It was going to be the trip of a lifetime. An enchanting trek through the Guatemalan jungle, viewing the mystical Mayan Ruins, a breath-stealing sunset from atop an ancient temple, a magical entourage of a million fireflies. Then suddenly our wonderful adventure became a nightmare.
What followed was a roller coaster of hope and despair that would span the longest days of my life. As we frantically fought for my wife’s life, we found ourselves far from the necessities we took for granted at home. Amid the heartbreaking twists and turns, though, were encounters with brave and selfless people who made a lasting impression during this horrific time.
Without Explanation is a true story. It’s a story of anticipated adventure and remarkable courage, of heartache and disbelief, and of hope and fear. And at its very core, it’s at once a life-altering tragedy and a story of love and devotion.
Published by Archean Media
I’ve been truly humbled by the immensely powerful reactions from so many people. Below are a handful of the comments received.
“Very powerful, I couldn’t put it down. Your story is compelling and chilling and heartbreaking and riveting, I was deeply moved….”—Beta Reader
“The writing kept me captivated and wanting to know what was going to happen next. Sincerely open and at times raw, I wanted to read more. Your words create a realistic scenario that I can visualize in my mind….”—Beta Reader
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Valerie grew up on a dairy farm in Idaho. The youngest of six siblings, she learned early on the lessons of hard work and dedication to others. She always loved to travel, and making new friends
was easy for her wherever she went. After she received a Bachelor’s from Idaho State University, she first moved to Canada, then Australia and then with Rod, moved to Minnesota. Besides raising three children, she was the consummate volunteer at school, church, sports events and various
organizations within her community. Valerie had a gift of empathy and lived to help others.