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Touching the Sky

Touching the Sky

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An excerpt from Touching the Sky, book two of Land of the Lone Star, published by Bethany House

Her heart is caught between the man she loves and the sister she's desperate to protect.

Though their first encounter is hardly auspicious, Laura Marquardt soon discovers herself drawn to the dashing Captain Brandon Reid. As an officer over the colored troops, he eagerly supports her desire to educate blacks and seek harmony in a town where the defeat of the South is a bitter reality.

When Laura's sister marries her Confederate beau, Laura finds herself in a difficult situation after overhearing a discussion with frightening consequences. In her heart she feels she should confide in Brandon, but Laura fears to do so may endanger her sister's life. Yet as the stakes continue to rise and Brandon's motives for pursuing her come into doubt, Laura questions where to turn... and wonders if her own dreams of love may be forsaken.
An excerpt from Touching the Sky, book two of Land of the Lone Star, published by Bethany House

Her heart is caught between the man she loves and the sister she's desperate to protect.

Though their first encounter is hardly auspicious, Laura Marquardt soon discovers herself drawn to the dashing Captain Brandon Reid. As an officer over the colored troops, he eagerly supports her desire to educate blacks and seek harmony in a town where the defeat of the South is a bitter reality.

When Laura's sister marries her Confederate beau, Laura finds herself in a difficult situation after overhearing a discussion with frightening consequences. In her heart she feels she should confide in Brandon, but Laura fears to do so may endanger her sister's life. Yet as the stakes continue to rise and Brandon's motives for pursuing her come into doubt, Laura questions where to turn... and wonders if her own dreams of love may be forsaken.

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Published by: Bethany House Publishers on Mar 20, 2012
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hick clouds hung low on the horizon. Laura Marquardt
udd h ky   mm, hpg h ll hd m
to make it home beore the heavens opened and rain descended.I Mother hadn’t been desperate or her nerve tonic, Laura never
wuld hv vud u  uh  dy. Sh ly wuld’hv vld l. A h  lghg  u v h Gul  Mx ud h  pk up h p.S muh hd hgd  Cpu Ch. Th w hd 
bustled with thousands o people, but the war had reduced
h umb   m h u hudd  . Wh h WBw h S lly mg   d, hwv, h yw  g ddg   umb wh  g my Up—m  hm m lv. Blu w h l  h
 
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day thanks to the army’s occupation. Unortunately, many a
h w ll gy, d m Suh w’   md b dd bu by blk p.“Wll,   ’ M Lu Mqud! Wh yu u’   uh  huy?”
She stopped in her steps, then turned to see two men walking
wd h. Th ggdy pp vd   md  h Suh’ d: dy h vd by qully lhy ,d w u wh hl h d h. Th w m-hg ml d y mg bu h m. Lu lppdh   h ul v h glvd w, lg h wgh h bld md h h’d pu d.“S, I ld yu  w h,” h ll  h w m d.Rg dwd, d Lu lzd wh h m w.
“Mr. Edwards. Mr. Riley.” She gave a curt nod. The men ap-
phd h wh  mly h md Lu l um-bl.
“My, my, my. You’ve grown up to be quite the little belle,”
Edwards declared. He rubbed his tobacco-stained mustache and
gd. “A’  yu  b h w wh w wkd yu pp.”Rly,  dk-yd m  muh ll h hl, ddd.“I’ll b h m  ju vy’  yu .”Edwd ld  l. “I I w’ md, I’d k yu hd. A ll uld hv  l  u wh  ll gl lkyu. Why, I’ll b yu  d  py jg.”Lu wd. Sh wuld u wy-w  Augu, d
still that made Edwards at least twice her age. Besides, suchconversation was completely uncalled or and inappropriate

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