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Second House from the Corner

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  159 reviews
"So good!" NY Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner

Felicia Lyons, a stressed out stay-at-home mom, struggles to sprint ahead of the demands of motherhood while her husband spends long days at the office. Felicia taps, utters mantra, and breathes her way through most situations but on some days, like when the children won’t stop screaming her name or arguing over toy t
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin (first published February 9th 2016)
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What a great book! Second House from the Corner is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by Sadeqa Johnson. This story follows a stay-at-home mother: Felicia Lyons as she struggles with her present-day role as "mommy", her aspirations for something more to fulfill her, and the resurfacing demons from her past. Ms. Johnson excels with Felicia's character development which allowed me to become effortlessly engaged and thoroughly invested, even when this character's choices felt cringe worthy ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
This was a solid three star read for me, but Felicia...DANG! My whole relationship with her came down to "No, she won't. No, she won't really. Damn, she did." There are two big problems that Felicia has to navigate and they both resolve pretty easily in the end, which was a little disappointing. I hate to say it, but in a story like this one I really expected a higher degree of messiness that would need to be painfully cleaned up. Still, I'm glad that I picked this one up and I would very happil ...more
La Tonya  Jordan
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to La Tonya by: Go On Girl Book Club
Shelves: good-read
When you want that Kodak picture perfect life, at what lengths would you do to make it a reality? The lies you tell finally catches up with you like a spider spinning her web. This is what occurs with Felicia Lyons. She is a stay-at-home mom with three beautiful children in the suburbs of New Jersey with the pefect husband.

The phone rings one morning and it is Martin her ex-lover. Faye's past has caught up with her and there is no way out. Felicia Lyons goes on a journey of self-discovery and r
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only part I didn't like was when Foxy cheated on Preston with Martin. More than once I might add.
This review was originally posted on [] ordeal The beginning of Second House from the Corner was amazing! A frustrated mom who feels like she is drowning, a husband who is an asshat, aspirations to be more true to herself. I was in book love. Then the "drama" started and it all went downhill so very fast. Felicia is struggling, feeling weighed down by her three children and a husband who won't even get his own dinner from the stove, she is trying everything to gain access to an exclusi ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book when I first started reading it and immediately felt a connection with Felicia and couldn’t help sympathising with her as she strived to get through each day as a mum- getting the kids up, fed, washed, dressed and out to school etcetera and then home again and ready to start all over again, a job not helped much by the fact that husband Preston really is the oldest kid in her family – incapable even of getting his own meal dished up let alone looking after their children ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Y'all are the only people I'm telling that I read this foolishness.
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That's Life

Full-time wife and mother, part-time actress, Felicia Lyons’ hands are full. Just when it seems she can’t add anything more to her cup which is running over, her past decides to pay a visit.

The opening chapter immediately captures motherhood and never lets go. Johnson creates a believable cast of characters. The narrative is natural, which endears readers to the characters quickly. “Second House from the Corner” is easily recommendable.

This is my first read by Sadeqa Johnson but it c
Mar 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson is a woman whining about her life (the complaining never stops). Felicia Lyons is an actress turned stay-at-home mom in New Jersey. She has three children under the age of four and a husband who is rarely home (as well as sexist, lazy, has a temper, and keeps her on a tight leash). Then one day she gets a call from her past. A past that Preston, her husband, knows nothing about. This call (really the man behind the call) has the power to ruin he ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great book! Felicia Lyons and her husband Preston quickly drew me into their story and made me want to read more. I'm sure many stay at home moms could relate to Felicia's need to sometimes get away and have 'just me' time. That's what really pulled me in, the knowledge of how being with young kids all day can make you feel like you have mush for brains.

It was easy to see why other choices looked good at certain points. I rooted for Felicia and Preston through the whole book and
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I received an advanced reader copy of Second House from the Corner. I liked this book - Sadeqa Johnson did a great job of writing a realistic mother of young children. The story was well written and held my interest. While I liked Felicia, I found her husband, Preston's reaction to her lie a little over the top and the fact that she would agree to leave her children was a little unbelievable. I also found the story with Shayla unnecessary to the book. The descriptions of love scenes m ...more
Paula Allen
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lately I've had trouble with books keeping my interest but Second House From the Corner didn't disappoint. A simple statement spoken by Felicia was misconstrued by Preston Lyons. When her past literally comes calling, Felicia's house of cards come tumbling down. The truth fully revealed results in betrayal, mistrust and catastrophe in a perfect middle class family.

I was drawn in from the beginning and was so engaged, I would be upset when I was pulled away from the book. Great characterization
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page turner from start to finish which tugged at the heart string and before I could wipe the tears away had me cussing and saying Oh No! Well written with character one could identify with. The story read as if the author herself was sitting in front of you telling the story. This would be an excellent book club selection.

Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page turner. Wonderful read. The author has a very fluid writing style that creates a vested reader in the head of this main character. Unknowingly, the reader is transported into a deep empathy for her, despite the slowly and shocking unraveling of her past. Highly recommend.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting and quick read. Ms. Johnson writes with honesty and a sharp wit. She really doesn't hold back and it's refreshing.
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No sophomore slump for Johnson! Full review will be posted on my blog during week of publication.
I mostly enjoyed this book although some parts leave the reader hanging. Like, who was the random girl who came to visit Felicia's mother and signed her name in the visitors log? Shayla was another person I would have liked more information on. It seems as if the author initially was going to develop Shayla's story about blackmailing Felicia and use it later on but it just fizzled out with an apology and confession from Shayla.... I would have liked for Preston to find out what type of stupid, r ...more
Katrina Burchett
Felicia Hayes Lyons lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children. She loves her family and works hard as a stay-at-home mom. Her life is so much better than it was back in Philly years ago. Even when she's overwhelmed and can find no time for herself, she appreciates how far she's come. When an unexpected call dredges up bad memories and gets her involved in unhealthy relationships once again, will her marriage survive?

The incident that happened when Felicia was twelve years
Kate Puleo Unger
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely chick lit, but it is heavier than I was expecting. Felicia is a stay-at-home mom living the ideal life in the suburbans. She has everything she always dreamed of, but she has kept her past hidden to get it. Suddenly, the past is catching up to her in the form of an ex-boyfriend and her childhood best friend.

I should have hated Felicia because she's so insecure. But we're all insecure when it comes to mothering. Her day to day trials were just so relatable. From the first
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aa-fiction, 2016
Finally- it feels so good to read contempary African American fictions that isn't street lit, Christian Fiction or Civil Rights related. I really enjoyed this book and think that Ms. Johnson is my new favorite auther. I originally wanted to read this one, but it wasn't available at my library so I read love in a Carry on. I finally got my hands on this one and it was worth the wait.

I really Enjoyed Felicia as a character. At times I was frustrated with her actions and felt that they were out of
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm giving this 2 stars for now. I need to digest what I've just read...Review to follow.

Okay, now that I've had the weekend to think about it. I think I'm going to bump this up to a 2.5 stars, because of its readability and the fact that I was engaged with the story. I was not, however, engaged with the characters. I didn't like ANY of the characters in this book, especially the main one.

Throughout this story, I'm following her story and her many secrets and personal relationships. My m
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
very good. highly recommend.
Kris Mehigan
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Johnson has a captivating writing style, particularly from her colorful turn of phrase, and a gift for creating authentic, unique voices for each character. While reading SECOND HOUSE FROM THE CORNER, I felt as if I were smack in the middle of each scene!

The story sweeps you up in its current and doesn't let you go until the very last line. The only criticism is that I had difficulty buying the motivation behind Felicia's (protagonist) string of sketcy decisions. That said, my absolute favo
Marilyn Diamond
It could be me, but this book did not excite me the way I anticipated. I identified with Felicia Lyons, three children and a stay at home mother. The spousal abuse, abandonment and low self-esteem coming from a African American woman was a turn-off. Sometimes, we need to leave our pasts just where our pasts are. Our pasts are that for that reason. Perhaps if we dealt with a disgruntled housewife and solutions rather than throw dealing with Felicia's past and her house-hold was not a good mix for ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so confused about my feelings for this book! I couldn't put it down but I hated Felicia's decision making! The writing is well done so you are drawn into her story and rooting for her even though you want to slap her outside her head!

I would have rated higher except for the ended so abruptly I thought I was missing pages.
Nia Forrester
This is my second book by this author, and I think I'm starting to get her. She seems to gravitate toward the theme of how external perfection and the people who pursue it are sometimes masking deep pain and trauma. And about how the pursuit of perfection can be distancing in some ways, keeping you at arms' length from the people who are seeking to get closer to you. And I have to say, that's a theme I could read about over and over, and over again. If she stays that course, I will follow her on ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
My three children are over 18; however, stay-at-home mom memories conjured up while reading this book. I found the realistic view refreshing - adoring the kids, but also, having many occasions of wanting to be away from them and acting upon it.
But the meat of this story was the naughtiness! Our suburban mom has a past, and it tries to catch up with her in the present.
As a black woman who is familiar with the way of life Sedeqa Johnson writes about; how she described clothes, music, speech, etc.
I'm not generally a fan of women's fiction as a genre (I actually kind of hate that books specifically about women's lives even qualify as a genre. Where's men's fiction? Apart from everywhere?), so I'm finding it difficult to place this within the context of other women's fiction. I can't quite put it into context. Is it exactly what I should have expected? Does it break the mold? I'm not sure. So I'll just tell you what I liked and didn't like about it. And fair warning - when I didn't enjoy c ...more
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Sadeqa Johnson, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, is the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction. She is also the author of Second House From the Corner and And Then There Was Me. ...more
“I know betrayal can unravel a man. I learned early on from watching my parents that men are capable of doing terrible things to women when they feel deceived. When the bubble of trust and honesty bursts, nothing is off-limits.” 1 likes
“Preston doesn't do well with trouble. But that's why I'm here. That's why my name is Mommy.” 1 likes
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