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Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found Paperback – March 22, 2013
About the Author
Kathy Hatfield was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up surrounded by two brothers, twenty-five cousins, and two sets of grandparents in Indialantic, Florida. She attended Florida Atlantic University, after which she worked as a mortgage broker while running her own small business selling men’s neckties. She now teaches World Literature at a high school in Florida where she serves as English department chairman. She and her husband of 25 years live in a quaint beachside community with their two daughters. She is a freelance writer and moderator of the Adoption Reunion Stories Facebook page, which currently has over 2,800 members. She’s a competitive runner and participates in 5k races when she’s not correcting papers.
Top Customer Reviews
Julie Mannix grew up in an unusual family being that her father was an author and traveled the world. At their home in the Philadephia area would be numerous exotic animals. To accomplish this task throughout the world required much of her life being spent in boarding schools. In many parts of the world, children were not always safe in the adventurous life of exploring parents.
Julie's dream was to become an actress in New York. What her parents did not plan on was Julie becoming pregnant while in New York. While visiting her home, she saw a doctor who informed Julie's mother, not Julie, of the pregnancy. The father of the child was already married. Her mother, like many mothers in 1963, looked for a solution. When Julie took three sleeping pills her mother then had her answer. This could obviously be a suicide attempt.
Julie was committed to a private psychiatric facility for an abortion but she refused to sign the papers. Her punishment for the refusal was to move her as a pregnant mother to the state hospital for the mentally ill to wait for the birth of the child. There she took a vow of silence. When the baby arrived, the baby girl that Julie so wanted was quickly whisked away to be adopted. She had no choice in this matter. Only then was she accepted back at her home.
With her mother's help, Julie was able to return to New York to follow her dream and naturally to the man she loved.Read more ›
It all starts in 1963, Nineteen year old Julie Mannix finds herself being checked into an Eastern Pennsylvania state mental facility. She is being transferred from a tony private hospital in Philadelphia. Her wealthy parents health insurance ran out after a 30 day stay, so this was going to be her home for the unforeseen future. She remembers the grungy admittance area in vivid detail. A television on the wall has Walter Cronkite reporting Kennedy's assassination. As everyone is transfixed by the rapidly evolving news report, Julie experiences a flutter in her abdominal area, then another, and then a very definite kick. As the story rolls out, we find that Julie is pregnant and unmarried. In a matter of 5 weeks, Julie's Catholic mother has devised what she sees as the perfect plan with the inadvertent help of Julie. The only way you can get a safe legal abortion in this country back in 1963 is if the mother is at risk physically or mentally. Julie took 3 sleeping pills and was rushed to the hospital as an attempted suicide. Sleep was Julie's intention, but the suicide angle was the perfect excuse for an abortion except Julie refused to sign the papers.Read more ›
It's amazing they found each other after all the years that passed.
I'm so glad they had a very happy ending.
I enjoyed this book, and the forgiveness shines throughout the book. In the end, this was a win-win situation,but the first part of the book breaks your heart. Kathy suffered immeasurably in her adopted family, at the hands of a stepmother, and her ability to move beyond this to fall in love and raise her own family shows the power of the human spirit. Never giving up, she finds her mom and dad, and the reader will cheer her on as the family make a tentative but final contact.
Julie Mannix von Zerneck and her daughter, Kathy Hatfield, have written an awe-inspiring book. Side stories abound, such as Kathy's father being a huge Hollywood director, the wealth of the von Zernecks, Julie, at 19, confined to a state mental hospital because she is pregnant with Kathy, and the siblings that come with the new found family. I'll tease you with these elements, because each has its own unique addition to the story.
This is a book to recommend to any reader, but especially to those who have been adopted, had to give up a baby or need to see how forgiveness works in a true to life story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I personally know one of the authors, so I just had to buy abd read the book.Published 3 months ago by Kim
Amazing read. I Couldn't put this book down. It was interesting to have both points of view from mother and daughter. If you haven't read this one, stop and do so now!Published 3 months ago by Nicole
I know the author, but never knew all this had happened to her. An amazing story! Very well written by both authors.Published 7 months ago by J. Haas
Secret Storms was very well done. It held my interest right to the end. The characters (real people) were excellently written.Published 10 months ago by DeeAnn Hudson
This is my son's English Teacher. Absolutely loved the book. Wow, what a story and an amazing reunion.Published 10 months ago by Diane L. Coleman
I really loved this book and found it to be very compelling and interesting - thanks for sharing your story! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
Impressively, this fascinating novel was written by two different authors in the story flows beautifully! Read morePublished 22 months ago by W. Fine
Great book about the bond between a mother and daughter and the eventual reunion for which they'd both longed. Mom had been an actress in the soaps in the 70s. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kathryn R. Burkay