Kathryn Donovan solved every puzzle that came her way…except for one. She has realized her marriage is crumbling. Thanks to her lackadaisical-natured husband, Kathryn takes it upon herself to concoct a sinful plan to mend the troubles at home: she will cheat on her husband and trick herself into falling back in love with him all for the sake of sparing her daughter the pain of a broken home.
Meanwhile, the body of the senator’s daughter is found in the middle of a secluded road, and being the grand puzzler Kathryn claims to be, she decides to tackle the mystery behind the death as well. But balancing her solution to extinguish marital issues and solve a possible murder becomes too much for Kathryn to handle. It is that which leads her to confess her adultery to the young Father Louis and guides her to her worst, and more importantly, unexpected affair. Kathryn begins to discover more than she bargained for the longer she is with him. What she also does not expect is the dark secret Father Louis is harboring the entire time he helps Kathryn see the true problems in her life, opening a door to Kathryn’s life she wanted to keep shut by any means necessary.
Since My Last Confession details the tragic story of a woman going farther than she ever dreamt of to secure a happiness she believes can still exist in her life while keeping her greatest fear at bay: losing her daughter, for it was all for her.
Stefanie Lockwood can repair anything, except her heart—that’s still recovering.
Steffi Lockwood has survived more than most. Now left with puzzling memory lapses following an assault, she returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown to rebuild her life the best way she knows how: with her hands. But starting a remodeling business with one longtime friend puts her in the middle of a rift with another. Worse, being hired by her ex-boyfriend’s mother forces her to confront old regrets.
Public defender Ryan Quinn wasn’t shocked when his wife left him, but he was floored when she abandoned their daughter. With his finances up in the air, the newly single dad returns to his childhood home in Sanctuary Sound. The last person he expects, or wants, to see working on his family house is Steffi Lockwood—his first love who shattered his heart.
Although Steffi and Ryan are different people now, dormant feelings rekindle. But when Ryan’s concern for Steffi’s mental health prompts him to dig into her past for answers, will what he learns bring them together or tear them apart for good?
"Finally they came for me and demanded to be taken through my home, and after looking it over decided they wanted it. I begged them to leave one room in which to sleep with my children while I waited for news of my husband. They refused at first, then permitted me to take the small room upstairs. Every night they were so drunk I eventually had no choice but to leave."
And so begins the harrowing journey of Nadejhda and her two young children, as they fled Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution. They leave in search of her husband who earlier disappeared on his way to America, hoping for a better life for his family. When he leaves in 1917 he begins a series of letters to Nadejhda. Suddenly the letters stop.
Years later, she meets Elise, whose own choices would send her down a path from profound grief to healing. With Nadejhda's help Elise learns to forgive the past and to love again. Through Their Tears is an inspiring journey of two unforgettable women who come together determined to start over.
* Maureen will be giving all the proceeds from the sale of her book at this event to Brian’s Hope, Brianshope.org .