Welcome back Margery Scott.

Here is the promised excerpt from Emma's Wish

You're gonna love this one. You might need a hanky or some tissues.

Still grieving his wife’s death, Sam Jenkins needs a mother for his children. He can't build his ranch and care for three precocious youngsters alone. Emma Witherspoon has accepted the fact that she will never have a husband and children of her own, but that doesn't ease the ache in her heart. When Emma makes Sam an offer he can’t refuse, neither of them can foresee the changes in their lives because of two little words – “I do.”


Prologue

Texas, 1880
"Please don't send us away, Pa." Six-year-old Nathan tugged on the rolled up sleeve of his father's shirt. "We'll be good. We promise. Don't we, Joseph?"

Beside him, his older brother nodded vigorously, then scrubbed at his tear-stained eyes with his grimy knuckles.

Studying the two boys, Becky's head bobbed in agreement, setting her pale blonde curls bouncing. She was too young to understand the significance of what Sam had just told them, but whatever her brothers did, Becky followed suit, as much as any three-year-old could.

Sam Jenkins raked his fingers through his hair. God, if there was any other way ... But there wasn't. It was the right thing to do. He'd done his best to look after the children and the ranch, if it could be called that - but it wasn't good enough. He was failing at both, and now he had to muster up the courage to do what was best for them, no matter how painful it was. Seeing the children lined up in front of him, looking at him as if he was some kind of monster, just about tore his heart out.

Leaning over, he picked Becky up and settled her on his lap. Her pudgy arms reached up around his neck, and she planted a loud smacking kiss on his cheek.

Swallowing painfully against the grief choking him, he took Nathan's small hand. His gaze rested on the calluses on the little boy's palm. Dammit, his hands shouldn't already show signs of hard labor. Youngsters shouldn't have to work that hard.

This was exactly why he'd made the decision, the decision the children hated him for right now. But they'd thank him later. He had to believe that.

He was doing this for their own good. Sam had to remind himself of that every single day. By sending them back east to live with his wife's parents, he was giving them the life they deserved, a life of privilege and wealth. But even though his reasons made sense, he couldn't shake the uneasy feeling that he was making a huge mistake.

"It's just for a little while." He tried to sound convincing, but the promise rang false even to his own ears. "Right now, I need to work too hard--"

"We can help," Joseph volunteered. "I'm almost a man. You said so yourself when Ma died."

When Ma died. That said it all. Their lives had fallen apart when Catherine died six months before. The children had lost their mother, and he'd lost the only woman he'd ever loved.

"I did say that, didn't I?" he asked, ruffling the boy's hair. "And I meant it, too."

Catherine had always called Joseph her little man, and a melancholy smile twitched at Sam's lips at the recollection. He'd called him that, too, as Joseph had stood beside him at the cemetery when they laid Catherine to rest. Joseph had stood in the rain, his head held high, determined not to cry even though his eyes brimmed with tears and his chin quivered throughout the short service.

"I can work--" Joseph put in.

"Me too--"

"Me work--" Becky smiled up at him, the dimples in her cheeks and the clear blue gaze in her eyes bringing back the image of Catherine's angelic face.

God, couldn't they see how badly he wanted to keep them with him? They were all he had left, and sending them away was slowly killing him. But they had no way of knowing that. They only knew they were being sent to live with people they'd never met, in a place they'd never seen.

"Joseph," he said, trying to make his tone as stern as possible. "I can't keep you here right now. Your grandparents are looking forward to seeing you. So I need you to be a man now and promise me you'll take care of the younger ones. That's the way it has to be."

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16 comments

  1. Mary Marvella // July 16, 2011 at 2:34 AM  

    Margery, how long have you been writing these stories?

  2. Margery Scott // July 16, 2011 at 6:54 AM  

    Mary, I'm not one of those authors who "has to" write. I came to it late, after my boys were grown. Still, seeing how old I am now, I've been writing for quite a while :)

  3. Judy // July 16, 2011 at 9:06 AM  

    Margery, this story is wonderful. I'm rooting for all four of them and I've only just met them. Great job!! I know you'll have success with it!

  4. Beth Trissel // July 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM  

    Margery, wow, this excerpt is superb. You are an excellent author.

  5. Mary Ricksen // July 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM  

    Wow! What a heart-wrenching scene and written so well too!
    Incredible...

  6. Margery Scott // July 16, 2011 at 9:20 PM  

    Thanks, Judy. I loved writing this book. I hope others love it too.

  7. Margery Scott // July 16, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

    Thanks, Beth. That's really kind of you to say.

  8. Margery Scott // July 16, 2011 at 9:23 PM  

    Mary, thank you so much.

  9. Margery Scott // July 16, 2011 at 9:24 PM  

    Mary M, thank you so much for inviting me for my maiden blogging voyage. I've really enjoyed it.

  10. Mary Marvella // July 17, 2011 at 12:16 AM  

    Margery, you are a pro!

  11. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // July 17, 2011 at 2:49 AM  

    This definitely tugged at my heartstrings. (sniff, sniff)

  12. Margery Scott // July 17, 2011 at 6:18 AM  

    Mary, far from being a pro, but I'm feeling a little braver now.

  13. Scarlet Pumpernickel // July 17, 2011 at 6:32 PM  

    Oh gosh, where is my box of tissue? Sniff, sniff such a touching beginning. Can't wait to read the rest.

  14. Nightingale // July 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM  

    Great prologue, Margery. I'm hooked!

  15. Edie Ramer // July 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM  

    Margery, I love this excerpt! Great writing.

  16. Josie // July 21, 2011 at 9:25 AM  

    Beautiful writing. Thanks so much for sharing.