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Just Like Other Daughters

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,128 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
Alicia Richards loved her daughter from her very first breath. Days later, when tests confirmed what Alicia already knew--that Chloe had Down syndrome--she didn't falter. Her ex-husband wanted a child who would grow to be a scholar. For Alicia, it's enough that Chloe just is.

Now twenty-five, Chloe is sweet, funny, and content. Alicia brings her to adult daycare while she t
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Kensington
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Sherri Thacker
Wow! I was not expecting that ending!
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished reading this wonderful gripping story from Colleen Faulkner.

I'm a bit of a sucker for a woman's story full of choices, anguish and dilemma's not mentioning moral issues, family issues and what 'society' might say.

I'm also a sucker for knowing that, through stories such as this one, many reviewers/readers will have an opinion about. But I always say, unless you are in that particular situation, how do you know what you would do? How would you know what are the best choices w
Iryna (Book and Sword)
2.5/5 stars (rounded down)

I enjoyed reading this book, but I didn't particularly like it at all( if that makes any sense). And to be honest the more I think about it the more things I find to dislike. But let's start with the good stuff.

I enjoyed the writing style - I think that's actually what kept me reading. Although it was muddy at times when the time table changed from present to the story the main character was telling, for the most part it was easy and pleasant.
I liked the lesbian best
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)

Alicia is a fifty year old woman who has spent the last twenty five years of her life caring for and loving her daughter Chloe, who was born with Down syndrome. Alicia has made her life about making Chloe happy and making sure she always does what is best for her. But when Chloe meets Thomas, a young mentally challenged man, at her daycare centre and insists she is in love, Alicia is unsure what to do. She had never envisioned Chloe growing up and having a romantic relationship with somebody, ha
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through and I am so happy to have had the opportunity. Thank you to, Kensington Books, and Colleen Faulkner.

5 Stars!! I loved this book! Alicia Richards has a beautiful Down syndrome daughter named Chloe. Not having a child who would grow up to be a scholar was too much for Chloe's father. Alicia, however, loves her daughter just as she is – sweet, innocent, and loving. Alicia is protective of Chloe because she knows that she has limitations, but
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alicia has spent half of her life raising Chloe, her mid twenties daughter with Down's Syndrome. Her sole purpose in life from the moment Chloe was born has been to love and protect her, being her daughter's biggest advocate. Alicia is a college professor and during the day Chloe attends an adult care facility for people with disabilities. All is well until the day she picks up Chloe only to hear she is in love and going to marry Thomas. Alicia's world is about to change in ways she could have n ...more
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Through this story we see a mother (Alicia) and daughter (Chloe), bound together by love and the mother's fears, fears which are grounded in the reality of how Chloe manages - or doesn't manage - her day to day life. I found Alicia's slightly bitter tone off-putting at first, but most likely realistic for the character's particular predicament. Interspersed with Alicia's narrative are slivers of the world through Chloe's eyes; sometimes advancing the story, sometimes just showing it from a diffe ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book angered me.
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Note: This review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (

Disclaimer: I sincerely thank Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy in exchange for my honest review.

My Review: Since October is Down's Syndrome Awareness Month I thought that this book was very apropos and quickly requested to review it from NetGalley. While I do have one distant cousin with Down's, I don't have a lot of firsth
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it

Just Like Other Daughters is a moving and thought-provoking story by author Collen Faulkner, better known for her bodice ripper romances.

Alicia Richards should be delighted that her twenty five year old daughter has fallen in love for the first time. She has never wanted more for Chloe than to be happy but Alicia is plagued with misgivings about the relationship because Chloe has Downs Syndrome and her beau, Thomas, is intellectually challenged.

As a parent, Alicia is loving and supportive of Ch
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alicia is a middle-aged mother to mentally challenged Chloe. Alicia has spent the last twenty five years taking care of her daughter who was born with Down syndrome. Alicia's life and every decision she makes revolve around what is best for Chloe. Alicia is confident in her decisions until Chloe meets Thomas, a young mentally challenged boy in a man's body. Chloe falls instantly in love with Thomas, leaving Alicia unsure what to do. She never expected Chloe's life to take this unexpected turn. H ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book which was absolutely unputdownable, yet I had to, because every so often I had to sit back and digest what I was reading and really think about the situation that Alicia was in with Chloe, her daughter. It is the story of the relationship between Alicia and Chloe, who is in her mid 20s and has Downs Syndrome. Alicia has done a fantastic job of bringing up Chloe on her own, juggling caring for her with her job as a university lecturer. She has dedicated her life to Chloe ...more
The story is told through the eyes of Alicia, the mother of an adult daughter, Chloe, who has Down's Syndrome. Alicia and her husband, Raymond, divorced not long after Chloe's birth. Raymond spends a couple hours a week out of obligation with Chloe. This has left Alicia to raise Chloe on her own with the support of a few close friends. Alicia will do anything to protect her daughter, but also strives to help Chloe to become accomplished and kind. When Chloe meets Thomas at the Adult Day Care she ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It took me a day or two to organize me thoughts on this book and write a review. Maybe that's a good sign? Or that I stayed up way too late one night to finish because I had this much left and needed to see how it ended.

