The Second Home


What was it about houses, the power they had? The houses he’d once inhabited now inhabited him. They were witnesses to who he once was, to the people he’d loved — and hated.”

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for gifting me a copy of THE SECOND HOME.

“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.”

What a beautiful debut novel by Christina Clancy! I have always been a sucker for a coming of age story being told from alternating perspectives of the characters. While reading this book, I felt a sort of deep connection to the storyline. Countless intricacies come with having siblings and having to share a space that is held so close to the heart; Clancy was able to pinpoint all of the emotions perfectly. 

If you are looking for a quick read then this book is not for you. THE SECOND HOME is meant to be savored – it is not fast-moving. It is the story of the lives of Ann, Poppy, and Michael. I would also like to mention that there are a lot of difficult topics that come up within the pages of this book (rape and drug abuse); if you have any concerns about reading this book let me know so we can chat about it! 

If you were enjoyed reading Mrs. EverythingThe Last Romantics, The Immoralists, or Ask Again, Yes then I encourage you to add THE SECOND HOME to your reading list. 

Overall, I was impressed with this storyline. I know that some people have mentioned not liking any of the characters but I feel that is because they are all deeply flawed and haunted by their past mistakes. Sometimes it’s harder to let go of the past than one might think.

Thank you, Christina Clancy, for the opportunity to read and review your book before its release. I look forward to reading your next book!

THE SECOND HOME will be published on June 2, 2020, and is available to pre-order now! 

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  1. I was impressed by this debut too, it didn’t sound like a first book, and I was hooked, the family drama was quite fascinating.

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