Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Release Day! The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry ~ My Thoughts #TheFavoriteDaughter #TallPoppy

Happy Release Day!!


Congrats Patti
on the release today of
The Favorite Daughter!

The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry
Print and e-book, 368 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Berkley Books

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End, here is a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive.

Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home—until she learns of her dad’s failing health.

Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family’s Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs. As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.


My thoughts about The Favorite Daughter~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First lines—"The wedding for Colleen Donohue, Lena to her family and friends, and Walter Littleton was ready to begin one spring afternoon."

I loved The Favorite Daughter! It is a story full of interesting family dynamics and a little bit of mystery as I tried to determine just exactly which daughter is the 'favorite daughter'.

Colleen runs from her wedding and stays away from her family for ten years, that is, until that same family draws her back when their dad starts declining. She has to face the people who betrayed her, while still trying to be supportive of her dad.

As the siblings work to compile a memory book for their dad's birthday party, some things from the past just don't add up. Family secrets? Or misremembered memories?  

"Memories aren't always the truth. They aren't always true." 

The Favorite Daughter is a spellbinding story that grabbed me from the very first chapter and had me racing to the end. It has interesting characters dealing with an issue that a lot of people are having to deal with—elders losing their memories—and a plethora of other challenging family issues. I highly recommend that you to add it to your summer reading list.

I received a copy of The Favorite Daughter from the publisher and this is my honest opinion of the book.

About the author

Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels including The Bookshop at Water’s End, The Idea of Love, The Stories We Tell, and Driftwood Summer. As Patti Callahan, she’s the author of the USA Today bestseller Becoming Mrs. Lewis. Short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated multiple times for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Fiction, Patti is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs, and women’s groups.

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