Lily Draper comes to Rainbow Falls in search of her biological sister, the only blood relative she has left. Emotionally scarred by her preacher father, Lily avoids religion at all cost. Her new landlord, an aspiring minister, soon has her questioning her views. Can she learn to trust Nick's heart or will her sordid past destroy their love? Nick Logan hopes to take over for the retiring minister who has groomed Nick for the job. But Reverend Ted seems to feel the position requires Nick to marry an upstanding woman, namely Ted’s niece. When Nick finds himself falling in love with Lily Draper, the woman least likely to become a minister's wife, his problems escalate. And when Reverend Ted gives him an ultimatum, Nick faces an impossible choice. Can he accept God’s will and still find a place for Lily in his life?
Somewhere out there, she had a sister.
A slow burn rose up Lily’s spine and settled into a tight band across her chest. Tobias had lied to her about so many things. About her birth family, about her real name, about how they’d come to adopt her. Her family hadn’t died in a tragic fire like he’d claimed—they’d been murdered. Worst of all, he’d never told her she had a sister.
The papers floated to the floor as Lily grappled with the enormity of what she’d learned. Had Tobias kept this information from her mother as well? Or had Mama planned to tell Lily about her sister when she was older?
Lily scrambled to the floor to retrieve the papers. Hunched over her knees, she read the article again. The date … seventeen years ago. Her sister would be almost eighteen by now.
Where? Rainbow Falls, North Dakota. What were the odds that her sister would still be living in the same town all these years later?
The sound of gravel crunching in the driveway seeped through the fog in Lily’s brain. A car door slammed.
Lily jerked up from the floor. Tobias was home early.
Panic clogged her throat and threatened to choke her. She jammed the papers and the cash into her purse, yanked the chain to turn off the lamp, and forced herself to think logically. There was no way to reach the back door without passing the front entrance. The only way out was the window.
She wrenched up the blind, flipped the lock and pushed the window open. With one leg over the sill, she glanced back at the darkened interior and froze. The metal box sat open on the desk, the closet door ajar. Tobias would realize right away the money was gone.
No time to worry about that now.
She dropped onto the damp grass below the window, thankful for the high row of hedges surrounding the yard—even more thankful she knew a short cut through the back alley to the street where she’d left her car.
Ignoring the cold fear in her belly, she sprinted through a gap in the shrubbery and ran.
Susan Anne Mason
Like many writers, Susan started writing as a child. However, life intervened in the form of university, a husband, and two children. When the kids got older, Susan began writing again, for the simple joy of writing, with no initial thoughts of publication.
After completing her first novel, she joined the Romance Writers of America®. Her manuscript, Wyndermere House, became a finalist in the 2008 Golden Heart Contest®. Then in 2011, Susan joined the American Christian Fiction Writers® and became a semi-finalist in the Genesis® contest. She attended her first ACFW Writers’ Conference in September, 2011.
In October, 2013, Susan was thrilled to accept a two book contract with White Rose Publishing. Her debut novel Betrayed Hearts will release on August 8, 2014 followed by Wayward Hearts in December.
Her Golden Heart manuscript has also been picked up by Harlequin Love Inspired and will release in February 2015 under the new title Healing the Widower’s Heart.
Recently another dream came true when Susan was offered a three book deal with Bethany House for her historical romance Irish Meadows which will release in the summer of 2015.
Susan lives near Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her husband, their two children and two cats. She works part-time as a church secretary, and when not working or writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and researching her family history on-line.
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