The Reckoning of Rance
On May 19, 1975, Rance Abernathy made a deathbed promise to his dying father and best friend. He would hold together the Backed RB, the multi-generation family ranch in North Texas, and take care of his mother and kid sister. At the time, he was the one hope. Hadd, his only other ranching sibling, had been too long on a Navy gunboat on some Vietnam river, and was now helping get the last of South Vietnam's Navy to the Philippines. His kid sister, Lindy, and eldest brother, Plover, had no interest in the family ranch beyond their next share of its earnings and title to some piece of it. Rance had no inkling of the fences those two conniving siblings and their enabling mother might place in his way. Nor had he any inkling of the designs his dead father's sister had on the property. His determination to honor his promise - and his love for the land - through decades of family greed and the feast or famine realities of ranching weather in North Texas meant day work as a hand on any ranch that needed him and constant attention to day to day life. He knew from the time of his oath that he would live a rancher's life, but he could not know the details of the life he chose - the friendships, loyalty, betrayals and love through thick and thin. He could not know that he would find kinship with the great Comanche War Chief Quanah Parker as he watched the unwelcome encroachment of strangers on the family ground. How could he know? He took charge when he was fifteen years old.
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Hello to all that support and have read my first fiction novel. Thank you all for ordering and reading my book. I will be sure to write a sequel to Rance in the upcoming year as many of you have requested, but I would like you all to know, that there is a unrelated novel out now just in time for Christmas 2021. LAST OF THE KNOWERS, has been released. A futuristic view of a direction in life, not too distant from our own, so be sure to check it out, but above that I want to thank you all for your welcome interest in Rance and stated wishes expressed to me for it's sequel. I sincerely with all of my hope send out my own wishes to all of my supporters out there for a very safe, peaceful and prosperous new year.
I must admit I’m not an avid reader. With that said, I could not put this book down. Each page I turned I wanted to learn more about what was happening with Rance and his family. Promises made to his father at fifteen years old, ranching, love for his mother, disjointed family, happy times and loss. Being from North Texas and having a slight accent, I can absolutely relate to the y’all, didinja, and doancha dialect. It just made it real. While reading this novel I wondered if it was fiction or a biography. I am from Wichita Falls, Texas so I recognize many of the small towns referenced in this novel. Some of the names are known in several counties around here. As I read, I understood that these were not the real people that live here. In someways, I feel that some writers may pull a slight relevance of their life into some novels because it’s interesting. I loved the way that this book pulled me to believe I was living out ranching in the old days of North Texas and then all of a sudden you would be brought back to the recent years about the story of the heavy chromed with a full ranch grill and manicured expensive wheels of a suburban pulling in to the south gate. The conflict between family and this man made the story more interesting. I wanted to ride down those old dirt roads in the old truck with Rance or on a horse! All in all the couple that would have the dreams of the future would be Solace and Cindi. A love to last forever is what I would want to read more about.