How could it have gone so horribly wrong? Ethan glanced again at Clara sitting bolt upright beside him on the wagon seat. She wouldn’t even speak to him. She sat with her eyes straight ahead and her trembling lower lip clenched between her teeth. As they rumbled into the yard, he saw Carl was helping Lizzie into his buggy.
Lizzie smiled and waved. Clara jumped off the wagon and ran into the house.
Lizzie’s eyes grew wide. She said something to Carl and then followed Clara into the house.
Carl ambled over to Ethan. “That was a short date.”
“I wouldn’t call it a date. She hates me now and it’s all your fault.”
Carl clapped a hand to his chest. “My fault. What did I do?”
“You told me to propose to her.”
“You seriously sprang the big question on your first date?”
Ethan pulled his hat off and ran his hands through his hair. “I’m short on time.”
Lizzie came marching out of the house and stopped by Carl. She glared at Ethan with her hands on her hips. “I told my sister that if you didn’t know what a treasure she was that you were a fool. I had no idea how big a fool you actually are. Carl, I’m sorry but I have had a change of plans this evening. I have to stay home and comfort my brokenhearted sister.”
She marched back into the house leaving Carl with a stunned look on his face.
“What did you say to Clara? A speech about undying love doesn’t generally turn out so badly.”
“I left that part out.” Ethan’s well-thought-out plan had blown up in his face.
Carl gaped at him. “Seriously? You asked woman to marry you and neglected to mention how much you love her?”
“I offered her a marriage in name only. I thought she would feel safe if I did that. I thought she would marry me because she loved the children, not because she loved me.”
“All signs point to the fact that you thought wrong.”
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Patricia Davids is a USA Today best-selling author who was born and raised in Kansas. After forty years as an NICU nurse, Pat switched careers to become a writer. She has written a number of Amish fiction title, including The Shepherd’s Bride and Amish Christmas Joy. The Amish Nanny was released on July 15th of 2014.
She enjoys spending time with her daughter and grandchildren, traveling and playing with her dogs, who think fetch should be a twenty-four hour a day game. When not on the road or throwing a ball, Pat is happily dreaming up new stories.
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