The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest


This beautifully crafted, poignant story takes the reader on a journey through one woman’s experience as she struggles to come to terms with her life choices. Coping with loss, moving forward, and  the social issues of the 50’s-70’ssurrounding the controversy regarding an adoptee’s right to know vs. a mother’s right to privacy, are central themes to this captivating drama. Set in 2005 against a backdrop of the War in Iraq, the action packed plot makes this psychological fiction hard to put down.

Readers describe this psychological drama as “stunning” with well developed characters and an intriguing and suspenseful plot. “I could not put it down. When it ended I wanted more!”

Rights Information

Donna Friess owns all rights.

Marketing Information

Donna has many scheduled appearances at libraries, women’s groups, and book clubs. She has a weekly news letter which promotes her books as well as hired print PR person and hired Internet book promoter. Donna’s books listed with: Goodkindles, Goodreads, Independent Authors, Koobog, and many many book sites.

During the 1990’s her book Cry the Darkness was a best selling non fiction book by Egmont in Norway and Denmark and sold well in Germany, Netherlands and others. Here are some examples from my shelf:

Morgen magi k huilen – uitgeverij Areopagus

Tarer I Morket Virkelightedens Verden – Egmnt bogklub (hardbound)

Tarer I Morket- Egmont Hjemmets Bokforlag ( hard bound)

Tarer I Morket – Egmont Boker

Jetzt Kann Ich Nicht Mehr Schweigen –Bastei LUbbe


A testimony to the power of love

It's no surprise to learn that Donna's debut novel has been selected as 'Spirited Woman's Pick of the Year'. Having previously read her much acclaimed autobiography, Cry the Darkness, I expected another gut-grabbing story. But this poignant book unravels even more conflicting emotions: an adoptee's right to know and a monther's right to privacy. To turn psychological fiction into an intriguing plot through a meander of unexpected events requires indepth knowledge of the subject. But Dr Donna Friess, life coach and grief counselor, is no amateur at using key words to disentangle crippling emotions. The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest is a testimony to the power of love, and makes a perfect read. 

Rosemary Rudland, author: That Summer in Normandy

Author Biography

Donna Friess, retired college professor, holds a doctorate in psychology. She is a life coach, grief counselor, and an activist for children’s rights. She was  nominated for the American President’s Service Award. She is a long time member of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime, Technical Training and Advisory Council. Her biography appears in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who’s of American Women and others. She has authored six non-fiction books including her autobiography, Cry the Darkness, which has been published in seven languages. Donna with her husband, Ken, live in Southern California in the midst of a big noisy family filled with eleven grandchildren and lots of  dogs, cats, and two horses.

Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: November 2014
  • English
  • 9780981576732 / 0981576737
  • Paperback
  • Primary Price: 11.95 USD
  • Pages: 294
  • Hurt into Happiness Publishing
  • Readership: General
  • Publish State: Published
  • Edition: 1st edition
  • Page size: 6 x 6 inches (9 x 6) inches