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Maybe she was exercising her ability to charm men with nothing more than a smile. Was she practicing on him so she could entice some young man in the vil age who was her main objective? Dressed in his slacks and a clean shirt, he went down to the kitchen, hoping his dinner would fil the suddenly painful hol ow in his stomach. Chapter 3 He soon adjusted to the easy pace of the vil age. Every Sunday, he dressed careful y in his new suit and marched down the road to the white church. While his sole interest in attending lay with the minister's daughter, he found himself paying more attention to her father's sermons every week.

But Marian had never been with a man before; he knew that as surely as he knew he was embarking on an unparal eled adventure of his own. His fingers stil ed, his conscience awakened by the knowledge that she was a virgin. As if drugged, he lifted his head and surveyed her with heavy-lidded eyes. " Her hands clutched him around the waist. "Why? " He heard anguish in her voice and quickly kissed her lips. "No, darling, no. " His heart turned over at the words but he wouldn't take her virginity in the middle of a field.

Oh, look! The dresses we wore for the wedding of some cousin. " They lowered their heads over the picture. Al three were mostly gray now, but strands of their natural hair colors stil peeked through. A blonde, a brunette and a redhead, their appearances just as different as they were inside. Another picture caught Hannah's eye. A tal , dark-haired man stood at attention in his navy uniform, his eyes bright and his bearing rigid. One corner of his mouth curved up as if he were having a hard time staying serious for the photographer.

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