The Second Home
4 / 5
Right from the start, this book had two winning elements for me. It’s a family drama and the Gordon family is from my home state of Wisconsin. I loved all the familiar references to places and events. The Gordon family became familiar too; with Clancy’s easy, natural writing, I grew to care about this family.
The Gordon’s are your normal family in all respects. Living in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, teenage sisters Ann and Poppy are very close and love their parents. They spend their summers at their second home out at Cape Cod, Massachusetts playing in the ocean and making memories.
When Ann befriends Michael at school and finds out he has no home or parents, the Gordon family decides to take Michael in. Eventually, adopting him. The new siblings hope to enjoy a shimmering summer out at the Cape Cod house. But by the end of summer, all three will have made different choices, carrying heavy secrets, causing the siblings to go their separate ways.
If you love to get attached to a family, this is the book for you. Clancy really hit a nerve with me when she used the parent’s death as the force to bring the siblings back to the second home. The parents were the anchor. Now that they were gone the kids had to step up and be the adults, especially for the next generation. This book does touch on some heavy topics, but I think she handles them well. This is Clancy’s debut novel and I look forward to reading more from her.
** 𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘞𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴: 𝘋𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘴, 𝘏𝘐𝘝, 𝘙𝘢𝘱𝘦, 𝘚𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦.
Thank you to @stmartinspress and Edelweiss+ for this advance copy for review.
The Second Home will be available on June 2, 2020.