2017 Readers’ Favorite
When Diane, a psychologist, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, there is laughter and flowers—and also darkness. After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family. As time goes on, however, Charles becomes increasingly critical and controlling, and Diane begins to feel barraged and battered. When she is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, Charles is initially there for her, but his attentiveness quickly vanishes and is replaced by withdrawal, anger, and unfathomable sadism. What Diane previously thought were just Charles’ controlling ways are replaced by clear pathologic narcissism and emotional abuse that turns venomous at the very hour of her greatest need.
A memoir and a psychological love story that is at times tender and at times horrifying, Lost in the Reflecting Pool is a chronicle of one woman’s struggle to survive within—and ultimately break free of—a relationship with a man incapable of caring about anyone beyond himself.
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A Divided Heart Between Desire and Commitment is a dramatic romance of college sweethearts torn apart, second chance relationships, the unfolding of destiny, and the emotional journey of five orphans finding their way from abandonment to rescue. A Divided Heart Between Desire and Commitment offers readers a story of love, a dose of hope, and how to gain faith in the midst of heartache. You will experience both laughter and tears in this story of romance, drama, and suspense.
“The struggle is real- Read this and feel for yourself the emotions of the characters. And the ending is… well all I’ll say is wow! ” ?
“Her story has drama, intrigue, romance, and humor, and Deborah Patrick hopes to share it with the world.”
Northwest Daily News
One hundred percent made in China, Nick (Yu) grew up in an environment where being gay was not an option. The expectation from his parents and pressure from the society molded him into the “best student” and “best employee.” He made his family proud. But deep inside, he knew that something was missing, and he was different.
In this memoir, Nick (Yu) takes readers on his journey from growing up as a confused “straight” boy from China to today having a lovely husband and three girls through surrogacy. He invites readers to the experiences that he would rather have forgotten – from being sexually harassed by his desk-mate in middle school, through depression and a one-night stand in college, to losing a baby during pregnancy.
With ultimate honesty and absolute vulnerability, Nick shares the happiness and sadness on the journey to come out to himself, his parents and friends; learn about gay culture in America, cherish his Chinese heritage, find his first love, and create a family through surrogacy and the help of many amazing people.
Two Dads and Three Girls is a celebration of courage and love. It challenges each of us to dig deep into our soul to find what matters most to us, gain courage through the stories, and live our lives in truth.
“This is a story of one man’s determination to be himself and achieve his goals, in both love and work, told with captivating honesty, vulnerability and humor. It’s also a story very much of our time, when the issues of immigration and gay marriage/family life still roil society. You won’t forget Two Dads and Three Girls.” – Margaret Diehl
At fifteen, Jes is no stranger to being the new kid. The people who adopted her have never stayed in any town long enough for Jes to make a true friend. This changes when they move to her mom’s hometown. Now Jes can have a normal life – until she falls for her mom’s nephew.
Feeling isolated because of this secret, Jes befriends a strange new student with secrets of his own. If only she could figure out why he seems so familiar. She definitely can’t tell him or anyone else she dreams about a spaceship.
Or that she’s starting to remember…
“Loved this book. I’m not normally into science fiction but this book was hard to put down.” ~ Amazon Reviewer
“The book has a hint of romance, adventure and friendship and I loved it all through. Can’t wait to read the sequel.” ~ Amazon Reviewer
“Read it in one day… and can’t wait for more!” ~ Amazon Reviewer
Books In This Series:
Prison of Lies
Illusion of Truth
Fate of War