ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Wish for Home
Series: Secrets of Bliss Valley #1
Author: Jo Ann Brown
Publisher: Love Inspired Trade
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Genre: Christian contemporary romance/Amish
Caught between who she is…and who she was.
Lauren Nolt hasn’t forgiven the Amish community of Lancaster County for shunning her parents. But returning as a successful Englischer working for large developers is just what she needs to get a promotion and give her parents the life they deserve. Coming face-to-face with her childhood bully, Amish widower Adam Hershberger, is the last thing she wants. Yet when her world’s shaken by a shocking discovery, Adam’s the only one she can confide in…
Adam’s never forgiven himself for the part he played in Lauren’s past, nor what drove him to do it. But as developers threaten his great-grossdawdi’s farm, she’s the only one who can help. And with his little girl determined to bring him and Lauren together at every turn, keeping his distance is impossible. Now they must learn to trust each other—even as their secret feelings grow stronger. But is love enough to bridge the gap between their very different worlds?
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A sign appeared out of the swirling snow.
“Frank’s Auto Service. 1/4 mile ahead on the left.”
Relieved, Lauren edged her car along the road. A battered concrete block building was ahead on the left. A trio of ice-encrusted cars were parked to one side and a dark house, that looked empty, was set behind it. Slowing, but not daring to stop, because she wasn’t sure she could get the car going again, she wanted to cheer when she saw a light on inside. She pulled into the parking area in front and winced when her front passenger wheel dropped into another pothole. The thump from the front of the car was now accompanied by a grinding sound. Had she busted something else?
Grabbing her umbrella and purse, Lauren zipped her coat and pulled up her hood as she got out. She grimaced as she stepped into a puddle of icy slush. She winced at the cold, but after a quick glance at her car which looked okay, she rushed into the building.
Odors of gasoline and oil struck her as she entered the dim shop. Nobody stood behind the counter. Parts were stored in cubbyholes on either side of a door that must have led into the service bay. Through the door’s window, she could see several cars, but the place appeared deserted.
There must be someone around. The door had been unlocked, and some lights were on.
As she pushed back her hood and shook water off one shoe and then the other, she noticed a sign on the counter.
“Ring bell. If nobody comes, look in the back.”
That was at least clear.
She hit the bell. Twice. And waited, letting water drip off her umbrella. By the time the bell’s cheery sound had died, she guessed nobody else had heard it. So she opened the door to the service bay.
“Frank?” she called.
“He’s not here. Can I help you?” came a deep voice from beneath a pickup at the far side of the bay.
A man, who’d been lying under it, pushed his way out. Her eyes widened as his long legs emerged and she realized he was wearing broadfall trousers. The pants, which buttoned rather than zipped, were what Old Order Amish men wore.
What was an Amish man doing working on cars?
His worn light blue shirt was topped by black suspenders. A dark brown beard emerged, but not a long one, so she knew he hadn’t been married for more than a few years. He pushed himself to his feet. As he bent to pick up an oil-stained cloth, he asked, “Can I help you? I’m Frank’s assistant. Adam Hershberger.”
She whipped her hood over her head and fought her feet that wanted to flee. She hadn’t seen his face, so he might not have seen hers either. She’d been wrong when she thought the worst possible place to be tonight was the road leading through Bliss Valley.
The worst place was coming face-to-face with the person who’d tormented her during the most dreadful years of her life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jo Ann Brown has created characters and stories for as long as she can remember. After college, serving as a US Army quartermaster officer, getting married and increasing her blessings with three children, she sold her first book in 1987. Since then, she has sold over one hundred titles. RT Book Reviews called her “a truly talented author.” She loves teaching and established the romance writing course at Brown University. She divides her time between Florida and Massachusetts with her husband of over forty years. Find out more about Jo Ann and her books at www.joannbrownbooks.com.
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