“The people we most love do become a physical part of us, ingrained in our synapses, in the pathways where memories are created.” –Meghan O’Rourke, The Long Goodbye
I extend my sincerest of thanks to Berkley Publishing for gifting me a copy of The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry. This book is due to be released on June 4, 2019 but is available for pre-order now.
Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home – until she learns of her dad’s failing health.
Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family’s Irish pub and has born the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and photographs. As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.
Our lives, as we know them, are made up of the memories of our past. They are the memories of our triumphs, our failures and our loss. So, what happens when your memories begin to fade and you are left without a recollection of who you are and what you’ve stood for? This is what has happened to the Donohue family. Their father is rapidly declining before their eyes and while they are trying to put together a memory book for him, they discover that the secrets from their family’s past may need to be addressed before their only living connection can’t remember them.
Normally while reading books, I write down quotes that I find to be inspirational so that I can return to them and reference those words in times of joy, sadness or nostalgia. The Favorite Daughter was full of countless beautiful quotes that I had to stop writing and just enjoy what I was reading. I plan to return to this book and read it again so I can have an even deeper appreciation for the story that is within the pages.
Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease and if you have a loved one who is suffering from it, know that my heart goes out to you. It is a disease that robs you of the memory of your triumphs, your failures and your losses. The Favorite Daughter was a deeply moving, poignant reflection of just how the disease can impact a family.
Again, my sincere thanks to Berkley Publishing and Patti Callahan Henry for graciously gifting me an advanced copy of The Favorite Daughter. This novel is set to be published on June 4, 2019 but is available for pre-order now.
“He said that no, you should never forget. That would be the worst thing because it’s memories that make us who were are. Forgiving perhaps, but not, forgetting… never forgetting”