Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found- A Memoir by Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield

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Kathy watched her sister, who played Lou to John Stamos's Blackie, on the soap opera General Hospital, for two years. Except she didn't know she was watching her sister.

Years before, when Julie became pregnant out of wedlock, her parents had admitted her to a state hospital for the mentally challenged and the criminally insane. She was carrying Kathy...

Mother and child would spend the remainder of the pregnancy surrounded by characters who seemed to be straight out of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". After giving birth and being born, they would be separated forever. Or so they thought.

Secret Storms is a strange, funny and riveting book, in which, seemingly unrelated people, places and events coexist. We travel from the Main Line of Philadelphia where the Mannix family has a menagerie of wild animals, to a Sacred Heart Academy on the Isle of Capri, to Boca Raton, Florida, to the glitz and glamour of Broadway and Hollywood, to the Maasai Mara in Kenya, to a modest family home where a stepmother serves her stepchildren cold cereal while her biological children enjoy heaping plates of eggs, bacon and muffins.

This is a book told in two completely unique but equally interesting voices, about two women's lives. About their individual, winding paths through life, that one day, with the help of Google, crossed.

Kirkus Reviews said that, “shining through both narratives is goodness and the power of the human spirit. A[n] uplifting tale on overcoming profound adversity.” Redbook Magazine's Executive Editor, Meredith Rollins, says, "this story will break your heart, bring on tears of joy, and make you believe in the healing power of love, forgiveness, and family.”