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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439107173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439107171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the author of See Jane Date (2001) and The Solomon Sisters Wise Up (2003) comes the story of two women at a crossroads in their lives who discover they are half-sisters. The last thing Rebecca Strand expects to hear from her dying father is that he had an affair when she was two years old that resulted in the birth of a child—a daughter Daniel Strand never met. After Daniel dies, Rebecca heads from New York to Maine to find her sister, Joy—despite the protests of her practical boyfriend, Michael. Rebecca is crushed to find that Joy doesn’t really want anything to do with her, but she’s not ready to leave Maine yet and go back to her job, or Michael, whom she’s becoming increasingly disillusioned with. Joy reluctantly invites Rebecca on a singles bus tour she hosts, and Rebecca finds herself more at home with Joy and her friends than she is with her life in New York. Another warm, winning entry from popular chick-lit author Senate. --Kristine Huntley

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"A warm hug of a book. Insightful, wise, and romantic, it's as inviting as the small-town life it depicts." -- CLAIRE LAZEBNIK, author of The Smart One and the Pretty One

More About the Author

I'm the author of 10 novels, including my debut, SEE JANE DATE, which was made into a TV movie, and my latest, THE LOVE GODDESS' COOKING SCHOOL. My other novels are: The Solomon Sisters Wise Up; Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?; The Breakup Club; Theodora Twist (for teens); Love You To Death; Questions To Ask Before Marrying; The Secret of Joy; and The Mosts (YA).

Short stories can be found in American Girls About Town and Flirting With Pride and Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives On The Original Chick Lit Masterpiece. Essays in: It's A Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life In Your Twenties and Everything I Needed To Know About Being A Girl I Learned from Judy Blume.

I'm a former book editor (romance and teen fiction) from New York City and now live on the beautiful coast of Maine, where I write full-time. Please come visit my website at MelissaSenate.com for more information.

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Melissa Senate has always been one of my favorite chick lit authors.
Deborah
The Secret of Joy is a great read, with a likable main character and a great supporting cast.
Shon
I can only hope that her other books make me think and feel as much as this one did!
A. Howell

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Howell on November 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this story. I really enjoyed the main theme of finding a sister you never knew you had. But I also liked the secondary theme which was all about relationships. It was all about knowing what was right for you in your relationship and when it was time to let go. It really made me think about my relationship with my boyfriend and where we are right now.

The setting of the book just seemed gorgeous. I have never really had any want to go to Maine--but the way that Melissa Senate paints the town of Wiscasset makes me want to visit. And it makes me want to move from my large city to a small, welcoming town.

And I really loved all of the characters. I loved Rebecca and how much she wanted a sister. I felt for Joy and how she suddenly had this half-sister from a non-existant father thrown at her. And the residents of Wiscasset were just so warm--The Divorced Ladies Club of Wiscasset were hilarious and I wanted them to find love. And Theo was just so understanding and cared so much for Rebecca.

This was my first book by Melissa Senate, but it will definitely not be my last. I can only hope that her other books make me think and feel as much as this one did!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carla Ford VINE VOICE on November 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
First of all, I LOVE the title of this book! It is so appropriate. As Rebecca Strand's father is in the hospital dying of cancer, he tells her that he fathered another child, a girl, during a brief affair when Rebecca was three. After his death, Rebecca feels compelled to honor her father's wish and deliver letters from him to her half sister, Joy. Once she finds Joy, who lives in Maine and runs a bus tour for singles, Rebecca must figure out how to get Joy to accept her as her sister. Even though Joy remains elusive, she brings Rebecca into her life, and Rebecca becomes involved with men and women who are going through rough periods in their various relationships, some trying to work things out, and some divorced or divorcing. There are so many questions in this book, and so many types of relationships are explored. As Rebecca finds Joy, she also searches for the joy in her own life, and watches her new friends as they also search for the joy in their lives. This was a wonderful book, insightful and thoughtful, asking questions about how to make our relationships work, whether in our marriages, in our families, and even our relationships with ourselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By skrishna VINE VOICE on November 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Chick lit has been in a rut lately. Some say that it is disappearing, merging into women's fiction. While that isn't necessarily true, chick lit on the whole has been less than impressive recently - this coming from someone who really enjoys it. There are some major exceptions, but the entire genre seems to be suffering from overused storylines, tired plot devices, and stereotypical characters. But those who say that chick lit is dead, and that new things can't come out of this genre haven't read Melissa Senate's The Secret of Joy.

When I think of The Secret of Joy, the first thing that comes to mind is "fresh." This book is so refreshing and new. It's different than the other chick lit out there. Melissa Senate doesn't rely on tired clichés in order to tell her story. Rebecca is a wonderful character. She's not necessarily broken, but she isn't quite sure what she wants out of life. She's not certain where her relationship with her boyfriend, Michael, stands - all she knows is that it's time for a change. She is lost and confused in many ways, and she turns to Joy for help.

What I liked best about The Secret of Joy, and Rebecca in particular, was that she was honest. As I was reading the book, something would happen and I would think, "Rebecca isn't going to be honest about this and that's going to be a major plot point in the story." And Senate proved me wrong every time. Not only did she defy my expectations at every turn, she also made me love Rebecca. Even when Rebecca makes mistakes, she's up front and clear about them. Senate created tension within the plot organically, rather than forcing it in through overused plot devices such as dishonesty.

I really loved The Secret of Joy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bookmagic VINE VOICE on November 15, 2009
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I am a sucker for any book that takes place in Maine and this is no exception. With barely a second thought, Rebecca is off to Maine to find the sister she just discovered she had, to a small coastal town. She doesn't care that she may have to split her inheritance from her father, over one million dollars, or that her boyfriend is advising against this. Rebecca is drawn by the idea of the having a sister. Of course, it doesn't work out the way she planned, Joy is not thrilled to have her pop up. But Rebecca is persistent and in the process learns a lot about herself.

I really enjoyed the characters, they were fun and all are looking for happiness. Parts dragged on when Rebecca is trying to figure out relationships and why men cheat and it got to be a bit much for me at times.

But mainly it is funny and charming.

my rating 3.5/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth Hoffman on February 3, 2010
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This is a wonderful story that encouraged me to take a deeper look at love, relationships, family, disappointment, and most importantly, forgiveness. With a smooth and enjoyable writing style, Melissa Senate whisked me into the lives of Rebecca and Joy, seemingly opposite half-sisters who didn't know the other existed until the death of their father.

Though Rebecca is delighted to discover she has a sister, Joy is anything but. It is while Rebecca tries to kindle a relationship with her reluctant half-sister that she begins the process of self-examination, reflection, and ultimately discovery. The author handled this brilliantly.

If you yearn for quality contemporary women's fiction that's loaded with wit, insight into the heart, and unusual charm, then this is your book!
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