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A Promise for Tomorrow

A Promise for Tomorrow

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An excerpt from A Promise for Tomorrow (RIBBONS OF STEEL #3) by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson, published by Bethany House Publishers.

What Will Tomorrow Bring?

When James Baldwin takes a new position with the B&O Railroad, he and Carolina decide to move their growing family from the comforts of their home in Baltimore to a small rural town in the Allegheny Mountains. Here Carolina's stepdaughter, Victoria, becomes enthralled with handsome Kiernan, an Irish railroad worker.

Despite the affection between Victoria and Kiernan, will the upper-class Baldwins even consider him as a suitor for their daughter? And when tensions rise among the workers, can James stop a destructive plan before it's too late?
An excerpt from A Promise for Tomorrow (RIBBONS OF STEEL #3) by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson, published by Bethany House Publishers.

What Will Tomorrow Bring?

When James Baldwin takes a new position with the B&O Railroad, he and Carolina decide to move their growing family from the comforts of their home in Baltimore to a small rural town in the Allegheny Mountains. Here Carolina's stepdaughter, Victoria, becomes enthralled with handsome Kiernan, an Irish railroad worker.

Despite the affection between Victoria and Kiernan, will the upper-class Baldwins even consider him as a suitor for their daughter? And when tensions rise among the workers, can James stop a destructive plan before it's too late?

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Published by: Bethany House Publishers on Feb 25, 2010
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Bad Tidings
James Baldwin ran a hand through his dark hair and sighed. It wasalmost impossible to concentrate on the words of his father. LelandBaldwin had made a most unexpected visit to the St. John housein Baltimore, where James and Carolina chose to reside after their
marriage six months earlier. James was anxious lest his father would
still be on the premises when Carolina returned. That could prove
disastrous. It wasn’t that Carolina wouldn’t at least feign hospitality
and civility; it was that she held Leland in absolute contempt for hisswindling of her father, Joseph Adams.“It’s not that I wanted things to be this way,” Leland said, shift-ing uncomfortably in his seat. The rotund man rubbed his chest, aseemingly nervous habit of late, and waited for James to respond.“I just wish you’d have come to me at the first,” James finally
said. “You have no idea how difficult it will be to make matters right
again. There’s not only this venture with Joseph and Carolina and
 the Potomac and Great Falls Railroad but also the land deals you’ve
made in the West. What of those? The false deeds you’ve sold to
unknowing people—people with dreams of settling in a new land and
of owning their own property. Add to that the other paper railroads
 
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 you’ve proposed to build. Railroads that only exist in the dreams
and minds of hopeful men because you never planned to see them become reality. There are hundreds of investors, many of whom I’ll probably never be able to locate, much less reimburse.”“I still see no reason to go to that much trouble. It’s enough thatI’ve ceased to participate in such affairs, is it not? Even though I’vehad nothing but disdain from your uncle Samuel. He thinks me an
absolute addlepated ninny for worrying about such things. Then,
 too, I’ve nearly depleted all of my own resources.”
“But, Father, you can’t allow this to continue, and well you know
it,” James replied, then nervously rose from his seat and paced to the window that looked down on the front lawn.
“Looking for Carolina, are you?” Leland questioned. “I suppose
she’d have a spell to know I’m here in her house.”
James cringed inwardly at the words “her house.” It had seemed
a logical choice to stay on in the house of Carolina’s deceased hus-
 band, Blake St. John. After all, Blake’s daughter, Victoria, had
grown up in this house, and her comfort was of great concern to
James now that he was her stepfather. Carolina had suggested the temporary arrangement, reminding James that there was much toface and deal with as a new family, and that by staying on in the St.
John house, they would at least avoid the complications of finding a
new house, packing up the old, and making the actual move. Jameshad agreed, seeing the sensibility in it from a standpoint of finances
and time. But now, as had happened on many occasions, to hear
his home referred to as “her house” left him with a strong desire tomove and let the consequences be hanged.
“Carolina has a difficult time accepting what has happened,”
James admitted. He pulled back the edge of the damask drapery andstudied the roadway some twenty yards away. “She feels perhaps an
even deeper sense of betrayal than do I,” he added and dropped his
hold on the curtain. “You have to understand, Carolina is very close
 to her father. For you to have swindled her is one thing. But that you would endanger her father’s good name—well, that is entirelydifferent.”

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