Billy Penland book one The Early Years
by Marylou Stewart
When he was twelve years old, Billy's father died and his mother remarried within a year to a man who drank heavily and frequently beat his wife. After Billy almost killed his step-father for beating her, Mrs. Penland sent her three Penland children to live with their father's relatives in West Texas. For the next ten years, Billy sacrificed his own personal goals to take care of his siblings.