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Once a Family (Where Secrets Are Safe #2)

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There's truth—and then there's love

Sedona Campbell is an attorney who works with The Lemonade Stand, a unique women's shelter in California. She's called in to advise fifteen-year-old Tatum Malone, who claims she's been abused—by her brother, not her boyfriend. It's Sedona's job to sort out truth from lie. She soon discovers that's not an easy task, especially once she me
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Susan
Apr 28, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that had me hooked from the beginning and in tears at several points. The book opens with Tatum arriving at The Lemonade Stand women's shelter, claiming that her brother has abused her. Sedona, a lawyer who volunteers there, agrees to help her, but she has a feeling that there's more to the story than Tatum is saying. A feeling that is reinforced when she meets Tanner.

Tanner is the oldest of four and has always protected his brother and sisters from the time he was a child. Their
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Lois
Sep 27, 2014 Lois rated it it was amazing
Should the family tie be broken?

Tatum Malone is a fifteen year-old girl who has made some troubling choices, including accusing her older brother, Tanner, of physical abuse. Tanner dropped out of high school to become legal guardian to his three younger siblings, becoming a vintner and acquiring an aging house and a winery to support them. He did his best and stumbled along parenting them, but each pulled away for different reasons, until Tatum ran away from home. Tatum turned up at The Lemonade
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Barbara
Sep 23, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Quinn’s first Lemonade Stand book “Wife by Design” and the characters who lived there. This story of Tatum Malone, a teenage girl, her brother and siblings brings out the very real and believable family that only Tara Taylor Quinn can describe.

Tatum loses her parents and her older brother, Tanner, drops out of high school to become the “head of the household” and care for his three siblings. As siblings are want to do, they didn’t make it easy for Tanner and Tanner, being only a teen h
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Jean Maxwell
Aug 30, 2014 Jean Maxwell rated it it was amazing
Inventive author, Tara Taylor Quinn, gives readers a nuanced journey on this visit to the Lemonade Stand. We meet an underage teenager whose makeup, poise, and wardrobe indicate some affluence. She could pass for older but she admits to being fifteen. Her claim for admittance is physical abuse by this legal guardian. She’s adamant. She won’t be examined for physical signs of violence and refused to press charges.

As a minor, she can’t be assured sanctuary. Her presence must be reported to her gua
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Debra Ball
Jun 02, 2014 Debra Ball rated it it was amazing
This book was free to me as an ebook. Have you ever considered how it would affect your life if you had to take on the responsibility of your younger siblings because your parents had other priorities in life? The character in this book struggled with being a loving older brother, having to be a parent to his siblings, and finding a healthy balance of both. The family dynamics in this book were very intense. The main characters had some very difficult situations to work through. I enjoyed watchi ...more
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Jul 01, 2014 A rated it it was amazing
Another winner by Tara Taylor Quinn. The characters and storyline are engaging and believable. I particularly like the premise of the young girl going to the shelter to learn ways to handle her abusive boyfriend. Would definitely recommend reading.

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"Quinn relies on sparkling dialogue and excellent description to paint a picture of both the shelter and Tanner’s home. The author’s talent for skillfully weaving in both description and dialogue makes reading her novels effortless (RT Book Reviews)". 4 stars

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Carol Reames
Jun 03, 2014 Carol Reames rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a free e-book. Once a Family is a must read, once you start reading you don't want to stop until the end. It keeps the reading wondering what is going to happen next.
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Tara Taylor Quinn began her love affair with Harlequin when she was fourteen years old and picked up a free promotional copy of a Harlequin Romance in a hometown grocery store. The relationship was solidified the year she was suspended from her high school typing class for hiding a Harlequin Romance behind the keys of her electric typewriter. Unaware that her instructor loomed close by, Ms. Quinn ...more
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