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That Certain Spark

That Certain Spark

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Excerpt from That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake, published by Bethany House Publishers.

Gooding, Texas, is about to gain a double blessing--a veterinarian and a doctor. But when siblings Enoch and Taylor Bestman arrive, the discovery that the long-awaited doctor is in fact a woman has the town up in arms. Karl Van der Vort is no exception, though he becomes Taylor's first patient...against his will.

Karl finds he can't deny Taylor's doctoring skills, but he also can't come to terms with her unladylike occupation. Taylor, on the other hand, wants only to prove that doctoring is her life's calling, despite the town's opposition. But when her practice--and Taylor herself--are threatened, Karl's protectiveness flares into a different emotion altogether.

As Pride Meets Attraction Head-On, Sparks Begin to Fly!
Excerpt from That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake, published by Bethany House Publishers.

Gooding, Texas, is about to gain a double blessing--a veterinarian and a doctor. But when siblings Enoch and Taylor Bestman arrive, the discovery that the long-awaited doctor is in fact a woman has the town up in arms. Karl Van der Vort is no exception, though he becomes Taylor's first patient...against his will.

Karl finds he can't deny Taylor's doctoring skills, but he also can't come to terms with her unladylike occupation. Taylor, on the other hand, wants only to prove that doctoring is her life's calling, despite the town's opposition. But when her practice--and Taylor herself--are threatened, Karl's protectiveness flares into a different emotion altogether.

As Pride Meets Attraction Head-On, Sparks Begin to Fly!

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Publish date: Aug 1, 2009
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 November 1892Gooding, Texas
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iracles are going to start happening, Karl Van der Vort.I can eel it in my bones.” Te labyrinth o wrinkles onMrs. Whitsley’s ace added to the almost mystical quality o hercomment. Blue eyes lively as could be, she winked. “Miracles.”
Tump.
Karl shut the door on her now-ull coal bin. Humoring
the sweet old woman, he asked, “Like what?”
“You’re going to get your heart right with Jesus.” Nodding
sagely, she leaned on her cane and extended a glass to him. Silently agreeing it would be nothing short o a miracle, Karl reached or
the drink; but to his surprise, the widow continued on. “Ten you’re
going to nd yoursel a wie.”A wie!” Te idea rattled him so much, he was glad she’d heldon to the lemonade a breath longer beore letting go, lest it tumblerom his grip.
 
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Her smile widened, arranging her wrinkles into rays o delight.
“Yes, a wie, Karl. Te Good Book says, ‘Seek ye rst the kingdomo God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added
unto you.’ A blacksmith owning his orge and livery couldn’t have a
steadier job, and you have a home and dog. Te only things thatremissing are God’s peace and a wie. Sure as we’re standing here, you’re going to nd both. You’ve started coming back to church,and that’ll set your eet on the right path.”
Unwilling to respond, Karl chugged down the lemonade. He’d
emptied hal the glass beore the sheer bitterness made him cometo a shuddering stop.
“What’s wrong?” Mrs. Whitsley swiped the glass rom him and
took a sip. “I orgot the sugar! I do apologize, Karl. Tis is terrible. Just terrible. I don’t know what came over me.”
Karl stooped and placed his hands on his knees, then tilted
his head and tenderly kissed the old woman’s cheek. “Tere.” Hestraightened up. “Tat was sugar enough or me.” He grabbed thehandles o the oversized wheelbarrow he used to make coal deliv-eries and walked o. Within a ew strides, Karl mued a groan as he realized he’dprobably been too bold and shocked the poor old lady.
What was I thinking? 
He stank at trying to gure out women, and the proo o that very act was that at the age o twenty-eight, he’d not yet
married. Ater a box social or a ew ater-church strolls, he’d inevi-
tably scared o the ew eligible young women he’d met—and i he
couldn’t handle a woman near his own age, how was he supposed to
gure out how to treat a woman double, maybe even triple that?
He steered the wheelbarrow around a large jagged rock and
toward the mountain o coal next to the railroad tracks. Lyricsrom Sunday’s hymn stole into his thoughts.
“When peace like a

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