Finding Dad: From

Finding Dad: From "Love Child" to Daughter

by Kara Sundlun


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"Think what her father would have missed if Kara hadn't been tenacious enough to pursue, not just her own identity, but his as well."—Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC's Morning Joe

Kara Hewes had never seen her father, Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun, until one transformational moment when she awoke in the middle of the night as a TV news anchor announced his candidacy. One look at his picture and she knew she needed to find him.

Her letters and phone calls went unanswered, so at seventeen, Kara hired a lawyer and announced her paternity suit before a packed press conference. In the middle of the media frenzy, Governor Sundlun did the unexpected and invited Kara to come live with him so he could get to know her better.

Kara knew that in order to move forward with her father, she had to make the choice to forgive the past. It was her unconditional love that broke down the barriers separating father and daughter.

Kara Sundlun is an Emmy Award–winning television journalist. She anchors the news for WFSB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Connecticut, and hosts two shows—the popular daytime talk show Better Connecticut and Kara's Cures , a guide to health and spirituality. Kara is also a contributor for the Huffington Post . She was named "Best Reporter" by Hartford Magazine and "Top 40 under 40" from Hartford Business Journal and Connecticut Magazine . She and her husband, fellow news anchor Dennis House, live in Hartford, Connecticut, with their two children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933016450
Publisher: Behler Publications, LLC
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Pages: 171
Sales rank: 773,913
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kara Sundlun is an Emmy Award winning television journalist. She anchors the news for WFSB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Connecticut and hosts the popular daytime talk show Better Connecticut. Her series Kara’s Cures is a mainstream guide to health and spirituality, she is also a contributor for the Huffington Post.

Kara was named “Best Reporter” by Hartford Magazine, “Top 40 under 40” Hartford Business Journal and Connecticut Magazine, and is a board member for Dress for Success Hartford.
She is married to fellow news anchor Dennis House and mom to cherished children Helena and Julian.

Table of Contents

Foreword i

1 The Awakening 1

2 Picket Fence Imposters 5

3 The Universe Strikes Again 15

4 Time to Get a Lawyer 21

5 The Secret Meeting 24

6 I'm His, Now What? 34

7 No More Miss Nice Girl 40

8 My Big Day 44

9 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? 57

10 We Now Pronounce You Father and Daughter 67

11 Hi Dad, I'm Home 73

12 My Three Brothers 104

13 A Whole New Me 118

14 Chip Off the Old Block 133

15 My First Job 149

16 Dad Signs Off on the One 158

17 Walking Down the Aisle 163

18 Dad Becomes Poppy 173

19 Who Do You Want in Your Foxhole? 186

20 Born Again, Old Souls, New Baby 192

21 Crossing Over 198

22 Full Circle - In His Footsteps 214

Acknowledgments 227

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elaineallen More than 1 year ago
I need to get more copies of this book in stock, because I am going to recommend it to everyone! You know how sometimes you are drawn to a book? I usually refer to that as 'books falling off the shelves'. If you are meant to read it, it will make you take notice even if it has to jump right off the shelf. I'm being metaphorical, but since I work in a bookstore, books falling off shelves in front of me is quite common, so the universe had to come at me from a different angle for me to notice. I moved to RI from CT 3 years ago, but still keep my doctor in CT. At a recent checkup, he asked me (he knows I work for Barnes & Noble) if I'd heard anything about that book about the Governor of RI. He couldn't remember much about it, just that it was by a reporter who was his daughter. I politely said that that sounded interesting and I'd have to look for it. Then I forgot about it. Recently, putting away books at work, I saw the name Kara Sundlun and recognized her immediately on the cover because I watched her when I was in CT. When I read the back and saw the Governor connection, I realized that it was the book my doctor had been referring to. I put it on my To Be Read list, but there were so many ahead of it! So one day when I finished reading a book I had borrowed from the library on my NOOK, I knew I should pick up one of the two physical books I had right next to me that I couldn't wait to read, but I figured it couldn't hurt to browse the available titles (I'm a bit of a library junkie). On Page Two was Finding Dad. The other books could wait. I like memoirs of any kind, and "knowing" Kara Sundlun from tv, I thought it would be interesting. I had no idea it would be FASCINATING!!! So inspirational how relentless she was. It is a story of following your heart and doing what you know you need to do, no matter the obstacles in your way. She battled through the shell of a warrior to find a marshmallow, and got what she wanted: a relationship with her father. I cried a lot as read the final chapters today, as yesterday was my mother's funeral. I knew mom wanted us to be happy and celebrate, so I never shed a tear. Today I cried for the loss of Kara's father, releasing tears that I had held inside for the past few days. I'd thank her for sharing that moment with me. Her words helped me to grieve, so I know now why I had to read this book. So now that I've brought you down, read the book! It's very uplifting! I don't usually read the blurbs in the beginning of books because I'm too excited to start the book, but for some reason I read these, and was psyched to see a glowing endorsement from my hero, Gabby Bernstein! Also, as a writer myself, I have to tip my hat to Kara for crafting an extremely well written memoir. As a side note, toward the end of the book when her father was in the hospital, she was going off to do a story with her camera man, Peter McCue, who happens to be my cousin...whom I just saw yesterday. Totally bizarre. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy reading about a teenager's inner drive to connect with her dad. Amazing story, so nice to read a true story with such a wonderful outcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago