IN THE FAMILY is my first novel, my guinea pig of sorts. It is a grave women's fiction bordering on romantic comedy. I know, right? Impossible. That's why it'll never be published. I love it just the same, though, because it's my first.

Falling in love for the first time should be a blessing, but for Anna Donnelly it’s a curse. Still coping from an abusive past—one that has skewed her view on love, men, and even herself—she has finally found a man who can see her for who she is. But the man she loves isn’t just a man who can never return her love; the man she loves is her fiancé’s brother.

When a threat similar to the one that almost ended her life years before attempts to destroy her, he is the only one who can save her. He knows her dark secrets, is privy to Anna’s true self. And when he becomes her savior, both physically and emotionally, Anna realizes her existence is a curse on the Phillips family.

In her innate desire to remain the level-headed but compassionate person she’s always been, she has ironically landed herself in the center of their family divide. Now she must confess the ugly truths of her soul to the ones she loves, exposing just how her past has defined her. In this horrifying but freeing exposure, Anna discovers that the pain it brings to herself and her family is the very stepping stone to a healthier way of life. Whether she lives that life alone or not.

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