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Sisters of the Heart

Author: Shelley Shepard Gray

For a split second, Katie feels certain she's about to receive everything she's ever wanted. . .Twenty-year-
old Katie Brenneman has always quietly fancied Jonathan Lundy. So when the brokenhearted widower
asks her to help him take care of his two young girls, Katie knows it will be a trying time — yet she
cannot pass up a golden opportunity to get to know this man better.Just as she's settling into her new
life, a message arrives from Katie's past, threatening to expose her darkest secrets. During her
Rumspringa, her running-around years, she experimented with activities forbidden in the Amish way of
life. Frightened by how far she'd strayed from her values, Katie ran back home, vowing to cut all ties with
the outside world. Now her transgressions are coming back to haunt her, just as Jonathan seems willing
to welcome her into his heart. Will the past destroy Katie's chances for love? Or will Katie allow herself to
accept God's love, forgive her past, and receive everything she's ever wanted?

Katie Brenneman noticed that Jonathan Lundy was crushing the brim of his hat. Round and round he
turned it, fingering the black felt as he spoke. Every few moments, without warning, his fingers would
clench and the rim would succumb to his grip.If he continued the process much longer, Jonathan was
going to be in dire need of a new hat."Katie, are you listening, Daughter?"She started, daring to glance at
her mother, who was sitting across from her on the love seat, her current sewing project forgotten in the
basket next to her. "Yes, Mamm. I'm listening.""You have hardly looked at our guest once since he's
arrived. You haven't spoken more than a few words." Her mother treated Katie to a look she knew well. It
said she had better shape up and soon. "Is everything all right?"Irene Brenneman was a lot of things, but
a fool certainly wasn't one of them. Katie swallowed. "Of course.""Then you are interested in what
Jonathan has to say?"Katie had been fond of Jonathan Lundy for years. She'd always been mighty
interested in what he had to say. Not that he seemed to notice. "Yes."The hat took another beating as
Jonathan spoke. "I have something to ask of Katie. Something that I am hoping she would think was a
mighty gut idea."Now Katie was all ears. Had Jonathan finally seen her as she wished? As a woman
available for courting? Stilling herself, she inhaled.Her mother's cheeks pinkened. "What was your idea,
Jonathan?"He swallowed uncomfortably. "I'm . . . I'm hopin' Katie — that Katie . . ."Her mother leaned
forward. "Yes?""Well, I'm in need of Katie here to help with my daughters."Her daed coughed. "With your
daughters?"Crunch! went the brim again. "Jah. Just while my sister Winnie goes to Indiana for a bit."Katie
exhaled swiftly. Well, she'd certainly been mistaken! Jonathan had been thinking of her, but not as a
future bride. Oh no. As a nursemaid for his five- and seven-year-old daughters."For how long?" her father
asked. Usually, he joked around, or whittled on one of the many canes he was famous for creating. Now,
though, he only sat solemnly, his expression grave."Two months."Two months of living at Jonathan
Lundy's home? Of caring for his daughters like their mother. Of seeing to his household, making his
meals, cleaning his home. As a wife would do.After a long moment of thoughtful silence, her father said,
"Two months is a long time, I'm thinkin'.""I know it."Oh! Jonathan Lundy still hadn't looked her way! Katie
bristled. She hated being talked over like she had nothing to say for herself.Though she surely didn't like
the sound of this conversation, either. She was about to speak her mind when her mother spoke."Mary
and Hannah are nice girls, to be sure. And they are a pleasure to be around."Jonathan nodded. His
expression relaxed. For the first time since he'd arrived, the hat hung limply in his hand. "Thank you. Ever
since my Sarah died, I've had a time of it."My Sarah. Those words told Katie everything she needed to
know. Jonathan might never think of anyone other than Sarah. Ever.Her mother winced. "Sarah's accident
was a tragedy, we all know that. But you and your sister, Winnie, are raisin' the girls just fine. I know
Mary has missed her mother something awful, and it wasn't easy when young Hannah was still little more
than a babe."Jonathan's face became expressionless. "Neither Mary nor Hannah understood death at
first. Hannah woke up crying for her mother more often than not, and Mary . . ." His...
Author Bio
Shelley Shepard Gray
Wanted is Shelley Shepard Gray's second novel in her Sisters of the Heart series. Before writing for the
inspirational market, Shelley wrote several novels as Shelley Galloway. During this time, her books
appeared on the Waldenbooks bestseller list, and she also won the prestigious Reviewers' Choice Award
from Romantic Times magazine. Before writing professionally, Shelley taught school for 10 years. She
taught fifth and sixth grade in Arizona, Texas, and Colorado. When her family was transferred to Ohio, her
husband encouraged her to finally give writing a serious try. He even found a local writers meeting for her
to attend! After a lot of hard work and a lot of luck, she sold her third manuscript.Shelley is an active
member of her church. She volunteers on steering committees, helps with rummage sales, and helps out
at the welcome center. She and her husband are also part of a small group that has been instrumental in
guiding her faith.When not writing, Shelley can usually be found with her family. Her two teenagers keep
her busy and happy. They all also love to travel.

'Will appeal to fans of Amish inspirational fiction.'

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