Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found

Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found

by Julie Mannix von Zerneck, Kathy Hatfield

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Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found by Julie Mannix von Zerneck, Kathy Hatfield

An Indie Reader Discovery Award and National Indie Excellence Book Award Winner.

A pregnant, 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 be a family, and to never lose hope-- because anything is possible. In this award-winning memoir, Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield recount the stories of their lives. Written in two distinct and deeply expressive voices, their stories seamlessly meld together toward a breathtaking ending.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153003016
Publisher: Julie Mannix von Zerneck
Publication date: 05/02/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 244,571
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Julie Mannix von Zerneck is the co-author, with her daughter Kathy Hatfield, of Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found. This story of two strangers, a mother and daughter separated at birth, and the riveting journey each took to redeem the past, was the winner of the National Indie Excellence Book Award and the IndieReader Discovery Award. Featured in Redbook Magazine, on the Oprah Winfrey Network, on The Katie Show with Katie Couric and The Jeff Probst Show, Secret Storms was called “compulsive reading” by Publisher’s Weekly. Kirkus Reviews wrote: “In this heartwarming dual autobiography, actress Mannix and her daughter, Kathy Hatfield, recount the saga behind a separation of more than 40 years… Shining through both narratives is goodness and the power of the human spirit.” Julie was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Daniel Pratt Mannix, IV, the author of several New York Times bestselling books, including The Fox and the Hound and The Way of the Gladiator, both adapted into feature films. As a child, Julie traveled with her parents, living in Paris, on the isle of Capri and in several boarding schools around the world, before settling down at Sunny Hill Farm at the age of nine. There, she lived with a menagerie of animals, including a cheetah and eagle and her very own baby spider monkey. After attending the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, she became an actress on Broadway, had running roles in three soap operas and guest starred on many TV series. She is married to the TV producer, Frank von Zerneck. They have three children and seven grandchildren, and reside in Toluca Lake, California, where, for twenty-six wonderful years, they were the owners of Portrait of a Bookstore.


Kathy Hatfield is the co-author, with her mother Julie Mannix von Zerneck, of Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found. This story of two strangers, a mother and daughter separated at birth, and the riveting journey each took to redeem the past, was the winner of the National Indie Excellence Book Award and the IndieReader Discovery Award. Featured in Redbook Magazine, on the Oprah Winfrey Network, on The Katie Show with Katie Couric and The Jeff Probst Show, Secret Storms was called “compulsive reading” by Publisher’s Weekly. Kirkus Reviews wrote: “In this heartwarming dual autobiography, actress Mannix and her daughter, Kathy Hatfield, recount the saga behind a separation of more than 40 years… Shining through both narratives is goodness and the power of the human spirit.” 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. She is currently at work on a book about adoption reunions and how to successfully navigate them.

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