By Jody Hedlund
In 1650s England, a tender Puritan maiden is on a challenge to save lots of the newborn of her newly widowed preacher--whether her help is sought after or no longer. regularly able to aid these in desire, Elizabeth ignores John's protests of her reduction. She's even keen to possibility her lone marriage prospect to assist the little family.Yet Elizabeth's new position as nanny takes a deadly flip while John's boldness from the pulpit makes him a objective of political and spiritual leaders. because the preacher's enemies develop into desirous to silence him, they draw Elizabeth right into a lethal net of deception. discovering herself in additional hazard than she ever bargained for, she's extra decided than ever to avoid wasting the child--and man--she's come to like.
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Surely if she walked out the door as he wanted, she would leave the babe to certain neglect and death. ” “To besure. ” “Who will care for them when they return? How will you look after them and labor to provide for their well-being? ” “Mary is nigh eight. ” “To help, perchance. ” She would refrain from mentioning that the major obstacle was not Mary’s age, but her blindness. “Family and friends will surely aid,” he said, although his tone lacked conviction. “You have no family in Bedford. ” He tilted his head back and gazed at the ceiling.
The door to the study banged open, and Brother Costin stumbled out, rubbing his eyes. Elizabeth caught only a glimpse of him before shrieking and yanking her apron over her face to shield her vision. Heat rushed to her cheeks. Brother Costin was immodestly attired—from his breeches upward, his chest was bare and his broad shoulders exposed. ’Twas embarrassing to happen across the immodesty of another woman, as she had with Lucy from time to time, but to see a man unclothed, even if only partially, was altogether horrifying.
For a moment the room was silent except for Thomas’s pitiful cries. Elizabeth cracked open her eyes and strained to see him through the fabric. He stood motionless, his head tilted to one side. ” This was going poorly. For once her words had deserted her, and she could speak nothing but nonsense. “I do wish to see you. ” He shook his head then set Johnny and Betsy down. ” He began walking toward her. “Stop. ” But he didn’t stop. He came toward her until her back was pressed against the door, leaving her no escape from his over-powering presence.