Authors: Lori Wick
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.
Cover by Dugan Design Group, Bloomington, Minnesota
Copyright Â© 2008 by Lori Wick
Published by Harvest House Publishers
Eugene, Oregon 97402
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Â Â Â Jessie / Lori Wick.
Â Â Â Â Â Â p. cm.â(Big sky dreams; bk. 3)
Â Â Â ISBN-13: 978-0-7369-2080-3 (pbk.)
Â Â Â ISBN-10: 0-7369-2080-3
Â Â Â 1. Single mothersâFiction. 2. Women merchantsâFiction. 3. Runaway husbandsâFiction.
Â Â Â 4. ForgivenessâFiction. 5. MontanaâFiction. I. Title.
Â Â Â PS3573.I237J47 2008
Â Â 813'.54âdc22
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precious daughter of my heart
and gift to my Matt.
Thank you for being you.
Some books are harder to write than others. Some flow, some pour, and some trickle. As excited as I am about this story and the people in it, this book trickled. At the same time, precious people played a part, all of whom helped me to finish. Indeed, I would not have finished without them. I wish to thankâ¦
Â Â Tim and AndreaâYou literally came in at the eleventh hour. Your words were few but just what I needed. Thanks for listening as I poured my heart out and then saying just what I needed to hear. You are utterly dear to me, and I am so glad God put you in my life.
Â Â AbâWhat can I say? You are so much more than a daughter. Thank you for finishing strong. The goals you set so many years ago have remained, and I'm indescribably proud of your accomplishments. Thanks for battling strong alongside me and reminding me so often of how much the cross is worth.
Â Â MattâYour heart and work ethic are amazing. Thanks for listening with such humility. Having you home for this time is a huge blessing. You are very loved.
Â Â MerryâWhat an amazing friend you are. You don't know how much you encourage me. Thanks for this season of time we've had together. Thanks for your laughter and precious friendship. You are so very loved and needed.
Â Â PearlâThe walks and your listening ear have been amazing. Thank you for your constant hospitality and welcoming heart. You are a treasure to my life.
Â Â BobâWow. It's been a time. At one point in the story, Seth says he does not want to go back in time and learn things all over again. And so it is with you and me. Thanks for coming the distance with me. Thanks for learning and growing ahead of me and with me. God can do amazing things in a humble heart. Thanks for keeping yours so soft. I love you.
Jessie Wheelerâowns and operates Wheeler's Mercantile
Seth Reddingâstranded in Token Creek
Jeb DornâJessie's cousin