Naomi Rich's Alis PDF

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By Naomi Rich

At fourteen, Alis hasn't ever been outdoors her strict spiritual group. but if her mom and dad organize for her to marry a forty-year-old guy, she flees desperately to the harmful, unexpected urban. She learns quick that the single method to continue to exist there's to develop into a thief—or worse. dealing with an very unlikely selection among a pressured marriage or existence at the streets, Alis seizes regulate of her personal destiny. however the course she chooses units off a disastrous chain of occasions that go away her accused of homicide. Steadfastly unswerving, Alis needs to make a decision: will she betray a friend or sacrifice herself?

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Judith is right. ” Alis shook her head vehemently. “I will tell no one, I swear by the Maker. ” He stared at her. “You? Why would you want to go to the city? ” There were sounds of movement and voices beyond the kitchen door. Desperately, for she feared missing her chance, she grabbed his hand. “You must tell me, Luke. Promise me that you will. I have good reason, I assure you. I will explain. ” He looked at her in amazement. She was gripping his hand so hard that it hurt. ” Her eyes were blazing and her cheeks were flushed.

Alis shuddered. Was there nothing for which Thomas did not blame Sarah? ” For a long moment he sat staring down at his hands. ” He stopped and swallowed, then went on. “We never liked restraint, though I do not think we did anything wicked. We climbed out at night sometimes, and took horses to go riding in the dark. Or we missed the prayer meeting and went exploring out in the woods to the south, beyond the edge of the settlement. We laughed too much and prayed too little, I suppose. ” He stopped again.

She looked at him. Was he trying to trap her so that he could rebuke her for her lack of respect? Nervously she said, “He is my pastor. I am under his judgment. It is not for me . ” He laughed at this and his laugh, like his smile, was not a pleasant one. “Well, Alis, I thank you for your company, but it grows late and you are in need of your bed, I doubt not. ” She smiled her agreement, flinching inwardly from the mockery of his tone. If she would do him that kindness! What choice did she have?

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