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Josephine's Journey
Sherry Derr-Wille
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Josephine has come west in search of the son she hasn’t seen in far too many years. Once she arrives in Montana, she is thrilled to find that her son is about to be married. Once her grandchild is born, she agrees to take over the duties of teaching the children of the reservation in exchange for being able to stay close to her son.

George Roberts came to Montana to judge not only Crooked Snake, but also the Indian Agent, Simon Leary. He never expected to a woman who would become important in his life. When he returns to Denver and his duties there, he realizes that Josephine is the woman he wants to be his and his alone. Before that can happen, he has to prove his love to Josephine when she’s not certain that she wants to commit to him.

Before Quade could make further comment, the officer who had come into the saloon with him came over to their table.

“Do you mind if I join you and this lovely lady?” he asked.

“Of course not. George Roberts, this is my mother, Josephine McPherson.”

George took her hand and held it to his lips. “Josephine is a beautiful name to match a beautiful woman.”

Josephine could feel a blush creeping into her cheeks. The man with Quade was very handsome, even though his uniform was covered with trail dust. Never in her life had she ever had anyone kiss her hand and call her beautiful.

“I prefer being called Jo. May I call you George?”

“I would be pleased if you would. You’ve been holding out on me, Quade. You never told me that your mother was such a fine figure of a woman.”

“I honestly didn’t expect that the two of you would meet. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen my ma. To be truthful, I didn’t expect to find her waiting for me. I’m glad that she decided to come out here and find me.”

Josephine bit the insides of her cheeks in an attempt not to cry at her son’s words. “Now the two of you are making me blush even more than I did before. I will be getting a big head.”

“I hope you don’t mind having me for company once Quade goes out to the reservation, Jo,” George said, once he seated himself at the table. “I was just told that it would be at least a week before the next train to Denver arrives.”

“You could always ride to Denver,” Quade suggested.

“Like I told you earlier, I’m getting too old for all this time in the saddle, to say nothing of sleeping in the open. I much prefer my carriage as well as my comfortable bed.”

Josephine laughed at George’s statement. She could understand what he meant. As she aged, she certainly didn’t enjoy the things she used to. Although she still worked in her garden, she much preferred to let Ella do the backbreaking work while she watched the children.

Am I really that old? I’ve had my fortieth birthday. I can remember when that seemed to be absolutely ancient. I don’t feel that way at all. I’m still a young woman in my heart, especially when George kissed my hand.

She listened to the conversation going on between Quade and George. She allowed herself to think about what it would be like to be alone in this desolate place with a man like George. It had been years since she thought about a man romantically. After the twins had been born, lovemaking with Willard had been sporadic to say the least. Unfortunately every time they made love she got pregnant, but often Willard’s temper would get the best of him, and before the child could be born, he would come home drunk and beat her until the baby came too early to survive. Thankfully, after the loss of the third child, Willard no longer came to her demanding his marital rights.

So why, after all these years did she have thoughts of what it would be like to be with George? You’re a foolish old woman, Jo. The man paid you a little attention and now you think that he’s interested in you. What are you thinking?

~ * ~

Quade spent the night at the railhead and left early the next morning. George didn’t like to see this impressive young man leave, but he knew that Quade had obligations at the reservation. After bidding him farewell, he went inside so that Josephine would have time for her own good-byes to her son.

After getting another cup of coffee, George sat down at one of the tables and thought about Josephine. He had to be out of his mind to have romantic feelings about a woman after only meeting her for the first time a matter of hours earlier.

Don’t you think it’s about time, George?

The sound of his dead wife’s voice in his mind came as a shock. Minnie had been the love of his life. They had married young, and she had followed him whenever the fort that he was assigned to allowed it and waited for him when it hadn’t. She’d bore his children and raised them alone when he couldn’t be with her.

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 “city” 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 Saint” 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. Becky’s Rebel will make you laugh, shed a tear or two and have you falling in love, once again, with a time and it’s people that is uniquely America’s ... the Civil War era. -- Debbie Fritter – The Perfect Match – 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 man’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 Wille’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 don’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 Father’s Hope, Joshua’s Faith, http://www.judyleighpeters.com

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ISBN: 1597056632
ISBN(13-digit): 9781597056632
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 286
Paper Weight (lb): 12.0

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