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Dreaming of Tomorrow
by Michelle De Bruin
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Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 317 Pages
November 10, 2020 by Scrivenings Press LLC
Love leads them to a lifetime of commitment where the dreams they have held onto for so long start to come true.
Popular and eligible, Logan De Witt must convince the women in town that he is engaged to be married. A quiet, simple ceremony is what he has in mind for his wedding day, but when the date and time of his bride’s arrival is published in the newspaper, the whole town joins in the celebration proving to Logan and his new wife their sincere friendship and support. Added to the excitement of Logan’s marriage is the question of what the congregation should do with the unexpected donation of an orchard.
Karen Millerson is counting the days until her long-distance engagement comes to an end and she may travel to Oswell City to marry Logan. More than anything, she wants to share in his life as a help and support, but keeping a house and finding her place in the community requires much more work than she ever expected.
Learn, laugh, and love with Karen and Logan as they start a new marriage and work together ministering to the citizens of their small town.
Dreaming of Tomorrow Book Excerpt
Morning sunlight glistened on the yards of white satin cascading over the end of the ornate drawing-room table. Rolls of lace lay nearby. Mother picked up a wide swatch in an intricate pattern and held it to Karen’s neck.
“This is lovely.” Mother’s eyes brightened.
“Very stylish. With your daughter’s blonde hair and fair skin, this lace would make a perfect complement to her wedding gown. Women with her coloring should wear white, not ivory or creamier shades.” Mother’s personal dress designer stepped closer and tapped her chin.
Karen preferred the white fabric to the cream one. The white was her choice for the dress she would wear to marry Logan, but mother’s choice of lace, beautiful as it was, didn’t fit with her desire for simplicity.
“That lace is very nice, Mother, but it’s too showy. What about this one?” Karen reached for a delicate strip featuring a combination of flower buds and scrolls.
Mother’s lips scrunched together. “I suppose. What do you think, Miss Rose?”
The designer wore much the same expression as Mother. She’d been Margaret Millerson’s dress designer ever since the day Mother’s brother Henry offered his home to his sister and her daughter. With her new life came the fashion expertise and friendship of Miss Rose. Karen didn’t even know her last name. She’d always been the woman who appeared at their home from her boutique downtown to take measurements and confer with Mother whenever holidays or a change of seasons required the newest and latest styles.
“Elegant, but not quite the right touch for the bride from a prominent family. All the society weddings this summer are going with gowns that have intricate lace on the bodice and sleeves. You’ll want to do that too.”
“Oh, yes. And the veil. We mustn’t forget to talk about the veil.” Mother hastened to the sofa where a mountain of tulle billowed. She brought it over to Karen, and, with Miss Rose’s assistance, draped it down her back and across the rug.
“That should be about the right length.” Miss Rose’s voice carried from what sounded like the other side of the spacious room.
Karen turned, unable to restrain the twist of her brow. The ridiculously long path of tulle would reach right down the street to Uncle Henry’s downtown office. If Karen were to wear a veil of these proportions in Oswell City, the silly thing would stretch all the way down the church’s aisle as well as most of Main Street.
Logan’s letters acquainted her with the community she’d call home once they married. It was a small town, a close-knit group of folks out on the expansive Iowa prairie who knew the value of hard work and of doing it together. According to Logan’s letters, their survival depended on it, which meant Oswell City residents didn’t have the time or the need for extravagance.
If the bride of their pastor were to appear in a veil five miles long and wearing a lacy dress costing more than some of their houses, she’d cost Logan a degree of respect. Not to mention set herself up as belonging to another class—something Karen refused to do. As the wife of the local preacher, she wanted to fit in and serve alongside him the best she knew how.
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About the Author
Michelle De Bruin lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a bachelor’s degree in Religion with a Christian Ministry emphasis, and in Music. Michelle is the spiritual services provider for an organization that offers services for people with mental and physical disabilities. She has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2015. Michelle writes inspirational historical romance about people who live in rural communities. Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small-town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story.
Her first book, Hope for Tomorrow, released in 2018. The sequel, Promise for Tomorrow, released November 2019. The third book in the series, Dreaming of Tomorrow, releases November 2020.
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Ends November 25, 2020