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The Other Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Miralee Ferrell
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Book Description

Susanne Carson's well-ordered family life is thrown into devastating chaos when Brianna, a young teen, appears on her doorstep, claiming to be the daughter of Susanne's husband, David. The revelation of David's apparent betrayal adds strain to an already fragile marriage. Will this shocking discovery drive the family apart, or will it draw them closer to God?

This is Christian contemporary women's fiction with a distinct Christian worldview. You can find more of Miralee's books on Amazon, including the spin-off novel, Finding Jeena, that comes after The Other Daughter.

Editorial Reviews


The Other Daughter is a touching story of mistakes made before marriage and the strength it takes when the spouse is blindsided by the truth.

--CBA Best-selling author of When the Heart Cries, Cindy Woodsmall

The Other Daughter is an endearing story about betrayal and forgiveness, stubbornness and submission, and the strength God shows when we ask him to work through us. Susanne Carson is a 'good person,' but she's missing so much while she tries to maintain control of her life and faltering marriage. It takes the arrival of a bedraggled teen on her doorstep to show her she's not in control; she's never been in control; and help is just one decision away.

--Trish Perry
Too Good to Be True (Harvest House, March 2007)

From the Author

This is my debut novel, published in 2007. Since then I've gone on to write the sequel to this book, Finding Jeena, also contemporary women's fiction (Christian, both with a strong Christian worldview). Both books stand alone, but Finding Jeena follows a woman you meet in The Other Daughter.

I then moved from contemporary to historical, and with each book my writing craft has grown and developed. Someday I hope to tweak The Other Daughter just a bit, since authors are often the most critical of their own work. I'd never change the story line as it's strong and the message is still very relevant today. I hope you'll enjoy reading it, and give my historical romances a try as well, as they are strong stories, with strong women as the heroines. They are a totally different type of story (from my contemporary novels), full of adventure, action, and light, clean romance, along with a spiritual/Christian thread.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (February 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TZ3VEC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
The Other Daughter by Miralee Ferrell starts out with a bomb dropping into Suzanne Carson's world. On the evening of her birthday, a thirteen year old girl shows up on her doorstep claiming to be Suzanne's husband, David's, daughter. While David and Suzanne's two children, especially daughter Megan, accept Brianna without hesitation, as does David's father. But Suzanne is bitterly resentful at David's unfaithfulness and sees it as a sign that his God and religion are illusions. David loves his wife and children dearly, and for fear of hurting them keeps his distance as well from this young, vulnerable girl. It's not often in Christian fiction that in a marriage, the husband is portrayed as the faithful one and the wife as the unbeliever. Suzanne's insistence on relying only on herself separates her not only from God, but from David, Brianna, and even her children. Ferrell's writing is skillful as she portrays Suzanne sympathetically even when she's acting in a way that's not. Because she writes so openly about Suzanne's hurt and pain, it's easy to care about the character and appreciate her growth throughout the story. While the ending may be a little pat (but entirely enjoyable), Ferrell excels at creating a powerful story with realistic characters about the power of trusting in God.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars May 6, 2008
The Other Daughter is not the type of story that I would typically pick up and read, but the premise intrigued me, so I gave it a go. Susanne and David Carson seem like they have a picture perfect marriage and family. And then a wrench is thrown in the works in the form of a surprise visitor, Brianna, who claims that David is her father. The plot from that point on is predictable. I knew early on what the 'twists' and 'turns' would be. They were easy to see coming, but the reason I kept reading was because the author was able to convey very realistically the evolution of Susanne's character, and her coming to believe and have faith in God.

There were more things in this book that bothered me; little things that should have been ironed out during the editing process (unrealistic sounding and overly simplistic dialogue, redundancies, etc). I am a picky reader so little things like that bother me. Also, the characters were hard to like. Susanne came off as selfish and immature. In a way this was understandable: she views Brianna as a threat, being a physical manifestation of her husband's infidelity, but as a mother and an adult, you would think she would set a better example. There are times that Meaghan acted more mature than her mother. I am hoping that these are simply first book issues and that the author will grow and improve with future publications.

A book has to be stand-out, one that I would re-read, to be rated 5 stars, but the story and the characters stayed with me for days after I had finished the book. The theme of accepting and loving someone for who they are rather than what you want them to be is strong and resonantly conveyed. If you are in the mood for a different sort of Christian fiction, give The Other Daughter a try.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-hitting and Heartwarming October 18, 2007
How does a wife deal with the sudden appearance of her husband's daughter that she never knew about? Miralee Ferrell's debut novel lays bare the emotions of broken trust and a marriage unequally yoked--and Ferrell does it with the perceptivity of a seasoned author.

