Anna's Gift (Love Inspired)
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No one in Seven Poplars, Delaware, expects Anna Yodereverto marry. Among her six pretty, petite sisters, big and plain Anna feels like a plow horse. But then Samuel Mast, the handsome widowed father she has secretly loved for years, asks if he can court her. Surely Anna has misheard—Samuel has his pick of lovely brides! She's convinced he seeks a wife only as a mother for his five children. Or could a man like Samuel actually have a very romantic reason for wanting Anna by his side forever?
should we make two trips?” Anna hesitated. She’d promised Samuel she wouldn’t say anything to anyone but Mam, but her secret was rubbing like a blister on her heel. Her mother hadn’t gotten home yet, and if she didn’t share her problem with someone, Anna thought she would burst. “Can I tell you something?” she said impulsively. Dorcas shrugged. “You tell me stuff all the time.” Anna put a finger to her lips. “This is different. A secret…” Dorcas giggled. “You’ve decided to turn English and
smiled once, her back teeth would fall out.” Leah choked back a strangled giggle. “Come sit in the rocking chair by the window and watch for Johanna, Grossmama,” Anna suggested. “You can look at all the pretty snow.” “Nothing pretty about snow,” she snapped, slowing rising from the table. “Makes my hands ache.” Anna sighed. There was a lot to do today. She wanted to bake a ham for the evening meal and make cookies for Samuel’s children. She hoped that things would get easier with Grossmama
talking or playing Dutch Blitz or other approved games. These dates were much less serious than courting, and were considered an accepted part of social life for those in their late teens. Samuel was glad that he’d have a few more years with his own children before they entered their running around period. Other, more liberal churches allowed their young people a time of Rumspringa, when they were expected to experience some of the loose behavior of the English world. That was not the case here
blue-streaked face and ran through the doorway, nearly running into Susanna and Mae, and out of the room. “Anna,” he called, trying to get to his feet again, but having less luck than she had. “Come back. It’s all right.” He dropped onto all fours and used his hands to push himself up. “It’s only paint. Anna!” But Anna was gone, and the only evidence that she’d been there was the warm feeling in his chest, and a trail of bright blue footprints across the wide, red floorboards. “You spilled the
huffed. “A child? Hardly a proper chaperone.” She glanced around and shouted again. “Reuben!” “Certain you have everything you need?” Samuel asked. “This is not right. Not proper,” Aunt Martha declared. “Then we’ll be off,” Samuel called with a wave. “Lots of families to visit.” “See you at church next week,” Anna called, mischievously. And then they were off again, flying over the ground, charging through the snowy fields on a thrilling and heart-pounding ride. Chapter Fourteen The