Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Welcome back Martha Rogers!

Porterfield, Texas 1890 Chapter 1
“Porterfield, next stop in ten minutes.” The conductor’s announcement sent the butterflies to dancing again in Abigail Monroe’s stomach. Ever since they entered the state of Texas, her mind had flitted from one thing to the next in a series of images that blurred one into the other. What she remembered from her visit last spring had been enough to give her the desire to return as a permanent resident.

All around her passengers began gathering their belongings and preparing to leave the train. Mrs. Mabel Newton, who had accompanied her on the trip, adjusted her hat and picked up her handbag. “Well, your adventure will begin shortly.”

Abigail grinned at the elderly woman. If it had not been for Rachel’s aunt’s desire to come west to visit her daughter, this trip may have been delayed indefinitely. “Thank you so much for coming with me, Aunt Mabel. You know how Father worried and didn’t want me to travel alone.” Abigail had fallen into calling the woman “Aunt Mabel” due to her close friendship with Rachel.

“And well he should have been. It isn’t safe for a young woman of your standing to be crossing the country by train without an escort.” She tilted her head toward Abigail, and the feathers on the black hat covering her gray hair quivered with the movement.

Her parents had at first refused to even consider such a move for their only daughter, but as they began to realize that she was almost twenty-two years of age, their objections lessened. They had been in Porterfield a few months earlier for the wedding of Daniel, Abigail’s brother who came to Porterfield a year ago as the town’s only attorney. Now he served as county attorney and prosecutor. When Mabel Newton had said she wanted to visit her daughter and niece, Father had finally agreed to let Abigail go.

Another factor in her decision to leave Briar Ridge had been Rachel Reed, her very best friend since childhood. Her husband Nathan had taken Daniel’s place as an attorney for the citizens of Porterfield, and now they too lived in the Texas town. As far as Abigail was concerned, God had orchestrated a great symphony of opportunities, and she had seized the score to become a part of the music.

Thank you for sharing, Martha.

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Jo said...

Looks like I am the first to sign over here. I love reading books from this time period. Sounds great! Please enter me!


apple blossom said...

sounds good thanks for a chance to win

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wfnren said...

This book sounds so good, would love to win it.


Marianne said...

Thankyou, Diana and Martha for sharing the excerpt and for the opportunity to win Winter Promise.



Rebecca said...

This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win this.


HomePlace Gatherings said...

Would love to win and find out what happens on her new adventure.

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Teela said...

Would like to read this book. teelayoung@hotmail.com

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Thank you for the excerpt! I understand just how Abigail feels ... how everyone's moving along in life and you're wanting the same thing to happen to you. =) I love the brown and blue tones in the cover --gorgeous!


misskallie2000 said...

Winter Promise sounds like a book I would love to read. I love strong women and historicals.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

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Amy R.S. said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Judy said...

Winter Promise sounds like a great book. I am looking forward to reading it. Winning a copy would be fantastic!


Lane Hill House said...

I would like to read Winter Promise. Hope I win!!

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