This book took me completely by surprise. From the amazing dialogue to the raw emotions it portrays and captures it is a wonderful read from the first to last word. I know a number of foster children. I have seen them come and seen them go. This book captures their lives, their experiences and their hopes. The book was incredibly moving. Having known so many kids who have gone through the foster system knowing some of their stories and some not so much this book captures children when they are vulnerable, when they are reactionary and when they fear hope. But hope and love is what many foster children need most.
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Before ever publishing a novel, I’d already decided to associate each story to a specific cause.
Ideally, I wanted the cause to reflect the story that’s told. This may or may not be possible for my future novels, but for The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch, it is.
This novel tells the story of a Christian couple who foster children. It covers the many ups and downs that come with past adversity. Because of this premise, I’ve been contemplating various foster care and adoption services.
After much deliberation, I’ve decided that the perfect charity for this novel is Catholic Charities Adoption. Therefore, 10% of all net proceeds from The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch will be donated to Catholic Charities Adoption.
Across the country, Catholic Charities agencies provide pregnancy counseling and adoption services for individuals and families regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. (Catholic Charities Adoption)
Catholic Charities does so much amazing work. Their adoption services are a God-send to women who can’t take care of a baby; babies who need a good home; and couples who are desperate to have a baby.
I hope you enjoy The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch, and I thank you in advance for supporting Catholic Charities Adoption with your purchase.
Best and Blessings,
Image Credit: Catholic Charities Adoption
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
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?