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...incredibly vivid and emotional tale of love and loyalty, friendship, loss, and faith..."  Lynne Welch, Booklist (Spotlight on
Dreams for Stones
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 A man who's given up on love, a woman who's learned to let go of love too easily. Caught in grief and guilt over his wife's death, English professor Alan Francini is determined never to feel that much pain again. He avoids new relationships and keeps even his best friend at arm's length. His major solace is his family's ranch south of Denver. Children's book editor Kathy Jamison has learned through a lifetime of separations and a broken engagement that letting go is easier than hanging on. Then she meets Alan, and for once, begins to believe a lasting relationship is possible. But Alan panics and pushes her away-into the arms of his best friend. Now the emotions of three people are at stake as they struggle to find a way to transform their broken dreams into a foundation for a more hopeful future.
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 A man who's given up on love, a woman who's learned to let go of love too easily.

Caught in grief and guilt over his wife's death, English professor Alan Francini is determined never to feel that much pain again. He avoids new relationships and keeps even his best friend at arm's length. His major solace is his family's ranch south of Denver.

Children's book editor Kathy Jamison has learned through a lifetime of separations and a broken engagement that letting go is easier than hanging on. Then she meets Alan, and for once, begins to believe a lasting relationship is possible.

But Alan panics and pushes her away-into the arms of his best friend.

Now the emotions of three people are at stake as they struggle to find a way to transform their broken dreams into a foundation for a more hopeful future.

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At the top of the hill, Kathy stood on a shelf of granite catching her breath. While they'd climbed, the day had turned into a typical blue Colorado day-crystal sky, indigo mountains, amethystine peaks. The kind of day when she could no longer imagine ever living anywhere else.

 Taking in deep draughts of the cool, clean air with its hint of pine spills and melting snow, she realized that for the first time in months, she felt really okay about her broken engagement. It was such a relief, she wanted to fling her arms into the air and spin in a mad choreography of joy.

 Alan sat back on his heels rubbing his dog's ears, while she looked her fill.

 She turned in a slow circle, trying to imprint it all on her memory. "‘Nice view' was an understatement."

 "Didn't want to oversell," he said.

 "It's so...complete."

He stood and stretched. "You a misanthrope, Kathy Jamison?"

Taken off guard by his teasing tone, she stopped turning to look at him. She wasn't altogether certain, but she thought a smile lurked around his eyes.

"Why do you ask?"

"All that completeness." He gestured at the view. "No people as far as the eye can see."

"You're here." And it would be perfect if he'd walk over and tip her face up to his and...

He stayed where he was. "So what we have is a case of semi-misanthropy."

"Easier to cure. Requires only semi-biotics."

A flock of crows chose that moment to land noisily in a nearby tree, breaking off the delicate strand of connection she and Alan had forged with their bantering. But a feeling of ease stayed with Kathy all the way down the mountain. And humming underneath in counterpoint was a growing desire to be more to this man than a casual friend.

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About Ann

The stories I loved most as a child were the ones about horses.  After reading Walter Farley's Black Stallion series and Mary O'Hara's  Wyoming ranch stories, my dream was that I would one day own a race horse and marry a rich rancher--not necessarily in that order.

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