Through The Storm
The Wades of Crawford County, Book 3
Brenda B. Taylor
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The Wade family saga continues in Through The Storm, a work of historical fiction set in post-Civil War Missouri. Love reigns in the home of Leann and Ralph Wade, although tested many times during the course of their marriage. Leann and Ralph struggle to overcome the storms of life through faith, courage, and commitment to each other.
Leann’s faith is tested when her desire to have a large, fun-loving, congenial family like the one in which she was raised is threatened; however, she never stops believing the Lord answers prayer and turns to Him for consolation. After eleven years of marriage with one natural-born son, an adopted son, and a foster daughter, Leann does not give up her desire to have more children.
Ralph is proud of his ability to provide for his family on their large productive farm. He takes great pride in his crops and the abundance of their produce. Ralph is content with his lovely wife and three children, but he adores Leann, and she wants more children, so he wants more children. His heart’s desires are to please his wife, raise his three children to be fine responsible adults, and work the land on his farm.
Ralph’s pride is wounded and his emotions in a turmoil when he contacts a disease from his school-age children that may render him unable to father more offspring. His very manhood is at risk. During his illness and confinement, Ralph becomes more humble and thankful.
Their marriage is threatened by the attraction Sonny, Ralph’s older brother, feels toward Leann, and Joan Smith, a Cuba business woman, displays toward Ralph. Sonny secretly loves Leann. No other woman can take her place in his heart. He tries to keep his feelings at bay, but her memory is welded into the very fabric of his being. Sonny loved Leann before she and Ralph married, but he enlisted in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and lost his opportunity to court her. He never expresses his love openly; however, Leann and Ralph suspect his feelings.
Sonny is good to the family, especially James, their adopted son. He and Joan brought James to Cuba from New Orleans when the baby’s mother abandoned him. Leann and Ralph adopted James and feel in their hearts the child is really Sonny’s, although they do not express those feelings to anyone but each other. Joan remained in Cuba to begin a new life.
Ralph befriended Joan Smith during an earlier encounter when she was under great distress. He found her appealing, but his love for Leann prevailed over the physical attraction he felt for Joan. The lady continues to show her feelings for Ralph, although he remains only a friend to her.
Will the marriage of Leann and Ralph survive Through The Storm?