Born only months apart, Merci and Grayce Alexander were as close as sisters could get. With a father who thought the world of them, life was good. Until one day everything changed.
While Grayce got love and attention, Merci got all the hell, forcing her to leave home. She never looks back, putting the past behind her until … her sister shows up over a decade later begging for help, bringing all of the forgotten past with her. Merci wasn’t the least bit prepared for what was about to happen next.
Merci realizes, she’s been a part of something much bigger than she’d ever imagined. Yea, every family has their secrets, hidden truths and ties but Merci had no idea she’d been born into the family that lies.
Targeted Age Group:: 18 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired by the relationship between my sisters and I, especially my twin sister. I am close to my sisters and couldn't imagine life without them. However, in the book, the relationship between Grayce and Merci is horrible and it's all based on family lies. I wanted to write a book of healing and hope that allows a person to see what happens when relationships are not mended.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I knew, before I even started writing, the book would be about two sisters named Grayce and Merci. When I initially got the idea, I didn't know how their story would develop but it turned out better than I could have hoped.
“What secrets? What is she talking about, Grayce?”
“I don’t know. Can we please just drop this?” I say as tears begin to fall.
“Look what you’ve done. Now you’ve made your sister cry,” Dad says walking towards me. “Merci, you are evil and I will not allow my daughter to live under your roof another night.”
“Oh please, those aren’t real tears. However, if you’re ready to pack her stuff, I have some boxes in the garage. Shall I get them, sister?”
“Stop! It’s too much to deal with,” I tell them.
“Oh, this is too much to deal with? Yea, ok. All three of you are a bunch of liars and you’re right, Dad, Grayce doesn’t need to be influenced by me. So how about we do this: you can come by in the morning and get her and her shit. Does that work for yawl?”
“Merci, please talk to me,” my mom pleads. “We are just worried about you, that’s all.”
She holds up her hand to stop her.
“Save it, Mother. You aren’t worried about me, but it did sound good though. You know, I cannot for the life of me understand how I managed to survive in a house full of liars. Liars for parents and a liar for a sister — all of you are nothing more than a band of evil. Yet you’ve made me out to be the black sheep of the family when I’ve never earned the title. I’m just glad I got out when I did. Therefore, the both of you know, I have no plans to be like Grayce. She’s the one stuck to daddy’s coattail, not me. I have my own identity and it’s too bad you all can’t see it.”
My mom is standing with her mouth open.
“What happened to you?” Mom asks as tears start to flow.
“I started thinking for myself?”
I let out a huge sigh as Merci storms out. My dad starts in again. “Baby girl, why do you continually put up with your sister’s mess? Why don’t you just move back with us until you can find a place of your own?”
“Daddy, you know I can’t do that.”
“Because I am grown. How would it look to still be at home with my parents? Living here with Merci isn’t all that bad. She doesn’t get like this until you all show up with this foolishness. I’ve asked you both to stop comparing us and if you can’t, you may need to stop coming around when she’s here.”
“I just don’t understand that girl. She has her whole life in front of her yet she chooses to live like a harlot. I’m sorry Grayce, but I won’t sit by and watch her destroy your life in the process of destroying hers. We’ve worked too hard to give you a great life.”
“Yes, but it isn’t your choice on how we live, Daddy. We are both adults and have to make our own decisions. I know you want what’s best but this, the arguing, this isn’t it. You are only making things worse. The bible says in Proverbs 22:6—”
“I know what it says, Grayce, but—”
“There is no ‘but’ because this is getting out of hand. Each time you two come here, it’s getting worse and worse. What do you think you’re solving? The more you push at her, the more she’s going to push back.”
“We know this, Grayce, but we all know your sister isn’t making the right choices these days.”
“How do you know what choices she’s making? You all never take the time to find out about her life; you automatically assume you know when you don’t.”
“What else are we supposed to do? She made the choice not to have us in her life. If it wasn’t for you moving here, we would never see her.”
“Can you blame her? I wouldn’t want to see you all either if this is what I had to look forward to.”
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