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Amethyst

Books by Lauraine Snelling

A Secret Refuge
(3 in 1)

D
AKOTAH
T
REASURES

Ruby

Pearl
Opal

Amethyst

D
AUGHTERS OF
B
LESSING

A Promise for Ellie
Sophie’s Dilemma
A Touch of Grace
Rebecca’s Reward

R
ED
R
IVER OF THE
N
ORTH

An Untamed Land     The Reapers’ Song
A New Day Rising    Tender Mercies    
A Land to Call Home     Blessing in Disguise   

R
ETURN TO
R
ED
R
IVER

A Dream to Follow
Believing the Dream
More Than a Dream

Amethyst
Copyright © 2005
Lauraine Snelling

Cover design by Dan Thornberg

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise—without the prior written permission of the publisher. The only exception is brief quotations in printed reviews.

Published by Bethany House Publishers
11400 Hampshire Avenue South
Bloomington, Minnesota 55438

Bethany House Publishers is a division of
Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

E-book edition created 2011

ISBN 978-1-4412-0303-8

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on file at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Dedication

To Jeanne and Bill, Mona and Eileen,
who gave me space and a place to write
faster than I ever have before.
What blessings you all are.

LAURAINE SNELLING is an award-winning author of over fifty books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers’ conferences across the country. She and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, a basset named Chewy, and a cockatiel watch bird named Bidley. They make their home in California.

Acknowledgments

This book wasn’t planned as part of the D
AKOTAH
T
REASURES
series in the beginning, but when I ran out of book for Opal before I ran out of story, I asked my friends at Bethany House if we could add one more book. I danced for joy when they said yes, so thanks, Carol Johnson, David Horton, and all others involved in that decision. I wanted to find out what happened next as much as our readers did.

Kathleen, Chelley, Mona, Eileen, Woodeene, Nanci, thanks for brainstorming, for asking questions, reading again and again, helping me figure out these characters and get enough conflict. Sharon Asmus, you are always a delight to work with, the speed with which you get back to me is amazing. Do you read in your sleep? Deidre, agent and friend, what a journey we are on. Thanks for your wisdom and encouragement.

My perpetual thanks to all the readers who write and ask for more. I am so blessed. I’m glad these books mean so much to you and that you take time out of your busy schedules to let me know your thoughts.

To God be the glory, great things He has done.

Contents

CHAPTER ONE

CHAPTER TWO

CHAPTER THREE

CHAPTER FOUR

CHAPTER FIVE

CHAPTER SIX

CHAPTER SEVEN

CHAPTER EIGHT

CHAPTER NINE

CHAPTER TEN

CHAPTER ELEVEN

CHAPTER TWELVE

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

CHAPTER NINETEEN

CHAPTER TWENTY

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE

CHAPTER THIRTY

CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE

CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE

CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR

CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE

CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX

CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN

CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT

CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE

CHAPTER FORTY

CHAPTER FORTY-ONE

EPILOGUE

CHAPTER ONE

Eastern Pennsylvania, Fall  1886

Her father’s words itched worse than a bur in her camisole.

“Go find Joel.” He’d said those words more than once or even twice. Every time he got to feeling poorly, he’d point his bony finger at her and utter those same words. What did he think she was—a gypsy who could look in tea leaves or a crystal ball and find out where the boy had disappeared to? What possibly irked her the most was that “feeling poorly” meant he’d had one—or many—too many drinks and would come home feeling right sorry for himself. And convinced he was dying.

More than once Amethyst Colleen O’Shaunasy, called Colleen because her father had thought her mother’s naming her after a pinky-purple rock was the height of stupidity, wished she could join the temperance movement. If there were some way she could destroy the local tavern, she would. Or at least shut it down. But there was far too much work to be done on the farm if she wished to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table to go gallivanting off to join a women’s movement. Not that all the hard work would help her any.

“Did you hear me, girl?”

“Aye, Pa, I heard you. But no one knows—”

“That’s what ya allus say. Ya ain’t got the brains God gave a goose. Find ’im before I die, or you won’t even have this house to live in. Ya know a woman can’t inherit land. I’m just lookin’ out for yer own good.”

Like you have all these years chasing away any beau who came calling?
Her father didn’t think she knew of his perfidy, but she’d found out, thanks to the local gossip. He wanted her home to take care of her ailing mother and him. Not that he worried much about any ailing female, unless she collapsed in the field, as her mother had. An affront to his dignity that was.

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