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Hearts Awakening

Hearts Awakening

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An excerpt from Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr, published by Bethany House Publishers.

Two people in desperate circumstances. One unlikely proposal.

Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her hopes for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon's Island, nestled in the Susquehanna River, is not of her choosing, either. She needs work. And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper.

Yet Ellie never imagined the widower would be so young... so handsome.

Jackson, on the other hand, has never met anyone quite so... plain. But he quickly comes to realize that Ellie's presence may solve his own problems--both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage.

When Jackson offers her something quite out of the ordinary, will Ellie look beyond mere necessity and risk opening her heart?
An excerpt from Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr, published by Bethany House Publishers.

Two people in desperate circumstances. One unlikely proposal.

Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her hopes for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon's Island, nestled in the Susquehanna River, is not of her choosing, either. She needs work. And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper.

Yet Ellie never imagined the widower would be so young... so handsome.

Jackson, on the other hand, has never met anyone quite so... plain. But he quickly comes to realize that Ellie's presence may solve his own problems--both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage.

When Jackson offers her something quite out of the ordinary, will Ellie look beyond mere necessity and risk opening her heart?

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Published by: Bethany House Publishers on Feb 25, 2010
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 August 1840Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 
While other women her age were busy preparing a hearty
breakfast for their families in snug, warm homes that crowdedthe city or dotted the outlying farms, Elvira Kilmer was hurry-ing down an unfamiliar roadway, hugging the woods along the
eastern shoreline of Dillons Island to meet a total stranger.
The air was heavy with the sweet scent of apples that grew
in the orchards filling the interior of the island. But it was notenough to ease the heavy resentment that beat in Ellie’s heart,and her thin, well-mended cape did little more to ward off theuncommon nip in the air than her tattered faith could warmthe chill in her spirit.Yawning, she caught a brief glimpse of the SusquehannaRiver through a break in the trees that lined either side of the
 
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roadway and wondered what it would be like to simply driftaway to a place where she was the only one who had controlover her life.
Ellie snorted, tugged her cape tighter, and trudged forward.
She had just taken a couple of sidesteps to avoid a deep ridgein the roadway when a raccoon darted out of the woods right
in front of her. Startled, she swirled about, tripped over her
own skirts, and toppled into the brush, snagging her cape ona low branch in the process.
Thankfully, she found the wherewithal to grab on to a small
sapling to keep from pitching forward and landing flat on her
face. Swaying a bit, she gasped for air and wondered if her
heart would burst before it stopped pounding in her ears.
When she finally caught her breath, she glanced down and
saw that she had landed smack in the middle of a patch of 
blackberries. Relief that the thorns on the brambles had notpierced through her cape and skirts was short-lived, however,once she got back to her feet to see what damage she had doneto her garments.
Her gloves, which had kept her hands from being scraped,
were sticky with tree sap, and the mends she had made justthe other day had torn open again, which meant the gloves
were now destined for the trash pit. To make matters worse,there was a wide tear in her cape, just above the hem, and shegroaned out loud. She could mend that tear easily enough, butthe blackberry stains on her cape and her gray skirts wouldbe almost impossible to remove.
Ellie yanked off her gloves and stuffed them into her pocket
before easing back to the roadway. “I needed to ruin my cape
and 
my work gown
and 
my gloves? Now? When I’m due atMr. Smith’s? I look like a . . . a ragamuffin!”Chest heaving, she swiped at her tears and stomped both

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