Imagine you were deeply in love, had a great marriage with your soulmate, shared in his exciting political career. Then, with little warning, the only person in your life who could protect your one secret that could undo everything, was dead.
When Vance’s family died in a plane crash many years earlier, and it was he who was supposed to be aboard, but wasn’t, he assumes the identity of his twin sister and lives the life he’d always dreamed of. But when her doctor, the only person alive [who knows “Vanessa’s” true origins] is dying of cancer, Vanessa is left alone in the world -- knowing her secret is a powder keg just waiting to blow up the political career of her husband.
Who could she trust with a secret of such a high-profile couple, anyone? Is there anyone with the integrity to stay above the fray, someone who wouldn’t sell them out to the paparazzi for a big payday?
Realizing she could never trust her identity to anyone, she creates a new identity, a temporary persona the world wouldn’t know; someone who could find a doctor under the radar. The plan was, simple, elegant. She’ll become someone else with a different style, different look and different name -- and far away from where Vanessa lived. Once a year she would don her new identity and go for her physical and no one would be the wiser.
Yet like every life, the road doesn’t always lead to where we intend. And while in character she befriends a singer who has her own secrets, their relationship get closer than intended and circumstances intwine the two far more than anticipated. As their separate careers are propelled forward decisions have to be made, for each of them.
Add in a few interesting characters in Vanessa’s life, like her wealthy aunt who hasn’t seen her since she was Vance, and has no knowledge that it was Vanessa who died in the crash and not Vanessa.
Mockingbird is a touching, sometimes funny, always loving story of one woman’s journey to preserve the life she risked everything to build. Author Theodore Marquez is clearly a romantic at heart, and may go a touch overboard with the countless (and tasteful) love scenes, but makes up for it with sweeping, luscious prose.
Mockingbird is a nice read to relax with on the beach, or curled up in bed late night. And, like all good stories the ending gives us answers to the questions we were waiting for throughout, but also leaves us with a cliffhanger of what is to come.
Mockingbird: available on Kindle $5.19) and in paperback ($9) on Amazon HERE
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 14, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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