Promise of Yesterday by Darlene Moore
Marylu Biloxi is a true heroine in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, rescuing several people during the Battle of Gettysburg. But even heroes have broken hearts, and Marylu's is shattered. So much so that she intends to never open it to love again.
Escaping the horrors of slavery, Chester Jones returns home after many years. After meeting the enigmatic Marylu, sparks fly as he gently pushes his way into her heart.
As love blossoms, secrets from Marylu's past arise, causing her to question her newfound feelings. And then what about these rumors linking Chester to a murder. . . ? Will Marylu allow God to heal her heart or will it be shattered again?
O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. Isiah 54:11
What she felt for him gripped her hard. Still, even after weeks together, she hardly knew him. With his newfound ability to talk, she could now ask him the question that burned through her every time she felt the softer emotions swirl in her heart. She was afraid to hear his answer, for should it be affirmative she would be crushed. She could never love a man whose moral character she could not condone. She valued life too much.
The question begged to be asked. So simple to give voice and finally put to rest her own doubts. Simple, yes, but staring into his eyes, so hopeful and vulnerable, mad her ashamed to believe the flapping tongue of Mrs. Burns over a man whose sincerity she had witnessed time and again. But she had to ask.
"There is a rumor," she said, her voice low and intense, "that you murdered someone/"
His expression shifted ever so slightly. Surprise mingled with something else, and his gaze skittered to the surface of the table.
She closed her eyes and swallowed, recognizing what his averted gaze meant. Not the innocence she had hoped for, but resignation. Even fear.
S. Dionne Moore is a multi-published author who makes her home in Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty-one years and daughter. You can visit her at http://www.sdionnemoore.com/.
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