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When Amanda Manning, an exhausted, short-handed special education teacher, is given an assistant, things don't turn out as she planned. Her new assistant is anything but what Amanda expected—most strikingly, a male. Tracy Atkins secured a job as a teacher's assistant, but will he be able to secure the hand of the woman he is falling in love with? Especially when she finds out about the secret he is hiding? Come join their adventure as both Amanda and Tracy learn that God's plans are far better than their own. (Jeremiah 29:11)
“You get this one,” Wilma said, winking. “It’ll be good practice.”
Amanda handed her cone to Wilma and hopped off the high stool. Two handsome men in starched shirts, bright ties, and well-creased pants headed for the counter.
Wilma muttered under her breath, “They don’t look like locals to me. Who dresses like that for ice cream?”
“Hi. Can I help you?”
“Give us a minute, please,” said the shorter man.
“Take your time.” Amanda studied the other fellow as he read the board. He was tall, with jet-black hair and bright blue eyes. She was thinking what long lashes he had when suddenly, he turned and flashed her a quick grin. Caught in the act of staring, Amanda felt her face grow warm.
“What’s your favorite flavor?” he said, pocketing his hands.
“Me? Oh, I like this new one,” Amanda said. “Fudge macaroon.”
He grinned. “I was asking him,” he said, pointing to his friend.
Laughing, the friend said, “Gimme a dish of mint chocolate chip, please.”
The tall one nodded. “Sounds great. How ‘bout you make that two?”
By now, Amanda’s face felt like it was on fire. She turned, thankful for something to do. As she grabbed two bowls, the shorter man said, “Nice little town you have here.”
She felt the tall one’s eyes on her as she dipped. “We think so, too.”
“We’re on our way to a meeting in Jefferson, but we left a few minutes early so we could stop here.”
Amanda looked up then, wondering how they’d heard about the place. As if in answer to her unasked question, the tall one said, “A couple of our co-workers have been here. Place comes very highly recommended.”
She nodded. “That’s always nice to hear.”
Wilma grabbed the bowls and put them on a nearby table.
“How much do we owe you?” The man asked as he reached for his wallet.
Wilma propped a fist on a hip, and called over, “It’s on the house, seeing it’s your first time.”
Free? No one gave away anything at Cone Heads! It was all Amanda could do not to stand there, gap-jawed.
“That’s nice of you. But really—”
“Just remember to send more friends.” And then she winked.
If Amanda didn’t know better, she’d say Wilma was…flirting!
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JoAnn Carter writes stories that will encourage your faith through her inspirational romances. She resides in Vermont with her wonderful husband and four children. JoAnn is available for speaking engagements to book clubs, reader groups, library groups, women's ministry events, school events and church retreats.
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