A Heartbeat Away

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Cedar Fort, 2003 - Fiction - 208 pages
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This emotional story about young Kristin Marshall provides a sense of healing to grieving hearts.A compelling novel that evolved from the real-life abductions that have haunted our nation.You think it s never going to happen to you. I know because that s how I was untouchable. Bad things only happen to someone else. Or if something bad actually did happen, it was always something the doctor could fix with fiberglass or a pill.That s the way it was with my family at least until the year I turned thirteen.When their young daughter, Kristin, is kidnapped, Gary and Angie Marshall struggle to make sense of the unthinkable. Who could do such a thing? and why Kristin? As more time passes in their desperate search for their daughter, their hopes slowly dwindle. They are left with if onlys and a glaring uncertainty that damages their marriage and their relationships with their other children, especially their oldest daughter, Meghan.Meanwhile, Kristin is having new experiences of her own. Her first assignment in her new life is to heal the hearts of her family. But doing so turns out to be more of a challenge than she ever expected. How can she get them to let her go so they can all find happiness? Or can there ever be healing after such a devastating trial?Looming above them all is the question who is responsible for Kristin s disappearance? Is it their beloved uncle? Their neighbor Dale Loveridge, who once dated Angie Marshall? Or is it Jay, the young man with a colorful past? Or perhaps someone else entirely?Time is running out. As she blames herself for Kristin s disappearance, Meghan turns down a road that can only lead to more unhappiness. Kristin must find a way to help her sister find healing and perhaps love.Rachel Ann Nunes has taken a difficult subject and woven intrigue, romance, and joy to create a story with realistic characters who will live in your mind for years to come.
 

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Contents

Prologue
ix
Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
10
Chapter Three
16
Chapter Four
27
Chapter Five
37
Chapter Six
44
Chapter Seven
55
Chapter Thirteen
103
Chapter Fourteen
114
Chapter Fifteen
120
Chapter Sixteen
132
Chapter Seventeen
134
Chapter Eighteen
144
Chapter Nineteen
155
Chapter Twenty
164

Chapter Eight
63
Chapter Nine
68
Chapter Ten
79
Chapter Eleven
86
Chapter Twelve
89
Chapter TwentyTwo
180
Chapter TwentyFour
191
Chapter TwentyFive
195
Epilogue
207
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