His Past Was A Mystery
When Karen Imhoff finds a beaten man lying unconscious by the road in her Amish community, she doesn't hesitate to help.
"John Doe" needs a place to stay while he regains his memory, and she has a room to rent. The handsome Englisher proves invaluable around the family farm, yet his presence wreaks havoc with her emotions. Karen has her younger siblings to care for. She can't fall for an outsider who doesn't know his own identity. But as Christmas draws closer, the simple grace of this life - and this woman - could inspire John to make Karen's dreams come true...
From page 28"It seems you've come to my rescue once again."
He held out his had to seal the deal and gave her a crooked grin. It deepened the lines that bracketed his mouth, lending him a boyish charm.
With only a brief hesitation, she accepted his hand. Her pulse skipped a beat, then pounded erratically as her small hand was swallowed by his large warm one. It wasn't soft - it was calloused and rough like the hand of a man who worked outdoors for a living. A blush heated her cheeks, but she couldn't take her eyes off him.
She remembered him so clearly. The shape of his brow and the stone-gray color of his eyes, even the way the stubble of his beard had felt beneath her fingers. She remembered, too the husky sound of his voice when he told her she was beautiful.
Something light and sweet slipped through her veins. An echo of time when she'd been a giddy teenager smitten with a local boy. A time before she'd had to become a surrogate mother to her younger siblings and put her girlhood dreams away.