Nestled in the Golden Coast of California, Danielle Lee lives a lie. As her senior year in high school begins and the escape of her dark secret draws near, she finds someone unexpected. Dannie struggles to move past her torments, hide the truth from her friends, and keep it together until she can finally have what she has always wanted: freedom.
Reed is a junior who just moved to California from Kansas. Wildly attracted to Dannie, he is convinced she is everything he has been waiting for. After fate leads them to finally meet in the school library, Dannie first tries to place Reed in the dreaded friend zone. But she too cannot ignore the obvious chemistry. As Reed teaches her how to find hope, trust, and even love, Dannie must decide whether to harbor her secrets or reveal the truth and risk everything. While she wrestles with her decision, Dannie has no idea that a secret obsession will drive another young man to stop at nothing until she is his and his alone.
The Face You See shares the compelling tale of a teenage girls quest to free herself from her past where she finds hope in the most unlikely of circumstances, the courage to embrace love, and the will to defy all odds.
The Face You See is my debut novel as a writer and inspired the following books of The Broken Series. I was born and raised in California where I began volunteering with Youth Programs dedicated to helping teens find mentors. Remembering how lost and confused I was as a teenager gave me the conviction to help those who felt just as alone as I had. I eventually began working in Alaska doing much of the same work before going to Haiti and the Aleutian Islands to build houses, distribute food and medical supplies, as well as disaster relief. I met my husband while working abroad and eventually settling down in Canada where we now have two beautiful children. I am thankful I escaped the circumstances of my childhood but acknowledge the fact that not everyone has the opportunity; most are left with lingering scars. This series captures that complex moment when a person finds the courage to let go of the painful circumstances of their life, the people that hurt them, and the guilt they feel for leaving while crossing over to accept themselves. My passion has always been to help, to serve, and to protect young women. By writing what I believe are messages of encouragement to those who have been in similar situations to those I have experienced and worked with, I believe they can be given hope. I am currently getting a Bachelor's in English and Education at the University of Saskatchewan, and have always had a passion for books as well as writing stories.
“In swift and relatable prose, The Face You See juggles the many
difficult topics and circumstances that young adults face."
Foreword Clarion Review, Five Stars!
"...those who have experienced or overcome traumas will find Dannie relatable
and empowering ...”
“It initially seems that this book will present yet another high school
love triangle, but the plot surprises and unsettles those
expectations. It moves past lighthearted teen drama to present a
serious, emotionally affecting coming-of-age tale ... An engaging
contemporary romance, whose conflicted, nuanced heroine helps it
transcend the conventions of its genre.”