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The Favorite Daughter

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

A beautifully written novel steeped in family drama of betrayal, secrets and forgiveness.



There is nothing as painful as the wedding-day betrayal Lena experienced ten years ago. When she left the church on that horrific day she also left the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and hasn’t been back since.

She reinvented herself as a travel writer in New York City. But now she has gotten a call that her father is not doing well and her family needs help. Returning to Watersend means seeing her sister, Hallie, who she has successfully avoided for a decade, and her baby brother, Shane who runs the family’s Irish pub. While Alzheimer’s steals their father’s memories, the siblings attempt to preserve his life stories and in photographs. But her dad’s secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, and sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home and family.


What is home? Is it just the place where you live or is there something more to it than that? THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER is a brilliantly written, emotional novel steeped in a family drama of betrayal, secrets and forgiveness. The characters are delightfully well-developed and you can’t help but feel their angst and pain.

Author Patti Callahan Henry’s writing is stellar. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and didn’t want it to end. Her word choices and dialog make the story come alive on the page. My favorite part was Lena’s exploration of the meaning of forgiveness, family and home.

Henry is a New York Times bestselling author of fifteen books, including the historical novel, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS. She is a full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.

Publisher Berkley Books

Published June 4 2019

Narrated Joycelyn Jackson

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