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First Kiss from Rebekah's Quilt
by Sara Barnard
Rebekah, Peter, and Joseph talked long into the night. So long in fact that Rebekah didn’t realize she’d fallen asleep until she awoke to find that both men had fallen asleep, too. Joseph had cleared the mouth of the cave, allowing coldness of the black night to creep in. She shivered.
Rebekah hugged herself and rocked back and forth. Her gaze flickered to her covering that lay beside the fire. Joseph picked it up, scooting nearer to her.
“Here, I dried it for you.” He placed it over her hair, tucking in the blonde wisps that peeked out from under. Tugging gently on the strings, he centered it. “Feel better?” He didn’t drop his fingers from the strings.
“Much, thank you.” She met his eyes, which shone with an inner light. “I love my covering, and I love our way of life.” Her voice came out a whisper.
“Peter seemed interested in the Amish way,” he said. “It’s a shame he’s led such a hard life.”
Rebekah’s heart dipped low as the memory of Peter’s lament on his hard and lonely life. “It is a shame.”
“My prayers were answered when you said you’d stay with us in Gasthof.” With his eyes poring into hers, Joseph’s calloused thumb brushed her cheek, leaving a sizzling wake. “I love you, Rebekah.”
“Joseph, I –” She glanced at Peter, who was snoring softly. Her shyness forgotten, Rebekah raised a hand, resting it on Joseph’s. He accepted her fingers, squeezing them between his own. “I’m sorry for how I spoke to you. Can you forgive me?”
His voice, soft as down and sweet as honey, came quietly. “I forgave you the moment you said it, and I knew it wasn’t true, anyhow.” Joseph’s breath, warm on her lips, begged her to lean closer.
Rebekah’s hand tightened on his. “I need to tell you, Joseph, I have come to understand myself. I do love who I am –” Heart hammering in her chest, she inhaled deeply. Joseph’s scent flooded her senses, leaving her head swimming. “So I can tell you, with an open heart –”
She paused. Once this was said, there would be no going back. Things could never be the same between them. The future was uncertain, but the truth cloaked her words, giving her assurance that things would work out for the best. God’s will, would be done. Gelassenheit
With a directness she’d never practiced before, Rebekah stared into Joseph’s eyes. “I love you, Joseph Graber. And as you said, I have for as long as I can remember.” The enormity of Rebekah’s spoken words filled the expanse of the little cave. Both Rebekah and Joseph sat in the comfortable silence that followed, relishing in the warmth of truth and, of course, shared vows of love.
Joseph’s gaze never broke from hers. Though she was certain he had to hear the beating of her heart, which seemed to have produced an echo, Rebekah didn’t pull back. Unhurriedly, Joseph leaned closer, until her lips were warmed by his moist breath. She closed her eyes. Softly and without words, Joseph sealed the gap between them.
The kiss was over in an instant, but deep in Rebekah’s heart, she knew the effects would last throughout her lifetime. “Come here,” Joseph whispered, lifting his arm.
She leaned into him, his arm draped about her shoulders. She fit there, by his side, with such exactitude, that it seemed one had been divinely made for the other. There they sat, snug in the warmth of their shared feelings, until the little cave didn’t seem so chilled, after all.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Book one in the Rebekah's Saga series, Sara penned Rebekah's Quilt then interestingly enough, discovered her own anabaptist (Amish or Mennonite, she's not sure yet) ancestry. Rebekah's Quilt remained on several bestseller lists for three months.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sara Barnard is mother to four beautiful children, daughter to a pair of awesome parents who have become two of her best friends over the years, wife to a handsome Texan, student to her Master's of Arts in European History classes, and friend to many. Oh, she writes some, too. Sara began writing in the third grade, but became serious about becoming published after watching Eclipse with her friend, Rochelle.
Rochelle mentioned that Ms. Meyer was a housewife with many children, so Sara decided that since she was back home while her husband was deployed, she would put pen to paper and see what happened.
Wow. She started writing in 2009 and hasn't stopped since! Her debut novel, A Heart on Hold, was published in 2012 and quickly became a series. Books 2 and 3, A Heart Broken and A Heart at Home, were published in January 2013 and June 2013 respectively, with book 4, A Heart Forever Wild, forthcoming!
Book 1, A Heart on Hold, made it to the top three finalists for the best of 2012 American Historical RONE award and became an Amazon bestseller! Book 2, A Heart Broken, appears to be following in the same path for the 2013 award. Rebekah's Quilt is up for the honorable award of 2013 RONE award for Inspirational Fiction. Set to release this year is book four of her historical romance series, A Heart Forever Wild and short story Desperado, both from 5 Prince, and The Calling from Prairie Rose Publications.
Sara writes for kids, too. She independently publishes a line of nonfiction children's books which includes The ABCs of Texas Plants, The ABCs of Oklahoma Plants, and The Big Bad Wolf Really Isn't so Big and Bad -- all of which have become bestsellers on Amazon in their respective categories. 5 Prince Kids also publishes some of Sara's fiction works. Chunky Sugars was published in January 2013 and Little Spoon released September 2013. Chunky Sugars just received a 5-star review as Reader's Favorite, as well!
All of Sara's titles are available in both print and digital format, with audio books of each coming soon (if they're not already here!)
You can find Sara at: www.sarabarnardbooks.com ... @TheSaraBarnard ... www.facebook.com/sarabarnardbooks