Alicia Richards is a professor and a single mother who has Chloe, an adult daughter with Down Syndrome. Life is going as well as it can until Chloe meets Thomas, a mentally disabled man at her adult day care. The two are soon inseparable and want to get married. As for what happ
Mary Thomas
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book made me angry and so sad on so many levels. I found Alicia to be so judgemental and narrow minded. The fact she thinks she is above dating a blue collar worker but is such a spectacular failure in her personal life dating so called intellectuals. The superior way she is towards Margaret and Danny yet tolerates their sons love for Chloe. The love she has for her daughter is wonderful and knowing she just wants the best for Chloe made me forgive her weaknesses. I also loved her and Chloe ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
This novel was one of the worst I've read in a while. The plot focuses on a young girl in her 20's with Down's Syndrome. Her mother is her caregaver and she gets into a tizzy when her daughter announces that she's fallen in love with Thomas, a boy with mental retardation. Can a woman with disabilities fall in love? The largest flaw falls not with the very melodramatic story but the writing. At several points in this novel the narrator changes from the mother to the daughter with the disability. ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, 2015, library
On the plus side, I read it and finished it. I've been in a reading slump lately, so it was nice to make it through a whole book. On the negative side, MEH. I wasn't a huge fan of this book, I didn't really like Alicia, the main character, and Chloe was frustrating to read about sometimes. (Though I think my frustration was more at how Alicia handled things.) And the ending was so rushed and melodramatic and just ugh (view spoiler) ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was one of the worst books I've ever read. Having a teen with Down syndrome and having been around adults with special needs, I found this book to be very demeaning to an incredible population of folks. The mom, thankfully a fictionally character, was nothing like the parents I've met who are so on top of things. I know the book was fiction, but it REALLY does not portray the reality of what goes on in the lives of those with special needs. This was disappointing as a mom of 2 with special ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story is both uplifting and full of heart. A mother's love is boundless and we see it here.
Faulkner drew me in from the very beginning with a story that you'll truly enjoy. She's found a new fan in me! You'll love it!
Angela Brocato-Skaggs
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read! Have the tissues on standby.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book it has everything-'it will make you laugh and cry. I would recommend this book to all readers.
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This book got a lot of 5-star reviews on Goodreads, so I was expecting a lot when I started it. Unfortunately though, while it was an engaging read, it kind of fell short.

I was expecting this to be similar to Jewel, an Oprah's Book Club pick from the late 1990s that traced the challenges of a 1960s family when their last child is born with Down's Syndrome. While the topics were similar--though this one focused on the unique challenges of parenting a young adult with Down's--the tone really wasn'
Gloria Smotzer
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Difficult to read

I am the mother of a 40 year old daughter that has Down Syndrome. There are few books that deal with the reality of being a full time mother to a child who never stops needing help with simple life skills. This book touched me in so many ways. Like Ally, I question life choices I must make. Do these choices help or hinder her. Who takes care of them after you're no longer able to? This book felt as if I were observing another mother dealing with similar & yet very different
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this book to some degree. It was interesting and held my attention. I didn't agree with a lot of the main character's decisions that she made for her daughter, and I felt the immediate need to discuss this book with someone as soon as I was finished reading it. This would make a great book club selection, simply for the discussion.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how I feel

At first I didn't like the Mom at all - she seemed like such an intellectual snob, even as she criticized her ex for the same thing. But she grew on me because of her love for her daughter. Good book, ends with hope.
Sandy Pothier
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, emotional on so many aspects. Thought provoking especially because I have a differently-abled son and wondered how I would have handled certain situations.
Becki Couch tompkins
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG! tho

OMG! Thought provoking lovely happy and sad. I smiled laughed and cryed. What a great book should do!
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent! Very easy read and quite honest about the subject matter.

Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
3 stars.

I'd pick up a sequel to this one; I think the author would have a lot of great material to work with.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 22, 2015 05:41PM  
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Colleen Faulkner is the daughter of best-selling author Judith E. French. She sold her first novel at the age of 23 and has been publishing ever since. A Southern Delaware resident, Colleen has published a hundred historical romance, contemporary romance,mystery, suspense and women's fiction novels, and won numerous awards, including The Diamond Award for literary excellence in the state of Delawa ...more
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“remember trying to breathe. I couldn’t think. I remember” 0 likes
“Chloe wasn’t a defect. I refuse to ever look at my child that way . . . or allow anyone else in my presence to do so.” 0 likes
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