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Hope Rekindled

Hope Rekindled

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An excerpt from Hope Rekindled, book 3 of Striking a Match, by Tracie Peterson, published by Bethany House Publishers.

Life seems to be falling into place for Deborah Vandermark. On the cusp of finally marrying Christopher, the man who claimed her heart, she is devastated when he receives an urgent telegram. Bound to his family obligations, Christopher travels to Kansas City, uncertain of what he will find there.

When her fiancé returns to Texas, Deborah is faced with a very different future than she expected. She finds herself plagued with questions and uncertainty...about marriage, motherhood, and her passion to train as a physician. And when an old adversary reveals a contract that may spell ruin for Vandermark Logging, Deborah's life seems to be spiraling out of control. Can Christopher and Deborah find a way to claim the future they long to share when so much stands in the way?
An excerpt from Hope Rekindled, book 3 of Striking a Match, by Tracie Peterson, published by Bethany House Publishers.

Life seems to be falling into place for Deborah Vandermark. On the cusp of finally marrying Christopher, the man who claimed her heart, she is devastated when he receives an urgent telegram. Bound to his family obligations, Christopher travels to Kansas City, uncertain of what he will find there.

When her fiancé returns to Texas, Deborah is faced with a very different future than she expected. She finds herself plagued with questions and uncertainty...about marriage, motherhood, and her passion to train as a physician. And when an old adversary reveals a contract that may spell ruin for Vandermark Logging, Deborah's life seems to be spiraling out of control. Can Christopher and Deborah find a way to claim the future they long to share when so much stands in the way?

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Published by: Bethany House Publishers on Apr 06, 2011
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ou . . . you can’t marry him,” Jake Wythe declared, tak­ing Deborah Vandermark by the arm. He swayed for a
moment, then pulled her with him to the far side of the porch.“You can’t.”
Deborah broke loose from his hold. “Jake, don’t be ridiculous.We’ve been through this. I love Christopher. This is a celebration
of my upcoming wedding, and I will thank you not to embar­
rass me by making a scene.” Deborah hoped her words would
somehow sober him a bit. “Let’s return to the others.”“You only wanna . . . wanna marry him because he’s a doc­tor. You want to be a doctor and figure this is . . . is the way toget that done.”
“Nonsense,” Deborah said, putting her hands on her hips.
 
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“If I only wanted to train to be a doctor, there are other ways
to accomplish the task without committing my life to someone.Now, if this is all you came to tell me, I’m going back inside tobe with my guests.”“He’s an Irishman!” Jake declared, stumbling forward.Deborah stopped and looked at him. The fact that Christo­pher Clayton was truly Christopher Clayton Kelleher was well­known in her family and circle of friends, but why Jake thoughtit important to bring it up now was beyond her.
She shook her head. “I’m sorry, Jake. You’ve saved my life
more than once, but I don’t love you. We’re just good friends.”
He pushed her back against the house. “But I love you. Don’t
you understand? I want to marry you. It should be me.” He took hold of her face rather roughly and covered her mouth with hisown.Deborah fought against his hold. His breath reeked of beeras he sought to deepen his kiss. She tried to claw at his face, butJake quickly pinned her arms.“I can make you . . . happy,” he murmured against her lips.“Stop or I’ll scream!”She didn’t need to. In a flash, G.W. had yanked Jake away from her and onto his backside. Standing over the smaller man,Deborah’s brother shook a fist at him. “Of all the dumb things.What in the world is wrong with you, Wythe?”
“I love her. She shouldn’t . . . shouldnt marry the doc. She . . .
she . . . she should marry me.”“You’re drunk.” G.W. reached down and pulled Jake to hisfeet. “You’re drunk and you attacked my sister. Get out of hereand don’t come back. You’re fired.”Jake looked at him, confused—as if the words didn’t make

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