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NATURE VERSUS NURTURE
What makes a child thrive and grow into the person they’re meant to be? That’s one of the themes of Web of Lies. Is the birth mother able to give her child the best possible start in life or is the adoptive mother who can’t give birth more able to nurture that child to maturity.
My heroine, Stephanie knows her limitations—she was caring for her Aunt Sonia who refused to go into care, while Lachlan, her boyfriend, migrated to the United States of America where he had an accident that left him in a coma for eleven months. Alone and afraid, Stephanie made decisions she wished she didn’t have to make.
Aunt Sonia, and Ellen and David Hunt pressured the young couple into giving their baby, Ryan, up for adoption. Stephanie had no choice but to bow to their demands.
Juno, in the 2007 movie of the same name, says, “I could like have this baby and give it to someone who totally needs it.” She knew the responsibility of caring for a child is a major commitment and she made a mature decision.
Some young people are able to handle the responsibility of raising a child and become excellent parents, but what happens when the birth mother is not ready to take up that responsibility. Who should make the decision about the child’s future? Juno was able to make her own decision about her baby, but Stephanie was coerced into a decision she didn’t want to make. When the parents are so young, who do you think should make the decision on a child’s future? Have you been in this situation yourself? What happened?
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About Laura O’Connell
Laura enjoys writing stories about second chances in love and life. She calls the Gold Coast home, however, her curious nature leads her on adventures to locations that surprise and inspire her. Laura has a passion for telling a good story set in places where she has lived and travelled.
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Book Blurb – Web of Lies
High school sweethearts, Stephanie and Lachlan are torn apart by circumstance, bad decisions and a web of lies, leaving an unknown future for their son, Ryan.
Eight years later they reconnect, but the time apart has changed them. The family had made decisions based on lies and deceit and now must find a way to either reveal the truth or find another option. On the surface, their arrangements seemed flawless, but dig deeper, and the people they thought they knew aren’t as they appear.
Lachlan and Stephanie are forced to confront the consequences of their actions and the entire family is compelled to reveal the truth, find forgiveness, and renew loving one another. But the hardest decision is still to come … where does Ryan live?