The Family Way
Lisa thought she walked into her marriage with her eyes wide open, aware of the hard task of getting the approval of her cold, domineering father-in-law. When she discovered she was pregnant, she thought she would finally be accepted, but...
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Lisa thought she walked into her marriage with her eyes wide open, aware of the hard task of getting the approval of her cold, domineering father-in-law. When she discovered she was pregnant, she thought she would finally be accepted, but Todd's reaction to the news was the last thing she expected: "Is it mine?" She had endured his father's constant criticism because she thought Todd loved her, but now she wasn't so sure. Maybe Todd had never loved her, and he was more like his father than she dreamed. To protect her baby, should she leave him, and refuse to continue the Montgomery family tradition? Where did being a 'good Christian wife' end, and the need to protect her sanity and her baby begin?
Everything is going right for Lisa. Her comic strip is becoming a book, and she is pregnant -- finally, her critical father-in-law will admit she is a good wife.
Todd comes home in a foul mood and destroys her happy announcement with: "Is it mine?"
He tries to make things right, but everything he does only worsens Lisa's pain because he has never learned to apologize. Their marriage disintegrates, until his own sisters urge Lisa to leave him. Todd slowly, painfully learns to face family secrets, and break free of his father's poisonous influence.
Lisa knows she must forgive and learn to love Todd again, even as she wonders why. Todd never loved her, so why try to make their marriage work?
Michelle has been a book addict since her Dr. Seuss days, graduating to The Happy Hollisters (juvenile detectives) and The Black Stallion at an early age. In junior high, she became a "pusher" – creating her own stories from her favorite books and TV shows, "rewriting" the unsatisfying ones. Her academic background includes a BA in theater/English from Northwestern College and an MA in communications (film/writing) from Regent University. She came "this close" to selling a script to MacGyver during the last season, and is still trying to take Hollywood by storm – though sometimes it's more like a drizzle. Writing in multiple genres, she has been an EPIC Award finalist nearly every year since 2004, winning in 2006 with Lorien. A native of Northeast Ohio, she is a freelance editor by day, writing novels, short stories and scripts by night.