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  1. says:

    The Favorite Daughter, by Patti Callahan Henry, pulls at my heartstrings and has me thinking about how I would have reacted to the events in the story On Lena s wedding day, right before she d walk down the aisle, she experiences a betrayal of the worst kind Immediately, Lena flees her lifetime home, her family, and all the plans she has for her future Lena makes a successful life for herself as a travel writer, makes new friends, has many lovers but never allows anyone to break through her e The Favorite Daughter, by Patti Callahan Henry, pulls at my heartstrings and has me thinking about how I would have reacted to the events in the story On Lena s wedding day, right before she d walk down the aisle, she experiences a betrayal of the worst kind Immediately, Lena flees her lifetime home, her family, and all the plans she has for her future Lena makes a successful life for herself as a travel writer, makes new friends, has many lovers but never allows anyone to break through her emotional barriers Lena has moved on and she is never going back to her old life, except to visit her mother, father, and brother For ten years Lena avoids any contact with her sister, Hallie, once as close to her as a twina sister that has tried to contact Lena in every way possible, throughout the years Then Lena receives a call from her brother Shane, telling her that their dad had been diagnosed with Alzheimers and that she must come home and help him deal with the situation So Lena enters the world she was only going to visit briefly, a world that requires her to communicate with and be around her sister Hallie, as the siblings decide what is best for their dad Not only is Lena angry, but to her surprise and disgust, her sister Hallie is angry for Lena abandoning the family, something Lena feels she had every right to do As the siblings make a memory book for their dad, they discover gaps in his life story, from around the time that Lena was conceived and born While their dad has even a trace of memories left, the siblings attempt to pry the past from their dad, a past that has never been spoken of before Lena learns that betrayal can come from everywhere and that people handle betrayal in different and strange ways There is so much going on in this book, dealing with betrayal, family, lies, love of home that may not be the place where one grew up and was born, forgiveness and forgetting Gavin, the father of the siblings is a special character, with such strong feelings concerning his loves, his memories, his family, and he was one of my favorite parts of this book Thank you to Berkley Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC


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    Slipping inside a Patti Callahan Henry novel is like book comfort food I was spoiled because this year she published two books Becoming Mrs Lewis was absolutely out of this world good, and I ll let you know now, so was The Favorite Daughter Lena Donohue is set to marry on her 25th birthday, what she had planned her whole life On her wedding day, she experiences a huge betrayal One so horrific, she has to leave her quaint hometown of Watersend, South Carolina to live in New York City It s Slipping inside a Patti Callahan Henry novel is like book comfort food I was spoiled because this year she published two books Becoming Mrs Lewis was absolutely out of this world good, and I ll let you know now, so was The Favorite Daughter Lena Donohue is set to marry on her 25th birthday, what she had planned her whole life On her wedding day, she experiences a huge betrayal One so horrific, she has to leave her quaint hometown of Watersend, South Carolina to live in New York City It s over tens years later, and Lena is a successful travel writer She doesn t visit home often enough, and one day her brother calls to let her know about her father s declining condition If she returns home, which she must, she ll have to face both her brother and sister, whom she s avoided for different reasons for all this time Her father s Alzheimer s is progressing, and she must join forces with her siblings to preserve his memories It is then that they uncover secrets that shock their family The Favorite Daughter is a story of family and coming home It s about secrets, lies, betrayal, and working to mend broken bonds I found Lena likable and authentic I felt her pain and mix of emotions as she traveled home Lena s relationship with her father was so endearing and special it melted my heart The Favorite Daughter is a gorgeous and emotional story from one of my favorite southern storytellers It ends in a moving way that truly was a gift Ultimately, The Favorite Daughter explores if family isimportant than the secrets and hurt that lie beneath it.I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com


