Robert E. Taylor



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A Breath of Hope
Copyright © 2011 Robert Taylor

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This novel is entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental.


I began writing this book over twenty years ago and finished it within two years. Writing it, though, was a lot easier than getting it published. As anyone who’s tried that route will know, the road to publication is a long one, filled with endless rejections and disappointment. Eventually, I gave up on the whole enterprise. The worst part wasn’t the rejections, though. It was the total lack of any kind of constructive criticism from agents and publishers. I had never expected them to send my manuscript back with a ten page critique, but I had hoped for more than just a complement slip.

Time passed. I prodded at the story from time to time, considered resubmitting it. But real life got in the way more often than not and so it sat gathering dust. Eventually, even that hard copy disappeared. But I still had the files on disc. So it was forgotten, but not lost.

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