Have you, or someone you know, ever kept a secret from your spouse or loved one?
My upcoming novella from the Somewhere Beyond The Blue box set is entitled Caramel Kisses. Seventy-one-year-old Michael Gray is grieving over the loss of his spouse. Shortly before his wife Mimi dies, she reveals that she’d had a baby before she met him. She gave up the baby for adoption. Michael is stunned to discover that Mimi has kept this secret from him during their entire marriage. He feels hurt and betrayed – has his deceased wife kept other secrets from him?
He’s also hurt because they were never able to have children of their own. He wonders if Mimi resents giving up her only child and then is never able to conceive again. Mimi requests that Michael find the baby (now a fifty-something woman) to be sure she’s okay. She tells him that she’s always wondered about the baby that she gave up as a teen.
Michael waits three years before going on his quest to find Mimi’s daughter. His quest takes him to Crystal Beach where he finds comfort by making homemade candy while working with Dara, the elderly owner of a candy shop. He also befriends Cassie, a pregnant teen who also works with him.
Dara is still haunted about issues she had with her deceased husband. Michael is a Godsend to Dara since she struggles with running her candy shop. Michael is a former baker, so she needs his sensitive palate as she develops her new caramel candy recipe. She wants to enter a famous cruise ship candy competition. But, she struggles with stage-fright. She hopes to overcome her fear so that she can compete.
My novella shows how secrets can affect people’s lives. It took Michael three years to work through his pain and to find the courage to fulfill his deceased wife’s wishes. The characters’ faith is tested as they seek answers to their questions and problems.
So, have you ever kept a secret from someone you love? Was your secret ever discovered?