I love having a few days off from work, don’t you?
Time… There never seems to be enough for the things we enjoy the most.
The past few days have given me the opportunity to stop and catch my breath. I’ve cleaned out closets, organized my file cabinets and called a few old friends. What’s got me most excited is that I was able to add the final polish to my newest writing project, Shadow Lake. Early yesterday morning I crossed the finish line to those beautiful words… The End. If you’re a writer, you know that it doesn’t get any better than that!
I also got an early start on my new year’s resolution to read more great books. I was going to save my review for the first of the year, but this story was just too wonderful not to share, so here goes:
A Thousand Tomorrows
By Karen Kingsbury
Abandoned by his father at age eight, Cody Gunner becomes a young man filled with rage. His anger and pain consume him, define him. When he discovers the rodeo, Cody finds the one place in the world where he can come to terms with his fury — on the back of a bull as angry and hate-filled as he is. The one place, that is, until he finds himself in Ali Daniels’ arms.
Afflicted with a deadly lung disease, the beautiful Ali Daniels is determined to realizer her dream of winning a national championship on the rodeo circuit as a barrel racer, knowing that each ride will do more damage to her battered lungs, shortening her life. When Ali and Cody meet, a friendship begins and soon grows into a love that surpasses all understanding. A love that requires everything they’ve got. And then some.
A Thousand Tomorrows by Karen Kingsbury is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. I was drawn into the story from the first pages, enchanted by a cast of characters that grew and evolved and became more lifelike with every scene. I wept for them in their sorrows, cheered for them in their struggles, and hoped right along with them until the very end. A story of hope and redemption, of love and sacrifice, this gorgeous book has earned a permanent place on my book shelf as well as in my heart.
The best part is, I still have a few days off, a headful of ideas, and a shelf filled with books just waiting to be read!
Next on my list:
8 Sandpiper Way by Debbie Macomber
See you next time!