Heidi Troyer was lonely during the day when her husband Lyle was at work. There was only so much housework, gardening, and canning to do. Oh, how she longed for a child! They had been married eight years and God had not given them a baby yet. Heidi wanted to adopt but Lyle wouldn’t even consider the idea.
Heidi’s aunt Emma gave sewing lessens. Those of you who read Wanda’s books remember Emma right?! Heidi wasn’t that good at sewing but she loved cooking and baking. She decided to fill some of her time giving cooking classes. After getting approval from Lyle, she set about advertising her classes and had a small group of women and one Amish man attend. Eli was a widower and couldn’t boil water!
Another man in attendance, reluctantly, was Ron Hensley. He asked for permission to park his motor home on their property until he could get it fixed. Of course, there was nothing wrong with it.
Heidi was suspicious of Ron from the start. Did she have reason to be? Like Emma’s students, Heidi’s all had things going on in their lives that they shared with her. She shared bible verses with them every week with the food they took home.
Read about what was going on in the lives of Heidi’s students. What was Ron up to? You won’t want to put this book down until you find out all about the men and women in the cooking class!
In captivity on Johnson’s Island, Ohio, Confederate Captain Devin Monroe and his small group of men decided to make a pact to always look out for each other. This came on the heels of burying yet another soldier from their unit. This time it was the youngest of them and his death really hit them hard. Nineteen-year-old Pvt. Rory Macdonald had died of pneumonia.
Conditions were difficult in a POW camp but, for Lieutenant Philip Markham, life there was more bearable due to the daily letters he received from his beloved wife Miranda. Phillip never made it home.
The men took the pact seriously and, after the war and their consequent release, Devin sent Robert Traux to check on Miranda. Phillip’s name had been tarnished and the town people were treating her poorly. Her mother-in-law and sister-in-law were trying to have her evicted from her home. To make ends meet, Miranda had turned her home into a boarding house and people, especially Phillip’s mother and sister, didn’t like that at all.
I don’t want to give the story away. Pick up a copy by New York Times Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray and read Miranda’s story. Can she come out of the deep depression Phillip’s death and the treatment she’s receiving from everyone have put her in? Does she have to leave her home? How can Robert help her?
Thank you Shelley for another great read!!