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Manhood arrived prematurely. At the tender age of fifteen, Prentis lost both his father and his confidence that God loved him. He grew up fast after that day, abandoning his education to take on the responsibility and hardship of supporting his mother and siblings.

Now, in Prentis’s twenties, Avery reenters his life. A Sunday School teacher with a passion for learning and theology, she is intelligent with a captivating spirit. Prentis finds her irresistible. The audacity of attempting to court such a woman in no way weakens his resolve. He’s determined to win her heart. But male competition, vicious gossip, Avery’s unspoken fears, and the ruin of his livelihood hinder his efforts. How can Prentis win her? And if he does, how will they overcome their differences, the hard life on the Oklahoma plains, and a world at war?

“The many intelligent and nontraditional ways that Avery handles challenging situations as she teaches in a one-room rural school kept me laughing. I also found it very interesting also to read about life in the farmland of Northern Oklahoma right before World War I, not an easy life!”

“An enjoyable and meaningful story! The fact that it is based on the author’s great grandparents makes it all the more special. I loved the courtship and engagement between Prentis and Avery. I especially appreciate the struggle Prentis goes through concerning church attendance. I think anyone who has struggled with this issue, no matter what the reason, will find his process and conclusion helpful.”