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Don't Let the Good Life Pass You By
by Mary Verdick   

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Inspirational

Publisher:  Publish America ISBN-10:  1413759807
Pages: 

201

Copyright:  Aug. 12, 2004

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Don't Let the Good Life Pass You By

An inspirational story of how love overcomes the most debilitating tragedy and brings new hope and comfort.

Kitty Maddox's husband, Ray, is killed in an auto accident and her 12-year-old daughter, Jamie, is left a paraplegic, while her Happy Trails Guest Rance has fallen on hard times. For Kitty there seems to be no way out, but then her good friend, Dr. Powell, sends a mysterious stranger, Ben Shelton, to help her and between them they convince Kitty to turn her ranch into a therapeutic riding camp for handicapped kids.

Kitty is thrilled when she sees how Jamie, with the help of her beloved horse, Peaches, is thriving as she learns to ride again. Her heart is mending, too, thanks to Ben Shelton, but Ben refuses to commit. When Billy Bob Reynolds, the wealthy owner of a Wild West show, turns up, Ben leaves the ranch, much to Jamie's dismay. Then Jamie is plunged into danger as the tries to rescue Peaches from a burning barn. And for Kitty everything changes....

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Sitting in her room, nibbling on the end of her pen, Jamie stared out the window. Suddenly her eyes widened in disbelief. A small column of smoke, white and nebulous, was coming from the far end of the barn. It didn't look like much from this angle but Jamie knew smoke meant fire. Only how could a fire have started in the barn?They were always so careful with lanterns and matches.

Matches! With a sick feeling inside her she remembered. That cigarette Nana had lit as she and Mom stood talking in the barn door. Maybe an ash from that cigarette had fallen near the hay. Or that match she'd tossed so casually over her shoulder--suppose it wasn't quite cool? Whatever it wouldn't take much to set that old barn on fire. The ash might smolder for a bit, but once it burst into flame the dry hay would ignite like tinder. Trapping whatever was inside--Peaches! Peaches, her beloved horse, was still in the barn!


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