HEART LIKE MINE
When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past and find a long-buried secret they never could have imagined...
Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?
At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been the one taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again.
But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew.
Narrated by Grace and Ava in the present with flashbacks into Kelli’s troubled past, Heart Like Mine is a poignant and hopeful portrait about womanhood, love, and the challenges of family life.
OUTSIDE THE LINES
Until Eden West can make peace with her past, she will never be able to embrace her future…
Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding on the
bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and
David all but vanished from Eden’s life.
years later, Eden runs a successful catering company and dreams of
opening a restaurant. Since childhood, she has heard from her father
only rarely, just enough to know that he’s been living on the streets
and struggling with mental illness. But lately there has been no word at
all. After a series of failed romantic relationships and a health scare
from her mother, Eden decides it’s time to find her father, to forgive
him at last, and move forward with her own life. Her search takes her to
a downtown Seattle homeless shelter, and to Jack Baker, its handsome
and charming director. Jack convinces Eden to volunteer her skills as a
professional chef with the shelter. In return, he helps her in her
the connection between Eden and Jack grows stronger, and their
investigation brings them closer to David, Eden must come to terms with
her true emotions, the secrets her mother has kept from her, and the
painful question of whether her father, after all these years, even
wants to be found.
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BEST KEPT SECRET
Cadence didn’t sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea. It
snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long
day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that’s left
her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year old son, Charlie.
wasn’t always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to have
it all – a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising career
as a freelance journalist. But with the demise of her marriage, her carefully constructed life begins to spiral out of control. Suddenly she is all alone trying to juggle the demands of work and motherhood.
Logically, Cadence knows that she is drinking too much, and is plagued by a deep-seated shame. Every day begins with renewed promises to herself that she will stop. But within a few hours, driven by a force she doesn’t understand, she is
reaching for the bottle - even when it means not playing with her son
because she is too tired, or dropping him off at preschool late, again. And even when one calamitous night it means leaving him alone to pick up more wine at the grocery store. It’s
only when her ex-husband shows up at her door to take Charlie away that
Cadence realizes her best kept secret has been discovered. The grief
and guilt are overwhelming, but the loss of Charlie is the wake-up call
she needs to begin to journey back towards sobriety and emotional
well-being. It is only as she begins to become whole that Cadence can
fully understand her illness and her familial vulnerability towards
addiction, and launch the fight of her life- to get back her son. Heartbreaking, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming, Best Kept Secret is
more than just the story of Cadence - it’s a story of how the secrets
we hold closest are the ones that can most tear us apart.
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