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
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…
When 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.
Twenty 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 quest.
As 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.
It 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
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