The Second Home: A Novel
Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, leaving Ann and Poppy to decide the fate of the Wellfleet home that's been in ...more
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Christina Clancy did a superb job of inserting her characters into moments of time and place that tells the tale of three teenagers thrown into a situation they are not mature enough to handle, the selfish adult who manipulated them for his own benefit, and the parent ...more
The Gordon family . . . Ann, Poppy, adopted brother Michael, mother Connie, father Ed . . . called Milwaukee, Wisconsin home but spent every summer at their other home in Cape Cod. The house had been in the family for generations and the family loved spending time there. But the year Ann was seventeen, everything changed.
Fifteen years after that disastrous summer, Connie and Ed have died, killed in a horrific automobile accident. The sisters have ...more
Nostalgia, grief, tears, laughter, closeness, longing, FAMILY. It had it all. I instantly found myself wishing I was a part of this perfectly flawed family.
Don't let my emotions fool you, though. This isn't all rainbows. Truth is, the story is dark most of the time. I think that's w ...more
Thank you, Goodreads for the advanced copy. This is an author I will watch for in the future.
Each of the Gordon's will claim a piece of your heart and give you an emotional ride through o ...more
Thank you, Christina Clancy, for this wonderful story, destined to be one of the best books of the year.
**Friendly warning in advance that this review contains spoilers.**
You're probably asking yourself why I gave this such a low rating (currently with 21 reviews, 37 ratings, and a cool 4.86 stars...I'm the first and only person, so far, to rate this below 3 stars). There are two reasons for that:
Consistency and Ann.
Nothing in this story was consistent, from the characters personalities to the plot...it sometimes became a tangled web of doubling back on itself, revealing key things as an afterthought (which ...more
I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.
After a disastrous summer spent at her family summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen-year-old Ann Gordon was l ...more
Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, leaving Ann and Poppy to decide the fate of the Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. For Ann, the once-beloved house is tainted with bad memories. Poppy loves the old saltbox, but a ...more
I liked the book and thought it was a quick read. I also felt that the ending was satisfying, leaving me with some questions that I knew I' ...more
This is a story about the kind of places that we come to inhabit only to find out that it inhabits us and not the other way around. I'm always tentative when it comes to contemporary stories because, let's face it, there's a lot of cliches out there. But this story is not one of those cliches.
Clancy builds her characters layer by layer in a very convincing way. Although there was a lot of telling, I let it slide because of the author's intimate way of ...more
I was immediately interested by "family secret" and the beach setting. It is my favorite type of book - an easy read with a surprising depth.
The main characters - Poppy, Ann, and Michael- were very sympathetic and “real”. I easily identified with Ann as being the high achieving good girl, but also saw a lot of my younger brother in Poppy. I didn’t like the fringe characters as much. I felt like they were caricatures - “aging hippie teacher parents”, “bored housewife”, and ...more
My grandparents lived in a simple cove-side house that has been in our fami ...more