by Annee Jones
GENRE: Christian historical western romance
Her voice saved him once…. Is he strong enough now to return the favor?
Following the mine's collapse, Damien Cross lay between life and death, drifting in and out of consciousness in the makeshift hospital bed. Suddenly a voice captured his attention – a woman was singing. It was the most beautiful song he’d ever heard. The lyrical notes stirred something deep inside of him, willing him to live. If he could just hang on to the angel’s voice a little longer…
Five years have passed since that fateful day, and Damien can no longer stand to be confined anywhere – or beholden to anyone. He much prefers the company of horses to humans. However, in his dreams he still hears the voice of the angel, like a salve for his bitter, broken heart. One day as he is walking past the town's saloon on his way to the bank, the sounds of music within drifts outside, and a woman begins to sing. Shocked, Damien recognizes her voice – his angel.
Violet Lovelace is struggling to make ends meet following the carriage accident that claimed the life of her father and left her mother in a wheelchair. Teaching voice lessons to children isn’t enough to pay for the pain medication her mother so desperately needs. When Violet is offered a job singing at the local saloon, she accepts despite her misgivings. But what other choice does she have?
Join Damien and Violet on their journey of discovering the light of hope in the throes of darkness and the triumphant power of love.
The late summer breeze felt wonderful against his heated face. He paused at the hitching post to take a deep breath.
“Well, Bluebell,” he said to the dappled mare as he unhooked the horse’s worn leather reins, “Guess that’s what I get for coming into town. A reminder that I’m not welcome here.”
Even the steady clip-clop of his beloved horse and the peaceful landscape around him did little to soften the constricted feeling around his heart as they made their way home.
That night, Damien lay in bed, trying to ignore the throbbing pain in his low back and hip. It was always present. Thankfully during the day when he was working on the ranch with the yearlings he was too occupied to notice. However, it seemed the minute he walked indoors at suppertime he turned into a decrepit old man, limping around the house, fumbling at the stove, and angry at everything and nothing at the same time.
Punching his pillow, he rolled over onto his side. From this vantage point, he could see out the window, realizing he’d forgotten to pull the drapes before blowing out the light. He didn’t feel like going to the effort of rising to cover the glass now. Outside, the night was clear, and the sky was full of stars. They were clustered together in small groups. Were they mocking him with their twinkling? Perhaps even the stars didn’t want him.
He rolled onto his back and stared up at the darkness of the ceiling instead. His eyelids began to droop. As he sank into that space between wake and slumber known as the land of dreams, he heard the voice of the angel again, singing her same beautiful song. Having realized long ago that the voice probably just belonged to some nurse or caregiver at the hospital who helped tend to the injured miners after the mine’s collapse, he still felt grateful for the gift of her voice. He’d never forgotten it, and it continued to soothe him during lonely nights like this one. Relaxing into the music in his memory, sleep at last overtook him completely.
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Author Annee Jones loves to write all things romance, fantasy, cozy mystery, & more. She is passionate about writing stories where dreams come true, and love wins in the end!
Professionally, Annee works as a disability counselor where she helps her clients navigate through complex medical and legal systems while rediscovering their wholeness in Spirit.
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