Set in South Carolina and Georgia, "Forbidden Son" is a vintage romance published by The Wild Rose Press.
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Honey Belle Garrett never considered herself poor white trash--just poor. Her life changes when she and Tripp Hartwell, the son of South Carolina's govenor fall in love. Opposed to the marriage, Tripp's father threatens to harm Honey Belle's family if she and her family refuse leave town.
Fleeing to Georgia, Honey Belle discovers she is pregnant. Fearing Govenor Hartwell and what he might do if he finds out about her child, she keeps her son's identity a secret.
When Honey Bell's son is selected to serve as a junior page to congress. What will happen when she telsl Senator Tripp Hartwell, who is also a Vietnam war hero, that seventeen years ago she had their son; and explain the govenor's role in running her out os South Carolina?
He towered over her, his stare drilling into her. His eyes seemed to capture her from hair to high-heeled shoes. Clearing her throat, she tried to appear businesslike.
"Have I changed so much that you don't recognize me, Tripp?" This wasn't at all they way she had rehearsed the scene in her head. She didn't blink and eye--afraid any reaction might betray her uncertainty.
"Look, miss, I don't have time for twenty questions, I meet a lot of people--"
She wanted him to remember, to remember her, to remember--what? That seventeen years ago she had walked away from him? That she hadn't had the courage to stand up to his father and fight for position in the life of the man she loved. That for sixteen years she had raised the son he never knew existed. She should never have left Tripp. So much guilt, for so many mistakes. She had no one to blame but herself.
She lifted her eyes to his. "Seventeen years ago, in Charleston, South Carolina, I asked you to take me for a ride in your shiny white BMW."
The silence of the office closed in around her.