Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Promise Made by Norma Downing

After her parents are killed in a wagon accident, Emily Wallace feels as if she is all alone on the farm in Kansas.  She discovers Drew Harris, her father’s right hand man who has been like an older brother to her for ten years, has made a promise to her dying father to find her a Godly husband. It becomes apparent they have feelings for each other. Even though she feels she is ready for this, Emily needs to mature and seek God’s will before she can have a relationship. Drew must overcome issues from his past before he can feel he is the man Emily’s father had in mind. Will they both come to realize they need to look to God for guidance and direction if they wish to have a future together?

Book Excerpt

Life had changed in an instant. Everything she knew and took comfort from had been either taken away and been replaced with a crushing sense of sadness or had been altered in some way. Emily Wallace sank into the rocking chair by the fireplace. She placed her hands on the armrests and then glanced down at the wood beneath her fingers. It was almost strange to feel the smooth, hard oak. It seemed so concrete after the surreal events of the past few days, and especially the last several hours. The grief and anguish felt almost like a physical pressure. She leaned back against the chair and stared at the cold, empty fireplace with unseeing eyes. The emptiness in the area of her heart seemed ready to consume her. Strangely, her eyes remained dry. Could someone use up all their tears and be unable to shed anymore?
She could hear voices in the room but she couldn’t focus on exactly what they were saying. They said someone must be nearing exhaustion and should be put to bed. Were they talking about her? A pair of strong arms was placed beneath her legs and behind her back and they gently lifted her out of the chair. Her arms wrapped about the neck of this careful guardian. As she breathed in, the thought “Drew” came to her mind as his masculine scent filled her nostrils. She felt the soft bed beneath her and, she heard, “Sleep well, Emmie,” whispered in her ear. A wisp of a kiss touched the top of her head.
            Footsteps left the room and the door closed. Soft feminine hands undressed her, put her into nightgown, and helped her slide between cool, fresh sheets that smelled of outdoors and sunny, carefree days. All the while lovingly murmured words of encouragement and affection were spoken. A soft caress touched her cheek, light footsteps went away from her, and the door opened and closed. She didn’t remember anything else as she slipped into a deep, dreamless sleep.
            The next morning Emily drifted into consciousness. The tempting smell of bacon and coffee teased her more fully awake. Her stomach rumbled at the pleasant scents. The brightness of the room startled her. Why had Mama let her sleep so late? Like an avalanche tumbling down a mountainside the events of the past days came crashing into her sorrowing mind. Mama! Papa! They hadn’t let her sleep! They weren’t going to be around to tell her to do anything. They were gone! A sob caught in her throat. She swallowed to keep it down. If only she could keep down the overwhelming emotions as easily.

            Alone—that thought was almost more than she could comprehend right now. Totally and completely alone. She had an aunt whom she had never met living back East, but she had no other blood relatives. She wasn’t really cut off from those that cared about her. Her thoughts turned to the “family” she had here in Kansas. Her mama and papa had been her real family, but she still had Gus, the old cowboy-turned-farmhand that had been working for her father for as long as Emily could remember. There were their closest neighbors, Virginia Boyd, a widow and her two adult sons, Nathan and Aaron. There were all the folks in town, and at church. Not really family, but some were very dear friends. Of course there was Drew Harris, her father’s right hand man, kind of like the son he had never had. A sigh escaped. A feeling of thankfulness settled her turbulent thoughts. She did have some people that cared, even if they weren’t real family.

About Norma:

Norma Downing has been writing for years and just recently been learning more about the craft of fictional writing.  She has been married to her wonderfully encouraging and supportive husband, Tom, for almost 28 years.  She is a mother of four homeschooled daughters, three have graduated and the youngest daughter is in high school.  She hopes to honor and glorify God through her writing, while also entertaining her readers.  She lives with her family in Virginia.

To buy Norma's book:

Norma Downing is giving away a copy of A Promise Made. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Patsy said...

Would enjoy reading Norma's book. Sounds great!

PriviesAndPrims said...

The preview really takes you right into the story!

Can't wait to read it.

priviesandprims [at] yahoo [dot] com

Cindi A said...

Thanks for sharing A Promise Made.
I'd love to win a copy.


susanlulu said...

I haven't heard of this author, but I'd love to read this book!

Susan from NC

Boos Mum said...

Sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thank you for the excerpt and a chance to win.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Oh my. Knowing how hard it was to lose my parents, one at a time and at a lot older age, I can't even imagine how hard this would be. And no family to lean on for support. How sad. So glad she has all of these old friends. One good point of being in one place for a long time. You do grow lots of friendships. Very good interview and excerpt Sandra. I for sure want to read the rest of the story. Hope I can win this book. Please add my name to the drawing.

squiresj said...

Would love to win, read and share.

Rose Milligan said...

Thanks for having the giveaway.


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