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When Stephanie was sixteen she became pregnant. After the birth of her baby she fell into severe post natal depression. Lachlan, the father of her child and teenage sweetheart was in a coma in America for eleven months. Neither of these young people could care for their precious baby. Stephanie was led to believe her son, Ryan was given up for adoption to a family in Perth.
After three months in the coma, Lachlan's parents told Stephanie Lachlan had died. They thought it was the best decision for Stephanie in case Lachlan never woke up. When she heard the news, Stephanie made a decision that nearly cost her her life.
Eight years later Stephanie discovers Ryan is being cared for by his paternal aunt. When Lachlan returns to Australia to reconnect with his beloved Stephanie he finds she's developed an impenetrable wall around herself.
Lachlan's family wants the truth to remain hidden, but Stephanie wants her child back. She's willing to do whatever it takes to have him returned to her care. When she finds out Aunt Sonia had ties to Lachlan's family, and she's not as alone in the world as she'd thought, her decision to take Ryan is even harder.
How can she reconcile the decisions made by others eight years ago against her present situation and do what is best for Ryan? Ultimately, there is only one solution, but will she be able to live with that decision?
What inspired me to write Web of lies?
I grew up in a country town in the sixties and seventies. At high school in year eleven I was saddened when there were girls in my year level who left the country town for several months. When they came back they were depressed and all the joy of living seemed to have been taken from them. When I asked them what was wrong and I assured them they could trust me, they said they had been away to Brisbane to give birth to their baby that they had given up for adoption. By the time they finished telling their story they were in tears and I, too, was in tears.
I wondered how I would have felt if I was in their position. I couldn’t imagine how difficult it must have been to give your baby up for adoption. I am an optimist, always looking for the positive in every situation. What if the baby had been given up to a relative’s care? This question raised another point: what happens to the child when the parents come looking for him? Whose child is he? Can the biological parents take him back to raise him? How does this affect the child?
All these questions gave me much to ponder. Through that meditation Web of lies was created.
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