Quinn, Tara Taylor, Her Secret, His Child, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 1999).
Title: Her Secret, His Child
Author: Tara Taylor Quinn
Issues: Child Abuse; Parenthood; Prostitution
Mother and Daughter
Jamie Archer loves her four-year-old daughter, Ashley, more than anything in this world. But Jamie has a past she’s ashamed of, a past she needs to keep hidden. So she’s created an entirely new life for herself and Ashley a life that’s threatened when Kyle Radcliff reappears.
Father and Child
Kyle doesn’t immediately realize who she is, but Jamie recognizes him right away. He’s Ashley’s father. Even though he doesn’t know it.
A Family Now?
For Ashley’s sake, for all their sakes, Jamie has to tell him the truth something that seems to become harder every day. Because she’s falling in love with him. For the second time .
Almost everyone is biologically equipped to reproduce.
But as miraculous as birth is, the true miracle comes not in the giving of life but in the nurturing of it. No job or other endeavor will ever be more important than the raising up of innocent lives. To have a child completely dependent on you for food and clothing, for safety, for emotional health, for guidance, is an immense responsibility.
I’ve often thought you can judge people not by how they look or dress, the position they might hold in society, not by education, financial status or geographical location but by how effective they are as parents. Unfortunately, good people are sometimes driven by life, by circumstances, by tragedy, to make bad decisions. Yet it seems to me that a bad decision doesn’t necessarily make a bad person.
Sometimes, though, a person can be imprisoned by such a decision because our society tends to look only at the surface…tends not to looks beyond mistakes and their consequences.
Certainly, accountability is crucial, cost is just, but one of the great beauties of life is the opportunity for second chances. I cling to that promise.
Her Secret, His Child was with me long before I wrote my first book.
I’m glad to finally have the opportunity to bring you this novel and hope you will join me in celebrating the incredible strength of the human spirit as you share Jamie’s story.
Tara Taylor Quinn
PS. I’m always delighted to hear from my readers. You can reach me at P.O. Box 15065, Scottsdale, Arizona 852675065 or online at http://www.inticad.com/~ttquinn.