- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480043214
- ISBN-13: 978-1480043213
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,205,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Second Daughter Paperback – October 19, 2012
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J. Jeffrey drinks too much coffee and gets lost a lot. More importantly he is not to be trusted. He writes biographies full of lies, or are they novels full of truths? Such a fine line.
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This isn't going to be the next Davinci Code. But it's an interesting story, told in an engaging way, and is worth reading.
"Such a fine line,” Helen said.
This bit of dialogue from The Second Daughter well characterizes much of the book, which is often bittersweet and touching, horrible and funny, sometimes all at once. This is a book about a family and their relationships, and its strength lies in the realistic portrayal of characters that are flawed, complex and believable.
I would find myself nodding in recognition at say, the way the sisters when they were young wanted everything absolutely even/the same so neither got better than the other, or how the characters develop little phrases (sew your buttons) and nicknames (Dubs, the Jerk, Big Red) that they use over and over with the people they are close to. As I read about the way Helen fell in love with Theodore for his spontaneity and the way he would ignore the usual rules, then later how she found him difficult to live with for the same reasons, or the way he just can't seem to understand what upsets the female Gales so much about him, I thought "Yep, I know people like that" or "Yeah, I've seen that kind of thing happen.".
But while the characters are relatable and have recognizable traits, they still feel like real unique people and not just types, and the way they and their relationships with one another change, even including some rather dramatic shifts over time, were presented in a believable, organic way.
There were some minor things here and there that didn’t work for me (there’s a few too many cheesy lawyer jokes for one) but these are more than made up for by some memorable little details (there’s a hilarious bit regarding a nose ring) and some great lines such as: “Theodore loved tall, dark-haired women who were by themselves at bars.” and "It's the way she refuses to speak to me. It's different from the way she used to refuse to speak to me." and “Good for a second wind. Slight breeze, anyway.”
Overall impressive first novel and well worth the read.
Also, for me, the relationships among the female relatives and how these relationships developed over time was most compelling.
This book was an excellent first novel! It is a great balance of emotion and humor. J. Jeffrey also attended our book club meeting and shared an author's perspective (there's that word again!) and some wonderful background about the novel and the writing process. If you are questioning whether to read this novel, question no more! Truly, how can you beat a kindle price of $3.59? It is also a fast read and I highly recommend it.
I suggest this novel to anyone, really. It's not just for women, or for men, or for young or old. It's for you if you want to be lost awhile, and see a fresh perspective on everyday life. It might scare you because it feels too close. Or it might feel far away. But whatever else, it will make you feel, and deeply at that.
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characters and connections throughout the book.