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Dave Whitley is shocked to find the new owner of the Lazy K ranch, BJ Kemmerman, is very much a woman. His resolve to leave as soon as he learns her identity is thwarted when she reminds him of the five year contract he signed only months earlier.
BJ is a woman taking on a manâ€™s world when all she really wants is Whitâ€™s love and respect.
BJ leaned back in the plush seat of the train. It was a long trip from Illinois to Texas, one that began almost three weeks earlier. After living for twelve years in Illinois she was coming home.
If it hadnâ€™t been for her grandfatherâ€™s letters and the pictures Don Parsons drew for her, she would never have been able to keep the dream of Texas alive.
She was but six years old when her father took her away from Texas, after her motherâ€™s death. Now with her eighteenth birthday just a month behind her, she was coming home.
She started her journey by taking a riverboat from Northern Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri, where her Aunt Bernadineâ€™s sister, Elizabeth, met her. Arrangements were made for her to spend some time with Elizabeth and her husband before boarding the train bound for Texas. She stayed in their home only two days when she received a telegram from her Uncle Paul.
Pa Dead--Lazy K Yours--Wire Arrival Time--Will Meet Your Train--Uncle Paul.
When she could, at last, get a train to take her home, she boarded with three young men. They were rude and she tried to ignore them. Her decision made her trip south very lonely. Looking across the aisle, she could see they were playing poker, the way they played it all during the trip. If they hadnâ€™t seemed so serious, she would have laughed at them. None of them appeared to be particularly skilled at the game and they all seemed to have money they wanted to lose. If she hadnâ€™t been a lady, she would have asked to sit in on a hand or two and shown them how the game should be played. Instead, she made no attempt at engaging any of them in conversation.
She reached into her traveling bag and pulled out the latest pictures Don sent. As she looked at them, she prayed Donâ€™s art would help her recognize the men who worked for her.
At last the train stopped. Before she could get to her feet the young men across from her pushed their way into the aisle and hurried off ahead of her. She reached for the traveling bag, surprised to find an older man taking it from her hands.
"Let me help you, Miss," he said, carrying the bag down the aisle.
When they reached the doorway, he stepped out ahead of her and offered her his hand. BJ couldnâ€™t help but smile at him. Graciously, she thanked him for his help before he left her standing on the platform.
Outside, she expected a cool breeze to kiss her cheek and clear the smoke and dust from her lungs. Instead the oppressive dry heat of June struck her, almost taking her breath away. The bright sunlight blinded her and she blinked several times to become accustomed to it. When she did, she noticed how much smaller things looked. I was only six when Papa took me away, she reminded herself. Of course things will look different to me now.
She looked around at the dusty street, the wooden sidewalks and the stores she remembered from her childhood. The buildings were no longer as overwhelming as they were twelve years earlier. She smiled at the familiar scene. It told her sheâ€™d arrived home.
So few people were assembled at the station, it took no time at all for her to realize her Uncle Paul wasnâ€™t one of them. Instead, she recognized first Don Parsons then Dave Whitley. She smiled and noted Whitâ€™s appearance. He looked remarkably like the pictures Don had sent her over the years, only more handsome.
Mild Mannered receptionist, wife, mother and grandmother by day, Sherry Derr-Wille spends her nights writing and writing and writing. Having been inspired by an English assignment in her sophomore year of high school, she had never quite finished the assignment. New stories pop into her head every day with never enough time to write them all.
A Wisconsin native, she grew up a country girl, but enjoys her "cityâ€ home. She and her husband of over 40 years, Bob, live in a mid-sized town close to the Illinois border, where she works as a receptionist for an insurance office and he is retired. Deeming Bob "A Saintâ€ for putting up with her, she has never regretted marrying her high school sweetheart just two days after graduation in 1964.
Becky's Rebel: Ms. Derr-Wille brings the spirit of understanding the plight of the Civil War survivors. Becky Larson and her Rebel, Joe Kemmerman, reminds us that love and faith overcome all obstacles. A must read for those who still need to understand there is no different in the hearts of people, North or South. Beckyâ€™s Rebel will make you laugh, shed a tear or two and have you falling in love, once again, with a time and itâ€™s people that is uniquely Americaâ€™s ... the Civil War era. -- Debbie Fritter â€“ The Perfect Match â€“ Whippoorwill Press
Hello Do You Know Me is a wonderful heart-warming love story. It touches your heart from the very beginning. It has everything that makes you turn the pages. Matt Bratzman has lived another manâ€™s life for thirty-five years. Betsy Connor is a widow again. Now out of the blue her first love is back from the grave. But it can't be. Jerry Fellows was killed in Viet Nam. Sherry Derr Willeâ€™s characters are real and you find yourself cheering for them and wanting them to find a happy-ever-after. If you like stories that grab a hold of your heart and donâ€™t let go. You'll love this one. Along the way there is some humor and tears and love that survived through time. There were many tragedies out of the Viet Nam War but thanks to Ms. Wille this one had a happy ending.-- Judy Leigh Peters, A Fatherâ€™s Hope, Joshuaâ€™s Faith, http://www.judyleighpeters.com
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 284
Paper Weight (lb): 12.0
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