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 learns of her dad's failing health.

Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family's Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters' rift. While Alzheimer's slowly steals their father's memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs. As his secret past brings Lena's own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.


    The Favorite Daughter Reviews

  • 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 Iโ€™ll ...

  • 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 fe...

  • 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 d...

  • Berit???

    ๐’ฎ๐“‰๐“‡๐“Š๐‘”๐‘”๐“๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐“‡๐‘’๐“‚๐‘’๐“‚๐’ท๐‘’๐“‡. ๐’ฏ๐“‡๐“Ž๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ป๐‘œ๐“‡๐‘”๐‘’๐“‰. Patti Callahan Henry has written a beautiful story full ...

  • 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 si...

  • Theresa Alan

    Patti Callahan Henry is a truly gifted writer. In this womenโ€™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 write...

  • 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 pla...

  • 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, forg...

  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)

    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...

  • Brenda - Traveling Sister

    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...