FOUR YOUNG LIVES WILL IMPACT THE LIFE OF THERAPIST, VALERIE ELLIOTT, FOREVER. DERRICK - a troubled youth whose soul darkens after his father takes his own life. Derrick is forced to pick up the pieces as his mother battles depression and a terminal illness. His emotional rawness deepens as secrets from his past threaten to surface. He is shot down by bullies and is tormented by lust, blurring the lines of anger and happiness. BROOKELYN - her mother is killed by the angry flames of a house fire, forcing Brookelyn to grow up overnight. As her dad works two jobs, she desperately attempts to stitch together a broken family, filling the role of mother to her younger brother. She fights to hold onto Luke, her first love, who battles an addiction to pain killers. BRADLEY - Brookelyn's little brother, diagsed with Asperger's, tries to overcome the odds set against him as he is taunted by his peers. Connecting better with winged creatures than his own species, Bradley kws he is different and wonders why. ELLIE - Ellie feels lost when cancer takes her mother's life. Navigating the difficult waters of grief as she becomes a young woman, Ellie leans on her mom's best friend, Valerie. Valerie vows to raise Ellie as if she were her own. CAN VALERIE, ALONG WITH A RESCUED HORSE, NAMED GRACE, mend the broken hearts and guide these teens down the right path? Will reaching these youth fill a void in Valerie's life?
VICTORIA ENDICOTT is the author of On River Road, a novel inspired by a real tragedy in her own life while in college. Victoria graduated from The Ohio State University with her Bachelor's degree in psychology and her Master's degree in social work. She has her independent license and is a psychotherapist in a central Ohio private practice. She is married to Kevin Endicott, and they have two daughters, Courtney and Taylor.