Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
Great book! But not at all what I expected based on reading the jacket. The story is based around a young boy and his family, who own a ranch in the Midwest. Ignatious has dealt with the death of his mother, his older brothers leaving home and now the deployment of his father to Iraq. Caring for the ranch with his elderly grandparents is a full time job and one that weighs on them all. Parry does a wonderful job of breaking your heart with all that this boy has gone through, only to patch it up every time he overcomes a new obstacle. A highly enjoyable read.