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    The Favorite Daughter is a moving, heartfelt story that delves into the power of memories, learning to forgive when betrayal rips you apart and discovering what home means to you The story explores a family separated by betrayal and brought together by their father s illness We see the effect of betrayal, secrets and heartache had on this family that left me with so much to think about From the first pages, I was completely immersed in this family drama and fascinated by how betrayal affected The Favorite Daughter is a moving, heartfelt story that delves into the power of memories, learning to forgive when betrayal rips you apart and discovering what home means to you The story explores a family separated by betrayal and brought together by their father s illness We see the effect of betrayal, secrets and heartache had on this family that left me with so much to think about From the first pages, I was completely immersed in this family drama and fascinated by how betrayal affected this family and how the power of memories shaped them The family explores the past by creating a memory book of their father s past and secrets start to come out Through the layers in the story, Patti Callahan Henry shows us the meaning of forgiveness and had me thinking about how that can shape us and how memories can define what home means to us It had me thinking about the memories we might want to forget, the importance of family secrets being revealed or not, and about time lost within a family The ending came together so well for me and pulled on a few of my heartstrings I was left thinking about forgiveness and memories in a different way than I have before I highly recommend this well done story Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for my complimentary copy


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    An emotional and heartfelt story about family, regrets, loss, and forgiveness This story took off right away in the first chapter The author s writing pulled me in and had me invested in the two sisters relationship.The protagonist, Lena receives sad news about her father He has been diagnosed with Alzheimer s and she must return home before he gets worse I loved the message of capturing moments in life that bring family together and letting go of the past.The story is multi layered and t An emotional and heartfelt story about family, regrets, loss, and forgiveness This story took off right away in the first chapter The author s writing pulled me in and had me invested in the two sisters relationship.The protagonist, Lena receives sad news about her father He has been diagnosed with Alzheimer s and she must return home before he gets worse I loved the message of capturing moments in life that bring family together and letting go of the past.The story is multi layered and the characters all felt so real I loved following Lena on her journey and where she was at the end.I m thrilled to have found a new author I enjoy and look forward to readingfrom her.Recommend to fans of the genre.Thanks Berkley for my review copy Available 6 4 2019


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    Beautiful novel of a family and it s struggle with betrayal, trust, forgiveness and Alzheimer s disease A new favorite author Easily read and addictive From a wedding betrayal to the complex cooperation needed in the face of Alzheimer s disease, this book is a well written charmer Henry writes effortlessly and in a truthfulness unusually found Emotional and heart rending I shall be looking forfrom this author Straightforward plot, well developed characters and realistic, this book is Beautiful novel of a family and it s struggle with betrayal, trust, forgiveness and Alzheimer s disease A new favorite author Easily read and addictive From a wedding betrayal to the complex cooperation needed in the face of Alzheimer s disease, this book is a well written charmer Henry writes effortlessly and in a truthfulness unusually found Emotional and heart rending I shall be looking forfrom this author Straightforward plot, well developed characters and realistic, this book is hard to put down Great descriptive details Highly recommended Very well researched and educational


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    2.5 starsEven though I m giving this book a fairly low rating, it s not a case of me thinking this is a horrible book and nobody should like it I believe it will appeal to many readers but I had a few problems with the characters and storyline which prevented me from fully enjoying the book.Lena Donohue has avoided seeing her sister, Hallie, for a decade Let s just say Lena s wedding years ago didn t go exactly as planned and even though so much time has passed she still has unresolved issues 2.5 starsEven though I m giving this book a fairly low rating, it s not a case of me thinking this is a horrible book and nobody should like it I believe it will appeal to many readers but I had a few problems with the characters and storyline which prevented me from fully enjoying the book.Lena Donohue has avoided seeing her sister, Hallie, for a decade Let s just say Lena s wedding years ago didn t go exactly as planned and even though so much time has passed she still has unresolved issues with Hallie Unfortunately their father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease so she returns to her hometown to help Hallie and their brother document his life story But when you flee your past can you ever truly come back home Unfortunately, I had just read a book with similar storylines and that one just worked better for me than this one I didn t really care for the two sisters so it was hard to feel fully invested in their relationship When you start the book you have a pretty good idea about the end game, but I was disappointed in how the author chose to get there I wish she would have gone in a completely different direction in regards to Hallie and her husband s marriage as it just felt tired, stale, and exactly the same plot as every other love triangle type story I also thought the romance between Lena and her love interest was kinda boring and fell flat I really enjoyed the author s previous novel, The Bookshop at Water s End, so I wish this book would have been a better read for me But just because it wasn t a good fit for me, doesn t mean others won t findpositive things to take away from the novel.Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion


