Lewis, Sherry, Her Secret Family, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2006).
Title: Her Secret Family
Author: Sherry Lewis
Issues: Gendered Expectations (Women); POC; Prejudice; WOC
Detective Jolene Preston has the right to expect backup from her partner, but the sexist attitude from the rest of the force is something the narcotic squad’s lone woman fights on her own. Until she discovers a thirty-year cover-up, exposing her Cherokee heritage — and a prejudice she can’t take on alone.
Mason Blackfox grudgingly helps the rookie trace her family history because he knows personally that lies cause only hurt. But then his own daughter demands to know the truth about her grandparents, and Mason needs the lady cop. She’s the only one who can possibly understand.
From earliest childhood, most of us get our clues about who we are from our families. We create our own identity based on the way our parents, siblings and grandparents look at us. Some of us come to believe things about ourselves so deeply, we never stop to question whether they’re true or not. We become the quiet one, the smart one, the shy one or the silly one because that’s what we’ve been told we are.
Jolene Preston has accepted what she’s been told all her life. So when she stumbles across evidence that the “truths” she has always accepted about herself aren’t true at all, it throws her into turmoil.
Her Secret Family is the story of Jolene’s struggle to discover who she is after all the comfortable childhood labels are ripped away. It is also a story about finding, recognizing and keeping love when it finds you. Along the way she meets Mason Blackfox and his twelve-year-old daughter, Debra, who are facing struggles of their own.
I’ve come to care a lot about all three of them. I hope you will, too.
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