Miralee Ferrell has created a wrenching tale of trust and betrayal . . . and faith. She draws a picture of a wife and mother real enough to be your neighbor, your sister, or your best friend. Susanne's initial reaction to her husband's betrayal is painfully true to life, and her struggle to accept his daughterand Godinto her home and her heart makes Miralee's debut novel touch the deepest places in her reader's hearts.
Suzanne Carsons biggest shock goes beyond the mysterious appearance of a young girl claiming to be her husbands daughter. Consumed with her own weaknesses and fears, threatening circumstances and her own innocent children cause Suzanne to face the bigger picture and make some difficult choices. While her husband David is confronted by his own ghosts and fears, an unexpected villain adds mystery to a touching story of forgiveness, redemption, and renewal.
How does a wife deal with the sudden appearance of her husband's daughter that she never knew about? Miralee Ferrell's debut novel lays bare the emotions of broken trust and a marriage unequally yokedand Ferrell does it with the perceptivity of a seasoned author. I found Susanne's emotions to be gut-wrenchingly honest and the spiritual thread believable. Too often in Christian fiction, the change in a character is forced. When Susanne seeks affirmation for her hurt from a friend, the advice she gets leaves her unsure. The gradual transition in Susanne is sparked by the faith of her young daughter, Megan, and the understanding of a family friend. Being a step-mother, I totally related to Susanne's emotions throughout the book. Ferrell hasn't pulled any punches in this hard hitting novel, and it receives this reviewer's highest recommendation.
The Other Daughter is an endearing story about betrayal and forgiveness, stubbornness and submission, and the strength God shows when we ask him to work through us. Susanne Carson is a good person, but shes missing so much while she tries to maintain control of her life and faltering marriage. It takes the arrival of a bedraggled teen on her doorstep to show her shes not in control; shes never been in control; and help is just one decision away. (By the way, I save my five-star ratings for books like War and Peace, so four stars from me is tops!)
The proof of a good story, to me, is finding myself thinking about the characters as if they are actual persons, known to me--wondering what they would do in this or that circumstance. This was very true with this book. The author has a gift for creating personalities and making them come "alive." Even the ones you love to hate stick in your mind.I found this a truly down-to-earth story about a very unusual circumstance. Watching the tensions increase as the story evolves; feeling sympathy for each "side"; and wondering how in the world this is all going to work out, makes this novel one you don't just put down and forget.