Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson
To be published on February 9, 2016.
Second House from the Corner centers on the story of Felicia Lyons, a stay-at-home mother of three drowning in the drudgeries of play dates, lost pacifiers and potty training who occasionally wonders what it would be like to escape the demands of motherhood. But when an unexpected phone call threatens to destroy her life, Felicia is forced to return to her childhood home where she must wrestle with an ex-lover and long buried secrets to save the family and home she loves despite the daily challenges.
Felicia Lyons is a character who mothers can identify with and laugh along with. You can’t help but cheer for her in Johnson’s engaging and well-written novel.
This book is definitely chick lit, but it is heavier than I was expecting. Felicia is a stay-at-home mom living the ideal life in the suburbans. She has everything she always dreamed of, but she has kept her past hidden to get it. Suddenly, the past is catching up to her in the form of an ex-boyfriend and her childhood best friend.
I should have hated Felicia because she’s so insecure. But we’re all insecure when it comes to mothering. Her day to day trials were just so relatable. From the first chapter when she was losing her cool with the kids in the bathtub and sneaking off to the movie theater, I was completely sucked in.
After that she makes bad decision after bad decision, but like watching a B horror movie and wanting to scream, “Don’t go in there!” I just couldn’t stop reading this book. I was routing for Felicia, and I needed to know what was going to happy even though I knew it would get uglier before it got pretty again.
Johnson’s writing style is so compelling. The chapters are short, and I found myself wanting to read just one more chapter again and again. I need to check out her other book. I really enjoyed this book and Felicia, especially the voice in her head. I think we all have that.
My Rating: 4 Stars
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