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Books by Jerry S. Eicher

T
HE
A
DAMS
C
OUNTY
T
RILOGY

Rebecca's Promise • Rebecca's Return

Rebecca's Choice

T
HE
B
EILER
S
ISTERS

Holding a Tender Heart • Seeing Your Face Again

Finding Love at Home

E
MMA
R
ABER
'
S
D
AUGHTER

Katie Opens Her Heart • Katie's Journey to Love

Katie's Forever Promise

F
IELDS OF
H
OME

Missing Your Smile • Following Your Heart

Where Love Grows

H
ANNAH
'
S
H
EART

A Dream for Hannah • A Hope for Hannah

A Baby for Hannah

L
AND OF
P
ROMISE

Miriam's Secret • A Blessing for Miriam

Miriam and the Stranger

L
ITTLE
V
ALLEY
S
ERIES

A Wedding Quilt for Ella • Ella's Wish

Ella Finds Love Again

T
HE
S
T
. L
AWRENCE
C
OUNTY
A
MISH

A Heart Once Broken • Until I Love Again

O
THER
S
TANDALONE
T
ITLES

My Amish Childhood

The Amish Family Cookbook
(with Tina Eicher)

HARVEST HOUSE PUBLISHERS

EUGENE, OREGON

Scripture quotations taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

Cover by Garborg Design Works

Cover photos
©
Chris Garborg; Bigstock

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

UNTIL I LOVE AGAIN

Copyright © 2016 by Jerry S. Eicher

Published by Harvest House Publishers

Eugene, Oregon 97402

www.harvesthousepublishers.com

ISBN 978-0-7369-6589-7 (pbk.)

ISBN 978-0-7369-6590-3 (eBook)

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Eicher, Jerry S., author.

Title: Until I love again / Jerry S. Eicher.

Description: Eugene Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, [2016]

Identifiers: LCCN 2016000193 (print) | LCCN 2016004506 (ebook) | ISBN 9780736965897 (softcover) | ISBN 9780736965903 ()

Subjects: LCSH: Amish—Fiction. | Mate selection—Fiction. | GSAFD: Love stories. | Christian fiction.

Classification: LCC PS3605.I34 U58 2016 (print) | LCC PS3605.I34 (ebook) | DDC 813/.6—dc23

LC record available at
http://lccn.loc.gov/2016000193

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Contents

Books by Jerry S. Eicher

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

Chapter Forty-Two

Discussion Questions

(free sample) A Heart Once Broken

About the Author

About the Publisher

Chapter One

S
usanna Miller pulled back on the buggy reins, and her horse Charlie came to a halt as the traffic light turned red. Susanna casually looked to her left and suddenly let out a gasp, not believing her eyes. When the light changed to green moments later, Susanna's gaze was still on the illuminated sign in the parking lot of DeKalb Seed and Feed. It took the honking of the car horn behind her to break Susanna's trance. She let the reins fly as Charlie lunged forward.

As she drove by, she glanced over her shoulder at the sign one final time.
Yah
, it said what she thought it said: Happy Birthday, Susanna Miller. Susanna groaned. If
Daett
or anyone else from the community saw this, there would be questions she didn't want to answer.

Susanna hung on to Charlie's reins as he trotted out of town and made the sharp turn off of Highway 17 onto Maple Ridge Road. Perhaps the fact that she was on the final days of her
rumspringa
would make any explanation more acceptable. She had been given free rein by
Daett
, but that was about over now. And this sign might be the straw that would break the proverbial camel's back.
Daett
had
allowed her freedom in the hope that her
rumspringa
time would accomplish its intended purpose.
Yah
, she was supposed to taste what lay out there in the
Englisha
world, and in so doing, come to realize why those things were not allowed among her people.

But
Daett
hadn't intended things to go as they had. Things like her friendship with Joey Macalister. She had kept that hidden from everyone, because, really, Joey was only a friend—nothing more. She need not alarm her family. Her
rumspringa
was almost over and she was ready to settle down—or was she? That was the question. She had told herself she was done with the
Englisha
world… but when she was with Joey, she wasn't so sure. When she was out with him, the world outside the Amish fence beckoned, tossing her emotions back and forth each weekend.

The birthday sign she had passed—if she was honest—warmed her heart as much as it alarmed her. Joey had placed the words there himself, or more likely, he had asked his cousin Marisa, who worked at the seed and feed, to set up the birthday greeting. Joey meant no harm, but an Amish girl's name should never be seen on an
Englisha
sign whether she was on her
rumspringa
or not. Such a thing would obviously mean she was a close friend and perhaps more than a friend with some
Englisha
person.
Daett
would wish to know who that was, and all the details.

Her friend, Emma Troyer, claimed that one's
rumspringa
in her aunt's community in Ohio allowed for friendships with
Englisha
people, but Susanna couldn't imagine that here. Amish life in New York's North Country was a controlled affair.
Daett
had already given her more freedom than anyone in the community thought was appropriate.

Susanna sighed and pulled back on the reins as Charlie approached the Millers' driveway. She turned in with a quick look
around the barnyard.
Daett
's buggy wasn't there. It was just as well. She didn't want to see him at the moment. Not with the memory of the illuminated sign still haunting her.
Daett
would understand neither the sign nor her friendship with Joey. No,
Daett
would want to end her
rumspringa
time if and when he learned of this. He would no doubt put pressure on her to attend the community's upcoming spring baptismal classes.

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