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Finding Dad
From "Love Child" to Daughter
by Kara Sundlun

Trade Paperback 5 ½ x 8 ½ Non-fiction - Memoir/Biography
Release date: September 2014 $15.95 ISBN:9781933016450
  171 pps  
Available on iBooks for iPad, iPhone, or iTouch

Kara knew that in order to move forward,
she had to make the choice to forgive.

Kara Hewes knew her father, Bruce Sundlun, was a dynamic man whose legendary bravery during WWII transcended to his life in the courtroom, the boardroom, and finally as two-term governor of Rhode Island. But she’d never laid eyes on him until one transformational moment, when she awoke in the middle of the night as a TV news anchor announced he was running for office.  One look at his picture and she knew she needed to find the other half of her.

Her letters and phone calls went unanswered, so the determined teen hired a lawyer, arranged a secret meeting, and DNA test, but he still refused to acknowledge her.  His rejection permeated every cell. She was bright and ambitious, so why wasn’t she worth loving?

At 17, ready for college, Kara boldly faced a packed press conference to file a paternity suit. In the middle of the media frenzy, Bruce did the unexpected and offered to help pay for college and invited Kara to come live with him so he could get to know her better.

  It was a summer of firsts for Kara, from living in a Newport mansion, to meeting her new family and toughest of all, trying to find space in her father’s heart. It was Kara’s effervescent smile and inherited stubborn determination that proved impossible for Bruce to resist. It took the unconditional love and forgiveness of a 17-year-old girl to break down the barriers that had separated father and daughter for too long.

Reviews and Accolades

"My good friend Kara Sundlun has never been afraid to confront a challenging story, even when it is her own. Just think of what her father would have missed if she hadn't been brave and tenacious enough to pursue, not just her own identity, but his as well."
~ Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe on MSBNC, and best-selling author

"Kara’s story reflects a remarkable personal journey of self-discovery and the powerful connection she had with a father she had yet to meet. Kara’s journey takes us through an emotional first meeting with her prominent father to her triumph in nurturing this new relationship for herself and her children."
~ Donna Palomba — co-author Jane Doe No More , founder of Jane Doe No More, Inc.


About the Author

Kara Sundlun is an Emmy Award winning television journalist.  She anchors the news for WFSB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Connecticut and hosts the popular daytime talk show Better Connecticut.  Her series Kara’s Cures is a mainstream guide to health and spirituality, she is also a contributor for the Huffington Post.

Kara was named “Best Reporter” by Hartford Magazine, “Top 40 under 40” Hartford Business Journal and Connecticut Magazine, and is a board member for Dress for Success Hartford.
She is married to fellow news anchor Dennis House and mom to cherished children Helena and Julian.
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