Sydney’s Promise: A Novel by David R McKay

Sydney's promise

As a child, Sydney Regan promised her elderly neighbour, James Baylor, that she would find her destiny but one lingering question always remained. How will she know when she has found it?

Growing up in an impoverished home with an alcoholic mother weighed down by declining mental health subjected Sydney to a belief that her upbringing defined her. Moreover, many adversities outside of her home caused Sydney to assume that she was irrelevant to the world. Despite her struggles, the gift of a small, ornamental dog always gave Sydney hope while an imaginary box buried in the depths of her mind ensured her survival.

Years later, Sydney has found herself to be an invisible partner in a once happy marriage. In reflection, she contemplates whether she has truly fulfilled her promise and questions the reasons why the pathways of her life have complicated her ability to do so. Fortunately, life can often provide unexpected junctures. For Sydney, it occurs when a phone call places her on the highway to be with her critically-ill mother. During her journey, a song with significant meaning plays on her radio and a door opens to a pathway that will lead Sydney to a life that she could never have imagined.

For some, destiny may have a reason of its own.