The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry

“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.”

Coming June 2019

“Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include The Bookshop at Water’s EndThe Idea of LoveThe 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.”

The Grateful Reader Review by Dorothy Schwab

“All that had seemed real was illusion…” It’s been ten years since Colleen Donahue experienced the worst day of her life: On her wedding day a family betrayal sent her fleeing to New York City to reinvent herself. Only the devastating news of the dreaded “Alzheimer’s” word could bring her back to Watersend, South Carolina. Lena has become a well-known travel journalist, but the place rarely on her travel itinerary is “home.”

Alzheimer’s or some stage of dementia has affected many families today. Each person affected and their families deal with this devastating disease in different ways. The Favorite Daughter highlights the siblings’ efforts to come together for their dad; needing to squash years of heartache and feelings of betrayal in order to preserve their precious dad’s memory-all the while finding breaks and twists in the family timeline that surprise them all.

This family’s journey is not as long as some I’ve known. Patti Callahan Henry has a way of entreating the reader to stop and think along the way and come to grips with “what if’s” in your own family. Sorting out family dramas can be difficult; finding your way “home” to love and forgiveness can be a life-long journey. I recommend that you put The Favorite Daughter on your reading itinerary and see where it takes you.

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