Rosemary crossed her legs, folded her arms across her chest, and tried to focus on the bishop’s final prayer as he wrapped up the worship service. Saul Petersheim was making that a difficult task.
She’d made it clear to Saul that she was not interested in dating him, but the man still gave it his best shot from time to time. “He’s doing it again,” Rosemary whispered to Esther. “Smiling and staring at me.”
Her best friend grinned. “Are you ever going to give that poor fellow a break and go out with him?”
“We’ve been through all this, Esther. Saul and I dated when we were sixteen. It didn’t work out then, and it wouldn’t work out now.” Rosemary clamped her mouth closed when she realized that Bishop Glick had stopped talking and was staring at her, along with most of the congregation. She could feel the heat rising from her neck to her cheeks, so she sat taller, swallowed hard, and didn’t breathe for a few seconds.
“See, Saul even gets me in trouble at worship service,” Rosemary said once the bishop had recited the final prayer and dismissed everyone. She stood up, smoothed the wrinkles from her white apron, and shook her head.
Esther chuckled. “You’re twenty-one years old. I think you’re responsible for your own actions at this point.”
Rosemary sighed as they waited for several of the older women to pass by before they eased into the line that was forming toward the kitchen. “I guess. I just wish Saul would find someone else,” she whispered as she glanced over her shoulder toward him. “Someone better suited to him.” The words stung when she said them aloud.
“Saul only has eyes for you.” Esther smiled. “And I don’t understand why you won’t give him another chance. It was five years ago.”
Rosemary bit her bottom lip, tempted to tell Esther the whole story. But every time she considered telling her friend the truth, she stopped herself. There was once a time when Rosemary couldn’t picture herself with anyone but Saul.
© 2014 Thomas Nelson – Used with permission
Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, she was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and in 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published twelve novels and nine novellas to date. Rooted in Love is her latest, releasing on July 17th.
As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels full time.
Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life and plans to continue writing Amish love stories. Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs, two cats, and two potbellied pigs. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family.
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