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“Then why are we here?” Eva asked.

“You are here…” he began to say, and then wondered how much should really be said.

“You are here because God sent you to me.”

“Oh David!” Benedict protested and was about to walk away.

“It’s true,” David insisted, looking back at the boys. “Your mothers and fathers, for some reason or another, couldn’t do it right.”

“Do what right?” Tommy asked.

“Take care of you…they just didn’t have it in them. They weren’t strong enough.”

“Smart enough,” Tommy muttered.

“Sober enough,” Sebastian said.

“Stop,” David said gently. “Don’t do that.”

“Don’t do what? Be mad at them?” Benedict asked. He could feel his face reddening.

“No…no, you can be mad at them,” David said. “You can be mad all you want, but at some point, you need to let it go. You need to tell yourself that it doesn’t matter anymore. You need to forgive them for what they did and did not do, and you need to move on.”

“What if I can’t do that?” Tommy asked.

David thought a moment before answering. “If you can’t forgive and move on, then your feelings will grow and fester and they will eat you alive.” (The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch)

This is a snippet of the dialogue in a pivotal scene from my novel, The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch. It comes in the middle of the book and is between David and five of his foster-children, Sebastian, Eva, Tommy, Benedict, and Micah.

It was a heart-wrenching scene to write, and I confess that I cried a little as it played itself out. But it needed to happen. Recognizing the children’s cynicism is essential to the story. My hope is that young readers find the exchange emotionally stirring, although tears are optional.

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Cover Design for Destiny of Sunshine Ranch

Here’s a sneak preview of The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch, or at least, the cover. Designed by me, it shows the Ranch from a distance with 2 children looking down at it. Overhead, the sun beams through the clouds, which foreshadows a scene in the story. The back of the book reads as follows:

10 year old Benedict has been moved to a lot of foster homes, and he’s hated every one. When he arrives at Sunshine Ranch, he doesn’t bother unpacking. What’s the point? But his new foster parents and siblings are not a family he’s used to. David and Martha Credence strive to instill love and Christian values in their family, and it inspires hope in each child. Benedict is not into religion, but Sunshine Ranch is the home he’s secretly been yearning for. He fears it’s just a little too good to be true, and his sentiments are validated after learning that they may lose Sunshine Ranch. Can the Credence children help save the Ranch? Will faith keep them together? Or will Benedict’s dream be shattered?

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch is a story about a family devoted to God. It relays the personal journeys of all the Credence foster children and their struggles to overcome past and present pain and adversity.

“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:12-13

 

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch: Book Description

I had to come up with copy for my back cover. This is what I came up with.

“When Benedict arrives at his new foster home, Sunshine Ranch, he suspects his will be a short stay like all the others. But his new foster parents, David and Martha Credence, and his foster siblings are not a family he’s used to. It’s the home he’s always yearned for, but is it too good to be true?

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch is a story of a family’s devotion to God. It relays the personal stories of all the Credence children and their struggles to overcome past pain and adversity. With the love and devotion of David and Martha Credence, the children begin to find hope. But it’s short lived when they find out that they may lose Sunshine Ranch and be split up. Will faith prevail or is there a new destiny for both Benedict and Sunshine Ranch?”

What do you think?