Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Second House from the Corner: A Novel Hardcover – February 9, 2016
|New from||Used from|
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"Sadeqa Johnson should take a bow for her latest effort. Fans of 2011's Love in a Carry-On Bag, her first offering, will devour every word." -Essence
"Rich with complex characters, this novel goes beyond a story of frazzled motherhood. The first-person narrative reads like a warm conversation, and the pace stays sharp and steady." -Romantic Times
"Johnson is a skilled storyteller with a breezy style, and the journey of Felicia, a strong African American woman, will have particular appeal for Terry McMillan fans." -Booklist
“Felicia is a protagonist that you’ll laugh with and cry for.” –Pride
"A captivating tale to savor about a woman whose buried past threatens her picture perfect family life. Felicia is a wonderfully flawed, compelling main character, one who has stayed with me long after I finished the book. A winning novel from a writer to watch." -Benilde Little, bestselling author
"Sadeqa is a wonderful writer. We think you'll really enjoy this book." -Troy Johnson, AALBC.com
"I loved Second House from the Corner. Sadeqa was totally in my head at some times (with the mommy stuff!), and I found the ending really, really satisfying. Well earned." -23 Books You Should Read This Winter, Brenda Janowitz, PopSugar
"I loved the characters that Sadeqa Johnson created. The relationship between Faye and Preston was so loving and sexy and Johnson perfectly played out the typical male reaction when he finds that the woman he placed on a pedestal isn't the angel he always believed her to be. I also enjoyed Faye's relationships with her kids - the mature Rory, the needy middle child Twyla (and I loved her nickname, Two) and baby Liv. The author outdid herself with this book and I can't wait to see what she puts out next." -Read in Colour (4 stars)
"[An] excellent novel. She nails those days of rearing young children, how it's deeply rewarding and blindingly frustrating." -NJ.com
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
The incident that happened when Felicia was twelve years old was sad and senseless and, I believe, the root cause of her bad choices. I felt for her younger self. But the decisions she made as a grown woman with a good husband? Wow. As soon as she got the phone call it was like she didn't have a mind of her own, which was surprising and disappointing because she seemed to be such a strong woman in the beginning. Even though motherhood got to be a bit much for her at times, she still got the job done. And if her husband said something she didn't like, she had no problem speaking up for herself. After all she had been through with the caller in the past, how could this person still have such a hold on her? This woman was searching for peace in the wrong places, trying to ease her pain in the wrong ways.
The cover grabbed me - the red top pops, the natural hair is cool and I wish I had that figure - and then I noticed five star reviews, so I decided to read this novel. I wanted to love the story. It was okay, but there was quite a bit of content I did not expect. Looking at the nice cover, I never thought "gritty". Too much profanity for my taste. Sex scenes - TMI. And I was not comfortable with Chapter Thirty-Seven, because something was going on that I do not believe in and will always stay away from. Far away.Read more ›
Felicia Lyons has a complicated life, yet a very relatable one. She was developed well, yet the main character's husband lacked development and I struggled to understand his lack of compassion and forgiveness. His attitude was a turn off for me. I did, however, understand many of the other characters. Overall, very good second novel!
The beginning of Second House from the Corner was amazing! A frustrated mom who feels like she is drowning, a husband who is an a**hat, 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 exclusive social club in town. A former actress, the family life just doesn’t give her the high she craves. Then with the introduction of an old friend, the story changed. Felicia will do anything for her husband to not find out about her past. That is where I lost the plot. The decisions she made were nonsensical and the only path they could lead to was badness.
Sadeqa Johnson can write and she started with an amazing voice. Then the plot took over and it was not great. The emotions I should have been feeling, sadness and empathy towards Felicia, were turned to anger and WTF. The world created was vivid and the pacing was solid. My issue was mainly in the characters. They did not drawn me in, they pushed me out. At times I knew I should have felt for Felicia, but really I just wanted to shake her and yell.
Second House from the Corner was a mix of two stories; harried housewife and women with secrets. Either one would have been great, but the mash-up just didn’t work for me. Sadeqa Johnson can craft an impressive sentence and she does have a way with words. It was the way she crafted her characters and blended her plot lines that lost me. I was disappointed as the beginning showed such promise, but at the end of the day Second House from the Corner was just not for me.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Felicia Lyons seems to have it all - three healthy children, a loving husband, and a busy life juggling the occasional acting gig and stay-at-home motherhood. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Just a Cat and a Book By Her Side
This was a great story. I think all wives have felt like Felicia did. I wish you would have been able to talk someone. She had a lot of tragedy in her life.Published 26 days ago by Kindle Customer
Overall a decent read that fell just a little short. I feel that there were little pockets in the story that were either unnecessary (that whole scene in the bar when Crystal's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zora
Felecia Lyon Haynes is a married, stay at home Mother of three and part-time actress. The book starts off with a steady pace, of Felecia going through the motions with her life... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Midnight Red
First, I won a copy of this book via a Goodreads Giveaway. Second, I wanted this book based on a partial review and from a few friends on Facebook. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian P. Lane
SPOILER ALERT/TRIGGER WARNING
3.5 stars. I felt like the book description lied. What love story??? Read more