A Mother s Conviction

Author: Karen Lenfestey
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781514178287
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Single mom Bethany Morris loves her 6-year-old foster daughter, Willow, as if she were her own. When Willow's real mother is released early from prison, Bethany isn't ready to let the little girl go. Trying to justify her reluctance to say good-bye, she digs into the mother's shady past and struggles to deal with what she finds out. Across the state line, Willow's half-sister lives with her dad, Conner Walker, a man who never stays in one place for too long. When he returns to the town where he grew up, he realizes he's been cheating his daughter out of a place to call home. For the first time in years, he wonders if he should keep running or make a stand in court. How far will Bethany and Conner go to keep their families together?

Next Door Secrets

Author: Karen Lenfestey
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781500663803
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When Bethany meets the little girl who lives next door, it stirs up a longing she's been trying to quell. At 35, Beth has a job she enjoys and a sweet boyfriend who cannot promise her tomorrow. She tells herself no one gets to “have it all,” but little Kaylee seems to need Beth just as much as Beth needs her.Beth's boyfriend, Parker, loves her so much he's decided to leave her. Bit by bit, he pulls back, figuring it's better to break her heart now rather than later. If he were gone, he's sure Beth would see that the family next door has room for one more.But Parker isn't the only one acting strange these days. Beth starts to suspect that the reason Kaylee's father keeps pushing her away is because he's hiding something. A secret big enough to destroy a family.

Conviction

Author: Julia Dahl
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1250083699
Format: PDF, ePub
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In the summer of 1992, a year after riots exploded between black and Jewish neighbors in Crown Heights, a black family is brutally murdered in their Brooklyn home. A teenager is quickly convicted, and the justice system moves on. Twenty-two years later, journalist Rebekah Roberts gets a letter: I didn't do it. Frustrated with her work at the city’s sleaziest tabloid, Rebekah starts to dig. But witnesses are missing, memories faded, and almost no one wants to talk about that grim, violent time in New York City—not even Saul Katz, a former cop and her source in Brooklyn’s insular Hasidic community. So she goes it alone. And as she gets closer to the truth of that night, Rebekah finds herself in the path of a killer with two decades of secrets to protect. From the author of the Edgar-nominated Invisible City comes another timely thriller that illuminates society’s darkest corners. Told in part through the eyes of a jittery eyewitness and the massacre’s sole survivor, Julia Dahl's Conviction examines the power—and cost—of community, loyalty, and denial.

A Sister s Promise

Author: Karen Lenfestey
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781463787967
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A sister's promise and a wife's promise. . .Kate must break one. Kate Hopper can list a million reasons why she doesn't have kids. No, more like reasons why she shouldn'thave kids: genetics, a demanding career, and ultimately, the fear that she wasn't cut out to be June Cleaver, Carol Brady or Claire Huxtable. TV moms always make it look so easy, but Kate knows better. When Kate's sister refuses a lupus treatment, Kate is willing to say anything to save her sister's life-even promising to have a baby. Kate decides to keep her rash words a secret from her husband until she can figure out whether she really wants to be a mother. Especially since they agreed their marriage would remain childless. Should she risk everything she has for the unknown?

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept

Author: Jayneen Sanders
Publisher: UpLoad Publishing Pty Ltd
ISBN: 0646546236
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book was written to provide children with essential skills in self-protection, and to encourage them to always speak up. It is recommended that children be read this story by a parent or caregiver.

A Weekend Getaway

Author: Karen Lenfestey
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781500590857
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Bethany Morris always puts everyone else's needs first. That's why when she got pregnant in college, she shouldered the burden alone. She had the baby in secret and placed it for adoption. Sixteen years later, she's patiently waiting for her live-in boyfriend to propose and wondering if she's missed her one chance at motherhood. Life gets complicated when she runs into the baby's father and realizes the chemistry's still there. At first, Bethany and Parker relive the good, old days, but then he reveals that he has the same disease that took his father's life. Does Bethany owe it to Parker to tell him that he has a child? Should she track down the daughter she's never known just to give her bad news? Risking the comfortable life she's built for herself, Bethany embarks on a cross-country road trip to face her past and find the daughter she never forgot.

What Happiness Looks Like

Author: Karen Lenfestey
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781466415171
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Joely Shupe had a vision of what her thirties would look like: she'd be the mother of two, finger painting with her kids during the day and cooking dinner for her loving husband at night. Instead, she's a single mother struggling to provide for her young daughter. To make matters worse, her ex-fiance, Jake, shows up--unemployed and reeling from a personal tragedy. He claims he's ready to parent the daughter he abandoned five years ago. Joely is more interested in Dalton, a devoted father to his own son, who offers to take care of her the way no man ever has. Should Joely risk her daughter bonding with someone new or with the man who broke her heart? Meanwhile, Joely's sister, Kate, has the husband and the home, but no baby. After several failed attempts at fertility treatments, Kate's husband is ready to give up. Kate believes his solution to their problems will tear them apart. For Joely and Kate, one thing is for sure: this is not the life they expected. Is it time to adjust their idea of what happiness looks like?

