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There's truth—and then there's love
Sedona Campbell is an attorney who works with The Lemonade Stand, a unique 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 ...
There's truth—and then there's love
Sedona Campbell is an attorney who works with The Lemonade Stand, a unique 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 .
Posted October 12, 2014
I received this book free in exchange for a review and I am happy I made that commitment. Quinn has the wonderful ability of bringing to life characters you wouldn't expect and families in unusual forms. Tatum is a 15 year old girl under the guardianship of her brother Tanner. When Tatum runs away from home and into the world of a domestic violence shelter, you are left to wonder, did this man of gave everything to her really harm her? That is the question Sedona is left to consider. Sedona agrees to represent Tatum and listen to Tanner in an attempt to find the truth and heal this child. Along the way, we are taken on a journey to understand a family in the most unconditional form. Siblings caring for each other and trying to make lives for themselves as adults. You will not be disappointed in your time spent with this family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2014
I enjoyed Quinn’s first Lemonade Stand book “Wife by Design” and the characters who lived there.
This story of Tatum Malone, a teenage girl, her brother and siblings brings out the very real and believable
family that only Tara Taylor Quinn can describe.
Tatum loses her parents and her older brother, Tanner, drops out of high school to become the “head of
the household” and care for his three siblings. As siblings are want to do, they didn’t make it easy for
Tanner and Tanner, being only a teen himself, wasn’t real adept with parenting skills. He knew what he
wanted for them, especially his 15 year old sister, but true communication and understanding weren't
there. Eventually Tatum runs away and finds herself at the Lemonade Stand, a California shelter for
women. She doesn’t want to play by the rules there either and refuses to be examined to verify her
brother had abused her as she claimed. Sedona, a friend and counselor at the center, tries to find a way
to help bring the family back together, but it isn’t easy. The road to putting this family back together
illustrates time and time again the dynamics between distraught family members. It shows the
responsibility Tanner feels as the head of the family, the defiance and jealousies among the younger
siblings, and Tatum’s need to be independent and make her own choices. It is an intriguing story that
keeps you turning the pages.
Once a Family is a book you can lose yourself in and possibly recognize some issues that may have
occurred in your own family. Tara Taylor Quinn takes you to a place where you feel you are a part of the
story, even if only by observation or association. I really enjoy the Lemonade Stand books and I highly
recommend “Once a Family” to gain insights into the dynamics of the Malone family and what it takes to
mend all the fences.
Posted June 4, 2014
This book was free to me as an ebook. Have you ever considered how it would affect your life if you had to take on the responsibility of your younger siblings because your parents had other priorities in life? The character in this book struggled with being a loving older brother, having to be a parent to his siblings, and finding a healthy balance of both. The family dynamics in this book were very intense. The main characters had some very difficult situations to work through. I enjoyed watching them work on their relationship while building relationships with others. “Once A Family” was very intriguing. I read it straight through without putting it down. I strongly encourage you to read this book by Tara Taylor Quinn.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.