What if you found out that you were adopted and everything you thought you knew about your family, your security, was shattered? My Secret is about my 40 year quest for truth about who I am. But, more than that, this story is about overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve a goal. My book begins when I was 7 and my 10 year-old male cousin proclaimed, “I don’t have to be nice to you ’cause you’re really not my cousin anyways. You’re ADOPTED.” I confronted my narcissistic mother with my revelation and she became furious. I soon learned that I was different, less than, and not to speak of it again. I was born in 1952 and began my search in 1973 when I turned 21. My undaunted determination led me from private detectives, online sources and social agencies to covert missions like trying to collect an aunt’s DNA sample at a family gathering. The hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where I was born was torn down and all birth records before 1964 destroyed. I have no original birth certificate on file. There were rumors, innuendos, false leads and small steps forward and backward. This is a true story and I believe readers will be drawn in by the intimacy of the journey. There are many books available on adoption, but I believe my book to be unique. There is a happy ending. Before any journey begins, one must be prepared to find the truth.