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Embers of Love

Embers of Love

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An excerpt from Embers of Love, book one of Striking the Match, by Tracie Peterson, published by Bethany House Publishers.

She was certain she could strike a match

After being educated in the east, Deborah Vandermark returns to Perkinsville, Texas, where her family is part of the thriving logging industry. She brings along an unexpected companion--her best friend, who is fleeing a wedding and groom she has no interest in. A determined matchmaker, Deborah sets her sights on uniting her brother and friend in what she hopes will be a true love match.

Then Deborah meets Christopher Clayton, the town's new doctor--and quickly realizes she has a much greater interest in medicine and science than the bookkeeping she studied at college. Soon Deborah is caught between her fascination for doctoring and her obligation to her family. And in the midst of her warring emotions is the doctor himself... Are her tumultuous feelings for the man, or for what he can teach her?
An excerpt from Embers of Love, book one of Striking the Match, by Tracie Peterson, published by Bethany House Publishers.

She was certain she could strike a match

After being educated in the east, Deborah Vandermark returns to Perkinsville, Texas, where her family is part of the thriving logging industry. She brings along an unexpected companion--her best friend, who is fleeing a wedding and groom she has no interest in. A determined matchmaker, Deborah sets her sights on uniting her brother and friend in what she hopes will be a true love match.

Then Deborah meets Christopher Clayton, the town's new doctor--and quickly realizes she has a much greater interest in medicine and science than the bookkeeping she studied at college. Soon Deborah is caught between her fascination for doctoring and her obligation to her family. And in the midst of her warring emotions is the doctor himself... Are her tumultuous feelings for the man, or for what he can teach her?

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Published by: Bethany House Publishers on Oct 13, 2010
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Chapter 1
Philadelphia—June 1885
I 
 won’t let you go through with this,” Deborah Vandermark declared. She clasped her best friend’s gloved hands. “Even
something this drastic will not win your mother’s respect, and it
certainly won’t soften her heart with love.”Elizabeth Decker—known as Lizzie to her dearest friends—shook her head. “You don’t understand. If I don’t go through withthis, I’ll have to return home with her.”“Nonsense,” Deborah replied. “You can come home with me.
My brother is waiting at the train station—or will be in another
half hour. There’s no reason to remain here. You’re of age, and my guess is that even your father will approve.”“Simply one more thing my mother would blame him for.”Deborah squeezed her friend’s hand. “Lizzie, your parents are
 
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divorced and your father is capable of dealing with this. They live in
different towns. They needn’t ever speak to each other again—andeven if they do, it won’t change how you feel about Stuart. Don’tlet your concerns about everyone else be the reason you go into aloveless marriage.”
Lizzie walked over to the window and gently removed her
 wedding veil, revealing carefully coiffed blond hair. With that onesimple action, Deborah took hope that her friend was finally start-ing to see reason.“Oh, Deborah, how I can stop things
now
? Everyone is seatedand waiting for a wedding. And what of Stuart? He doesnt deservesuch ill treatment.”
“Stuart doesn’t love you any more than you love him. This is
all some sort of game to him. You are simply a beautiful ornamentfor him to add to his life.”“Just as my mother has always said. Men do not marry becauseof love.”That isn’t entirely true, and you know it,Deborah countered.“Many men marry for love. My father, for one.”
“But if I walk away, then Mother wins this battle.” Lizzie shook 
her head. “I can’t believe I’m saying these things . . . and after I
fought so hard for this day.”
“Marriage and romance isn’t a war—at least it shouldn’t be,”
Deborah replied. “You speak of the fight to get to the altar, not of 
the hope, joy, and love that should have brought you there. You
don’t want to marry Stuart Albright. You’re only doing this to upset
 your mother.”Lizzie bit her lip. “Its not just that. I have to prove to her that
I can make my own choices. She’s so steeped in her battles for
 women’s rights. She cares about the treatment of every woman inAmerica—except for me.”

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