Love is in the air as a handsome Amish carpenter helps a young Amish woman fulfill her dream of owning a pie shop. But will his past and her family keep love from fully blooming?
“I’m going to do my best to make sure you succeed.”
Noah extended his hand to her—palm up, wanting her to place her hand in it. Lovina looked at his hand, and for a second he wished he hadn’t been so bold. His hand was the large, rough hand of a laborer. It wasn’t pretty to look at, but he wanted her to know they were in this together.
She showed tenderness in her eyes, and her cheeks grew pink. His heartbeat sped up, and he guessed that hers did too.
Still, he waited. Finally she placed her hand in his. It was warm. Soft. Noah blew out a heavy breath. “You have all the right instincts about this place. You shouldn’t be afraid, Lovina. I’ll do my best… and I’ll make sure the guys do too. I believe in your dream. I believe that God placed it inside you.”
She bit her lower lip and nodded, and from the look in her eyes he knew she needed to hear those words. He had a feeling she’d need to hear them over and over again as the days went on.
He squeezed her hand, holding it a moment longer, and then something over his shoulder caught Lovina’s attention. Lovina’s face blanched white, and she quickly pulled her hand away.
Startled, Noah turned slowly, and that’s when he saw her. Lovina’s mem stood in the doorway, and her eyes were on them. He couldn’t see her expression from this far away, but he could tell by her arm-crossed stance that she wasn’t happy.
Lovina stepped back. “My mem is here. I—I didn’t know she was coming. I’d better go.” She took another step back and then looked around at the warehouse, as if suddenly overwhelmed by the poor state of the place.
Noah wondered for a moment if he should follow. If he tried to explain that he was only attempting to encourage Lovina it would probably do no good. To be fully convincing he’d need to tell Anna Miller that his only concerns for her daughter were for this place—to help her remodel the warehouse into a pie shop—but deep down he knew it wasn’t true.
Taking a deep breath and sending up a quick prayer for favor from Lovina’s parents, Noah turned back to the new windows, knowing he had a lot of work to do to get them into place. It was already a great first step with the old ones out. Everything was brighter now that the light was able to come through.
He was thankful that Lovina couldn’t look into his heart as easily. Or her mem. Because with each day that passed Noah knew he was falling in love.
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Be sure to check out Planted with Hope, book two of the Pinecraft Pie Shop series (available now). Here’s a little bit about the book:
When Hope Miller is offered the plot of land behind the Me, Myself, and Pie shop to start a garden, she jumps at the chance. Finally—some space away from her four sisters! But everyone in town seems to have an opinion about what she should grow and how she should grow it. When the widower schoolteacher, Jonas Sutter, asks if his students at the Amish school can help turn the plot into a community garden, Hope only halfheartedly agrees, wondering if she will ever get the peace and quiet she craves. And will she get anything to grow?
The stories of friendship, community, and unexpected love within these pages will plant real seeds of hope within your heart.