Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Spotlight and Giveaway: The Second Home

Today we are pleased to feature Christina Clancy's debut novel, The Second Home. Thanks to St. Martin's Press, we have one copy to give away!

After a disastrous summer spent at her family summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen-year-old Ann Gordon was left with a secret that changed her life forever, and created a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.

Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, leaving Ann and Poppy to decide the fate of the Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. For Ann, the once-beloved house is tainted with bad memories. Poppy loves the old saltbox, but after years spent chasing waves around the world, she isn't sure she knows how to stay in one place.

Just when the sisters decide to sell, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to 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 must decide if they can continue to be a family—and the house just might be the glue that holds them together.

Told through the shifting perspectives of Ann, Poppy, and Michael, this assured and affecting debut captures the ache of nostalgia for summers past and the powerful draw of the places we return to again and again. It is about second homes, second families, and second chances. Tender and compassionate, incisive and heartbreaking, The Second Home is the story of a family you'll quickly fall in love with, and won't soon forget.
(Synopsis courtesy of Edelweiss)

“A sure-footed ode to the strength of family, the depth of loss, and the power of forgiveness.”
—J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“Clancy’s characters are so real and flawed, so caught between the darkness and the light, that they step right off the page, and you won’t rest until you know what becomes of them.”
—Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Admissions

Photo by James Bartelt
Christina Clancy’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine, and in various literary journals, including Glimmer Train, Pleiades, and Hobart. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and she grew up spending two weeks of every summer in her grandparents’ house on Cape Cod. The Second Home is her first novel.

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Giveaway ends June 8th at midnight EST.


JeanneK said...

This sounds like a wonderful storyline. I’d love to read it.

Linda May said...

My home away from home is whatever book I'm reading. Thanks for this amazing giveaway.

rubynreba said...

I have several homes I like to visit but never have I felt like I had a home away from home.

Rita Wray said...

I don't have a home away from home.

Laurie G said...

Second chances! Lots of secrets in the book blurb. I'd love to visit Cape Cod via your story. I'd love to go in real life too!

My husband went to UW-Milwaukee. Go Panthers! I went to UW-Madison. Go Badgers!

I saw that a lot of the story takes place in Milwaukee. We lived in Wauwatosa and Madison for many years. My husband is from Brookfield.

Best of luck with your writing career!

Donamae Kutska said...

I'm in Wisconsin and want to read your book. Thank you for the chance in books I find a second home.

Linda Marie said...

Sounds like a great story, can't wait to read it!

Linda Kish said...

For so long it was my mom's house but, when she passed away, I don't have a place I consider my second home anymore.

Mary C said...

I don't have a place I consider my second home.

diannekc said...

My second home is my Sister's place in Holland, Michigan.

Mary Preston said...

That would be my mother's house.

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Peggy Russo said...

My home away from home is my son and daughter-in-law's house. I love visiting them.

Bernice Kennedy said...

My family has a lake house at Grand Lake in Oklahoma that I consider my second home. Someday, when I retire, it will be my first home. I really would like to win this book to read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Techeditor said...

The closest I have to a home away from home is my mother’s home.

Elena Y. said...

My second home would be Brazil. Thanks for the chance!