By Any Other Name

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

On the run from her abusive husband, Rose assumes an alias and heads to a town she's never heard of in hopes of finding a safe, quiet place where she can move forward and forget the horrors of her
past. She expects that her life will be lonely and boring, but instead finds a new kind of family and a man that she isn't allowed to love. (Takes place about 1880)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Submitted: March 12, 2018

"Oh no!" I cried, rushing for the oven. "Not again!" Grabbing the dish towels, I ripped open the door to the stove and reached into t... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

Submitted: March 12, 2018

The day was coming to a close and sunset wasn't too far off when the train came to a stop in front of the station in Marshall. When... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: March 12, 2018

  For a while, the ride was quiet but for the beginnings of cricket songs and other typical night noises. We drove along a dus... Read Chapter

Chapter 4

Submitted: March 12, 2018

The sitting room was like an indoor garden. There were flowers on the walls and pillows, and in vases on the end tables. Even a few rug... Read Chapter

Chapter 5

Submitted: March 12, 2018

The children didn't give me much of a chance to settle in. I suspected that Minnie had ordered them not to disturb me before breakfast,... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: March 13, 2018

It quickly became apparent that Oliver's excitement to learn was shared by most of the others. They simply couldn't wait to get started... Read Chapter

Chapter 7

Submitted: March 13, 2018

I loved the church that I was raised in and I knew I would probably never find another that I liked near as much, but I could tell almo... Read Chapter

Chapter 8

Submitted: March 13, 2018

In the following weeks, I became much more comfortable in my role as teacher. It actually felt natural now and the children were really... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: March 13, 2018

The drive to town was very awkward. I hadn't been able to bring myself to apologize to Levi the way I'd intended to after I left Minnie... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

Submitted: March 13, 2018

About half-way back to the house, Levi turned off the road and onto a slightly worn path that I'd never noticed, running through the wo... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

Submitted: March 13, 2018

It came time for the children to get new shoes and clothes, and so on Saturday, Levi drove us into town. Minnie said that she had a... Read Chapter

Chapter 12

Submitted: March 13, 2018

The weather was beginning to change and so we decided it was time to take the children for that picnic by the lake before the cold weat... Read Chapter

Chapter 13

Submitted: March 13, 2018

"I didn't think you'd be coming any longer," Levi said from beside me on the wagon seat once the children had all gone into church. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 14

Submitted: March 14, 2018

Before I knew it, we were preparing for Christmas. I missed my mother and sisters every day, but there was just something about this se... Read Chapter

Chapter 15

Submitted: March 15, 2018

The following Sunday when Levi drove the children and I into town for church, he stopped me before I could step down from the wagon. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 16

Submitted: March 15, 2018

During the next few days, I felt restless. Part of it was Levi. I now felt closer to him than I'd ever felt to another person in my lif... Read Chapter

Chapter 17

Submitted: March 15, 2018

During the following months, I took Abigail's example, praying and reading my Bible any time I felt angry. Because even if I didn't bel... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

Submitted: March 15, 2018

The day of the picnic arrived and I was grateful that our worries over the weather had been completely unnecessary. It was an absolutel... Read Chapter

Chapter 19

Submitted: March 16, 2018

"Annie, this is ridiculous!" Levi said. "Would you come out of there already?" I smiled sadly. "It's a jail cell, Levi. I can't just ... Read Chapter

Chapter 20

Submitted: March 16, 2018

"Miss Annie!" The children came pouring out of the house the second the wagon came to a stop. Levi jumped down from the wagon and then ... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

Submitted: March 16, 2018

From the moment I set foot in the house, it was a whirlwind of activity. I was whisked away by Abigail and Minnie to get ready, and bef... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

Submitted: March 16, 2018

"That was delicious," Levi said, leaning back in his chair after he finished eating. "You, sir, are a liar," I said. "It was terrible... Read Chapter

Chapter 23

Submitted: March 16, 2018

"So what should I call you?" Levi wondered as we ate a late breakfast the next morning. "I mean, your name's Rose, and it's beauti... Read Chapter

Chapter 24

Submitted: March 16, 2018

Dwindling food and other supplies made it impossible for Levi and I to stay secluded for more than a few days. After stopping to see Ab... Read Chapter

Chapter 25

Submitted: March 16, 2018

Levi It was amazing how many hoops you could get people to jump through with enough money. I was trying not to be too disgusted by ... Read Chapter

Chapter 26

Submitted: March 16, 2018

"Why are trains always late?" I complained as Abigail and I stood outside of the train station, waiting for Levi to arrive. Honestl... Read Chapter

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