The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry

The Favorite Daughter

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water's End, here is a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive. Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home--until she l...

Details The Favorite Daughter

TitleThe Favorite Daughter
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
PublisherBerkley Books
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews The Favorite Daughter

  • marilyn
    The Favorite Daughter, by Patti Callahan Henry, pulls at my heartstrings and has me thinking about how I would have reacted to the events in the story. On Lena's wedding day, right before she'd walk down the aisle, she experiences a betrayal of the worst kind. Immediately, Lena flees her lifetime home, her family, and all the plans she has for her future. Lena makes a successful life for herself as a travel writer, makes new friends, has many lov...
  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends
    The Favorite Daughter is a moving, heartfelt story that delves into the power of memories, learning to forgive when betrayal rips you apart and discovering what home means to you. The story explores a family separated by betrayal and brought together by their father's illness. We see the effect of betrayal, secrets and heartache had on this family that left me with so much to think about. From the first pages, I was completely immersed in this fa...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Slipping inside a Patti Callahan Henry novel is like book comfort food. I was spoiled because this year she published two books! Becoming Mrs. Lewis was absolutely out-of-this-world good, and I’ll let you know now, so was The Favorite Daughter! Lena Donohue is set to marry on her 25th birthday, what she had planned her whole life. On her wedding day, she experiences a huge betrayal. One so horrific, she has to leave her quaint hometown of Wate...
  • Holly B
    An emotional and heartfelt story about family, regrets, loss, and forgiveness. This story took off right away in the first chapter. The author's writing pulled me in and had me invested in the two sisters relationship.The protagonist, Lena receives sad news about her father. He has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and she must return home before he gets worse. I loved the message of capturing moments in life that bring family together and letting ...
  • Katie B
    2.5 starsEven though I'm giving this book a fairly low rating, it's not a case of me thinking this is a horrible book and nobody should like it. I believe it will appeal to many readers but I had a few problems with the characters and storyline which prevented me from fully enjoying the book.Lena Donohue has avoided seeing her sister, Hallie, for a decade. Let's just say Lena's wedding years ago didn't go exactly as planned and even though so muc...
  • Berit☀️✨
    𝒮𝓉𝓇𝓊𝑔𝑔𝓁𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝓇𝑒𝓂𝑒𝓂𝒷𝑒𝓇. 𝒯𝓇𝓎𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝒻𝑜𝓇𝑔𝑒𝓉. Patti Callahan Henry has written a beautiful story full of memories, family, and forgiveness. A decade ago Lena was devastatingly betrayed right before she was about to walk down the aisle. Completely destroyed and mortified Lena packs her bags and heads to New York to lick her wounds and start over. Lena...
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction~on hiatus))
    I'm so glad that I picked up The Favorite Daughter to read and review right now since I'd originally added it to my TBR to read at a later date. I owe my dear friend, Jennifer @ Tar Heel Reader Blog a huge thanks for making me pick this one up when I did not only because she loves Patti Callahan Henry so much but as soon as she mentioned it was set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, I knew I had to drop all my other reads and pick this one up!Ten ...
  • Theresa Alan
    Patti Callahan Henry is a truly gifted writer. In this women’s fiction novel, Colleen is horribly betrayed on her wedding day in South Carolina. She runs away to New York City and, as a travel writer, more or less stays constantly running (as in, away from her feelings) for a decade until her brother calls her and tells her to come home since it appears her father has Alzheimer’s, and his health is declining rapidly.The book is about memory, ...
  • Zoe
    Absorbing, heartfelt, and tender!The Favorite Daughter is a touching, hopeful novel that delves into the complicated relationship between members of a family and highlights that there really is no place like home.The prose is evocative and warm. The characters are troubled, supportive, and genuine. And the plot is an affecting tale about life, love, family, friendship, deception, betrayal, heartbreak, community, romance, and the difficulties and ...
  • DeAnn
    4 Irish pub stars to this sibling taleI truly love Southern fiction and really enjoyed this story. I haven’t read anything else by Patti Callahan Henry, but I will definitely do so in the future. Her writing just flowed for me as a reader and I was swept away by this story.We meet Lena right before her wedding to the seemingly wonderful Walter in small town South Carolina. Unfortunately, Lena is horribly betrayed right before the ceremony and f...
  • TL
    I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).----How have I not gotten to this author before now? ? Wow..This was a beautiful story of Family, forgiveness, and the ties that make us who we are. Memories are important, so what happens when someone starts to lose who they are? Its one of the scariest things we can imagine. And what also happens when a bond is broken and what you have been avoidin...
  • Tammy
    5 ☆ I love southern novels with Lowcountry settings. I enjoyed how the author describes her story so vividly you feel as if you’ve escaped into a deep southern marsh surrounded by fauna, wildlife, earthly smells and changing of the tides. And Colleen’s trip to the gorgeous isle of Ireland.. now I want to visit there and see it for myself. This is my 2nd book by this author and she’s remarkable at placing the reader into her story’s surr...
  • Marialyce
    At times, the most drama you ever have in your life revolves around family, and in this book this is no exception. For on her wedding day, a day for only happiness and unbounded love, Colleen (Lena) Donohue experiences the very worst thing possible. She finds her sister, Hallie, kissing the man who Lena had intended to marry in a few minutes time. Lena flees, leaves her family, escaping to New York, and becoming a fairly successful travel writer,...
  • Susan
    The Favorite DaughterPatti Callahan HenryTHE FAVORITE DAUGHTER is the first book I've ever read by Patti Callahan Henry. The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end! Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Patti Callahan Henry threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong! I'm kicking myself for not reading this wonderful novel sooner even though it practically shredded my heart! Lena...
