The Growing Season by Rachel Elizabeth Lawshe

A young scoundrel commits a heinous deed against a jaded, independent farmer woman. Can she forgive him and forge a trustworthy relationship?

Maggie Stern lives in 1850's Washington Territory, where she owns & operates a hops farm in the rugged Pacific Northwest. She's jaded, reclusive, and withdrawn, but a woman of growing faith.
A young scoundrel stumbles onto Maggie's farm and begs for work. He has his own shady past full of drink, women, and failure as a son, but as they work together, they become close and eventually fall in love.
Both young people are flawed and angry, and Joel commits a heinous crime of passion against Maggie.
Because Joel's face was shaded by the darkness of night, Maggie cannot identify the perpetrator and must continue on with her life. Joel is completely engulfed in grief and shame for what he did but feels compelled by God to remain silent.
They fall deeper in love, and soon Maggie finds herself to be pregnant, as a result of that terrible night. She tells Joel and he still does not confess his crime, but instead offers to marry her.
Circumstances force Joel to confess to the crime and Maggie decides to intervene to save Joel's life.

  • Classification: Moderate
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  • First submitted May 4, 2012
  • Last updated May 4, 2012
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    happyscribbler wrote 2 years, 10 months ago
    I read the first three chapters and never felt any confusion. It felt very natural. If I had any criticism then it's just to watch some of your longer sentences, such as the first one. I would probably make this into two sentences to make it easier to read. The same applies to the part where Maggie is left standing in the graveyard and the diggers start to dig.. I would seperate these two thoughts. I really enjoyed this piece ...
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