Quinn, Tara Taylor, Child by Chance (Where Secrets Are Safe, Book 4), (Richmond, Surrey: Mills & Boon, 2014).
Title: Child by Chance (Where Secrets Are Safe, Book 4)
Author: Tara Taylor Quinn
Issues: Addiction, Adoption, Bereavement, Domestic Violence, Parenthood, Therapy
Will her secret tear them apart?
At sixteen, when Talia gave her son up for adoption, she knew she was making the right decision. Now, as an adult, she’s come home to Santa Raquel, California, where she volunteers at The Lemonade Stand and provides art therapy at local schools. One of her students is a troubled boy named Kent-the son she gave up all those years ago!
She meets his widowed father, Sherman, and they develop an intense connection through their shared concern for Kent. But Talia wonders if the secret she’s been keeping might drive away the man she’s starting to love.
Once, many years ago, I wrote a story with a heroine who’d been a prostitute-Her Secret, His Child. Back then, I got handwritten fan letters in the mail and I answered every one of them. (I kept them, too, in notebooks that are now filed on a shelf.) After Her Secret, His Child was released, I was astonished to get letters asking me if I’d ever been a prostitute. A resounding no! But parts of me are in all my books. And I look back at that book now and realize some of the feelings-of not being good enough, of being used rather than cared about-resonated with me.
Child by Chance is the story of an ex-stripper. I’m just going to say it right out-No, I have never been a stripper. The closest I got to dancing was ballet class, for five years, three times a week. And I never once, ever danced onstage.
But I learned to respect the physicality of dance. The athleticism of dancers. I learned about dedication. And I learned about finding my centre and “pulling up”. Talia, the heroine in Child by Chance, knows all these things. But this isn’t a story about dance. It’s a story about life’s tough choices. About making mistakes. And making amends. About accepting the lemons life hands you and making lemonade. It’s a story of heart, redemption and the true meaning of love. All kinds of love.
I’d really like to hear what you think about The Lemonade Stand and this series, Where Secrets Are Safe. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you like friendship stories, take a look at The Friendship Pact. I tried something different, and the verdicts are in! I’d be thrilled to hear yours, too.
Tara Taylor Quinn