Sycamore Whispers




    Sometimes all you have to do is listen.

    Coming this fall to Amazon.com

  • The Teaser


    Sweet Emma Sterling is living a storybook life filled with horses, friends, and her loving parents Julia and Chase. Then suddenly, her life makes a dramatic turn when her father returns home one day acting

    like someone she has never even met. Emma's innocence and her family's future is threatened

    as Julia tries desperately to save them from a viscous psychological struggle that is destroying their lives.

    Can a rogue horse and a mother's faith help them overcome, or will the Sterling family be lost forever?


    The horses speak up again in Ledyard's follow-up to his acclaimed novella

    Horse Gone Silent. This timely story brings to light the power of nature, faith and the true depth of a determined

    woman's inner strength.



  • Excerpts

    People dominate the story line, but the horses are free to talk among themselves again in Ledyard's follow up to

    Horse Gone Silent.

    Chase to "Emma-Girl"...

    Chase looked away from her and put his truck in drive. The turkey vultures had landed, seven in total, jockeying for position around the young deer that lay motionless in the field. One of the vultures glanced up from his meal as the truck started back down the driveway. It stared directly at Chase as he drove by, giving him an uneasy feeling. He wondered why such a thing would have bothered him at all, but the image of the bird staring at him while standing over the lifeless fawn lingered in his mind.

    Doc to Ophelia...

    “Listen to the trees around us, Ophelia. Even as a storm is coming, the leaves of the sycamores seem to have a song. I think they may even be whispering something that we need to know. Everything, if we pay close enough attention, has a purpose."

    Julia and Chase...

    She nearly lost her grip as she used her back to push her way through the screen door that Emma had burst joyfully through earlier in the day, sending the birds in a flurry out towards the willow tree. Gaining her composure to look Chase in the eye, she sat down in her chair, but found him gazing across the street at the old run-down farmhouse that looked as though it should be full of ghosts.

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    Horse Gone Silent

    The premier novella written by Shane Ledyard.

    Stay Strong and Courageous!