Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found"

In a memoir titled "Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found," Julie Mannix von Zerneck (Wendy Porter, The Secret Storm; April Morrison, The Best of Everything; Heather Turner, General Hospital) and Kathy Hatfield recount the stories of their lives. Julie is the mother of actress Danielle von Zerneck, who starred on GH in the early 1980s as Lou Swenson. Hatfield was a fan of the soap and had no idea she was watching an actress that was actually her sister.

A pregnant, upper class nineteen-year-old Philadelphia Main Line debutante is confined, against her will, to a state mental hospital. She spends her pregnancy surrounded by the mentally challenged and the criminally insane. On April 19, 1964, she gives birth to a child, whom she is forced to give up for adoption.
A loving middle-class couple adopts a month-old little girl from Catholic Charities. She is adored and cherished from the very beginning. It is as though she is dropped into the first chapter of a fairy tale—but we all know how fairy tales go.

This is the story of a mother and daughter. Of what it is to give up a child and what it is to be given up. Of what it is to belong, what it is to be a family and what it is to yearn deeply, and to never lose hope--because anything is possible.

Watch the fascinating trailer for the book below:

You can purchase "Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found" at

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