The Promise of an Angel (A Heaven On Earth 1)

The Promise of an Angel (A Heaven On Earth 1) by Ruth Reid

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understanding in time. When your eyes are completely open, then you will comprehend.”
    Judith opened her eyes as wide as she could. “I want to see God’s purpose for my life. But I don’t see anything different.”
    The boom of his laughter caused the treetops to shake their branches. An array of red and yellow leaves rained from the sky. “This is not the time, child. But do not be discouraged. For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Tobias surveyed the wooded area to her right.
    She glanced in the same direction, but not seeing anything, she turned back. Tobias had vanished. She scrambled to her feet and turned a complete circle. There was no trace of him.
    Branches snapped behind her, and Judith’s heart thumped like a horse trotting on pavement. She spun around and came face-to-face with Andrew.
    She gave a loud sigh to warn him he wasn’t welcome. His arrival must have caused Tobias to disappear. Now she might not ever learn her purpose. But then, without Levi, her purpose seemed dismal anyway. Maybe that was why Tobias hadn’t revealed the answer. The truth would have been unbearable.
    Andrew steadied his gaze on her. If his expression was intended to display his pity or to mock her pain, she didn’t know and didn’t care to find out. At this point, she didn’t dare trust anyone.
    She huffed, hoping he would take the hint and leave. When he didn’t budge, she moved under a nearby birch tree for shade.
    Andrew stood in the same place, head bowed. He must be pondering something. Not that it mattered. She just wished he’d take his thoughts and move downriver.
    When he lifted his head, he ignored her glare and kept his focus trained on her as he moved closer.
    Judith found it disturbing that she couldn’t resist his dimples. Today, she found everything about his intrusion in her life disturbing. She narrowed her eyes. “What are you doing here?”
    He studied the birch tree that she leaned against and peeled off a thin layer of white bark. “I was worried about you.”
    She bit her bottom lip, wondering if he’d seen Tobias, then disregarded that thought. If Andrew had seen a mammoth-sized Englisch man here at the river, he would have said something. But what if he had overheard only her side of their conversation? If he told his father, she’d be doomed. The bishop had already accused her of blasphemy. She’d have to leave the community . . . her family . . . leave—
    “Judith, are you all right?” The groove deepened between Andrew’s eyes.
    Her gaze darted from his to the river to the area where Tobias had stood before he vanished.
    Andrew tossed the bark he had peeled to the ground and studied her face.
    Not wishing to be under the spotlight of his gaze, she lowered her head and looked at the film of dust collecting in the cracks of her leather shoes. Lord, will You help me?
    “I know why you ran off.” His words tore through the silence.
    Judith jerked her head up, surprised by his statement. “Then why did you follow me here?” Her throat tightened. “I suppose you want a gut laugh too?” She pushed past him and stormed over to the river. She wasn’t about to be mocked anymore.
    Andrew caught up to her at the edge of the riverbank. His hand locked around her arm, and he pulled her back as sand shifted under her feet and spilled over the embankment. Once he’d taken her several feet from the water, he released her arm.
    “Look at me,” he said.
    Judith brought her head up and stared into his russet eyes.
    “I’m not laughing.”
    His jaw was set and his eyes focused, leaving no room for humor in his expression. He hadn’t been mocking her pain. Still, she couldn’t continue to look into his eyes and not cry in front of him. She didn’t want his pity.
    Andrew scuffed his boot in the dirt. “Don’t become bitter.”
    Judith gritted her teeth. If he thought he could lecture her now, he was wrong. Planting her fists on her hips, she leaned

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