Publisher: St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan Audio
Release Date: June 02, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Family Drama
After a disastrous summer spent at her family’s summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen year old Ann Gordon is left harboring a secret that changes her life forever, and creates a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.
Now, 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. While they both love the house, they decide to sell it and move forward. But then 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.
Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings are forced to decide if they can continue to be a family–and in the process, they’ll discover that the house might be the glue that holds them together.
I knew right from the first few pages that I was going to enjoy The Second Home by Christina Clancy, and I think the book just got better and better as it went on. This is a family drama, and I loved the look at the sister’s relationships as well as their relationship with their adopted brother Michael. The trauma that Ann experiences that breaks the family apart absolutely broke my heart, and there are some very heavy themes in this novel. Add this in with their parent’s death and it made for one emotional ride.
I loved the Cape Cod setting which made me feel like I was on a vacation while I was reading, but I also loved the parts where they are in Wisconsin as well. I am from Minnesota myself and found it so fun to have somewhere I was familiar with along with the beachy setting. Although The Second Home is set in Cape Cod, don’t let that fool you into thinking this is a light beach read. It was an emotional roller coaster for me and a bit of a tear-jerker as well, especially when we get to a couple reveals towards the end. I decided to listen to the audiobook and Tavia Gilbert did such a wonderful job voicing the book. The more I hear her narrate, the more I love her, and she made this a great listening experience for me. Highly recommend The Second Home if you are looking for a family drama with lots of heart.
Bonus – The end of the audiobook has an interview with Clancy which made me love the book even more. This was a fantastic debut and that coupled with the interview I got to hear, made her an instant autobuy author for me. So excited to see she has another book coming out soon – Shoulder Season!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.