Heaven Must Wait is now Free on most ebook vendors. The novella tells the adventurous and passionate love story of Leann Clark and Ralph Wade during the aftermath of the Civil War in Missouri.
A passionate love story about a young couple struggling to overcome the difficulties in their courtship and keep the faith.
Caught in the aftermath of the Civil War and laboring to earn a living from the land, Ralph Wade’s life is in turmoil. Ralph finds solace in the company of a saloon girl after asking for Leann Clark’s hand in marriage only to be refused by her father. Leann doubts Ralph’s love when his involvement with the disreputable lady leads to a failed promise to court Leann and win her affection from a man with a job and regular income.
Leann looked at Ralph. His tender heart couldn’t stand for anyone, even a prostitute to be mistreated. The brawl in the saloon took place because someone mistreated Pearl. A burst of renewed respect for this man filled her heart. Oh, how she loved him.
Ralph ran a hand through his already rumpled hair. “I just hate to see her go back to that way of life. No telling what will become of her.”
“I hate it, too, but it’s her choice.” Mac tipped his hat to Leann. “Leann, it’s good seeing you. Thank you for helping Pearl. I feel sorry for the woman, but she has to make her own decisions.”
Leann smiled and nodded toward Mac and Paul. Paul tipped his hat, and the two men turned their horses toward town. Leann and Ralph watched until the men rode out of sight, and then Ralph took her hand and led her into the house.
“I need to go. Luke is waiting for me,” she managed to say before he embraced her and found her lips with his.
After a long, passionate kiss, he lifted his head to look into her eyes. His brown eyes dark with desire. “I want you, Leann.”
“We have to wait, Ralph,” she managed, while pushing away from him. If she didn’t leave now, her will power would be completely gone.
“Tell me you love me and you’ll be my wife. I don’t know how I’ll do it, but I’ll wait like your Pa said,” he whispered with a raspy voice.
She answered with all her heart, “I love you and will be your wife.”
They kissed again with fervor and desire. Leann pushed away and Ralph released her. She smoothed her hair and dress. “I must go. Luke is waiting.” She turned to walk outside with Ralph beside her.
He helped her to the wagon seat. “I’ll see you in a few days. John Clark can tell us to stay apart all he wants to, but I’m not listening anymore. I’ll come when I can.”
“We could elope,” she found courage to say.
“I thought about it, but I don’t want your family mad at you. It wouldn’t be right for you to marry without your family. We’ll just have to wait until your Pa lets us get married.”
She lovingly pushed a stray lock of hair from his forehead. “I love you, though.”
He smiled. “I love you, too, with all my heart.”
Page after page, I kept rooting for this couple, hoping, praying they would be able to be together in the end. I loved how the characters were imperfect people, just trying to cope with life after a terrible war. Ms. Taylor wasn’t afraid to delve into social issues relevant to that particular time, and now. Heaven Must Wait contains an emotionally satisfying ending. Highly recommended. ~ Debby
The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement did she fulfill the dream of publication.
Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.
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