Quinn, Tara Taylor, Mother by Fate (Where Secrets Are Safe, Book 5), (Richmond, Surrey: Mills & Boon, 2014).
Title: Mother by Fate (Where Secrets Are Safe, Book 5)
Author: Tara Taylor Quinn
Issues: Bereavement; Domestic Violence; Guilt; Parenthood
To trust a stranger…
Sara Havens helps others. Mothers. Children. Those who seek to escape from violence. Her work with The Lemonade Stand-a unique women’s shelter-also let’s her forget the loss of the child who should have been hers. And when a handsome stranger strikes up a poolside conversation, it’s no coincidence.
Bounty hunter Michael Edison is tracking a former resident of the shelter. Fearing for the missing woman’s safety, Sara joins the pursuit. But nothing is what it appears to be-including Michael. As they grow closer, Sara risks losing her carefully constructed control…
Welcome back to The Lemonade Stand, Where Secrets Are Safe!
We’re actually not at the Stand right now. We’re out on the beach, briefly in a kennel for rescue animals, in a neighbouring city and people are looking out for us and keeping our secrets safe.
I love all of the Where Secrets Are Safe books. I created a shelter that I wish was real. One that, if I ever have the means, I will open. I particularly love this book in that it looks at an issue that is close to my heart-the idea of loving someone as your own who, technically, isn’t yours.
In today’s world relationships are a lot more fluid than they used to be. They aren’t always forever. And yet when we give our hearts, we give them forever. So what happens to all of the peripheral family relationships when a couple breaks up? In particular, what happens when you love a child as your own who does not biologically belong to you?
I had a friend for many years who struggled emotionally. I took on her daughter as my own. I love that little girl, took her into my home, my family. And when the friend moved on, when she determined that she no longer needed my help, I was left with an emptiness in my heart that I couldn’t do anything about.
That emptiness is the basis of Mother by Fate. I don’t have the answers. But I understand the pain. And believe that love really can heal whatever wounds we carry inside us.
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Tara Taylor Quinn