Behind Silent Smiles: A Novel

Behind Silent Smiles: A Novel

by Tanya J. Peterson


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A Tale, Inspired by a True Story, of a Woman Who Would Not Become Bitter

“It’s okay. Filip is only showing off in front of his friends. It’s what boys do. It’s best to pay no mind and to keep quiet. Smile at him, then turn away.”

The lessons young Cătălina learned from her beloved grandmother carried her through the horrors of communist Romania, from the countryside to the streets of Bucharest and beyond, into her new life with her teenage children in far-away Sacramento, California.

Behind Silent Smiles is the tale of a woman’s journey to love and be loved in return. She can love others deeply in spite of unspeakable loss and abuse, but is she capable of giving herself the love she deserves?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627201773
Publisher: Apprentice House
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC writes compelling tales of the human psyche. She is the author of five critically acclaimed, award-winning novels. She is also the author of a self-help book about acceptance and commitment therapy. She writes extensively for and maintains her brand Wellbeing&Words, with all of its writing, events, and programming. She has a curriculum about toxic relationships based on her middle-grade/YA novel Losing Elizabeth; she takes both to schools and community programs. She speaks locally (around the Pacific Northwest) about mental health, wellbeing, and brain injury, and she participates in book readings and signings. For more information or to connect with Tanya, visit her website:

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