Romance Fiction Celebrates Finding Love After an Unhealthy Marriage

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Darlene S. Hanes publishes a story epitomizing the passion and perseverance of women.

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Storybook Passion is author Darlene S. Hanes’ newly published debut novel about the drama that ensues following an abusive marital relationship. This is a riveting story that blends romance with intrigue, set against the backdrop of a rural life in Southern Louisiana. Although a work of fiction, the book largely appeals to readers as it bespeaks the strength of the human spirit, the nobility of the maternal instincts, and the rewards of painstakingly finding true love.

Hanes weaves her message with the life of her young heroine, Gabriella. She is only 21 years of age but has experienced more in her lifetime than most people. Wishing to escape from her dysfunctional family, she marries the first boy she meets. Unfortunately, her means of escape, Billy Zack, turns out to be worse than her father; she barely escapes a lethal beating on her wedding day.

Gabriella musters all her courage and runs away with Nicky, Billy’s son. As destiny would have it, a handsome man, Taylor Boudreaux, who controls over three thousand acres of farmland in rural Louisiana, rescues her. The Boudreaux family welcomes them with open arms and gives them a chance for a better future. When they are stable enough to leave the generous family, Taylor makes an offer Gabriella could hardly refuse.

Evocative, inspiring and empowering, Storybook Passion is a well-spun tale that will grip and fascinate readers with its dramatic twists and turns. Readers who have had trying moments in their relationships can learn a lesson or two from Gabriella who epitomizes the passion and perseverance of young American women.

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About the Author
Darlene S. Hanes, as an avid reader who enjoys all genres of literature, injects her energies and imagination into her book for her readers’ enjoyment. Hanes currently lives in West Tennessee with her husband, Dr. Roger Hanes, and their three Shih Tzus—Mikey, Parker and Bentley. Her next book, titled Soul Mate is being written and will be out soon.

Storybook Passion * by Darlene S. Hanes
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 138 pages; 978-1-4771-4811-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 138 pages; 978-1-4771-4812-9
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-4813-6

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