Awaken My Heart (Avon Inspire) by DiAnn Mills

By DiAnn Mills

1803, the colony of Texas Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a prosperous rancher, hasn't ever agreed together with her father's harsh therapy of the negative mestizos who first inhabited the colony of Texas. whilst rebels kidnap Marianne, in hopes her father will exchange again their land for her freedom, she realizes her loyalty lies together with her abductors, no longer her father, who plans to marry her off to the don of a close-by property. Armando Garcia is the locals' reluctant chief, yet his humans revere and depend upon him. understanding that with no his management they would be pressured from their land, Armando accepts his position, yet doesn't approve of the newest try to manage their enemy. whilst he learns that Marianne truly speaks his language, of her loyalty to his humans, and of the religion that retains her powerful, Armando is confronted with a tough choice. Will his newfound love continue him from letting her cross? Or will he set her unfastened and hazard wasting their land ceaselessly?

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Carmita gasped. “You act in Armando’s behalf? ” Marianne pretended ignorance until Carmita could translate the ultimatum. Even then she refused to show any signs of fear, but her emotions swelled. The moment two of the men clutched Marianne’s arms, – 21 – Di Ann Mi l l s Mama’s hysteria echoed through the house. Marianne glared at the leader, wanting to shout at him for his absurd scheme. For a moment she considered spitting into his arrogant face. ” Papa would never give in to their wishes. The man should simply end her life now, but caution curbed her tongue.

Armando stiffened with his reply. ” Armando thought through his words carefully. To deny God when his people worshiped Him meant losing their esteem. “Have you not heard my people? All of them seek Dios for our success. ” Juan fixed a steady gaze into Armando’s face. “Our Dios does not condone murder—” “The padres have told us the stories of King David and his mighty armies. I read them while studying at the missions. ” “And you are comparing yourself to King David?

He could have been any of so many Mexican men. Was he angry because of her father or because Felipe had gone against Armando? Emilio led her to an obscure lean-to where he flung open the door and ushered her inside. “Much trouble tonight,” he said in his native tongue. Oh, how she wished she knew what he meant. Marianne stumbled and fell as the door closed. Sitting on the damp earthen floor, she attempted to focus her eyes on the surroundings, but utter blackness met her. Massaging her arms, she wondered what manner of insects and animals inhabited her cell.

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