Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found

by Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield

Verdict: Secret Storms reads like a thriller and is told from the alternating perspectives of Julie and Kathy. The main characters are likeable and the emotions run deep on both sides.

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5.0

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Julie Mannix is a beautiful debutante who dreams of becoming an actress. Admitted a prestigious acting school, Julie works at a summer theater and meets the older, dashing Frank von Zerneck. 

Frank is doting and loyal, but holds a secret that is only revealed once Julie learns that she is pregnant. Devastated by both developments, she leaves Frank. When her parents learn that she’s pregnant, they commit her to a mental hospital.

In the hospital, Julie becomes determined to continue with her acting career. She also decides to give up her baby for adoption, as she’s certain that only another family can provide a stable life for her baby. As it turns out, she and Frank later marry and go on to enjoy successful careers in show business. They also have two more children. But all along, they miss the daughter they gave up so many years ago.

While Julie and Frank enjoy a happy life in Hollywood, their first daughter, Kathy, doesn’t have the childhood they expected. Her adopted mother dies when Kathy is very young. And her father goes on to marry a controlling and abusive woman. As a young adult, Kathy decides to look for her birth parents and is shocked to learn their identity.

Secret Storms reads like a thriller and is told from the alternating perspectives of Julie and Kathy. The main characters are likeable and the emotions run deep on both sides. It’s a perfect book for families who are trying to reintegrate a child put up for adoption years earlier.

Reviewed by Susan Blumberg-Kason for IndieReader

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