Once a Family Where Secrets Are Safe #2 ePUB ☆


Once a Family Where Secrets Are Safe #2 There's truth—and then there's love Sedona Campbell is an attorney who works with The Lemonade Stand a uniue 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 Once a Family is book two in the Where Secrets Are Safe Sedona Campbell Lawyer at a local woman's shelter when fifteen year old Tatum Malone came into the Lemonade Stand Centre Tatum Malone was traumatised and at first will not say what happened Sedona Campbell finally got Tatum talking Tatum accused her brother Tanner of abusing her Sedona Campbell started to investigate to find out what happened to Tatum The readers of Once a Family will continue to follow Tatum to find out what happens Once a Family is the first book I read of Tara Taylor uinn Once a Family is an enjoyable book to read I love Tara Taylor uinn's portrayal of her characters and the way they interact with each other throughout the book Once a Family was well written and research by Tara Taylor uinn I like Tara Taylor uinn's description of the settings of Once a Family complement the plot of this book The readers of Once a Family will understand the importance of women's shelters Also the readers of Once a Family will learn about GED a General Euivalency Diploma in The USA for people who did not finish school I recommend this book Excellent book that had me hooked from the beginning and in tears at several points The book opens with Tatum arriving at The Lemonade Stand women's shelter claiming that her brother has abused her Sedona a lawyer who volunteers there agrees to help her but she has a feeling that there's to the story than Tatum is saying A feeling that is reinforced when she meets TannerTanner is the oldest of four and has always protected his brother and sisters from the time he was a child Their mother was a drug addict and and care of his siblings often fell to him By the time he was almost eighteen he had dropped out of school and had gained custody of them from their mother the motivating event was heartbreaking Since then he has done whatever needed to keep them safe and provided for He doesn't know why Tatum is lying about him but he's determined to find outSedona volunteers at TLS for very personal reasons She has gotten very good over the years at spotting abusers Her gut reaction to Tanner is that he doesn't fit the profile but she's also attracted to him which makes her doubt her instincts So she makes a bargain with Tanner and Tatum that she will spend time with them both in an attempt to learn the truth if Tatum can stay at TLS in the meantimeI really ached for Tanner during the whole book He has devoted himself entirely to caring for his siblings acting as parent since he was seventeen years old He never had a good example to base his actions on so has made some mistakes over the years His brother left home for college and hasn't been back in ten years barely staying in contact with the family His sister Talia came close to following in their mother's footsteps and has made choices that Tanner can't agree with causing a rift between the two of them Now he has this problem with Tatum All the while he can't help but feel somewhat alone because he can't bring himself to trust anyone but himselfI loved seeing the relationship develop between Tanner and Sedona In the beginning of course it was just so that she could try to discover the truth about the alleged abuse But it uickly became obvious that the attraction was mutual creating a conflict of interest for Sedona She tries very hard to maintain a professional distance but her heart hurts for the pain she sees him enduring I liked how Tanner slowly opens up to Sedona about the things that led to where he is now and how her support enables him to mend fences with his brother and other sister Tanner learns that sometimes protecting his siblings means telling them the truth rather than hiding the bad stuff While Tanner and Sedona hit a rough patch in their relationship at the end they were able to come together to save Tatum from a risky situation I loved her part at the very end in pushing Tanner and Sedona togetherTatum was a very interesting character As the youngest of the Malones she had been exposed the least to their mother and her problems Thanks to Tanner's protectiveness she is somewhat sheltered and naive which makes her a prime target for her boyfriend Del In her own way she was trying to find a way to help him but she had no idea how he was using her It made me mad that she made those accusations against Tanner but she was also trying not to take it too far When the truth about what drove her away finally came out I understood her hurt and confusion Having Del's subtle manipulation didn't help anything The ending was nervewracking with my fear that things were going to get much worse before they got better Should the family tie be brokenTatum Malone is a fifteen year old girl who has made some troubling choices including accusing her older brother Tanner of physical abuse Tanner dropped out of high school to become legal guardian to his three younger siblings becoming a vintner and acuiring an aging house and a winery to support them He did his best and stumbled along parenting them but each pulled away for different reasons until Tatum ran away from home Tatum turned up at The Lemonade Stand a women’s shelter in California where she meets Sedona doing occasional pro bono legal counseling for women there Sedona needs to determine if Tatum is telling the truth which could tear her family farther apart This story tells how Tanner Tatum and even Sedona each learn to communicate in order to repair and strengthen family ties before they are irreparableSome times as I read I just wanted to shake Tatum and tell her to appreciate her brother and open up to him And if Tanner and his siblings could have asked each other uestions then there would have been discussions to understand what happened in their common experiences I felt Tanner’s anguish and angst Instead the discussions waited years until Tanner reaches out to each sibling to give support to Tatum The dialogue begins and so does healing But this was Tara’s story and she writes with the emotion each character feels tells their thoughts at the time and takes them through the learning process With the help of The Lemonade Stand Did I mention this is also a romance There is a love developing but there are trust issues that need to be addressedI liked this book and even two weeks after reading it sticks with me I’ll read it again because I like watching the characters develop and I constantly wonder how the author comes up with this idea or that thought or where she might be leading me Then she brings it back together Sometimes I just can’t put a book down This was one of those

  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Once a Family Where Secrets Are Safe #2
  • Tara Taylor Quinn
  • 07 February 2015
  • 9780373608546

About the Author: Tara Taylor Quinn

Tara Taylor uinn began her love affair with Harleuin when she was fourteen years old and picked up a free promotional copy of a Harleuin Romance in a hometown grocery store The relationship was solidified the year she was suspended from her high school typing class for hiding a Harleuin Romance behind the keys of her electric typewriter Unaware that her instructor loomed close by Ms uinn


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