  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    Colleen (Lena) Donahue has made a point of not returning to her childhood home where her parents own an Irish pub in North Carolina for over 10 years. As a travel writer living in New York, she has tried to forget her past, especially her own sister's betrayal on Lena's wedding day.But unfortunately for Lena, she cannot hide from her family anymore. With her father Gavin's recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's she must return to face a sister she has n...
  • Tammy
    My father in law had Alzheimer's so when I read the description of The Favorite Daughter, I knew I had to read it. After a horrible shock on her wedding day, Lena leaves her hometown and family. 10 years later, she returns to help her siblings deal with their Alzheimer's stricken father. While planning a memory book and timeline for their father, they discover a discrepancy in the dates of their parents' marriage and Lena's birth. While the sibli...
  • Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
    ****4 STAR****The Favorite Daughter is an intriguing, complex, and provocative novel. This was my first book by Patti Callahan Henry and it won't be my last.Throughout the story, I felt many emotions ranging from anger to joy. That's what makes a good book you know. One that makes you feel and maybe even question yourself.After I read the prologue, I was hooked. I wanted, better yet, needed to know what was going to happen. As ****4 STAR****The...
  • Judy Collins
    From the NYT bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry (one of my favorite authors) of the award-winning historical fiction: Becoming Mrs. Lewis Top Books of 2018 — comes THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER. A beautifully written heartfelt story of the importance of memories, home, family and loyalty. "May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten." —Irish Proverb From betrayal, loss, joy, forgiveness, dark hidde...
  • Literary Soirée
    Last year I reviewed the author’s BECOMING MRS. LEWIS and loved her fictionalized take on Joy Davidman, the woman who married C.S. Lewis. It’s only my second book of Patti’s but her work is adored by my English professor stepdaughter. It’s so clear why! GRIPPINGTHE FAVORITE DAUGHTER is written in poetic style, the narrative gripping about Lena, who left South Carolina after being spectacularly betrayed on her wedding day, returning home o...
  • Deborah Blanchard
    " Memory is never a precise duplicate of the is a continuing act of creation." This is an exquisite, beautiful portrayal of love, family dynamics and Alzheimer's disease. This is the story of the Donohue family. The main characters are Colleen, Hallie, Shaun and their Dad. These characters are true to life and I loved them all. They are complex and relatable. The Dad is diagnosed with Alzheimer's and the children are trying to pres...
  • Jennifer Tam
    This book started a bit slow for me but got me much more attached to it as it went on - loved the writing about memories and the neuroscience behind it and the quotes before each chapter - very well done - it’s my first book from this author but I will definitely read more
  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    This one got to me over and over! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~No one wants to admit that their parent(s) are getting older. Slowing down. Maybe even fighting an invisible battle. Maybe that means we are getting older. More likely, it means that we will feel like we are alone in the world and without the connection or support we can only get from our parents.The author took on many family issues in this book. Health. Broken bonds. Betrayal. Secrets. Lo...
  • Patty
    The Favorite DaughterByPatty Callahan HenryWhat it's all about...This book is not a true mystery book but it is a book with secrets...secrets that are similar to mysteries. This book is about a warm hearted loving Irish family. The three siblings...Shane, Hallie and Colleen...are dealing with the sudden onset of Alzheimer’s in their father...Gavin. In prepping Gavin’s memory book for an upcoming birthday celebration gaps in Gavin’s story ab...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    ***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by Patti Callahan Henry in exchange for my honest review.***As Colleen (Lena) is about to walk down the aisle, she catches her younger sister Hallie in the arms of her fiancé. Ten years later, now living in New York and estranged from Hallie, who married Walter, Colleen is summoned home by their brother to help their father, who has Alzheimer’s.Patti Call...
  • Dianne
    I very rarely recommend books to anyone as I know that peoples tastes are varied. However, I feel I must recommend this one to a variety of readers. First of all, I think that book clubs would get a wonderful bang for their buck with this book. This may sound as if it is a light fluffy read, but it is an intense, deep, soul searching, well-crafted read. It is a multi-layered story with dealing with a mystery, dealing with a loved one with Alzheim...
  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    In Patti Callahan Henry's most recent return to the Lowcountry, we meet the Donohue sisters on big sister Lena's wedding day - but when she finds her sister Hallie kissing the groom, clearly the wedding is called off. We pick up ten years later when Lena (now Colleen) has not spoken to her sister in ten years and has not returned home, until now - when their father is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The Favorite Daughter is a beautifully writ...
  • Elena L.
    THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER is a beautiful story that centers around Lena Donohue - when she experiences the betrayal of her sister Hallie on the wedding day. She runs away and avoids her family for a decade until she has to go back to her home city after finding out that her father has Alzheimer. This book explores theme such as family, forgiveness, disease and love. With well-crafted storyline, I enjoyed the multiple layers and the depth of the plot....
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it. The only great thing about chicken pox at age 52 (and being a super- speed reader) is you can easily read and review four+++ books a day..and this was an excellent book to have spent an hour or two (or many more on your side) with From the N...
  • Lori Boyd
    First book by this author, won’t be my last! Story is about Family; togetherness, betrayal, loss and ultimately forgiveness, but always love. Characters were just like family....sometimes you liked them and sometimes you want to throttle them. Every family has secrets, but very few are as big as the one Lena finds while researching her Dad’s past for a memory book. Have tissues handy! Thanks Library Thing for the ARC. Opinion is my own!
  • Cyndi Becker
    The Favorite Daughter is a deeply affecting and poignant story about family, home and finding forgiveness. This is the first book by Patti Calahan Henry that I've read and it certainly won't be the last. I've read plenty of books that made my heart ache, that made me sad and angry, but this story absolutely gutted me on so many levels. I haven't cried to the extent this book made me cry in a VERY long while. PCH's writing is absolutely stunning. ...