest fears. Her strongest loves. Her secret dreams.
For a blissful moment, she closed her eyes and dared to imagine a future with the man she’d loved her entire life. She even envisioned them with children. In her own home, the very house Levi built especially for her. At Pebble Creek.
She imagined manicuring the front yard hedge and planting tiny petunia plants in front.
Before getting into bed, Annie knelt beside the oversize comforter and squeezed her eyes closed. She pressed her palms together and quietly said the Lord’s Prayer.
“Dear God, you know me better than I know myself. I pray with all my heart that John Miller will be welcomed back with open arms, just like he’s one of us, and that everyone will forget the past and concentrate on what’s ahead. Please bless my wonderful parents and family. And I thank you for bringing Levi back to me. Lord, I know it looks impossible for us to be together.” She inhaled a shaky breath and pressed her hands together as hard as she could. “But you work miracles. God, I want to remain in the Amish faith. I also long to grow old with Levi. My dream is to be his wife. Please, Lord. Let that happen. Amen.”
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.
You can find her on
Lisa will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
a Rafflecopter giveaway