“But the girl had captured his heart and mind and soul.”
“But God had showed her where she needed to be, and the answer was clearer than water.”
“If I’ve learned anything from God, it’s that God still works miracles.”
“God was beyond faithful, always, all the time.”
“With Ashley it had never been her poor choices as a young adult that made things hardest for all of them. It had been the way she cut herself off from the family, believing herself to be the black sheep.”
“She was backing out when she stopped and gazed into the gray sky. “God . . . use me.” It was a prayer she uttered often now that she understood life better. God had a purpose for everything, and on this day—as difficult as it would be—He would have a reason for her being there.”
“Justice and grace were hard concepts for anyone, especially for a person young in her faith.”
“God, this one is Yours, too, no matter what he’s done. Show him the way to forgiveness. Please.”
“Irvel showed me that I wouldn’t be happy until I found that kind of forever love.”
“That’s real love. Living in the moment, knowing that even if you only have today together, that would be enough.”
“In every way that mattered, he was still married. There was no room in his heart for someone new, no matter how kind or enjoyable she was to be with.”
“Sometimes when Katy prayed, she could almost hear God’s answer—the quiet, still resonance of a Scripture deep in her heart or silent words of wisdom spoken by her parents or the Flanigans.”
“If you have feelings for someone, you’re better off to tell them. That way . . . if tomorrow doesn’t come, there are no regrets to sort through, no question marks.”
“Katy had her Bible out. She wanted to read from 2 Corinthians, the first chapter, where the Christians were told that the sufferings of Christ would overflow into their lives as surely as the comfort would.”
“That sometimes on the journey to being a grown-up, something would happen that would advance the trip a whole year in a single day.”
“The Bible says God’s mercies are new every morning. That’s what we have to hang on to if we’re going to stay strong together,”
“Love is for people who share the same faith most of all. The same goals and dreams and futures.”
“The circle shifted around them, and by the time they were done praying, Katy had the strangest sense: not that everything would be fine any time soon but that God would use the tragic loss of Ben Hanover and Sarah Jo Stryker to build something stronger and better out of CKT.”
“It was a high note they could take away even if many of them would cry themselves to sleep tonight.”
“This is how the time moves - an hour here, a day somewhere, and then it's night and then it's morning. A clock ticking on a shelf. A small child running to school, a father coming home.
Time moves over us and past us, and the feeling of lips pressed against lips fades into memory. A picture yellows at its edges. A phone rings in an empty room.”
“تساوت في نظره جميع النساء ولا فائدة من التنقيب عمن توازيها، فهي الوحيدة التي اختزلتهن جميعاً في روحها، ومن الصعب عليه التفكير باحتمالية وجود من تشبهها على وجه الأرض”
“One is often surprised at the juvenilities which grown people indulge in at sea, and the interest they take in them, and the consuming enjoyment they get out of them.”
“It’s all right,’ said Julian, putting his arm round Anne.”
“What I wanted to ask you is--”
He takes off his gloves and wraps his somehow warm hands around my mittens. Honestly, I think I’m going to die.
“What I want to ask you is, two days before Christmas, there is a big winter festival at the harbor.” He pauses for a second and squeezes my hands.
His dimples are in full working order.
“It’s kind of a boy-ask-girl thing, and I was wondering if you, Ms. Emily O’Brien, would like to go?”
“Like, together?” I blurt out. Oh my God, did I just say that!
“Yeah.” Teague grins. “That would be the idea.” He puts his bare hands into my mittens, our first official hand-holding moment, and I don’t just feel it in my hands. “There’s ceremonial dancing, tons of food, a band up from Juneau, and--”
I put my bare finger up to his lips.
I have no idea where I get this move.
“Shhhhh,” I say.
For a second we stand in the dark moonlight with Bear resting beneath us.
“Teague Denali.” I smile at him. “The answer is yes.”
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