Sunlight was threatening to chase away the dark as Kore drove toward JK Homebuilders. It was four days shy of being mid-November, and the air had only a mild nip to it. This was his second November to live in Virginia, but it had been much colder last year.
Nature was waking, birds calling loudly as the horse’s rhythmic pace added to the sounds. Thoughts of Savilla tried to push past the list of work items he was going over in his mind.
Would he ever completely stop missing her? At least his heart was no longer in shreds. Good progress, he thought. What was it about her anyway? He’d asked himself that question since the first time they met. Her magnetic power over him made no logical sense whatsoever, because outside of Savilla, he was logical. Wasn’t he?
For the umpteenth time he wished he hadn’t. Maybe one day he wouldn’t feel that way. It might help if he simply understood what had happened to cause her to end their relationship.
As he pulled onto the driveway, he saw Jacob and Esther on their screened porch, sitting at a table. The gas fireplace was lit, and Jacob had a mug in hand as he waved.
Kore returned the gesture. He was very grateful for good bosses and friends. Jacob and Esther were both. They had been married thir- teen months, and Kore met them about two weeks before they married.
Jacob hired him mostly to help Esther with her salvage business. Even though Kore had always heard the first year of marriage was really tough, these two hadn’t radiated anything except love and content- ment. Oh, and teamwork, joy, and respect. He’d once thought he could have that with Savvy. But it wasn’t meant to be. Savilla would find it with someone else. He wouldn’t.
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*Excerpted from Amish Christmas at North Star by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark, Amanda Flower and Katie Gashert. Copyright © 2015 by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark, Amanda Flower and Katie Gashert. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written seventeen works of fiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets. In 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.