Tuesday, June 2, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ The Second Home by Christina Clancy

The Second Home
by Christina Clancy

Some places never leave you...

After a disastrous summer spent at her family’s home on Cape Cod when she is seventeen, Ann Gordon is very happy to never visit Wellfleet again. If only she’d stayed in Wisconsin, she might never have met Anthony Shaw, and she would have held onto the future she’d so carefully planned for herself. Instead, Ann ends up harboring a devastating secret that strains her relationship with her parents, sends her sister Poppy to every corner of the world chasing waves (and her next fling), and leaves her adopted brother Michael estranged from the family.

Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and Poppy are left to decide the fate of the beach house that’s been in the Gordon family for generations. For Ann, the once-beloved house is forever tainted with bad memories. And while Poppy loves the old saltbox on Drummer Cove, owning a house means settling, and she’s not sure she’s ready to stay in one place.

Just when the sisters decide to sell, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about what happened that long-ago summer that changed all of their lives forever. As the siblings reunite after years apart, their old secrets and lies, longings and losses, are pulled to the surface. Is the house the one thing that can still bring them together––or will it tear them apart, once and for all?

Told through the shifting perspectives of Ann, Poppy, and Michael, this assured and affecting debut captures the ache of nostalgia for summers past and the powerful draw of the places we return to again and again. It is about second homes, second families, and second chances. Tender and compassionate, incisive and heartbreaking, The Second Home is the story of a family you'll quickly fall in love with, and won't soon forget.
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Momma Says: 2 stars ⭐⭐

Okay, I like a good family drama with lots of secrets as well as the next person, but there's just one problem - I can only stretch my ability to overlook the implausible and unbelievable so far. The Second Home surpassed that in the first half, which left a whole other half a book to get through without rolling my eyes completely out of my head. Seriously, it reached a point that I started thinking about the many times my mother told me they would get stuck that way. It's a good thing that's not true! I realize that I'm in the minority here, and this book has received a great many glowing reviews, so I'm not going to go into the many problems I had with this book in detail because they would certainly be considered spoilers. It is safe to say that the problems were many. The story does get dark, but it just pushes too far for me to get invested in either the characters or their goings-on. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press

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