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[Read Kindle] ⛓ The Second Home Õ A Debut Novel Set On Cape Cod That Centers On A Beloved Family Home And The Summer That Changed The Lives Of Three Siblings Forever, Perfect For Readers Of J Courtney Sullivan And Elin HilderbrandAfter 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, MichaelNow, 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 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 walked past a house where I lived once a man and a woman are still together in the whispers there Yehuda Amichai I ve always loved novels which take place along the water in New Englandparticularly the islands like Nantucket and Martha s Vineyard This book might be the exception While the plot was decent, the inconsistencies within the story bothered me The dialogue, along with the character s reactions to major life issues, were also completely off the wall view spoiler 1 An I walked past a house where I lived once a man and a woman are still together in the whispers there Yehuda Amichai I ve always loved novels which take place along the water in New Englandparticularly the islands like Nantucket and Martha s Vineyard This book might be the exception While the plot was decent, the inconsistencies within the story bothered me The dialogue, along with the character s reactions to major life issues, were also completely off the wall view spoiler 1 Ann was raped When she finally told her family, they re like, Oh, that sucks Too bad for you Her dad even sent a letter to her rapist, not so much to berate him, but to ask for his help finding his adopted son, Michael I mean, WTF 2 Ann was a lying bitchshe lied about everything Yet Michael still somehow loved her, even standing around sniffing her bra Again, WTF 3 Why did Ann and Michael not even once question what Anthony was telling them They knew he was a rapist blackmailer, but they trusted what he said for almost 2 decades and never once thought, Hey, why should I believe this ass hat 4 The whole will estate executor scenario was just so far fetched Honestly, I m not even going to comment any about it You ll see what I mean if you read this.5 How was Michael not sent to a foster family following the death of his mother hide spoiler I do feel Christina Clancy captured both Cape Cod and Milwaukee beautifully The atmosphere and settings were definitely the highlight of this novel Overall, The Second Home pushes the boundaries of plausibility so far which seems like it would be hard to manage in a family drama , it s hard to take it seriously Triggers Rape2.5 bra sniffing starsMy sincere appreciation to the publisher for my review copy. Christina Clancy writes a family drama with some very dark elements, featuring the Gordon family from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with parents Ed and Connie, their teen daughters, Ann and Poppy,and their late adopted son, Michael They spend their summers at Cape Cod at a family home and 15 years ago, they experienced a troubling and traumatic summer of raging teen hormones that is to have devastating consequences and repercussions on all of them In the present, the parents have died in a dreadful ca Christina Clancy writes a family drama with some very dark elements, featuring the Gordon family from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with parents Ed and Connie, their teen daughters, Ann and Poppy,and their late adopted son, Michael They spend their summers at Cape Cod at a family home and 15 years ago, they experienced a troubling and traumatic summer of raging teen hormones that is to have devastating consequences and repercussions on all of them In the present, the parents have died in a dreadful car accident, and decisions have to be made about that home Neither Ann or Poppy can afford to keep it on and decide to sell it, only to have a spanner put in the works out of the blue Michael, who has not been in touch for so long, comes back into their lives, making a claim on the estate He wants to keep the house, andthan anything he wants the truth of what actually happened that despairing and distressing summer to come out There are machinations over the will, and in a narrative that goes back and forth in time, the question that hangs over the siblings is can they come to terms with what happened sufficiently for them to have a future as family Clancy gives us a gloriously vivid sense of location in her descriptions in this story of teen siblings ill equipped to handle what occurs to them, too naive and trusting I did find her characters a little difficult to invest in, and Ann herself is not the most likeable of people This is a complex, fraught, full of intrigue read of family dynamics, blackmail, abuse, trust, rape, trauma, poor teen decision making and sibling relationships This will appeal to those who enjoy their twisted family dramas set in a fabulous location Many thanks to St Martin s Press for an ARC 3.5 starsI m always up for a book that revolves around some long standing family drama This story held my interest but I wouldn t say that I loved any of the characters That s okay though because that s not really a requirement for me to enjoy a book I do wish that lack of communication which was an ongoing theme wouldn t have been so prevalent in the story I think that s part of the reason I became frustrated with just about every character in the book.Ann Gordon is back at the Cape Cod hom 3.5 starsI m always up for a book that revolves around some long standing family drama This story held my interest but I wouldn t say that I loved any of the characters That s okay though because that s not really a requirement for me to enjoy a book I do wish that lack of communication which was an ongoing theme wouldn t have been so prevalent in the story I think that s part of the reason I became frustrated with just about every character in the book.Ann Gordon is back at the Cape Cod home she spent her summers at while she was growing up Her parents have recently died and she has been tasked with selling their summer home as neither she nor her sister, Poppy, can afford to keep it Her adopted brother, Michael, hasn t been in contact with the family in years and when he tries to claim he has rights to the home, it doesn t go over well with Ann You see something pretty major happened about 15 years ago when they were teenagers that caused a huge rift in the family It s not a cliche to say things were never the same after that particular summer on the Cape The story follows Ann, Poppy, and Michael during that fateful summer and the present day when they are reunited Hmm family members that aren t on good terms and now you throw in a disagreement about a house Yes, there is going to be some drama in this story, that s for sure For much of the book I thought Poppy was an unnecessary character to include but by the end I did think she brought something to the table As I mentioned before it was easy to feel frustration when some characters make certain decisions It s like I wanted to reach thru the pages, grab them by the shoulders, shake them, and yell, what are you doing However, despite my varying levels of annoyance with some of the characters, I still felt invested enough to want to see how everything would play out in the end There are two random things I really loved that the author included in the story I was happy to see a couple Polish references, and my guess is if she can name drop Polish Falcons, she must have some Polish blood in her like I do The other thing I liked was at the end of Part One there was a good joke about the parents I gotta tell you it was 100% necessary as it really had been driving me nuts how naive and oblivious the parents were when it came to the kids The joke at least acknowledged this fact which helped ease my frustration.There were a few times the author kinda glossed over something I thought could have been coveredthoroughly While I liked the story, it could have used some polishing up a bit in order to really take it to a higher level I still consider it a good read though If you are interested in reading this one, be prepared, there are some dark moments in the story If you are strictly looking for a lighthearted read, I would look elsewhere Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review My Kind of People, by Lisa Duffy, which I read and loved last month was set in on a fictitious island much like Cape Cod The Second Home took me back to Cape Cod, and I loved it As a teen, Ann spends a traumatic summer in Cape Cod at her family s vacation home It causes a divide in her family between her and her siblings.In the present, her parents have passed away, and fifteen years later, Ann and her sister need to decide what to do with the family s Cape Cod home The sisters decide to sell My Kind of People, by Lisa Duffy, which I read and loved last month was set in on a fictitious island much like Cape Cod The Second Home took me back to Cape Cod, and I loved it As a teen, Ann spends a traumatic summer in Cape Cod at her family s vacation home It causes a divide in her family between her and her siblings.In the present, her parents have passed away, and fifteen years later, Ann and her sister need to decide what to do with the family s Cape Cod home The sisters decide to sell, but their brother reappears wants to keep the home The siblings are forced together at this time, and they have to decide if they are still a family.I ve said it many times I love a sibling story and a family saga The characters here aren t particularly likable, so know that going in if it s important to you Overall, I found it an engaging and thought provoking story.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader