Rae Lynne Johnson's world has always revolved around her family. When she was 5 years old her father deserted the family and her perfect young world was shattered. Her father boldly leaves behind his love child from another woman for his wife to raise. Times for the Johnson family were hard , but the glue that held them together was love. Besides the heartbreak and pain of losing the head of the family, young Rae Lynne is forced to grow up quickly. Her mother falls victim to depression and Rae Lynne becomes responsible for caring for her younger brother and her mother. Because of these responsibilities she loses her childhood, and could possibly lose her future.
The only peace that Rae Lynne usually finds is in the lavender patch that is practically in her backyard. The sweet smells and the beauty of nature often take her away from the problems and stresses of life. Amazingly this place of comfort would one day cause great sadness and pain for her entire family.
Author Terry A. O'Neal has written a poignant story of how growing up without a father affected this young woman's life. And how the hurt and uncertainty of life was her motivation to excel.
This report prepared by Nora Jones