This book was awesome! The author has a style of writing that makes you want to keep reading and reading. It was very hard to put down! It definitely makes you think about what you would do if you were put in the same situation. It's a must read!
Susanne Carson has some problems, but trusting her husband is not one of them. David is a good man, a wonderful father to their two children, and a kind, caring husband. Aside from his involvement in the Christian faith, which Susanne cannot bring herself to embrace, their marriage is mostly good.Then Brianna shows up on their doorstep, battered suitcase in hand, claiming to be Davids daughter. If not for the girls striking family resemblance, Susanne would refuse to believe the possibility but there is that likeness and a letter from the teens deceased mother. Then, of course, theres the fact that David admits it is most likely true.With a strange, unwelcome child in their care and a widening wall between Susanne and David, their home becomes an emotional battlefield of hurt, disillusionment, and shattered trust. Susannes unwillingness to place her life in Gods hands is strengthened by Davids deception. Can she ever forgive him? Will she ever be able to love his illegitimate child?When Briannas abusive, alcoholic uncle shows up to reclaim the girl, Susanne and David are forced to come to terms with their own feelings and make some hard decisions. Will their love be strong enough to withstand a test of this magnitude?A marriage in trouble. Two hearts in conflict. A soul at the crossroads.In The Other Daughter, the author combines all the fascinating elements into a compelling, utterly believable piece of beautifully wrought fiction. Its an unforgettable journey into a mothers heart, a familys love, a couples faltering relationship. Miralee Ferrells debut novel is rich with believable characters and poignant situations, and laced with little details that provide a wonderfully realistic setting. Its a work of heart that will not be easily forgotten.
I'm almost finished with this book. It was a heart breaker. To find that the dad ignored that he could be father then didn't tell his wife for fear she wouldn't marry him, broke my heart. He needed to not only trust his bride to be but trust God to intervene.
For a debut novel, author Miralee Ferrell has proven with The Other Daughter that she can captivate her reading audience from the very first page. Beginning with the arrival of Brianna, a young teenage girl claiming her mother is dead, her uncle doesnt want her and that David Carson is her biological father, Susan and David Carsons marriage is in very serious trouble.While David turned his life over to God long ago, Susan refused to do the same. Now she finds she must deal with her feelings that she can no longer trust her husband, pushing her further away from God. They have two children of their own. How could a God so loving do that to their family?David is consumed with guilt and distances himself away from Brianna, though the resemblance between them is striking and once he learns who her mother is, he knows hes her father. But he can see the pain on Susans face and almost hear her broken heart.Brianna has had a difficult life and is used to rejection. Shes wrapped herself so tightly inside a shell of protection, that it will take a miracle to save this family, much less...her.But Meagan and Josh Carson, David and Susannes children, easily accept the new family addition, adding to Susans confusion as she struggles with her maternal instincts, while it tears her heart out to look at this girl who looks so much like David, knowing she is not her mother. The Other Daughter is a heart touching story filled with a roller coaster of emotions, turmoil, love, forgiveness and deception, and leads the Carson family on a suspenseful journey until God intervenes and his plan for this family becomes apparent. Miralee Ferrell has captured the essence of her characters well in this novel and will have you turning the pages, not wishing to put it down.Reviewed by Cindy Bauer, author of Chasing Memories and Shades of Blue, Inspirational Fiction