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Ripples in the Stream
Ripples in the Stream
ISBN: (13):9781490335025 / (10): 1490335021
Published: 2013 Innovative Writing Works
Category: Fiction/Romance/Western/Family Life
Pages: 256
"Didn't want to put it down.
This is good stuff."
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both Copper Creek fans!"
"Good pace. Liked intro of
new characters; kept the
story fresh and interesting."
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Henry was shocked to see his sister running toward him. Olivia immediately seized his arm and
bent over, gasping for breath.
"Olivia? What happened? Are you alright?" Henry demanded.
"Fine…everything's fine," she replied.
"Then why are you running? I thought you'd gone home."
"I intended to but then…I saw…I couldn't begin to explain it."
"Did you see a young man ride this way?" she asked.
"No. I haven't seen anyone. I've been rather lost in my thoughts."
"Are you sure? He was riding a sorrel and he was dressed in chaps and a tan leather vest."
Henry felt a pang of uneasiness at Olivia's description and looked away as she continued to rattle
"I don't pretend to understand it. But he asked me for directions into town and then told me his
name was…Ben Kohl."
"I see."
"Henry, he looked so much like...."
"Get a hold of yourself, Olivia. I know what you're thinking and it just isn't possible. No matter
what he says."
"Says? Henry you did see him. You talked to him?"
Henry ground his teeth and nodded. "He had a letter from Aunt Annie with him."
"Oh, Henry. I knew it. I just knew it. What did the letter say?"
"I doesn't matter because he isn't your son."
"Henry, why are you so angry?"
"Because I don't trust him."
"Why? What has he done to make you...."
"He hasn't done anything, Livy. At least not the way you mean. But it just doesn't make sense.
We both know your baby died over twenty years ago."
"Do we? We only have Aunt Annie's word for it. You weren't in the room. And after the baby
was born, I lost consciousness."
"Aunt Annie wouldn't lie to us about a thing like this. If she said the baby was dead, then he was."
"What did she write?"
Henry pressed his lips together in firm line.
"Henry…please. I must know."
The hopeful, trusting look in his sister's eyes was something Henry could never rebuff. He sighed
and said, "She begs your forgiveness for taking your baby after he was born, but justifies her
kidnapping by insisting you were too young and innocent to throw away your life raising the
offspring of a man who jilted you. She hoped, without a baby to tie you down, you'd have a
chance to begin again and find happiness with someone else."
"What else did she say?"
"Distressingly little, considering the circumstances."
"Does she say what she did with the baby after…."
"Yes. She says she saw to it the baby went to a family she and Uncle Paul knew so she could keep
an eye on the boy. What happened during the intervening years, I don't know. The rest of the
letter is largely sentimental."
"And this young man. How did he know to come and look for me now?"
"He says Aunt Annie told him all about you and charged him to deliver her letter of explanation
to you personally. Unfortunately, he also took the liberty of reading it himself and now he's
convinced he's...."
"My son," Olivia finished. She closed her eyes and a single tear rolled down her cheek. Henry
reached out to brace her up, pulling her into a hug.
"This is exactly why I didn't want to tell you," Henry chided.
"Why?" she uttered, drawing back. "It's wonderful."
"You don't mean you believe this young man is really your son?"
"I do, Henry. I can't believe anything else. The instant I saw him I felt…." She pressed a hand over
her mouth to stifle her emotion.
"Livy." He put his arm around her shoulders.
"No, Henry. It's alright," she finally said. "You see…the part of me that died with my baby stirred
to life again when I saw him. I am his mother. Every fiber of my being recognized him."
"Are you sure?"
"Mhmm," she said, nodding for emphasis.
"Do you plan to tell him about his father?"
"I haven't planned anything, Henry. I just want to see him. Will you take me to him?"
"I left him in town," he replied brusquely.
Olivia's silent entreaty tore down his final resistance. Though logic told him he was about to stir
up a hornet's nest of trouble, he could never deny Olivia anything. So he added, "We'd better
hurry if we want to catch him."

Memories by the Stream
Copper Creek Series - Book 3
Could a Twist of Fate Heal a Broken Heart?

Ben Kohl rode into Copper Creek amid the aftermath of scandal and disillusionment in the fall of 1880.
Michael Randolph's passing that summer had sparked an epidemic of doubt in Copper Creek that perhaps
all was not as wholesome or honest as it seemed. But remedying this perception was not Ben Kohl's aim.
Rather, he intended to seek out the keeper of Michael Randolph's darkest secret to release an even more
shocking truth on the unsuspecting populace.

That truth had been Olivia Kohl's private heartache for more than twenty years. Abandoned by her
husband just months after they'd taken their vows, she had subsequently lost their only child at birth. She
had finally begun to enjoy life again when her younger brother, Henry, accepted his first assignment as
pastor for the Copper Creek church. But when Ben claims the impossibility of being her son, all the
sorrow of her traumatic past threatens to destroy her happiness once more.

Adamant that Olivia's aunt sent him to find her and explain the deception she perpetrated to keep them
apart, Ben's desire to know more about his father sparks a storm of emotion leading to dangerous
complications when he begins to show romantic interest in Michael's grieving daughter, Rachel.

Forced then to choose between telling the truth or preserving a beloved memory, Olivia plans to make a
brave confession. But when a deadly subterfuge, designed to exact revenge on all of Copper Creek, ignites
a catastrophe no one could have foreseen it will take an ironic twist of fate to mend more than one
broken heart.
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