The Trust Chronicles is a blog hop and collaborative project between 5 historical romance authors. Our desire is to bring you lasting hope through these letters, grounded in trust in our Lord, and written from the fictional viewpoints of each book’s heroine. We’re so glad to have you join the event. Each day this week, a new Trust Chronicles post will go live, complete with a letter and a new giveaway for that blog post.
Click here to read more about the project and enter to win the one-of-a-kind, Trust Chronicles antique keepsake box, containing each heroine’s letter, hand-inscribed by the author, and a special keepsake to accompany each letter.
To find your way to the other four blog posts and enter each of the five Trust Chronicles prize bundle giveaways, read on! We have a list for you at the bottom of this post.
Since Prohibition made a criminal of her father and her only brother, Laurie prays to find one man worthy of her trust. Convinced that newcomer Daniel Shepherd is connected with her brother’s gang of rumrunners, Laurie turns to a handsome federal agent for help. But first impressions are never what they seem.
April 5, 1926
I’m dashing off this quick note because I have some important information and I’m not sure I’ll see you in time. Not to mention, lately all we seem to do is argue.
Amelia was disappointed you weren’t in church this morning, but I assured her you had worked late at the mill. (Now you’ve got me lying for you.) I’m writing because Pastor Yoder introduced us to a newcomer. His name is Samuel Brown—and, Johnny—he’s an agent with the Bureau of Prohibition. You said no one would come looking for you, but obviously you were wrong.
I’m sure you’ll see common sense now. I can’t believe you ever thought this was a good idea. After growing up with Dad’s drinking, I thought you of all people would never go into rumrunning. You keep saying I should trust you—but how can I when you’re sneaking around at night?
I’ve always prayed for a trustworthy man in my life. And what does God give me? You? Dad? I met your friend, Daniel Shepherd, recently. He acted all innocent and charming at first, but obviously—since he was there on the bluff in the middle of the night—he must be part of your gang, also. Pharmacist by day, rumrunner at night? This world is going crazy. I see no one to trust, except myself. Now this government man drops into our lives. Maybe he’s here to put you on the straight and narrow. Perhaps he’s worthy of my trust. I’m sure you would disagree, but at least Agent Brown’s on the right side of the law.
You will need to watch out for this man, Johnny. He’s a friendly sort, devilishly handsome, and seems to have a gift for putting people at ease. Even Amelia seemed drawn to him. Don’t get jealous, she assured me she only has eyes for you. Of course, if she knew what you’d been up to, she might see things differently.
Since you missed church, I wanted to tell you that Pastor Yoder quoted Proverbs 3:5-6 in his sermon. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Johnny, I don’t know what kind of desperation has driven you to make this choice, but maybe its time you started trusting Him. Your path has meandered all over, and you could certainly use some divine direction. I’m sure God’s path must be better.
Maybe there’s a lesson for me in these verses as well. I’m so busy trying to cover for you and Dad that I’m running in circles instead of walking a straight line. Perhaps rather than seeking a man to trust, I should be turning my trust over to the only one who’s truly worthy of it.
My prayer at this moment is that my letter will make you reconsider what you’re doing. I know we both spoke harsh words last time we met, but it’s only because I was so afraid for you. I’m even more fearful now that I know a revenuer is in town. You’re my only brother and I love you. Please… be careful.
Your loving sister,
- A signed copy of MISTAKEN, when it hits bookstores in July
- A pocket-size bottle of lavender hand sanitizer
- Lavender soap
- Mini lavender candle
- Purple-flowered bookmark
The contest is open to residents of the US and Canada, ages 18 and over. To enter to win, please leave a comment below. Any comment will work, but if you're feeling brave, I'd love to hear your answer to this question:
Laurie is searching for one person worthy of her trust. Do you have someone you trust with your secrets? Who is your "person"?
Grand Prize Giveaway:
All Trust Chronicles giveaways will close on May 19, 2013 and the winners will be drawn at random shortly thereafter. Winners will be notified via e-mail and announced on the Trust Chronicles author blogs.
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