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Book Title: A Precious Stone|
The author of the book: Leslie M. Arno
Date of issue: January 28th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781491756478
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 25.53 MB
Read full description of the books A Precious Stone:After the death of her parents and grandparents, eighteen-year-old Jewel Etchemendy, a Basque woman, inherits her family’s 28,000-acre sheep ranch in Johnson County, Wyoming. When she receives an anticipated, yet unwelcome, marriage proposal from her best friend-the son of the family who manages her ranch- she flees, abandoning everything while throwing herself into college and then serving in Iraq as a combat nurse.
Jewel’s story begins after she leaves the military to return home. She finds herself in an Alaskan wilderness competition where she meets and falls in love with a man who takes her on an adventure of a lifetime, where she is forced to make the ultimate life or death decision to save herself. After meeting Grady McDonald, an ex-U.S. Army sniper from Belle Fourche, South Dakota, she learns to accept love again. Grady’s family becomes her own, and the love and support from them strengthens her enough to face her fears and return to everything she had abandoned in Wyoming.
Still not content to simply settle in Wyoming, Jewel and Grady embark on another adventure that changes the course of their lives. What is supposed to be a simple trip to help provide humanitarian aid, turns into a nightmare that takes them as far as Uganda where they will have to survive harsh conditions, militant Interahamwe rebels, and a hostage situation that takes them beyond their limits. Grady, along with a team of ex-military men from various branches of the armed services, will have to call on their military background and experience to free them from the grips of one of the most feared terrorists in Africa.
Read information about the authorI am originally from Idaho Springs, CO, but I now live in Sheridan, WY. I live here with my husband and our three children.
Growing up was a tough time for me and my siblings, but the three of us never made any excuses, and we persevered despite the difficulties.
The most exciting part about writing my first book was being able to include some poems that were written by my brother, Sam M. Kiefer, who lives in Kansas, and is a pretty well-known Cowboy Poet there. Me and my brother have been mostly separated since we were kids, and perhaps we always will be to a certain extent, but we have overcome many obstacles there were thrown between us, and this collaboration was a dream come true.
I used to work with a man that everyone called Uncle Al. He made me laugh everyday, and was like a father to me in a lot of ways. He had four fingers because he lost one when the ring he was wearing on his pinky got snagged on a nail when he was jumping off a little outbuilding. I used his story in my book. I knew that he would be tickled about that, and I couldn't wait to finish the book and send him a copy. Unfortunately he passed away while I was finishing up the book, but I'm sure that he's somewhere in heaven cracking jokes about that!
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