Best Kept Secrets

Author: Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455546259
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AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME! Alexandra Gaither is a savvy, beautiful attorney who finally has the power to get what she has always wanted -- justice. Twenty-five years before, her mother died a scandalous death. Now as she investigates her mother's former lover, his best friend, and the father figure to them both, she will risk everything to uncover their best kept secrets.

Family Secrets

Author: Judith Henry Wall
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9780743297059
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After their father's death, sisters Vanessa, Ellie, and Georgiana are stunned to learn a well-kept family secret. A yellowed letter tucked away in a family Bible reveals that the woman who gave birth to their late father had not died when he was born, as they had always believed. Their paternal grandmother gave up her son shortly after his birth, leaving this note with instructions to never reveal her name or background to him. The letter is signed, simply, Hattie. The sisters are each at a turning point -- Vanessa is feeling stifled in a stale marriage and career; Ellie is perpetually single but desperately wants marriage and motherhood; and baby sister Georgiana is a successful model but longs to do something more serious with her life. Seizing upon the idea of finding their long-lost grandmother, the women set out on a trip to Montana, where they hope not only to find their father's birth mother but also to rekindle their bonds of sisterhood and possibly even find their true selves. But they have no idea of the consequences of their quest. If the sisters find Hattie and live to tell their story, everything Hattie has worked and dreamed for will be destroyed. Will she allow the sisters to uncover the family secret and escape alive?

Sin Shame Secrets

Author: David Yonke
Publisher: David Yonke
ISBN:
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In this unique and compelling true-crime story, journalist and author David Yonke presents and analyzes the only case in U.S. history in which a Roman Catholic priest was arrested for the murder of a nun. Father Gerald Robinson of Toledo, whom friends and associates described as a timid and mild-mannered man, was arrested by cold-case detectives in April, 2004, and charged in the brutal slaying of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl 24 years earlier. The 71-year-old nun had been choked to the edge of death, covered with an altar cloth, and stabbed 31 times in the face, neck and chest. Her body was found in the sacristy of a Catholic hospital, her habit pulled up to her chest and her undergarments around her ankles. It was Holy Saturday morning, 1980, the day before Easter and the day before the victim’s 72nd birthday. Cold-case investigators said the first nine stab wounds, made over the nun’s heart, were in the shape of an upside down cross, one of many signs that Sister Margaret Ann was the victim of a ritual killing. "Sin, Shame & Secrets" unveils how cold-case investigators decided to reopen the case in 2003 after a Toledo nun testified that Father Robinson abused her in satanic rituals when she was a child. The nun's testimony before the Toledo Catholic Diocese's Review Board also alleged that a number of children had been killed by the cult. A lengthy police investigation followed, resulting in Robinson's arrest at age 66 on April 23, 2004. After a three-week trial, covered gavel-to-gavel by Court TV (now truTV), the priest was convicted of murder on May 11, 2006 and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. * * * Yonke, the award-winning former Religion Editor and reporter at The Toledo Blade, reviewed hundreds of police files, interviewed dozens of principles, and covered every minute of the trial to give readers a thorough and examined look at events as they unfolded, as well as providing background information for the story and the people involved. * * * In Robinson’s legal appeals, the killer priest claimed that his trial attorneys failed to examine the possibility that another hospital chaplain — one with a drinking problem, a bad temper, and a knife collection — may have been the real murderer. Robinson also alleged that Coral Eugene Watts, a confessed serial killer who strangled and stabbed up to 80 women, was living an hour north of Toledo in 1980 and may have been the perpetrator. The story has been covered by news media around the world and featured on many nationally broadcast television programs. Although Robinson's appeals were denied by the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court, public debate and controversy continue to swirl in this timeless and shocking case. * * * Nancy Grace, talk show host former prosecutor: "Carefully detailing her murder, Yonke describes not only the search for a killer, but the struggle for all of us including both the Toledo police and the Catholic Church, to accept that evil exists everywhere around us, even within the house of God." Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Sallah called it "a murder case for the ages," adding that "Yonke deftly shows how an American Catholic diocese kept one of its own from being charged for more than a quarter century." Father Thomas Doyle, JCD, CADC, commented: "This is not just another murder mystery. It is a true story that enrages, mystifies and terrifies any reader with even a modicum of moral awareness." Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP, said: "Through painstaking research and gripping narrative, David Yonke presents and analyzes a stunning case of physical, emotional, and sexual pain and the political corruption that kept a horrific crime unsolved for years." Pulitzer Prize-winner Mitch Weiss called it "an explosive piece of investigative journalism."