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The Second Home by Christina Clancy


This absorbing debut novel set on Cape Cod centers on a beloved family home and a summer that changed the lives of three siblings forever. The Gordon’s 17 year old daughter Ann found a job baby sitting for a wealthy family and spending much of her time away at the Shaw’s home. It is basically Ann’s story that set the theme for the disastrous ending that nearly destroyed the Gordon family. It sent younger sister Poppy running to find herself and sent their adopted brother Michael simply running away from the best home he had ever been in.


Fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and her sister Poppy are left to decide the fate of the old Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. Since Ann hadn’t heard a word from Michael since that long ago summer, Ann appointed herself guardian/executor and decided to leave Michael out. However, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer.

Living in Massachusetts and being quite familiar with the Cape I was totally delighted with the story and the dilemma that Ann faced - how she dealt with it, and equally enthralled with Poppy’s wandering life as well. I thought the characters were all fleshed out pretty well and the secondary characters were definitely required and so necessary in the telling of the tale. Pace was quick and the reading was easy.

Loved the twists and turns in these peoples lives and was so totally invested in the story that I found this rated a high on the can’t-put-it-downness. I would definitely recommend this book as a great summer read especially if you’re visiting Cape Cod.

Fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and her sister Poppy are left to decide the fate of the old Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. Since Ann hadn’t heard a word from Michael since that long-ago summer, Ann appointed herself guardian/executor and decided to leave Michael out. However, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about what happened that long-ago summer.

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