The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch by T.M. Gaouette is a heart-warming story that the whole family will enjoy. This book, written for older elementary and middle school students, is an extremely touching novel that focuses on foster families. This is one of those stories that stays with you long after it’s over. Your mind continuing to think about the characters you’ve grown to care about, characters that are flawed yet understandable and memorable.
This book showcases the power of love and family – no matter what that family might look like. As a mother, it was heart-breaking to read the stories of these fictional children and how they ended up in the foster system. However, these characters were fortunate and were placed with a family that loved and encouraged them.
The author did a wonderful job of showing the trust and abandonment issues these children carried with them. This is a novel full of heart-wrenching realities, faith-filled moments, and a powerful hopeful message. This would be a fantastic book to read with your children, one that can help them to understand how blessed they are and that there are children in their communities that might not be so fortunate.