“The Lord has blessed me by making sure I am a part of a family and village so generous and caring, I have no doubt about that.”
Joseph’s face broke into a dazzling, dimpled grin.
Like the sun. In an odd display of forthrightness, words tumbled off her tongue. “But the fishing pole was my favorite.”
Ducking his head, Joseph held up a packet of cheesecloths, tied up with a black ribbon. “Even more than these … well … things?”
Rebekah snatched them playfully. “Cheesecloths!”
Tilting his head down, Joseph stared at her, the ghost of a smile lingering on his lips. Slowly, he took a step toward her.
Longing for even the briefest of brushes from his skin to hers, Rebekah forced herself to remain still. She inhaled deeply in an attempt to still her thundering heart. His sweet, woodsy scent left her head spinning.
“I’m glad you loved your gift,” he whispered. His breath was aromatic, smelling of honey and coffee.
“I loved making it for you.”
Rebekah feared she may melt into a puddle on her family’s sitting room floor. Ever ladylike, she clasped her sweaty hands behind her back.
Bringing his hand up painfully slow, she watched from the corner of her eye as he hesitated, only a moment beside her cheek, before continuing up to touch the brim of his black felt hat.
“Goodnight, sweet Rebekah. And happy, happy birthday.”
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Genre - Romantic Historical Fiction
Rating – PG
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