Quinn, Tara Taylor, Once a Family (Where Secrets Are Safe, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey: Mills & Boon, 2014).
Title: Once a Family (Where Secrets Are Safe, Book 2)
Author: Tara Taylor Quinn
Issues: Addiction; Bereavement; Domestic Violence
There’s truth-and then there’s love
Sedona Campbell is an attorney who works with The Lemonade Stand, a unique women’s shelter in California. She’s called in to advise fifteen-year-old Tatum Malone, who claims she’s been abused-by her brother, not her boyfriend. It’s Sedona’s job to sort out truth from lie. She soon discovers that’s not an easy task, especially once she meets Tanner Malone. Because despite herself, she’s attracted to him.
Tanner has always protected his younger sister-but she’s lying about him. And he’s falling for Sedona. Between them, maybe they can figure out why Tatum’s doing this. Maybe then he and Sedona will be free to love each other…
Life, in all its messiness, is a miracle. We have to be willing to stay on the ride, sometimes just holding on, when the road gets bumpy, in order to avail ourselves of the perfect moments.
And sometimes we need a safe place in which to take a time out.
The Lemonade Stand, Where Secrets Are Safe, is one of those places. The Stand is going to be around for a long time. You’ll have many opportunities to stay here with me. And to experience some perfect moments while you do-you know the kind, where you escape into a story, experience a whole other world, maybe find some meaningful titbits that somehow apply to your life, all without leaving your chair.
I hope you’ll also see the perfection in messiness. The value in the struggle. Families are tough. Maybe more than anyone else, we trust our family members to have our backs. To love us no matter what. And with that trust comes the capacity for great pain – if our trust is broken. If family members aren’t who we think they are. And we understand, too. We know that family is heart. And heart is the one thing we can’t ever completely walk away from.
So we run to a place like the lemonade Stand, Where Secrets Are Safe and pain can be healed. Come on in. Get comfortable. And be prepared to find family and love!
I’m a spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline (www.thehotline.org. 1-800-799-7233), and I also work with an organization called Chrysalis (www.noabuse.org). Chrysalis has several shelters and they offer certified counseling for victims and for abusers, as well as legal aid and financial aid for those starting over.
I love to hear from readers. You can reach me at www.TaraTaylorQuinn.com.
Tara Taylor Quinn