The Surrogates

The investigation into these families, their lives, and those behind the events changes everything they believe.
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The deaths of two prominent businessmen on the same day of heart attacks is at first declared to be of natural causes. No investigation happens until a former law clerk hires an investigator to check into these murders, and the connection to the Lake Shore Parenting Group.

Three women became surrogate mothers through this group and their children were adopted by five couples. Once the information about their births is revealed to them, it sets in motion events none had anticipated.

The investigation into these families, their lives, and those behind the events changes everything they believe. Yet, there is still a murderer on the loose, unless the intrepid investigator can bring that person to justice.
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Vincent Adams, a prominent attorney; Mark Abbott, a leading OB/Gyn doctor; Jed Boswell, a psychiatrist; and Dick Callaghan, a private investigator were the partners in Lake Shore Parenting Group, whose primary purpose was to provide babies for childless couples through surrogate mothers. Both Vincent Adams and Mark Abbott had suffered heart attacks and died on the same day. Valerie Scovall, a Superior Court Judge, having known Vincent extremely well at one time, questioned their deaths and hired Keith Brown, an ex-retired police officer who owned an investigative firm to try to determine if these were normal deaths. Since the men died in a hospital, no autopsies were performed and one body had been cremated. Four families had applied for a baby through a surrogate mother and three young women supplied four babies. This story encompasses the personal story of why each young woman became a surrogate, the emotion traumas she experienced and the basis of the decision by each of these childless couples to go this route instead of through a regular adoption proceeding. This story encompasses human weaknesses and strengths, selfishness and compassion. It is well written and there are aspects introduced that many of us have no idea are encompassed in surrogate proceedings. I not only enjoyed this story, but I learned much also. There is a surprising twist at the end. This e-book was given me as a complimentary copy for an honest review.

-- Joan A. Adamak VINE VOICE

The Surrogates is by Consuella Harris. This book deals with surrogates who carry babies for another couple. The sperm is usually provided by the father and the egg by the surrogate. This allows at least partially biological children in a marriage. The baby is then adopted by the couple after it is born. This practice is one which is being used more and more in the United States. There are a lot of moral and ethical questions by some people which need to be answered prior to accepting the use of surrogates. As a mother, I personally can’t see being able to give up a child and all rights to it after carrying it for nine months. At the same time, I can see the benefits of it for a childless couple. This book helps to clarify some situations concerning surrogates even though it is a novel. Keith Brown of Premier Investigations and Investigative Reporting Firm of Cleveland, Ohio is contacted by Valerie Scovall, Superior Court Judge of Cuyahoga County to investigate the deaths of two men: Vincent Adams, Lawyer of Adams and Adams Law Firm; and Mark Abbot, well-known and respected OB/GYN doctor. Although both seemingly died of heart attacks, Valerie suspects foul play. Valerie tells Keith that in his investigation, he should look into the Lake Shore Parenting Group, of which the two men were involved. This group dealt with providing surrogates for childless couples. She thinks there may be a connection. Keith sets out on his investigation by interviewing several of the surrogates: Denise Drury-Jones; Susan Connors-Carrington; and Carolyn Gorman-Owens as well as the psychologist on the team, Dr. Jed Boswell and several of the parents who adopted the babies. The reasons the ladies wanted to be surrogates and the reasons the couples wanted to have babies this way are varied and quite interesting. As Keith delves into the stories, the reader keeps wondering when he will find something to explain the deaths of Vince and Mark. Clues are dropped if one is savvy enough to catch them. This is an excellent book.

-- P. Blevins

About the Author ▸ Consuella Harris

My name is Consuella Harris and I am the Author of The Surrogates, published in June 2014 by Solstice Publishing company. After more than thirty years I worked in the public sector where I retired in 2010. I obtained a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University. I reside in a small city eight miles outside of Washington, D. C. in Maryland. I am the mother of one daughter, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of three children. Writing has been an ongoing passion of mine. In 1976, I wrote a play for the Prince George’s County, Maryland Bicentennial celebration, which was produced by the Prince George’s County Community College Reader’s Theater. In addition, I’ve written two plays, a comedy based on the Amos n’ Andy television show and a play entitled, The Birth of the A.M.E. Church. For the two plays I wrote lyrics, currently the plays haven’t been produced. I am now working on another book entitled Two Women. I am an avid reader of mysteries, spiritual and biographical books. My constant companion is a Llasa Poo dog named Princess. I love Motown music, bowling, chess and vacationing in the Caribbean Islands. My newest book, Vengeance is Nine was published July 21, 2015, it is a mystery. A short-story packed with intrigue.
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