It is December 24, 1944, and as World War II rages on, the Anderson family in East Texas faces a very bleak Christmas.
With Mr. Anderson serving in the army half a world away, young Danny Anderson must try to fill his father's absence and be the man of the house. This means taking care of his mom and little sister and running the family lumber business and Quarter Horse ranch.
Danny works tirelessly, taking on extra jobs while attending school. Despite his best efforts, he can't keep up with the bills, leaving the family to sell their horses to pay their debts and keep food on the table.
The Andersons' misfortune benefits Rufus Marshall, a local man of considerable wealth. With a self-righteous attitude, he greedily buys the Andersons' remaining asset-their broodmare band.
When a severe blizzard blows into the area on Christmas Eve, it sets in motion a series of events that will change everything, bringing renewed hope to the entire Anderson family-and redemption to Rufus Marshall as well.
In many children's hearts, there is no animal more beautiful than a horse. Horses are wonderful, affectionate companions, exciting to ride and fun to care for and groom. But horses are also very large, powerful animals. Their power, combined with their gentle ways, is the secret of their appeal to the kids who love them.
Thirteen-year-old foster kid Skye Nicholson has become an expert at being an angry, cold, and defensive teenager. After breaking more foster home placements than she cares to count, and committing numerous offenses, she's headed to her final resort --- juvenile detention. But after a court compromise, hope finds her through a beautiful sorrel quarter horse named Champ and the tough love of Tom and Eileen Chamber, who offer her another chance at their home at Keystone Stables. There she's introduced to a God who has the power to truly save her, no matter how much she thinks she's not worth saving.
Another Soldier and The Quartermasters begins as a biography detailing the boyhood and young adult life of the author's father. By 1942 the world stage had been set for young men who would either enlist or be drafted (selected) into military service. Art Nichols along with his two older brothers had entered military service. Sgt. Cornelius Arthur Nichols was similar to most soldiers during World War II who had relentless inner strength and dedication. It is important to recognize the support role of the Quartermaster Corps for the quartermasters had a vital role in support of front line troops. These men have been very proud of their years of service. This book follows a Company's mission from its inception, training in Wyoming and Oregon, and on to the Desert Training Center (DTC/CAMA). Their arrival in England on 31 July 1944 precedes their landing on Utah Beach, Normandy. As part of Ninth Army operations in the ETO, the Company pushed from France westward to their destination in Germany.
The World War One Diaries, Letters and Sketches of Harold Stephens and W 'Billy' O'Neil. Over 90 years ago two friends from the farming community of Cowra, New South Wales joined the Australian Army - the journalist/cartoonist Harold Stephens and his friend and neighbouring farmer W 'Billy' O'Neil.