Novel PASTimes: What is your favorite thing to do?
Tilly: I am the personal maid to Mrs. Martha Baxter. When I came to the Baxter Homestead, I didn’t have much thought of what they would do. I just knew they had taken me in when I had nowhere left to go. They gave me the job, and I really like it! I love working hard for a good woman, and I especially love the nights when Mrs. Baxter and I sit out on the porch and watch the ranch hands doing their last-minute chores, listening to cattle low in the distance and just talking about life.
Novel PASTimes: What impression do you make on others when they first meet you?
Tilly: You know, I never thought about that! I guess I really don’t know. I hope they think I’m a good person, and one who speaks my mind. I spent so much time being silent and afraid, I just want people to know I’m not afraid anymore. I’m not silent.
Novel PASTimes: What is the most important thing you look for in a man?
Tilly: My goodness, you do ask a lot of questions about things I barely think of! I suppose that my idea of a man would be. . . strong, but kind. I love to watch. . . well, there’s this one ranch hand named Paul, and he can pick up more in his one hand than most men can pick up with both arms. So he’s strong as a bull, but when he smiles, you just know he’s thinking the best about you. . . and the best for you, which is even better.
Novel PASTimes: What is the greatest thing you have ever done?
Tilly: I ran away from Poppa.
Novel PASTimes: What is your greatest shame?
Tilly: That it took so long for me to run away.
Novel PASTimes: Do you believe in God?
Tilly: Absolutely! I must admit that in my darkest days there were times when I felt He maybe wasn’t paying too much attention to me. But I do believe in Him, and that he answers prayers. . . just not always in the way we want him to. Which is fine, because when that happens the answer is always better than the one we hoped for!
Novel PASTimes: What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you?
Tilly: Living with Poppa. It wasn’t just that he beat me and basically made me a slave, it’s that he kept me hidden away from everyone. Well, hidden isn’t the right word. He pretended I was there, pretended we were just normal, friendly folk. But every time someone came to make friends with me, or to ask me if I’d like to go with them to a church social, Poppa would scare them away right quick. It was terrible, to be so alone.
Novel PASTimes: What are you most afraid of?
Tilly: That Poppa will find me again.
Novel PASTimes: What do you like best about living on the Baxter Homestead?
Tilly: Well, it’s the first place I’ve ever been free! And there’s Mrs. Baxter, and. . . well. . . and Paul.
More about Found in Flight: Book 2 in The Baxter Romances
Only a woman with a broken heart can show a broken man how to live. Tilly Carver is a woman on the run. After a lifetime under the control of her cruel father, she has finally fled. But running does not mean you leave all your problems behind. After being saved from a gruesome death while on the run, she accompanies the young Clayton Baxter to his family’s home: the Baxter Homestead. But Tilly’s troubles are far from over. As Clayton begins to show his true colors as a cowardly, conniving villain, Tilly finds herself thrust deeper and deeper into intrigue and even danger.
Luckily, though, there are people looking out for her. Mrs. Baxter – Clayton’s mother and a tornado of a woman – has adopted her as one of the family. Clayton’s brother, Adam, loves her like a sister. And then there is Paul. A man of mystery, who showed up at the homestead not long after Tilly, he is always there. . . watching her, protecting her, perhaps even. . . loving her? She does not know. No one knows who Paul really is, or where he came from. She only knows that he is the strongest man she has ever known, and the only man with whom she has ever felt safe. She only knows that Paul understands her, because he also is on the run from a past he only wants to forget.
But the past is never really gone. And as Tilly’s and Paul’s past lives reach out to threaten them once more, they both realize that they can only find safety with each other. They can only find happiness in the arms of someone who understands what they have gone through, and what they have done. They can only find love if they stop running, and face what is coming. . . together.