SHELLY GAIL MORRIS
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SAVING DANDY JAMES

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ISBN#: 978-1-934841-24-2
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352 Pages
Romance/Family Saga


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Dandy leaned toward him and caressed his damp hair, longing to provide comfort as this beautiful stranger writhed in agony.  “I want to help you.  What can I do? Is there any way I can pry you out?”
 He nuzzled his face into the crook of her neck.  “I don’t think so.  I know my left arm is broken and my shoulder may be dislocated.  And my legs,” he began and then stopped.
 “Can you move them?  Can you feel them?” she asked with urgency.
 Colin let out a sharp cry.  “I.  I think I’m moving my toes.  But my legs are immobile, trapped, probably broken.”
 Another clap of thunder lit up the interior of the car and all the surrounding areas.  He pulled her close to him.  “Your body warms me.” 
She put both of her arms around his neck.  “Oh this can’t be happening.” 
 “If I die, find my girls and tell my girls that I love them,” he pleaded.
 Dandy felt a chill rise up her spine.  “Don’t talk that way.  You’re going to be fine.”
 “I haven’t set a good example for my daughters.” His chin rose and his eyes filled with moisture.  “You’re my angel.  You’ll tell them for me.  Won’t you?”
 His words stabbed at her heart.  She could feel his breath on her face and she wanted to kiss him and beg him not to speak of last wishes and dying.  “Just relax.  Put your head on my shoulder and sleep.  I know you’re in a lot of pain.  This rain is going to let up sooner or later and I’m going to go get help.  I’ll make sure you’re taken to Vanderbilt. The best doctors are there, no local yodel will get a hold of you. You’re going to be fine, darlin’.”  She sounded reassuring, but she didn't’t feel that way.
 His lips parted, but no words came out.  She eased his head on to her left breast.  “Sleep.  Things will be better when you wake up.” 
 “I’m sorry for a lot of things,” he whispered.
 “Aren’t we all,” Dandy said, trying to keep an even tone, yet panic erupting inside her.

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Dandy James believes her life is set in stone with a loveless marriage, never-ending farm work, and a son she barely knows. At fifteen she had spiraled into a dark hole, and since then there has been very little light to ease the darkness. A torrential downpour and a beautiful stranger change everything in one night.

Going through the motions of life is what Colin Kessler does best. His marriage is a joke, with a wife more interested in his paycheck than him, and two daughters who come and go as they please. The strain is almost unbearable until an angel comes into his life.

The rain is coming down so hard that Dandy knows she has to do something. She cannot and will not let the wonderful man who wrecked his car lose his life. Within minutes she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Colin Kessler is a dream come true. No one, especially not her husband has ever evoked such feelings of love and compassion in her. Almost twenty years of being abused and treated like dirt are enough, and it is time to take back her life. God may actually be giving her a real chance at love, she just has to be strong enough to take it. Her husband is a vicious and cruel man, who will stop at nothing to claim the farm as his own. Even knowing this, Dandy is still ready to end the torment, and if the worst happens, she knows for certain that one day with Colin is worth more than a lifetime without him.

Dandy has lived with pain and sorrow for so long, she is immune to their effects. Sadly this is a common occurrence in domestic abuse, and Ms. Morris details it poignantly. However Dandy is blossoming into a strong and vibrant woman as the story progresses. Her faith in God, and her overwhelming drive to love and be loved unconditionally are very powerful aspects of the story. I found it to be beautifully written, as well as conveying a touching message to readers.

Lototy,  Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

 

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