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    Patti Callahan Henry has written a beautiful story full of memories, family, and forgiveness A decade ago Lena was devastatingly betrayed right before she was about to walk down the aisle Completely destroyed and mortified Lena packs her bags and heads to New York to lick her wounds and start over Lena gets a job as a travel journalist, traveling the country and the world, but rarely returning home to Water s End South Carolina After receiving a phon Patti Callahan Henry has written a beautiful story full of memories, family, and forgiveness A decade ago Lena was devastatingly betrayed right before she was about to walk down the aisle Completely destroyed and mortified Lena packs her bags and heads to New York to lick her wounds and start over Lena gets a job as a travel journalist, traveling the country and the world, but rarely returning home to Water s End South Carolina After receiving a phone call from her brother Shane Lena realizes she needs to return home and face her past Lena s beloved father Gavin has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer s and it is only a matter of time before he will lose all his memories What transpires is a lovely story about the struggle to remember and the desire to forget This story completely captured my heart These characters, this family, I was completely invested Lena s struggle to face her sister Hallie after 10 years of animosity was heartbreaking and uncomfortable Some things are hard to forgive and even harder to forget and I am not certain if I would be capable myself I really felt for Lena and understood her actions HallieWas a bit of a hypocrite and really frustrated me And poor Shane was so caught in the middle just trying to keep the peace between his sisters Loved how the siblings were working together to create a book of memories for their dad, they really wanted to do just about anything to keep his memories alive Gavin had a big personality and a big heart and it was heartbreaking to see his health and memories deteriorate So many pieces to the story that when put together were pure magic The story was captivating, the setting was stunning, and the characters were authentic The ending was so touching and it hit me right in the heart Another remarkable story that you definitely need to add to your summer TVR Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book


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    Emotional, heartfelt, and powerful Patti Callahan Henry s The Favorite Daughter is a story of the complexity of families, the anguish of loss, and the profound healing power of forgiveness.Patti Callahan Henry has published quite a catalog of work, but this was actually the first book I have read by her The story opens with the protagonist Lena walking in on one of the worst things imaginable on her wedding day Panicked and devastated, Lena flees her hometown and moves to New York City, where Emotional, heartfelt, and powerful Patti Callahan Henry s The Favorite Daughter is a story of the complexity of families, the anguish of loss, and the profound healing power of forgiveness.Patti Callahan Henry has published quite a catalog of work, but this was actually the first book I have read by her The story opens with the protagonist Lena walking in on one of the worst things imaginable on her wedding day Panicked and devastated, Lena flees her hometown and moves to New York City, where she is a travel writer and goes by the name Colleen.This is so muchthan a betrayed on her wedding day novel It begins at that point, but it is actually a story about a family and about regret, loss, forgiveness, and the power of love Colleen does return home from New York nearly ten years after leaving when she receives a call from her brother Shane Her brother is a beacon of support and peacemaking he actually reminded me of my own brother in that way , staying steady through the fracture in their family, running the family pub in South Carolina, and taking care of their father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer s.This was such an emotional book for me, having known loved ones who had Alzheimer s I really felt for this family as Lena and her sister struggle with their relationship and as Shane tries to keep the peace at home while keeping their pub afloat I also really felt for their father as he tries to come to terms with the progression of his illness.The family dynamics felt authentic and the emotions were raw I am admittedly a crier, but I cried a lot through this one It s emotional and beautiful and touching The theme of forgiveness is powerful throughout, and this is certainly a thought provoking story What are we able to forgive and move on from in the face of losing everything How do we know whether to turn away or to stay A book that I won t soon forget.Thank you to Berkley for my copy Opinions are my own


