Gardner, Darlene, The Truth About Tara


Gardner, Darlene, The Truth About Tara,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  The Truth About Tara

Author:  Darlene Gardner

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Child Abduction; Down’s Syndrome; Foster Care


Tara Greer’s world is fine the way it is—even if some details of her childhood simply don’t add up. Life on the beautiful Virginia coast with her mother and young foster brother are all she needs. What she doesn’t need is gorgeous stranger Jack DiMarco’s suspicion that she was stolen as a child. Because if he’s right, the truth would devastate her family.

Steering clear of Jack is the easy answer, right? Wrong! The sexy, compassionate on-the-mend baseball player is everywhere she turns…exactly where her heart wants him. But their future seems unlikely when being with Jack means facing a reality that could cost Tara everything.

Dear Reader,

Websites of missing persons are filled with images of people who have disappeared, never to be seen again by their loved ones.  Way too many of these missing persons are children.

The Truth About Tara grew out of a what-if.  As in, what if a woman looked eerily like an age progression photo of a missing child, but didn’t want to know if she’d been abducted?  What if she was desperate not to be the face on the milk carton?

Out of those questions, the character of Tara Greer was born.  Milk cartons don’t typically depict the photos of the missing anymore, so Jack DiMarco comes to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to check out a tip for his private investigator sister.

I took a research trip to the Eastern Shore to check out the setting for this book.  It’s lovely and serene, a peninsula of land surrounded by salt marshes, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  It makes perfect sense that Tara would love her life there.  I hope you enjoy “visiting” the Eastern Shore as much as I did.

So is Tara a missing person?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Until next time,

Darlene Gardner


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