Jaxon Tagget is a cattle-rancher’s son, born and raised on the Double T, just outside of Dillon, Montana. In love with his high-school sweetheart, Annie, Jaxon proposes on graduation night, presenting her with a wedding ring made from gold he mined himself. Annie accepts immediately, to the horror of her bitter, man-hating mother.
Jaxon’s a wonderful husband, but the warnings of Annie’s mother linger in the young bride’s ears. And it doesn’t help that women continue to fall all over the markedly handsome Jaxon.
Unaware of his wife’s persistent doubts, Jaxon is struggling with his own troubles when he finds out his dad is sorely in need of money to save the ranch. But hope glimmers gold when he rediscovers the old mine on the Double T.
While Jaxon travels to verify the mine’s productivity, Annie grows increasingly suspicious. Is Jaxon’s absence what it seems, or does he have another, less faithful reason for his travels? When Annie sees a picture of the beautiful laboratory owner whom Jaxon is visiting, she’s sure the only gold he’s interested in is long, blond hair. Is Annie right, or will it be her doubts that forever sever their Two Hearts?
My Favorite “Book”
I love the words of Saint Augustine: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
I am an avid reader! I love being taken away to faraway lands and places, into creative stories and fantasies—escaping. How could I experience the full beauty of a book if I never read past the first page? I look at the world as a book as well, with many faraway lands and places to discover with many stories and fantasies to uncover and memories to create! But I could never experience this beautiful book without ever reading past the first page of where I live. Of all the books I’ve read, this beautiful world is by far, my favorite.
My love of traveling has been a passion ever since I can remember. My family wasn’t well off, but my parents worked hard and gave generously of what they had to send me places and allow me the opportunity to “read” and experience this amazing world. They knew the value that only this kind of learning could bring—an understanding far better than words on a page could convey, nor could one ever forget because it is born out of personal experience.
My fist huge trip, by myself, was to Argentina where I lived for two years. I was just 19 years old and fresh out of high school. At such a young age, in a foreign country, I learned some of the most valuable lessons that have helped me throughout my life, all because I was brave enough to broaden my horizons and read past the first page!
One lesson I learned was to appreciate other people and their cultures. As I adjusted to new foods, a new way of talking, and driving, I had fun expanding my limited view of how things should be done. Traveling increases our knowledge and helps our perspective to grow.
Another lesson I learned was the importance of staying flexible. Life is full of unexpected dips and turns and therefore it is crucial that we learn to embrace change and be patient and resourceful as things may not work out the way you planned, but they do work out. So, find another way to work through that dip.
Another lesson I learned was to not be afraid to try new things. Many people are scared to leave their comfort zone. Living in Argentina, I had to learn to ride on a bus so packed with people that I had to hang onto a metal bar attached to the outside of the bus while standing on the entrance platform with one foot. Trying new things can be scary, but as we face our fears we then truly learn to fly.
Lastly, I learned that material possessions are nice, but they are not everything. My brother recently passed away a few months ago. What did he take with him? Nothing of monetary material worth. He took the relationships he created, the love he had worked to grow, and the memories he made. These precious memories are the true gems of life!
I’m still traveling the world, reading every page of my favorite book, learning much, and being changed by all the amazing things I am able to experience. Life is sweet! So don’t be scared to read past the first page! I close with the words of Mark Twain: “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
James Eric Richey was born and raised in California. He attended Brigham Young University, studying English with an emphasis in Literature. After graduating from BYU he returned home to California to further his education by attending law school. After passing the bar, James practiced in California for several years, but he quickly learned that he did not have a passion for the law.
In 1998 James obtained his real estate appraiser license, which has given him a flexible work schedule and allowed him to pursue his true passion, writing books. Besides his writing, he also enjoys reading, running, and sailing. James currently lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his wife, Heather, and their two daughters.
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