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    I m so glad that I picked up The Favorite Daughter to read and review right now since I d originally added it to my TBR to read at a later date I owe my dear friend, Jennifer Tar Heel Reader Blog a huge thanks for making me pick this one up when I did not only because she loves Patti Callahan Henry so much but as soon as she mentioned it was set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, I knew I had to drop all my other reads and pick this one up Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced the worst betr I m so glad that I picked up The Favorite Daughter to read and review right now since I d originally added it to my TBR to read at a later date I owe my dear friend, Jennifer Tar Heel Reader Blog a huge thanks for making me pick this one up when I did not only because she loves Patti Callahan Henry so much but as soon as she mentioned it was set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, I knew I had to drop all my other reads and pick this one up Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced the worst betrayal imaginable on her wedding day She fled from her home in Watersend, S.C., her family, her ex fiance and headed to NYC Once there, she started calling herself by her full name Colleen and became a successful travel writer Since then, she s barely had any contact with the family she left behind Her younger brother Shane has been running the family pub, The Lark, and holding the family together for the past couple of years, and one day he calls to tell Lena that it s time she stopped running and she has to come home because their dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer s and is declining quickly Lena has no choice, no matter how reluctant she might be, to return home to help Shane and her sister Hallie care for the dad she so adores even though that means she must finally face head on and deal with the issues of her past.When the three of them decide to make their dad a memory book in the hopes that it will help save his memories, they discover not only some shocking secrets but Lena discovers that you can t always run from the past or your memories like she has been all these years, which leads her on a journey of self discovery.I was immediately captivated by this story of family, memories, secrets, and forgiveness and didn t want it to end This book immediately felt like going home to me I might have grown up in the mountains of East Tennessee and lived all my adult life in North Carolina, but no place on earth feelslike home to me than the South Carolina Lowcountry, the place where I have spent every summer since I was born Henry s gorgeous, vivid writing immediately immersed me in the place where mossy trees hang low, the sound of birds, frogs, and crickets seem ever present and even the smell is different than any other on earth because of the pluff mud left behind by the tide of the many rivers snaking and twisting through the land Just like its graceful, beautiful Southern setting, The Favorite Daughter is a book to be savored and taken in slowly.I found the characters to be genuine, and I liked all of them except Lena s ex fiance Lena s struggle to find meaning in where exactly is home resonated with me for several reasons, and the pain all three Donohue siblings felt while watching their dad s decline due to Alzheimer s struck me to the core as I ve watched that horrible disease ravage both of my maternal grandparent s minds, as well as an uncle s It s devastating to watch someone you love lose their memories, and Henry captured the feelings so poignantly I sobbedthan once reading this beautiful, emotional novel The Favorite Daughter is a gorgeous, moving story about whether the power of family, love, and forgiveness is stronger than secrets and lies It s definitely one to add to your summer reading list Thank you Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC All opinions are my own


  10. says:

    Patti Callahan Henry is a truly gifted writer In this women s fiction novel, Colleen is horribly betrayed on her wedding day in South Carolina She runs away to New York City and, as a travel writer,or less stays constantly running as in, away from her feelings for a decade until her brother calls her and tells her to come home since it appears her father has Alzheimer s, and his health is declining rapidly.The book is about memory, how it gets warped and how it can wound but also how i Patti Callahan Henry is a truly gifted writer In this women s fiction novel, Colleen is horribly betrayed on her wedding day in South Carolina She runs away to New York City and, as a travel writer,or less stays constantly running as in, away from her feelings for a decade until her brother calls her and tells her to come home since it appears her father has Alzheimer s, and his health is declining rapidly.The book is about memory, how it gets warped and how it can wound but also how it ties us to family and history The characters are all likeable and believable This is not fast paced or heavy on plot, but it s beautiful, and no matter what your family and romance story, you ll relate Thanks so much to NetGalley and Berkley Books for allowing me an advance look at this book, which RELEASES JUNE 4, 2019.Forreviews, please visit htttp www.theresaalan.net blog


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The Favorite Daughter [PDF / EPUB] The Favorite Daughter 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 trav 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 healthReturning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for The Favorite Epub / 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.