Kate Barrett has lived with the pain of losing both parents two years apart from each other and both taken tragically from her. She had lost her mother when her she died of heart complications during a house burglary and her father passed away from heartache almost one year to that date. At eight years old, Kate had seen more tragedy than any person should ever have to experience in their lives at such a young age.
Now at the age of twenty-two years old, Kate is lucky to be where she is in life because of a few close people that have helped her to grow into the smart, loving human being that she is. At this point in her life, she is offered the ideal job right out of college and is given the opportunity of a lifetime. Things are working in her favor and she’s very thankful for what she has.
But when she starts her new job at eTown Technology things start happening to her that make her re-evaluate everyone and everything that is important to her. Some of these things will definitely change Kate’s perspective in a drastic way and may even make her decide that she needs to cut a few ties from the people that she loves very deeply.
Does she ever find complete closure from losing both of her parents the way she did? Does Kate find out who that person was that broke into her house that dreadful night and caused her mother to take a heart attack? Could she find it in her heart to forgive them and move onto a more content life if she were to discover the missing pieces to the puzzle?
All I can say about this story is, “WOW!!!” This was a powerful story that grabbed me from the first page and had me on a roller coaster ride until the very last sentence. Ms. Dempsey packed this story with raw emotions and I just couldn’t help but feel terrible for Kate. I was thrilled when Michael, her boss, became such an integral part of her life and I had hoped that they would end up together. I’m new to Ms. Dempsey and her writing, but I can tell you that I am her #1 fan now. I eagerly look forward to reading more from this author as soon as possible. Keep the stories coming, Ms. Dempsey!
Contemporary Champagne Rose
Page Count: 220
They say the truth will set you free...After her parents' tragic deaths, eight-year-old Kate Barrett began receiving anonymous gifts from someone called Secret Friend. Years later, after landing a challenging job and the apartment of her dreams, she is caught off guard when another package shows up at her now unlisted address. Troubled that someone is watching her every move, she sets out to discover the stranger's identity.
The pressure rises when a coworker's flirtatiousness crosses the line and Kate makes a disturbing discovery at work. Just when things couldn't get more bizarre, love comes from a surprising direction, and shocking clues to the mystery surface in an unthinkable place. But nothing can prepare Kate for the truth about Secret Friend, the deaths of her parents, and how her destiny has been cunningly manipulated.