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The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch

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10 year old Benedict has been moved from one foster home to another, 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 very different from what he's become used to. David and Martha Credence strive to instill love and Christian values in their family and it inspires hope i ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 5th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Carolyn
Touching story about a group of "reject" children whose foster family faces seemingly insurmountable challenges in staying together. The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch is an uplifting story for young readers that stresses the importance of family, healing, faith, and generosity.
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Holly Michael
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Philippians 4:12-13). My favorite Bible verse, on the first page of The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch, lassoed me straight in to T.M Gaouette’s YA novel.

We meet Benny, a foster child who trusts no one and lacks faith in God. He’s been moved from place to place and arrives at Sunshine Ranch apprehensive and even unwilling to unpack his bags. Then, we’re introduced to the other foster children, all with diverse issues: depression, sadness, loss
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Susan Peek
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The minute I started reading this story, I knew I was going to need a kleenex box nearby. I was right. I also knew I was going to love it. Right again. From page one I was pulled into this extremely moving novel about a young boy in the foster care system, unwanted and hurting, and how God draws him to Himself by incredible and quite surprising events. Benedict and sweet little Melanie stole my heart from the beginning, and the other characters were so well done that whether I loved them or coul ...more
Katy
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for a story that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming about foster children and a place where ten of them found a home in which love and faith abounded. As a former foster parent, this story really touched my heart and made me wish I could give these fictional foster children a big hug! The story is mainly told through Benedict's POV but in several places other POVs are given, which was mostly effective. I recommend this book to everyone with a heart for children. You will never forg ...more
Leslea Wahl
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch by T.M. Gaouette is a lovely, heart-warming story. I’ve never read a book that focused on foster families and was extremely moved by this touching novel.
The author creates an array of interesting characters that are flawed yet understandable and memorable. I think this book would be great for all kids to read, showcasing the power of love and family – no matter what that family might look like.
This middle-grade novel is full of heart-breaking realities, faith-fille
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Cynthia
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this story, although it's one that moved me rather than entertained me. My heart ached for the children, for "each held a great burden within them that was shrouded by fear of the unknown, prompted by the fear of their pasts," as the story states. I believe I felt Ms. Gaouette's heart within this story. She seemed to have intimate knowledge of these types of children's situations and those of the Sunshine Ranch adults. After the emotional ride of reading this story, I was grateful for th ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 v ...more
Barb
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novel peeks into the world of children in foster care, kids who have experienced things no child ever should. Sunshine Ranch is the home of a vulnerable child's dreams, with loving, faithful couple Martha and David caring for and educating 10 children who are in the foster-care system. Life at the ranch is not without its challenges, especially for 10-year-old Benedict who has had things particularly rough. This heartwarming tale has an unexpected ending.
T.M. Gaouette
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I am finding it difficult to put into words my thoughts about this book, because the story speaks directly to the heart, and there are no words sufficient for how my heart was touched by this book. From the first page to the last, I found myself drawn compellingly into the love, suffering and grace of a family of foster children drawn together from diverse circumstances and cultures. Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. I have to confess that I hate reading digital books and ...more
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T.M. Gaouette is a wife, home-school mom, freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London, and is now living in New England, where she raises goats with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for children and young adults. She believes that life is too short to waste on the ...more
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