Escaping her painful past, Sarah Williamson finds a new life for her loved ones when she takes a position as housekeeper with Liam McKissick at Singing Trees Farm, an idyllic place considering the horrors she's faced. Sarah, her daughter, and young sister-in-law feel at home as her heart warms to Liam, but then her daughter is kidnapped and danger again threatens her serenity. The need to flee and protect her family battles her growing love for Liam.
Widower Liam McKissick endured a loveless marriage. Unwilling to take another chance at love, he devotes his time to work and family. Despite his efforts to keep to himself, his passion grows for Sarah who brings life and love to his home. Notwithstanding her past and the trouble it may cause, he proposes. Can he risk his heart and family to make her stay?
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October 14, 2010
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Excerpt from Home to Singing Trees by Liz Flaherty
The warmth of her skin came through the thin fabric of her shirtwaist, and the scent of roses strengthened when she was in his arms.
Her curly hair tickled his nose, and he brushed it away, allowing his hand to linger on the silky tresses.
She is so soft, and it's been so long since I've felt this kind of softness, or even wanted to.
When she finally drew away, he was reluctant to let her go, sorry for the space she placed between them on the wooden step.
"Is it all right," he asked, "that I call you Sarah?"
With that question, her withdrawal became not only physical but mental and emotional as well.
"Of course," she said, her voice colorless. "You are my employer, after all."
Liam was struck with the abrupt and unsettling realization that being Sarah Mary Williamson's employer wasn't enough. He didn't know what else he could be; even in the wilds of Indiana, employers and servants didn't marry, and the liaisons they did enjoy were hardly the kind he would ask of Sarah.
Maybe they could be friends. He had other female friends, like Amy Waite, the daughter of Gilead's most prosperous merchant and the teacher of the lower grades at the school. And there was Sue Anne Klein, who had come to visit her aunt and uncle, the Shoemakers. Only Sue Anne wanted to be more than friends.
He looked at Sarah's hazy profile in the darkness, at the set of her firm chin and broad shoulders and remembered she hadn't felt firm or broad at all in his arms.
Friends? It would do. For starters.