Life Can Change In The Blink Of An Eye! ©2012 by Raymond Cook is a 169 page eBook story about Henry and Rita Woods who own a large ranch outside Marble, Colorado in 1897. On their way to town Sunday morning; a sudden landslide hits their buckboard and shoves them down the steep mountainside. Henry is killed and Rita is badly injured. She is half buried in the gravel when a lone wolf hears the sounds of her crying. As it’s about to attack her, Gerald Colville is riding by and hears her screams and saves her life.
It’s a long, tedious task for Gerald to help the injured woman back up the road to where his horse is. Once he helps her up onto his horse, he walks her into town to Doc Miller’s office; but in order to save her life, Rita must lose her left hand. Rita spends the first two months of recovery with Karen and Cheryl Liley. Rita suddenly realizes she’s pregnant. She also realizes how quickly her life changed in the blink of an eye.
But now, simple chores like getting water from a well, gardening, chopping and carrying firewood, peeling potatoes, washing cast iron pans, plucking feathers off a chicken, sewing quilts, breaking open bales of hay, harnessing horses to a buckboard or washing clothes are nearly impossible for her now to do with only one hand. While Rita is healing and trying to adjust to life with only one hand, Gerald Colville is hired to help run her ranch.
When she returns to her ranch, she is amazed at all of the things Gerald has done around her ranch. But Rita will feel her world has crashed around her after she loses her baby. Gerald Colville proves to be a strong hard working man who becomes Rita’s source of strength. But she is haunted by the feeling of uselessness around her ranch. What man would want to love her with her missing a hand? Gerald must turn her cloud of despair and hopelessness into the realization that she’s still the same woman she was before she lost her hand.
Slowly, Gerald teaches her to do more and more as her feelings grow stronger for the man who refuses to give up on her.
This is my 7th of 22 western frontier eBooks written since 2011.