I found Susanne's emotions to be gut-wrenchingly honest and the spiritual thread believable. Too often in Christian fiction, the change in a character is forced. When Susanne seeks affirmation for her hurt from a friend, the advice she gets leaves her unsure. The gradual transition in Susanne is sparked by the faith of her young daughter, Megan, and the understanding of a family friend.

Being a step-mother, I totally related to Susanne's emotions throughout the book. Ferrell hasn't pulled any punches in this hard hitting novel, and it receives this reviewer's highest recommendation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! December 10, 2007
Susanne Carson has some problems, but trusting her husband is not one of them. David is a good man, a wonderful father to their two children, and a kind, caring husband. Aside from his involvement in the Christian faith, which Susanne cannot bring herself to embrace, their marriage is mostly good.
Then Brianna shows up on their doorstep, battered suitcase in hand, claiming to be David's daughter. If not for the girl's striking family resemblance, Susanne would refuse to believe the possibility ... but there is that likeness - and a letter from the teen's deceased mother. Then, of course, there's the fact that David admits it is most likely true.
With a strange, unwelcome child in their care and a widening wall between Susanne and David, their home becomes an emotional battlefield of hurt, disillusionment, and shattered trust. Susanne's unwillingness to place her life in God's hands is strengthened by David's deception. Can she ever forgive him? Will she ever be able to love his illegitimate child?
When Brianna's abusive, alcoholic uncle shows up to reclaim the girl, Susanne and David are forced to come to terms with their own feelings and make some hard decisions. Will their love be strong enough to withstand a test of this magnitude?
A marriage in trouble. Two hearts in conflict. A soul at the crossroads.
In The Other Daughter, the author combines all the fascinating elements into a compelling, utterly believable piece of beautifully wrought fiction. It's an unforgettable journey into a mother's heart, a family's love, a couple's faltering relationship. Miralee Ferrell's debut novel is rich with believable characters and poignant situations, and laced with wonderful little details that provide a wonderfully realistic setting. It's a work of heart that will not be easily forgotten.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderfully written book by Miralee Ferrell
"The Other Daughter" is another wonderfully written book by Miralee Ferrell! The book's main character, Susanne Carson, is someone I can relate to - she is "wonder... Read more
Published 27 days ago by pattyncoop
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine being a tween who needs a haven from her mother's kin only to...
Good read, great plot, and well written characters readers will invest in this story. The characters reacted like real people--not too perfect or evil incarnate (but close). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robyn Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a great book! Loved the story.
Published 1 month ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me cry
The book has a heart wrenching storyline, and it made me pretty teary a few times. However, the plot is a little predictable, but if you don't mind that, you'll enjoy it.
Published 1 month ago by Momto5
5.0 out of 5 stars Hearts are fragile . . . secrets can break them.
A knock at the door brings a big surprise (and not exactly the Happy Birthday surprise that was wanted). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this one! Stayed up till 3:30 a.m. to finish it.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading
The Other Daughter is an excellent book. Very good story. I enjoyed it very much. Liked the way it brought all aspects of foster care together.
Published 2 months ago by webscyte
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend it for a very entertaining read
It was a different take than I had thought it would be, but it was very interesting, and I wanted to keep at it until I had finished it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by colette Norbeck
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was very good. It showed God's grace and how He can ...
I thought it was very good. It showed God's grace and how He can work for good in people's lives .
Published 2 months ago by Jane Ernst
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming
I liked the book because it shows the true emotions we are all so capable of expressing. Showing that putting God in control of our lives is the only way for true peace. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cheryl Turner
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More About the Author

I love life, love my family, love writing and reading and riding, LOL~ did you catch that? Riding my horse, that is, and sailing with my husband, reading other awesome books by Christian authors and puttering in my garden are all ways I relax. I often have my little 6 lb Chihuahua, Lacey, on my lap when I'm working--there's nothing like a warm ball of love on your lap to act as a stress reliever!

First and foremost I'm a child of God and daughter of the King. I've been involved in women's ministries for years, and serve on staff at our small church. I'm married to a wonderful man, have two grown children, two cats, two dogs and an Arabian mare. We live about 9 miles from the nearest town on 11 acres, in a peaceful setting surrounded by trees.

I started writing shortly after I turned 50, and discovered I loved it so much I don't want to stop. I have six books out & a 7th releasing June, 2013, the first in a three-book series. I write both women's contemporary fiction and historical romance. One of my Western romances, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction.

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