Wanda B. Campbell
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Stacelyn thought her life was complete the day she married Dr. Derrick Garrison. The fairytale life she envisioned quickly vanishes, however, when Derrick's late nights and unexplained absences cause her to question his motives for marrying her. As secrets from the past and emotional wounds are revealed, Stacelyn discovers the hard way that it takes more than love to build a marriage.
Alone and bitter after Derrick's sudden departure, Stacelyn is forced to face hard truths about the man she married. In the process, she discovers her own unresolved issues. Will the revelations drive her to her knees, or send her seeking comfort from the enemy?
shoulders like it wasn’t a big deal. “You can’t be that crazy. How could you leave Staci?” Her son’s stupidity was enough to make her sit up in bed. She’d been feeling weak all day, but the anger brought on by her son’s revelation gave her a much-needed energy boost. “Mama, you don’t understand.” “What is there to understand? You left your wife and for what?” Derrick stood there with his hands in his pockets and his head lowered, just like he’d done all his life after he’d done something
busy to spend time with her except when he wanted to have sex. That was only once or twice a month, on the days he thought she was ovulating. At first, Staci overlooked his behavior because she knew how much Derrick wanted a baby. She figured she would have conceived quickly since they didn’t use any form of birth control, but that didn’t happen. At first, Staci didn’t mind, but now his lack of interest was slowly depleting her self-esteem. She was beginning to think the only reason Derrick
speaking with Malcolm. Just like he’d known three weeks ago at Marcus’s house when she had to step outside to answer her cell phone and every time she had to suddenly get off the phone whenever he entered her presence. He fought hard to control his anger at the thought of his wife talking to another man and appearing to be happy about it without ever acknowledging his presence. No matter how hard he tried, Staci refused to pay him any attention. Last night at his counseling session, Pastor Reggie
positioned himself against the pillows alongside her and took her hand in his. “As I told you before, outside of conversation and a few lunch dates, I wasn’t involved with Rhonda. I’d be lying if I said I never thought about it, or that she’s not interested.” “Then why did you leave?” She had to know. Derrick took a deep breath. “The day I left was the same day I met my father for the first time.” “What?” Staci was shocked. “Why didn’t you tell me you were going to see your father?” She
best dentist.” Staci would rather he work hard at being the best husband. “I’ve since realized he wasn’t trying to please me at all. Derrick was trying to make his father accept him. Derrick was trying to be this perfect person in hopes of gaining his father’s acceptance.” Staci didn’t quite understand what Derrick and his father had to do with her. “Miss Cora, you don’t have to apologize to me for that.” “Huh?” Miss Cora appeared momentarily confused, and then recovered. “Yes, I do. You’re