A Family Affair

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A Family Affair

By ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Gallery Books, Paperback, 9781451639698, 314pp.

Publication Date: July 30, 2013

From the national "Essence" bestselling author comes an engaging tale about a family secret that sends one young woman scrambling to uncover the truth about her past.
Award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley, whose bestselling fiction tackles some of life's toughest situations ("The Florida Times-Union"), unravels the secrets in a mother's past that turn her daughter's life upside down by revealing the family she never knew existed.
Her dream of studying dance at Juilliard is within reach, but Olivia Dawson turns down the opportunity, choosing instead to stay with her ailing mother in the Houston projects where they barely make ends meet. Lorraine Dawson is Olivia's whole world, and now Olivia insists on being there for her. But when Lorraine learns Olivia is sacrificing college for her sake, her heartache triggers a series of shattering events that results in Olivia discovering her father, a man she was told had died years ago. But he is alive and well and he's the powerful CEO of one of the country's richest corporations.
With her best friend urging her to claim a much-deserved chunk of Bernard Wells's fortune, Olivia seeks out his Los Angeles mansion. But it's not money she wants it's answers: Why did he abandon Lorraine when Olivia was three years old? Why did they suffer in poverty while he gave his real wife and son a life of luxury? Opening up the past, however, is more complicated than Olivia or Bernard expected, and the pain of yesterday's sins must be confronted before true healing and a bright tomorrow can begin.

About the Author
ReShonda Tate Billingsley s #1 national bestselling novels include "Let the Church Say Amen", "I Know I ve Been Changed", and "Say Amen, Again", winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Her collaboration with Victoria Christopher Murray has produced three hit novels, "Sinners & Saints", "Friends & Foes, "and "Fortune & Fame." Visit ReShondaTateBillingsley.com, meet the author on Facebook at ReShondaTateBillingsley, or follow her on Twitter @Reshondat.