Veil of Secrets
A chequered sexual past causes Melanie Connors to turn off her desires in her marriage, leading to a last ditch attempt at restoration. Against the backdrop of a tumultuous political campaign, the marriage begins to mend. But can Melanie save...
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A chequered sexual past causes Melanie Connors to turn off her desires in her marriage, leading to a last ditch attempt at restoration. Against the backdrop of a tumultuous political campaign, the marriage begins to mend. But can Melanie save her teenage daughter from the same mistake she made?
Can a mother face the secrets of her past in order to protect her daughter from the same mistakes?
Melanie and Will Connors seem like the perfect couple, but their marriage only looks good on the outside, having withered inside from a lack of intimacy. The barriers Melanie faces to intimacy are hidden in her past - a misguided tryst with a trusted friend of her father's, a pattern of promiscuity as a teen, empty relationships in early adulthood. The only way Melanie sees to save herself from herself is to turn off her desires-even in her marriage. Will insists they either work on the marriage - or work on the divorce. Their attempt at restoration occurs in the midst of a New Hampshire presidential primary that is rocked by violent protests and razor-sharp character assassinations. For the first time, their marriage begins to feel like a safe place.
As Melanie tries to sort through her own past, she sees her 16-year-old daughter's head turned by a charismatic older man on Will's campaign team. Can Melanie sift through her own rubble and find the voice to help guide her daughter - and possibly find the joy that God intended for her marriage?
"Knowing that one ofthe authors is a life coach with a counseling degree who portrays theexperience realistically, may make readers who are considering a step in thatdirection feel more comfortable making that choice." ?Romantic Times
Can a woman face?and forgive?her own painful past before her house of cards crumbles ... and before her own daughter makes the same mistakes?
Melanie and Will Connors are the perfect power couple. Will is the chief campaign strategist for a rising presidential candidate; Melanie is a prominent advocate for protecting children in an over-sexualized culture. Their devotion to one another is admired, even envied.
But their marriage isn?t what it appears to be.
Will maintains an apartment in Washington DC, and over the years his visits home have grown fewer and farther between. The long-distance marriage has enabled Melanie to avoid intimacy?and has only increased her shame about her secretive past. But then Will issues this ultimatum: We work on the marriage ... or we work on the divorce.
The Connors commit to marriage counseling in the most brutal of environments?snowy New Hampshire, a tiny state that is ?first in the nation? for presidential primaries and a prize to be won at any cost ... and the price of victory keeps rising.
As Melanie sifts through the debris of her secretive past, she obsesses over the fear that she hasn?t done enough to protect her teenaged daughter. When she sees her facing some of the same temptations she knows she must intervene ... but how can a woman with so many veiled secrets guide a daughter honestly?
While the country struggles with threats to its integrity and security, Melanie can no longer ignore the dangers looming in her own world. She can never undo the mistakes of her youth, but perhaps she can still save her marriage and family?if she can surrender her guilt and learn how to open herself to her husband once again.
KATHRYN MACKEL is known across many markets as a creative wordsmith who can write fast-paced action with well-developed characters and imaginative plots. She is the author of both adult and youth fiction and is an accredited screenwriter. She pioneered the supernatural sub-genre known as ?Christian Chillers, ? including the critically acclaimed The Surrogate, The Departed, and The Hidden
Shannon Ethridge is the best-selling author of "Every Woman's Battle" and coauthor of "Every Young Woman's Battle," as well as a wife, mother, speaker, and lay counselor." Previously a youth pastor and abstinence educator, Shannon has a master's degree in counseling/human relations from Liberty University and she speaks regularly on the Teen Mania Ministries campus and in a variety of other church and college settings. Shannon lives in east Texas with her husband, Greg, and their two children, Erin and Matthew.