18 November 2020

Dreaming of Tomorrow | Excerpt + Giveaway


Love leads them to a lifetime of commitment where the dreams they have held onto for so long start to come true.

Popular and eligible, Logan De Witt must convince the women in town that he is engaged to be married. A quiet, simple ceremony is what he has in mind for his wedding day, but when the date and time of his bride’s arrival is published in the newspaper, the whole town joins in the celebration proving to Logan and his new wife their sincere friendship and support. Added to the excitement of Logan’s marriage is the question of what the congregation should do with the unexpected donation of an orchard.

Karen Millerson is counting the days until her long-distance engagement comes to an end and she may travel to Oswell City to marry Logan. More than anything, she wants to share in his life as a help and support, but keeping a house and finding her place in the community requires much more work than she ever expected.

Learn, laugh, and love with Karen and Logan as they start a new marriage and work together ministering to the citizens of their small town.

Publisher: Scrivenings Press LLC
Release Date: November 10, 2020



“Hey, Karen.” After the meal had been eaten, Logan beckoned her out of her chair in the drawing room to the background noise of clinking dishes as two maids cleared the table. Uncle Henry had returned to his downtown office. Mother and Aunt Fran went shopping for a few more items for the evening’s party.

Kitchen staff bustled between the dining room, kitchen, and parlor in preparation for the evening’s festivities. She and Logan were left with quiet afternoon hours to enjoy.

“I’ve been thinking about the dancing situation.” Logan scratched his head.

Karen held her hand up. “If you don’t want to dance, I completely understand.”

“But it is important to your mother and your aunt, isn’t it?”

Karen couldn’t deny the truth. At other engagement parties she’d attended, the honored couple opened the evening with the first dance. She nodded.

“I have an idea.” He led her into the dining room and stopped in the corner before the Victrola. “I’ll bet you know how to dance.”

“I love to dance.”

“Then teach me.”


“We’ve got a few hours. Show me how it’s done.”

“Um …” Long ago, she’d dreamed of floating along in the sight of a house full of guests in the arms of the man she hoped to marry. Her skirt twirled around her ankles. The man wore black and stood tall and strong. Like Logan. She stepped back.

“All you need to remember is the box step. It goes like this.” In slow motion, Karen moved her feet in the pattern. “You try.”

Three attempts later, Logan’s movements grew smoother.

“Good. Then you turn and do it again.”

Logan mirrored her movements as she outlined the steps.

“At this point, you as the man can stand still and give me a twirl. Like this.” Karen took one of Logan’s hands, raised his arm, and spun in a circle. “Then turn once more and make the same pattern over and over again.”

They moved through a series of steps together with Logan mirroring her actions.

“Got it?” She glanced up at him.

“I think so.”

“I’ll start the music.” Karen started the Victrola. The melody of a waltz filled the room. She faced Logan. “Put one hand here.” She guided his hand into her palm. “And put the other one here.” With her help, his hand rested on her back above her waist. “Ready?”

He nodded.

“1-2-3. 1-2-3. Go.” Karen counted in rhythm to the music coming from the Victrola and then followed Logan’s steps as he moved with the music.

They did well until he brought her back into his embrace after the twirl. Logan began on the wrong foot and nearly knocked Karen over.

“Sorry.” He caught her in an instant before she hit the floor.

“I’m all right. Try it again.”

Logan gave her another twirl, and this time when he fell into rhythm with her, he used the correct foot. “I think I’m getting the hang of this.”

“You’re doing a wonderful job. A fast learner.” Karen kept pace with him as he followed the music.

When the waltz ended, he paused and offered a grand bow.


Michelle De Bruin lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a bachelor’s degree in Religion with a Christian Ministry emphasis, and in Music. Michelle is the spiritual services provider for an organization that offers services for people with mental and physical disabilities. She has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2015. Michelle writes inspirational historical romance about people who live in rural communities. Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small-town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story.

Her first book, Hope for Tomorrow, released in 2018. The sequel, Promise for Tomorrow, released November 2019. The third book in the series, Dreaming of Tomorrow, releases November 2020.


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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed the description and excerpt of the book. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.