The Soldier's Ride

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A harried career woman is forced to pull her car into a peaceful veterans' cemetery when she has mechanical trouble. After calling for help, she decides to leave the hot car and sit on a bench beneath a shade tree overlooking the neat rows of crosses. As she waits impatiently, fiddling with her PDA and laptop computer, she hardly notices an elderly woman who comes from nowhere to sit beside her.

The old woman, ignoring the businesswoman's lack of interest, proceeds to tell ...

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A harried career woman is forced to pull her car into a peaceful veterans' cemetery when she has mechanical trouble. After calling for help, she decides to leave the hot car and sit on a bench beneath a shade tree overlooking the neat rows of crosses. As she waits impatiently, fiddling with her PDA and laptop computer, she hardly notices an elderly woman who comes from nowhere to sit beside her.

The old woman, ignoring the businesswoman's lack of interest, proceeds to tell her—without even asking if she wants to hear it—what turns out to be an amazing story about one of the people buried nearby.

Mysteriously, a second storyteller, in the form of an elderly gentleman, appears and reveals the inspiring ending to the old woman's tale.

Now captivated by the story, the woman receives a final revelation when a young soldier appears. This third storyteller shows the busy executive that her stop at the soldiers' cemetery that day and her encounter with the three "angels" are no mere coincidences.

The mystery of how these people and their fates are intertwined will offer hope for those who are hurting or who have loved ones of their own fighting a distant war. The story is a salute to veterans everywhere and the sacrifices they make for their country. It is a story for those who are left behind and the sacrifices they make in wartime as well. This theme resonates strongly with today's world situation. But this is primarily the story of parallel journeys derailed by war that are put back on course thanks to family, friends, and faith.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781933251677
  • Publisher: Parkway Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edie Hand has authored or coauthored 12 books ranging from inspirational cookbooks to novellas. She has starred in national commercials and daytime television soaps and has hosted numerous national radio and television shows. After Edie was on NBC's Today Show with her first book, The Last Christmas Ride, she sold over 26,000 books in the first six weeks of its publication. She lives near Birmingham, Alabama.

Jeffery Addison is one of the pen names of award-winning broadcast journalist, radio personality, and best-selling author Don Keith. Don has 17 books in print, including novels and nonfiction works. A marketing executive who runs a full-service advertising and public relations agency, he lives in Indian Springs Village, Alabama.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Diana Meade is a busy career woman who spends the majority of her time working. Divorced from her husband, away fighting in Iraq, she has sole responsibility of their son. When Diana's car breaks down at a busy intersection, she is frustrated beyond measure but something compels her to cross the street to a veteran's cemetery. There, she sits on a bench to cool off and notices an elderly woman who seems to come from nowhere. The older woman tells Diana she is an angel and begins to relay a story about a young soldier during World War II, a man with great promise who went off to war and returned injured and cynical. The woman tells part of the story, followed by another angel, an older man, who relays the rest of the soldier's inspiring tale, and a third angel, a young soldier, who delivers his own saga. Diana, irritated at first by their intrusion, becomes fascinated and slowly begins to understand what compels soldiers, including her ex-husband, to go to war and the great sacrifices they make in doing so.

    This novella, written as a salute to all veterans and their sacrifices, as well as those they leave behind, is insightful, inspirational and heartwarming, and it is hoped will reach denizens of countries across the world dealing with war and strife. The messages it delivers about faith and love and redemption are poignant and powerful and so very important. Readers will shed tears over the soldiers' sacrifices, rejoice at their deliverance, and appreciate what motivates these glorious heroes to serve their countries.

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