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My Name is Lisa - Second Edition by Norma Cape

My Name is Lisa - Second Edition

by Norma Cape

252 pages
My Name is Lisa is a love story about people coming together because of an abandoned ten-year-old and her journey through recovery while detectives search for her brother's body and for the couple seeking to silence her.

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Category: Fiction:Thriller:Psychological
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About the Book
The story of Lisa takes place in northeast Texas, not far from the Louisiana border. It is a love story about a group of people who come together because of Lisa, an abandoned ten-year-old girl. Lisa spent all but the first few weeks of her life in a room with her brother behind a closed door and boarded windows. Their mother put them in the room because she thought it to be the only way to protect them from the man’s abuse. They were together until the man brutally murdered Billy while their mother watched and did nothing.

Billy was five years old when Lisa was born. Once their mother put them in the room, she didn’t talk to them and did little to see to their needs. After seeing that Billy liked to read to Lisa, she did however bring the children's books. When Lisa was old enough, Billy taught her what he knew about reading, and then they continued to learn together. The dictionary came to be their favorite book, once they discovered its purpose.

The story begins in the autumn of Lisa’s tenth year when, two years after Billy’s death, the man and mother abandoned her. It was two weeks before a police officer, after receiving a tip from a concerned neighbor, discovered Lisa. The officer and Shannon, the social worker that takes Lisa’s case, had been friends for many years. Working with Lisa opens doors to a new relationship between them.

Lisa stayed in the hospital for a while where she slept in a real bed and took her first bath. Once she was stronger, she moved in with Shannon and Maggie. Maggie would serve as her guardian, nanny, and teacher. Lisa experienced many firsts, such as the smell of fresh air, the feel of grass between her toes, and the coolness of a breeze on her face. Shopping at Wal-Mart became a favorite. It was there that she bought her first pair of shoes and later Christmas decorations for her first Christmas tree. Lisa and Billy had learned a little about God and Jesus from some of their Christmas books and from the Bible. Lisa was glad to learn that Billy is with God in heaven and that there is no sadness there.

In her new home, Lisa has a pretty room, many books, an American Girl doll, and a German Shepherd dog named Butch that is there to protect her. Although her life has drastically changed, she is still in danger. Once the man discovers Lisa is alive, he and his brother desperately try to abduct and kill her. The detectives find Billy’s body but have a tough time finding the man and mother even though they have come close to abducting Lisa on two separate occasions.

Dr. Joyce is Lisa’s psychiatrist. Lisa has much rage, hate, and anger towards the man and mother. Dr. Joyce helps her come to a place of healing while Maggie teaches her about forgiveness and faith.
This is a love story and a success story with a feel-good ending.


"My Name Is Lisa is one of the most moving stories I've read. While the novel addresses the issues and facets of family life, the world of overworked social workers, and the harsh reality of child abuse, it is a novel of hope and affirmation of the worth of a child."
- Rickey E. Pittman, author of Red River Fever, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House, and many other children's books.
"A powerful story. Once you start reading, you can't put it down. I can't wait to read the sequel. Your heart goes out to Lisa. What a strong courageous little girl. A gripping story that had to be written. What a great movie this story will make!"
- Terry Baker, retired deputy sheriff
“Through this gripping, inspiring story that pits good against evil and hero against villain, we are left with the hope that, even in the face of crushing trauma and vicious hate, unexpected love may yet invade the darkness, paving the way for redemption and resilience for the new beginning for Lisa.”
- Roy K. Vogel, Ph.D., is a psychologist. Dr. Vogel’s background also includes radio broadcasting, music publishing and writing


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About the Author
Norma Cape Norma Cape grew up in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband of 43 years, Marvin, reside in the suburbs of Phoenix, AZ. Norma feels it is the walk through her own life’s experiences and from being a counselor for seventeen years that the story of Lisa evolved. She enjoys photography, fishing with Marvin, and playing Mahjong with friends.



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