Berkley, Sep 2002, 6.99, 304 pp.
In 1979 Tampa, Hannah gives birth to a boy on her birthday. However, the unwed teen has no way of keeping the child as her parents and boyfriend have rejected her and her newborn infant. With no choice, she reluctantly gives up “Nicholas” for adoption though she already loves her baby.
In 1999, in exclusive Bel Air, David Conway has spied on Hannah Ferris, the woman's husband, and their teenage daughter. David hates Hannah who gave him up for adoption twenty years ago in Florida because while she has lived the good life while he has been a foster child reject. When David finally confronts her, Hannah's world topples as her spouse and daughter are stunned by the secret she failed to tell them as both felt their relationships were built on honesty.
FAMILY AFFAIR is an insightful drama in which Patricia Kay emphasizes the importance of keeping no major secrets in any relationship that has meaning to the parties involved. Hannah learns that trust is built on openness and honesty. Though the Ferris family is too perfect before the crisis hits, fans will enjoy the plot as a pain-filled David destroys Hannah's false sense of loving security, which leads to her giving up or mending broken hearts and fences.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner