Originally posted on Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer : Title: Yellow Hair Author: Andrew Joyce File Size: 1092 KB Print Length: 498 Pages Publisher: William Birch & Assoc. Publication Date: September 28, 2016 Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC Language: English ASIN: B01LXOXHBI ISBN-10: 0998119318 ISBN-13: 978-0998119311 Formats: Paperback and Kindle Goodreads Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Biographical *I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book* “Through no…
Posting second edition on Saturday since people have extra reading time.Image of couple in farm wagon taken from internet.
Joe was up by four every morning, making sure the goats were milked and the stock tended before he headed over to Fred’s place every morning. The two nannies competed for the first spot on the milking block, eager to get at their corn. Pesky as goats were, It might be a good idea to keep them from now on. Between these two, he got a more than a gallon of milk a day, plenty for drinking, cooking, butter-making and even enough for Anya to make cheese. He should have gotten goats a long time ago. These two ate far less than the cow.
He worried leaving all the garden-work to Anya in her condition. Though they hadn’t talked about her pregnancy yet, he knew from the quiet of her manner she was troubled. He’d seen evidence of rape in the early days as he cared for her, and felt resignation as he noted her nausea and swelling breasts. Their fragile union was born of need on both parts. There had been no feeling beyond pity for her upon arrival. In the first days, he’d just hoped she’d stay to help with the children, but came to take pleasure in her tender care of Sally, her growing love for Little Joe, and the way she made the life they all brought to his lonesome cabin. After her hearing returned they’d begun talking a bit, he began to hope she’d soon warm to him, despite assertions she would leave. As her thin body began to swell with pregnancy, she was lovely. He began to look forward to a life with her and a houseful of children. After all, a baby was just a baby. Little Joe and Sally had brought so much love into his lonely life. What was one more?
He was going to have to bring this up with Anya. It occurred to him she might have avoided mentioning her pregnancy thinking he’d hold it against her. It was time to set her mind at ease. Maybe with this out of the way, they could get on with their lives.
Thanks Erika Kind
Emma tapped on the door, explaining before she even got in. “I can’t stay. Me and Rufus is on the way to town. Nellie Mason told me your cow was dry, so I brung you some butter and two gallons of milk for the youguns. If it turns before they finish it, you might have enough for a churning. Can I bring you anything from town? ”
“Thank you, but no. This milk and butter are sure welcome. Are you sure you cain’t set awhile? I wouldn’t mind a cup of coffee with a friend. It gets mighty quiet with Joe gone all day.” Anya longed for the comfort of a woman’s company.
“No, Rufus is a’waitin’ in the wagon. I better get on, but I sure wish you’d ride over with Joe Saturday when he comes to help Rufus fix the windmill. I could kill a chicken an’ make some dumplings. We could have some good woman talk.” Emma’s eyes crinkled. “Is Joe proud about the baby?”
“Oh, I ain’t told him yet. I been spottin’ some and I’m afeared I may not carry it. I don’t want him to worry if they ain’t no need.” Anya had no idea how that spilled out.
“”I’ve sorrowed over that. I lost two between Martha and Melvin. I’ll pray for you.” She gave Anya a warm hug.
Tears sprung to Anya’s eyes at her friend’s kindness. “I thank you, Emma. I’d be proud to see you on Saturday.”
“That will be something to look forward to. See you then.” Anya followed Emma into the yard and waved as the Menlo’s wagon rattled off.