(Secrets and Second Chances Book 1)
(Secrets and Second Chances Book 1)
by Donna M. Zadunajsky
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Alexis has had big dreams all her life, and she’s worked hard to make them happen! After college she married and had a beautiful baby boy, living her dream as "Mommy" until Colton was safely entrenched in grade school. She lands her dream job at NASA, and her supportive husband, Jay, takes the lead on raising their son. The perfect family, right?
Twelve years later with no warning and no reason, Jay commits suicide. Colton goes into denial and blames his mother; Alexis buries herself in her work.
Seven months later, Alexis’s biggest dream comes true. She’s going to be on the next space shuttle! Her victory is short-lived when she finds out she has breast cancer. As her health declines, Colton delves into the dangerous circumstances of his father’s death.
Family secrets crept into Alexis’s life when she wasn’t paying attention. Will she and her son ever find out the truth? Or is it too late?
Alexis drove out of the parking lot and headed towards the Martin Andersen Beachline Express. When she arrived at
Cape Canaveral, she drove to .
There she sat and stared at the Atlantis Space Shuttle in the far distance.
Imagining the day she would climb inside one just like it and soar through the
sky towards the unknown; to a whole new universe where she didn’t have to think
about her life and everything that had gone wrong. Canaveral City Park
Now, it would take years before she received another chance. IF - and it was a very big “IF” - she ever received another chance. That is, IF she could beat breast cancer. This opportunity was something she wasn’t sure she could pass up. Her health was important to her, but so was her job, and if her boss found out, there would be no flying into outer space.
Reclining her seat back, she closed her eyes and rubbed her temples, trying to calm down enough to ease the tension headache. Her thoughts involuntarily went to her late husband, and she wished Jay could be with her. Jay would’ve known what to do. He could always comfort her in a way no man had ever done before or since. He was thoughtful and kind, always putting her needs above his own. God, how she wished he was here with her now!
There was never a day she didn’t think of him and miss him. She asked herself as she did all the time, “Why did he have to die?” Then, she wondered how she had been able to cope with his death. Of course, she had continued to mourn, but she really couldn’t remember how she’d got through the loss and pain of losing someone so close to her.
After the funeral seven months ago, she’d concentrated on raising their seventeen-year-old son,
, but she’d jumped
straight back into her work. She wasn’t thankful Jay had died when he did.
She’d been glad at the time that Colton
was almost old enough to take care of himself, but she wasn’t sure if he
grieved the way she did. So many nights of lying in bed crying herself to
sleep; then one day she climbed out of bed and moved on with her life as if
nothing had ever happened Colton
Praise for the Book
"In Family Secrets Donna M. Zadunajsky has again weaved a plot so full of twists and turns, loss and triumph, suspense, romance, and the deep emotions of a family in denial that it keeps you highly intrigued and guessing up until the final sentence. Much as she did in her previous novel, Not Forgotten. Donna is a true storyteller who is masterful in creating the element of surprise and achieving superb realism. The best news yet, however, is that Family Secrets is the first in Zadunajsky's new Second Chances series. When an author captures the imagination of the reader in so many heartfelt ways, 'Second Chances' are never far away, if you can survive the upheavals in your life!" ~ Deborah A. Bowman Stevens, author and Editor-in-Chief for Clasid Consultants Publishing, Inc.
"If I could, I'd give this book at least an 8 Star!!! This book has kept my interest and kept me spell bound right from the beginning!! I must admit, I didn't want to put this book down!! It deals with broken relationships between a mother and her son. The mother is a workaholic as she follows her lifelong dreams. The son is angry at his mother for not being at home while he was growing up and after his father commits suicide. This book keeps you thinking you have everything figured out and then the author gives it another twist. This is the first book I have read from this author but it sure won't be the last one!!! I can hardly wait for Book 2 to come out. I'll be right in line to be one of the first to read it! You've done an outstanding job on this book Donna and I look forward to reading more books from you. I do believe I've found a great new author to add to my list of favorites." ~ Judith Fritz
About the Author
Donna M. Zadunajsky was born and raised in Bristolville, Ohio, and resides in Homer Glen, Illinois. She has written seven children’s books that are about her daughter and all the adventures she has done in her young life.
She spends her time writing short stories as well as novels. She published her first novel, Broken Promises, in June 2012 and has currently finished her second novel, Not Forgotten. Besides writing, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, their dog, and two cats. She enjoys reading and working on crafts and scrapbooking. She graduated from The Institute of Children’s Literature in spring 2011.