There is sunshine after the rain!
Daryl Philips discovered that the sun will shine again after unexpectedly losing the love of his life right after the birth of their daughter. During the worst of his personal storm, Darryl was ready to give in to his grief. His father stepped up and showed his son just how resilient he is.
Melvin Philips showed the world the true definition of the word father. He helped his son discover that the sun really does shine after the rain pours down…and if you are really lucky, you will get to witness the miracle of a rainbow.
When Melvin falls ill, Daryl realizes that it is his turn to step up. It is time for him to be there for the man who was always there for him.
With a little help from his friends, will Daryl be able to help Melvin realize a long forgotten dream?
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The prequel to this story ~ After the Rain ~ was a Father's Day gift for my husband. I wanted to do something special to honor him and his father. After the story was finished, I realized that these characters weren't done telling their story. I was excited when presented the opportunity to join in on the soda shop series and knew it would be a perfect place for the rest of Darryl and Melvin Phillips' story.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Melvin Phillips was inspired by my father-in-law. Darryl Phillips was inspired by husband. Sandra was inspired by my mother-in-law.
“Dad?” I called out as I walked into the house that I grew up in. These familiar walls were filled with so many memories. My life was displayed on the wall in the living room in color and in chronological order. I couldn’t imagine raising my own family anyplace else. Looking around at my family history displayed on the walls, I couldn’t help the smile that pulled at my lips when my eyes fell on a picture of me and my dad working in the garage together. Walking past the snapshot of time, my hand instinctively went to the smooth wooden frame that housed the picture.
“Shh! He’s sleeping,” my step-mother whispered as she walked out of the kitchen and into the living room. I noticed a look of concern had settled on her beautiful face. Sitting down in my dad’s favorite chair and pulling his old, tattered blanket up over her legs, she looked over at me with a sad smile.
“The old man’s sick, isn’t he?” I inquired as I sat down in the chair next to her. A familiar feeling of dread washed over me as I waited with bated breath for her to answer. I wasn’t ready to lose him too.
“I don’t know,” Sandra admitted as she let her head fall back and rest on the cushion of the old chair. Memories of my dad sitting in that chair while my mother was sitting in the one right next to it with smiles on their faces and love for each other in their hearts flashed through my mind. I couldn’t help the smile that pulled at my lips. They were perfect for each other and, as much as I loved Sandra, I wished that mother didn’t have to leave us like she did. I knew that she didn’t want to go. She fought a valiant battle, but in the end cancer won.
“Have you talked to Doc Wilkes?” I asked as my smile faded, afraid of what was coming next.
Lifting her head to meet my gaze, “I have.” The rise of and fall of her chest as she inhaled and exhaled was hypnotizing.
“And?” I asked, needing and afraid to know what was going on with my father.
“You know that Doc Wilkes would not tell me anything that your father didn’t want me to know.”
“But you’re his wife,” I whined. I knew I sounded just like a little boy, but if there was something bad going on my dad would not want us to know about it. He would do anything he could to protect us.
Sitting up in her chair and taking a deep breath, Sandra reached out a hand and grabbed mine. The look on her face was one of fear mixed with love. It was the same look that my dad had when he had told me about my mother. It was also the same look he had on his face when he walked into the hospital nursery and broke the news about my first wife. Taking a deep breath, “You’re going to have to talk to your father.” The defeat that had settled over Sandra confirmed my worst fears.
“Not again.” The worlds tumbled from my lips as the tears started to fall down my face. I was not ready to lose the man that had always been there for me.
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