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Thousands of years in the past, a meteorite fell to earth and a stunning blue stone shattered from it. a hundred thousand years in the past, a woman named Tall One stumbled on the crystal at the African plain---and it shaped her future, in addition to the future of generations to return. From historic Israel to imperial Rome, medieval England, fifteenth-century Germany, the eighteenth-century Caribbean, and the nineteenth-century American West, the future of the stone and the historical past of the realm spread. each one tale is filled with the betrayals and obsessions of the human middle, and the quests of the human spirit. within the Blessing Stone, Barbara wooden has either informed the intimate info of her characters' lives and created a feeling of the epic sweep of human historical past.

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