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"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

SADEQA JOHNSON is a former public relations manager who spent years working with well-known authors such as J.K. Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan, and Bishop T.D. Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-On Bag was hailed by Ebony.com as “this summer’s hottest read.” It was the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction and the 2012 USA Best Book award for African-American Fiction. Originally from Philadelphia, Sadeqa Johnson currently resides in Virginia with her husband and three children. Second House from the Corner is her second novel.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (February 9, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250074142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250074140
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. L. Burchett VINE VOICE on February 14, 2016
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Felicia Hayes Lyons lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children. She loves her family and works hard as a stay-at-home mom. Her life is so much better than it was back in Philly years ago. Even when she's overwhelmed and can find no time for herself, she appreciates how far she's come. When an unexpected call dredges up bad memories and gets her involved in unhealthy relationships once again, will her marriage survive?

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.
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Second House from the Corner is the author's second novel. When I read her first book Love in a Carry-on Bag, I sent Sadeqa a text and said "I am ready to fall in love again." With Second House from the Corner the Phyllis Wheatly Award winner has once again penned a contemporary womens fiction novel full of warmth and relatable truths. Sadeqa's writing will endear ever reader to her protagnists Felica Lyons struggle to be the best mom and wife on the planet. When Felicia was anxious and frantic, I was as well. When she got flushed, I felt warm too. Sadeqa has a gift to stir all sorts of emotions from you when you read her work. What I loved about this story was the vivid and sincere writing about the power of your first love and the impact that perception can have on two people in relationship. He believes that you are perfect, so you keep a lid on your imperfections. Since working with the author in 2012 I can say that she is a friend. Second House from the Corner is such a pleasant and familiar tale, that I can say Felicia Lyons is a friend as well. I know her. That is the power of the writing on these pages. Perfect NYC subway read. Kudos Sadeqa on a job well done!!
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The author, Sadeqa Johnson, has a very creative and descriptive writing style that tags you onto every sentence. She paints the picture that takes you right to the scene. The storyline kept me captivated; there are so many great lines.

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!
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2.5 Stars - Original review @ 125Pages.com

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.
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