Chapter 24: Adam in the Garden of Eden

Pregnancy at Alon was a big deal. It was a sign of God’s blessing, of abundance, and progress. If you got married, you had kids. Every woman at Alon bore children, all except one. When you get a group of people together and the numbers start increasing, so too do the odds of becoming a…

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Chapter 23: A little Sleep, A little Slumber, A little Folding of the Hands…

It seemed there was a theme. I was dangerous – especially to those I held dear. And the only solution was to provide frequent periods of separation in order to eliminate any long-lasting damage I might inflict. At least that’s how I interpreted it. Anton would be sent away every couple of months for work….

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Chapter 22: Lying Lips and Deceitful Tongues

“Did you read the SMS?” I was standing there with Owen in my arms wondering why Gad had called me over. Mario and Paul sipped on their coffees, eying me over the rims of their cups. I had no idea what this was all about. “What SMS?” He smiled; my heart sang. All is well…

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Chapter 21: A Mother’s Work is Never Done

Owen was born less than a year after our trip to Israel. Time of birth: 10:15am on a Thursday morning. I remember the time because I looked at the clock in the delivery room right after he emerged into the world and I know it was a Thursday because my husband was fasting and we…

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Chapter 20: A Woman Shall be Saved through Childbearing

Our trip to the Promised Land began on a promising note. I was greeted at the airport by Anton and the Ben-Avis all of whom had flown up from Cape Town where they’d been spending the past month together. Everyone seemed happy enough to see me and Sara was beaming at Anton when she saw…

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Chapter 19: The Fruits of our Labour

We lived on a farm up in the hills, secluded, tucked away from prying eyes and curious ears, yes. But, every day a little convoy of vehicles would exit the gates and bump along the dusty roads making a daily commute to town. Each car was filled to capacity and eventually our group of town…

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Chapter 18: Holy Cow

“Kyla, do you think there’s something going on between Gad and Bree?” Sara was asking me with a twinkle in her eye. We were sitting next to the pool at Mosaic and she’d patted a spot on her towel beckoning me to sit nearer to her. Whispering, giggling and conspiring about Gad’s love life felt…

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Chapter 17: Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

The first time I met Kerry, I was mesmerised. She was beautiful and funny and had a million-dollar smile. Her laugh was contagious and bubbled out for all the world to hear. There was something sparkling and unhindered about her. Kerry had a little boy and as a thirteen-year-old looking at a girl just four…

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Chapter 16: My Lover is Mine and I am His

Waking up in a naked tangle of arms and legs is a very startling experience when you’ve never been near an unclothed man before, let alone touched one. So, as my bleary eyes blinked open and I glanced out the window over the profile of my sleeping lover I was all too grateful to see…

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Chapter 15: Hells, Bells and Wedding Vows.

Weddings are generally fraught with family drama, and mine was no exception, only I didn’t realise at the time quite how much turmoil my nuptials were causing in my father’s life. A month before our wedding date, Anton was shipped off on a missionary trip into deepest darkest Africa and due to get back a…

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